World Food ProgrammeClosing Date : 2020-02-23
Duty Station : Rome, Italy
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Organization: World Food Programme
Country: Italy
Closing date: 23 Feb 2020

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

The selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Are you passionate about building high-impact partnerships with large corporations? Are you ready to change and save the lives of the world's most vulnerable people? If yes, this opportunity is for you.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


The Private Partnerships and Fundraising Division (PPF) is responsible for engaging the private sector (corporations, individuals, foundations) through high-impact partnerships in support of WFP's strategic priorities. Serving as a broker between WFP and the private sector, PPF strives to mobilize funding, technical assistance, innovative solutions and visibility and awareness to help WFP fulfil its mission while offering the public and companies the opportunity to create a world with zero hunger. PPF also serves as the in-house consultant guiding WFP Regional Bureaux (RB), Country Offices (COs) and HQ Functional Units on partnership development, best practices, compliance and rules and regulations.

A new WFP partnership and engagement strategy, focusing on cooperation with the business sector, foundations and individuals to drive towards zero hunger, was approved by the WFP Executive Board in November 2019. WFP will focus its efforts over the next strategic period (2020-2025) in three key pillars:

Impact: partnerships that provide expertise and skills to support capacity strengthening for WFP and local governmentsIncome: investing in and growing fundraisingInnovation: identifying areas for innovation particularly with businesses uniquely able to drive change at scale


The newly approved strategy aims to expand the PPF function through increasing investments, particularly in individual giving, aiming to substantially increase income over the next 6 years. This is a key leadership role, supporting the Director to shape and drive the growth strategy for private sector fundraising, and to shape the division as it undergoes internal structural and staffing changes to implement the strategy.


Working with the Director, lead the PPF team to achieve the goal set out in the Private Sector Strategy 2020-2025 including partnership impact and resource mobilization targets.Manage overall private sector resource mobilization channels, specifically the growth in individual giving.Build an effective first-class digital fundraising programme significantly increasing WFP's outreach, globally and in key markets.Manage investment funds to drive the growth in fundraising income by building a strong donor base of individual committed supporters providing un-earmarked contributions, based on a clearly articulated pledge strategy and supported by a best in class supporter experience. Drive the successful development and implementation of a global corporate fundraising strategy to increase sustainable income from businesses focused of achieving the SDGs and effective humanitarian action.Build, expand and cultivate relationships with leadership partners (foundations, companies, wealthy individuals) in support of fund-raising effortsSupport and grow income from WFP's National Committees and national fundraising programmes, based on a clearly articulated national fund-raising strategy.Represent WFP at key private sector international meetings and conferences as requested;Direct the preparation of the annual work plans and budgets for private fundraising and partnerships; planning and management of PGP's human, financial, and material resources with a view to ensure their optimum utilization.


At least 13 years experience in private partnership management and private sector fundraising, 5 years of experience in the humanitarian field desirableUniversity degree in a relevant fieldSpecific experience in managing complex global private sector partnerships with fundraising, capacity building, and brand building elements;Extensive and proven experience of working in an international context - delivering fundraising programmes across multiple countries - with demonstrable insights into regional and market opportunities and challengesDirect experience and proven success in developing and managing individual giving programmes (direct mail, online giving, SMS giving and face to face donor acquisition programmes) including the development and deployment of investment funds to drive growth;Relevant private sector or agency communications experience specific to developing communications tools and products to support private sector fundraising;Strong people management skills with experience leading global teams;Financial budgeting and reporting skills and experience overseeing budgets of significant size is essential;Proven experience giving presentations to high-level audiences is crucial.Specific knowledge of fundraising networks such as the Resource Alliance or similar is an asset.


Excellent command of spoken and written English (fluency/level C) Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP s working language, Portuguese.


Has led a collaborative, strategic and innovative approach to attract and develop new and multi-stakeholder partnershipsHas a holistic understanding of partner strategies and priorities and respectively of corporate strategies and interests in a (socio-) political contextHas led and motivated a large/and or multi-cultural team to design and develop solutionsHas demonstrated excellent leadership capacities to encourage team spirit and a gender-balanced, inclusive and sound working environmentHas facilitated innovative thinking to grow large partnerships and has significant experience in handling conflicts to ensure a strong relationshipHas set the strategic direction to support flexible and predictable resource mobilization efforts by senior management and by field officesHas led and promoted data-based decision making to enable internal stakeholders to make well-informed decisionsExperience developing and managing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms (Salesforce), and management and measurement of prospect pipelines is desirableHas gained significant experience in networking and influencing external stakeholders in large fora


The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year.

Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. These positions are rotational, which means that the incumbent shall be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational. Professional-level positions are rotational on a period of 2 to 4 years.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.


23 February 2020

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