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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.
Country context and response
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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. With more than 18,000 colleagues worldwide, WFP works 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.
Since 1978, WFP has actively assisted humanitarian and development interventions in Cameroon. WFP has provided lifesaving food and nutrition assistance alongside and resilience building support to refugees, internally displaced people and local communities, which has contributed to stabilizing the food security situation amongst vulnerable groups in Cameroon’s pursuit of Zero Hunger.
The Partnerships Associate will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Partnerships Unit and in collaboration with the other members of the partnership team, Country Office and Field Office, to achieve the goals outlined in the Country Strategic Plan’s Partnership Action Plan 2022-2026.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Support the implementation of the private sector engagement strategy for the country office, expand outreach to new sector actors and facilitate the development and implementation of memorandums of understanding to expand WFP’s partnership and resource base.
- Provide technical support to the Head of Partnerships Unit in private sector engagement, including identification of foundations and all potential impact-based partnerships.
- Gather and share private sector intelligence, provide a clear understanding of the sectoral issues and the overall private sector landscape vis-à-vis WFP’s corporate approach to private sector partnerships.
- Proactively contribute to the Country Office’s partnership portfolio, including partner profiling, data/trends analysis and outreach activities, with the aim to maximize resources and leverage policy and technical support for WFP’s work. Ensure that WFP gives appropriate visibility during its operations to partners and that partner conditions are met.
- Support the preparation of briefs, donor reports, proposals, presentations, events, and data analysis on donor funding trends/issues, ensuring the deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
Ensure and/or perform accurate and timely recording of relevant data related to partnerships, ensuring consistency of information presented to internal and external stakeholders.
Support gathering of socio-political insights to support WFP’s effective positioning with the Government of Cameroon, and regional and international institutions with the aim to influence the policy agenda.
- Other duties as required by the Head of Partnerships Unit.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
- Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.
- Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
- Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
- Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
- Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
- Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design. Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation. Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes. Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes. Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
First university degree in Political Science, International Development,
Development Economics, International Relations, Law, Marketing, Communications
or other Relevant Field
At least six years of experience.
- Basic understanding of government and corporate strategies and priorities
- Experience in developing multi-stakeholder partnerships
- Strong writing skills, including creation of external communication and briefing materials
Knowledge & Skills:
Adapts readily to change
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to collaborate closely with colleagues
- Capability to build and strengthen external partnerships
Fluency (level C) in English and French language.
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS
This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
September 30, 2022
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