Private Sector Partnerships Officer P2 - Rome, Italy

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



Europe, Western
Europe, Western


Company Description:

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide.In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. To learn more about WFP's operations, please visit our website at:

Job Description:




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

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





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.





This job reports to a Senior Private Sector Partnerships Officer. They work independently, using technical knowledge and experience to analyse data, provide solutions to problems, and identify opportunities for partnerships and fundraising.





The Private Partnerships Division (PGP) division is undergoing an exciting transformation and is looking for a motivated individual to join as a crucial part of the team. The private sector is uniquely qualified to play a leadership role in ending hunger. Some of the largest and most respected brands and companies in the world – such as MasterCard, Royal DSM, Facebook, Google and many others – are helping achieve zero hunger by enabling WFP to strengthen operations, reach more people, fund lifesaving programs and build public support. They choose to partner with WFP because of WFP’s reach, scale and track record to create innovative partnerships that leverage their unique strengths and create lasting impact.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)



Implement the work plan for assigned area by delivering activities that maintain and develop private sector partnerships to raise funds in support of WFP strategic priorities.

Contribute to the management of a portfolio of partnerships, soliciting contributions, providing on-going donor stewardship and assessing results in order to maximise resources raised for WFP, in line with internal policies and external regulations.

Provide support and guidance to technical units, regional bureaux and country offices in order to assist them to effectively mobilise private sector resources.

Contribute to the preparation proposals and sales presentations in order to effectively “sell and market” WFP to private sector prospects.

Conduct prospect research; identify, analyse and provide data to others to support them in identifying private sector entities that can help achieve WFP’s strategic objectives.

Support the sales process by coordinating activities and providing data that enables senior officers to manage and respond to the new opportunities, and negotiate advantageous contributions and partnership agreements.

Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.

Collate, analyse and report on internal and external data to enable informed decision-making and action planning by senior stakeholders, and provide consistent information to donors on use of funds.

Contribute data and ideas to the development of new strategies to better secure and steward private sector donors by channel (individuals, corporate, foundation, NGO).

Represent WFP at international meetings in such a way that advances the private sector partnership strategy and objectives, and builds support for WFP activities.

Work in collaboration with other WFP units to align activities and ensure that proposed partnerships support the corporate strategic objectives and provide value.

Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of a crisis.

Other as required.





In-depth knowledge of the European private sector (companies and corporate foundations) gained through either direct work in the private sector or partnership management at international NGOs and UN agencies.

Knowledge of general trends in private sector partnerships such as Shared Value or social impact investing.

Proven ability to effectively manage, renew and/or grow partnerships with companies and corporate foundations with a financial contribution or capacity-building impact value of USD 500,000 or more per year.

Ability to apply excellent project management skills to partnership management, coordinating a variety of stakeholders across different technical areas to meet desired outcomes.

Experience supporting the prospecting and negotiation of complex partnerships, including in-depth industry research, executive pitch development, tailored proposal writing, contracting, and the establishment of proper governance and reporting mechanisms.




Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level Relationship Management Demonstrates ability to build and sustain effective collaborative relationships with appropriate stakeholders and contacts in area of expertise to raise the profile of WFP, build relationships and further organisational aims. Communication Expertise Collates accurate and timely information in required format (i.e. written or visual communications materials as well as verbally), to facilitate information flows and informed decision making on communications issues. Information Analytics, Reporting & Management Gathers and summarises information relevant to partners (trends, regulations, practices) to enable supervisor(s) to efficiently make informed decisions and enhance partner relationships. Captures important information, synthesises and facilitates internal reporting. Prospecting & Pipeline Management Applies industry and WFP knowledge in following established practice for identification and development of opportunities for prospect collaborations. Sales, Marketing & Negotiation Conducts industry research and data collation to facilitate a fact driven approach to fundraising and prospecting strategy. Prepares pitch materials under guidance.




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


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. For more details please visit






28 September 2018




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

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.





Education:  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 trainings/courses.

Language: 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.



Experience: Minimum 3 years of experience in Private Sector fundraising or areas related to corporate social responsibility, marketing, communications or sales.

Level of Language Proficiency

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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree