UN Jobs in Tanzania at The World Food Programme (WFP) – Senior Partnerships Officer

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: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


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.

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.

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.
Closing date 28th July 2021, 22:59 GMT



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