Private Sector Partnerships Officer P3, 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 the Head of Private Sector Partnerships Europe. 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)



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

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

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

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

Coordinate and conduct prospect research to identify new private sector entities that can help achieve WFP’s strategic objectives, and manage these opportunities effectively in order to increase positive outcomes.

Conduct negotiations for contributions and partnership agreements, in line with internal policies and external regulations, in order to reach advantageous outcomes for WFP.

Manage junior officers to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.

Coordinate and prepare accurate reports on internal and external data, that enable informed decision-making and action planning by senior stakeholders, and provide consistent information to donors on use of funds.

Analyse data, identify trends and/or issues and propose solutions to problems, and ideas to inform 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.

Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitoring the management of risks.

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.

Contacts within European companies and corporate foundations with whom WFP is not already partnering.

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

Extensive experience effectively prospecting, managing, renewing and growing partnerships with companies and corporate foundations with a financial contribution or capacity-building impact value of USD 1 million or more per year.

Ability to apply excellent project management skills to partnership management, leading coordination across a variety of stakeholder in different technical areas to meet desired outcomes.

Experience leading the prospecting and negotiation of complex partnerships, including executive pitch development, tailored proposal writing, contracting, and the establishment of proper governance and reporting mechanisms.

Proven ability to effectively prioritize bodies of work and to coach and manage more junior staff from diverse backgrounds, setting clear goals and guiding through areas of professional development.




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






30 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: Mimum 5 years of experience in private sector partnerships and fundraising or areas related 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