Un Head of Partnership Development Unit Careers – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:    Head of Partnership
Development Unit

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

Grade:  P3

Reports to:
Representative & Country Director

About US:

The UN World Food
Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It
is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP
focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building
Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition &
Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets.
WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

Job Summary:  The Head of Partnership Development Unit will
lead the development of new and strengthen existing strategic partnerships in
order to advocate for Zero Hunger, build strategic partnerships and mobilize
resources to support WFP Uganda to deliver its Country Strategic Plan

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Steer the development of the PDU’s work plan and oversee its
    implementation, delivering on activities
  • Manage a portfolio of partnerships, soliciting contributions,
    providing donor stewardship, forecasting, negotiating changes and
    assessing results, to maximize resources raised.
  • Analyze data and propose well-researched ideas for resource
    mobilization to country management team (CMT) for new strategies to
    maintain and increase funding from new and traditional donors.
  • Delivery on financial and non-financial targets by working closely
    with the Programme Development, Quality and Impact and Integrated
    Resources Management Teams for optimal forward planning of funding
  • Management of staff to ensure appropriate development and enable
    high performance
  • Rigorous monitoring of performance using influence & funding
    targets, milestones and KPIs to inform management information systems and
  • Effectively work across functions, ensuring the adoption and
    implementation of best practices, and collaboratively scope and pursue
    opportunities with the Programme Development, Quality & Impact and
    Integrated Resources Teams.
  • Motivate and incentivize individual team members to work creatively
    in developing partnerships in support of strategic outcomes and
  • Inform and influence new and potential donors on the strategy,
    design, relevance and impact of programmes relevant to the work of WFP and
    identify and attend key forums to action this;
  • Manage a complex partnership portfolio, soliciting contributions,
    providing donor stewardship, forecasting and seeking flexible funding
    arrangements with donors;
  • Monitor pipelines of existing and potential donors working closely
    with RBN and WFP HQ counterparts, keeping all internal stakeholders fully
    informed to aid advance planning and resource allocation
  • Develop and present clear recommendations highlighting strategic
    fundraising opportunities to CMT/CMT+ to support WFP Uganda’s CSP;
  • Lead proposal development processes working closely with Technical
    Teams and Budget & Programmes Unit ensuring timely submission of fully
    compliant and quality proposals.
  • Lead negotiations for donor contributions and partnership
    agreements, in line with internal policies and external regulations,
    leading to advantageous outcomes for WFP, such as more income flexibility
    and predictability.
  • Manage the cooperating partner selection process to develop more
    collaborative and strategic relationships that deliver the maximum
    collective value proposition  across
    portfolio thematic areas ;
  • In collaboration with the Programme Development, Quality and Impact
    team, ensure regular working sessions with cooperating partners are held
    at Kampala and Area Office levels to review performance, collectively
    identify challenges and agree on ways forward;
  • Lead the ongoing performance review and management process of
    cooperating partners, ensuring adherence to the commitments made in field
    level agreements and to WFP’s overall corporate requirements;
  • Facilitate the production of quality WFP reports on grant
    utilization for donors, ensuring the progress reported is based on solid
    evidence and speaks to donor requirements, priorities and preferences.
  • Support and guide technical units and area offices to effectively
    manage and mobilize donor resources according to agreed contractual terms
    and conditions.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical guidance and
    recommendations whilst identifying, monitoring the managing   the mitigation of risks.
  • Provide support and guidance to technical units in the development
    of quality and compliant donor proposals
  • Provide guidance to field-based offices on how best to prepare for
    and support donor missions
  • Familiarize and increase understanding of technical units and area
    teams about the standard operating procedures for the proposal development
    process and specific roles and responsibilities to develop a synergistic
    and collaborative working relationship
  • Coordinate work with other peers to ensure the flow of information
    and other WFP units to align activities and ensure donor visibility and
    that donor conditions are met.
  • Coordinate and prepare accurate reporting on donors and resourcing
    status of programmes, identifying trends and issues, and proposing
    solutions, to enable informed decision-making and action planning by
    senior stakeholders.
  • Provide advice and briefs on resourcing issues to
    Country/Regional/Division Directors, participate in the Strategic
    Programme Review Process (s-PRP) and the Electronic Programme Review
    Process (e-PRP) and act as a resourcing focal point to ensure issues are
  • Prepare briefing documents for senior level management meetings with
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with representatives of
    government donors through appropriate channels and participate in regular
    donor meetings.
  • Represent WFP at international meetings at appropriate levels in
    such a way that advances the government partnerships strategy and
    objectives and builds support for WFP activities.
  • Others as required

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme
    (WFP) Head of Partnership Development Unit job placement should hold an
    advanced University degree in Political Science, International
    Development, Development Economics, Marketing Communications or other
    relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of
    related work experience and/or training/courses.
  • A minimum of five years of progressive experience in managing a
    portfolio of partnerships, soliciting donor contributions, and maximizing
  • Thorough understanding of international development issues and
    significant experience of developing relationships and managing strategic
    partnerships with institutional partner organisations including one or
    more of Southern Governments, USAID, DFID, EU, World Bank and non-traditional
  • Proven experience of providing creative and innovative approaches in
    developing new initiatives that contribute towards partnership objectives.
  • Previous experience of managing and motivating a team to achieve
    team and individual goals and objectives.
  • Proven problem solving and strategic planning capability.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in partnership building, brokering
    relationships with partners, and engagement at a senior level.
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills in relation to multiple
    stakeholder contexts and matrices.
  • An established leader and strategic thinker with personal gravitas
    and ability to work with senior executives.
  • Strong leadership behaviours including external orientation,
    situational agility, and partner focus.
  • Understanding of programme design, quality programming and effective
    delivery for major institutional donors.
  • Significant experience of bidding to institutional donors.
  • Ability to direct and support sector, donor and internal analysis
    and research, particularly in relation to understanding key financial
    metrics and implications for strategy.
  • Excellent grasp of financial issues and ability to present complex
    financial information clearly and effectively.
  • Good understanding and knowledge of development and humanitarian
  • Strong commercial, proposal writing and financial skills
  • Openness, ambition, ability and willingness to innovate and deliver
    beyond his or her personal brief.
  • Ability to network with, and influence, senior people both internally
    and externally to achieve a pre- defined outcome.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (fluent English)
    through a variety of vehicles (e.g. senior level briefings, internal and
    external presentations).
  • Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English
    language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN
    language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working
    language, Portuguese.

NB: Female
applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially
encouraged to apply

How to Apply:

All candidates who
desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit
their applications online at the link below.


Deadline: 16th June 2019

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