14 Jul 2021

Senior Partnerships Officer NOD (National Advisor for Gov’t & International Financial Institutions) at NOD

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Job Description


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.


Education: Advanced University degree in Political Science, Public Administration, International Development, Development Economics or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language.


The Senior Partnerships Officer will report to the Country Director and Representative.


Guided by the Corporate Partnership Strategy, define the strategy and associated work plan to identify, build and maintain strategic relationships and collaboration with external, private and government partners, and promote the profile of WFP. Represent WFP externally to safeguard and promote WFP interests. Provide authoritative and innovative advice to senior staff to overcome complex problems and establish new partnerships.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Country Director and Representative, the Senior Partnerships Officer will perform the following duties:Strategic Advice and Analysis

  • Provide strategic direction and high-quality advisory services to the Country Director and Representative and Country Office Management on WFP’s engagement with the Government of Tanzania, International Financial Institutions (IFIS), and other key development partners on development issues.
  • Proactively scan the country development landscape and support exploration of viable opportunities and new approaches for WFP’s strategic engagement with the Government of Tanzania and IFIs, particularly in the areas of rural transformation, sustainable infrastructure and human capital development.
  • Closely follow relevant external developments and processes involving the Government and IFIs (e.g. national budgetary processes, approval of key strategic documents, and loan negotiations) and support the development of the World Food Programme (WFP)’s position/engagement/support on those.
  • Analyze the national development, budgeting and spending priorities to determine how WFP could support the Government with furthering its priorities and closing the funding gap, including debt swops.

Knowledge Management and Coordination

  • Represent WFP to relevant meetings in Dodoma.
  • Coordinate government and IFIs engagement by liaising with the Regional Bureau and the Strategic Partnerships Division.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios).


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  •  Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  •  Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  1. Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning.
  2.  Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships.
  3.  Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations.
  4.  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Relationship Management Demonstrates ability to formulate and maintain strong relationships and develop networks with appropriate stakeholders. Leads in implementing identified strategy to raise the profile of WFP, build relationships and further organisational aims.
Communication Expertise Represents WFP in multilateral/inter-agency fora. Provides guidance to team members in facilitating open and informative oral and written communication between partners and influencers. Directs a team in the preparation of external communication materials.
Information Analytics, Reporting and Management Demonstrates ability to conceptualise impactful means for reporting outcomes of multilateral/interagency dialogues to facilitate decision-making. Utilises partnership information and analysis to form insights which support fact based discussion for enhanced partner relationships, proactively identifying opportunities for improvement. Maintains, manages and analyses information in appropriate WFP systems.
Sociopolitical Contextual Understanding Demonstrates deep understanding of the multilateral/interagency environment and the dynamics in which WFP operates which influences approach to working, policy development and decision making.
NGO, UN and Other Partner Collaboration Guides interpretation of WFP’s partnering approach. Contributes to the determination of engagement strategies that inform WFP’s relationships with specific partners. Analyses and identifies new synergies with existing partners and explores new partnership opportunities.


  • Demonstrable experience with government, public sector economic planning and budgetary processes.
  • Demonstrable experience with international development issues and significant experience in developing relationships and managing strategic partnerships with governments and development partners.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in new partnership building, brokering relationships with partners, and engagement at a senior level.
  • Experience in project design processes and coordination with internal and external stakeholders, including governments and IFIs is desired.


Standard desired minimum academic qualifications:


Experience: eight years or more of postgraduate professional experience in a relevant field of work, with a background and interest in international humanitarian development.


  • The applicant should be a Tanzanian national.
  • Only candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.
  • Applications must be submitted online.
  • Use English language only.
  • Indicate clear years of experience with each job (Month/Year).
  • Attach copies of your qualification.
  • By submitting your application, you have read the Terms of Reference for this position and agree that any false, wrong or incomplete information might lead to your disqualification in this recruitment process.


The deadline for receiving applications is 28 July 2021.

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Closing Date : 28th July, 2021.

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