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United Nations World Food Programme: Director, 17.5.

Career Opportunities: Director, WFP Global Office in Berlin (D2) (141945)

Requisition ID 141945 - Posted 20/04/2021 - Fixed Term - Europe, Western - Germany - Berlin - Working Job Language (2) - PARTNERSHIPS

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.


The Partnerships and Advocacy Department (PA) provides leadership and expertise to WFP’s global positioning, partnering and resourcing efforts to continue Saving Lives and Changing Lives. To this effect, PA steers WFP’s strategic engagement with governments, the UN system and its Member States, corporations, global foundations, international financial institutions, academia, think-tanks and the public at large.

The Global Office in Berlin (BER) proactively engages and co-develops solutions with Germany, WFP’s second largest donor. BER helps lead organization-wide efforts to meet resourcing needs through active engagement with the German government and public sector institutions while also working to position WFP as a leading UN implementing agency.

BER strives to shape public opinion as well as influence policy makers, parliamentarians and supporters in Germany to sustain funding for humanitarian assistance as well as for longer-term development activities. A key piece of this is to position WFP as an attractive partner for the corporate sector and continue expanding on successful growth in individual giving. With WFP’s Innovation Accelerator based in Munich, BER works hand-in-hand with teams across the organization focused on innovation. The Berlin Office portfolio also includes all the above-mentioned efforts for Austria and Liechtenstein.

Reporting to the Assistant Executive Director for PA, this senior level Director position will lead the Berlin Office and work closely with a network of peer Global Office Directors in key donor capitals around the globe.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Represent WFP vis-à-vis the national authorities, UN system, regional bodies, Member States and/or other selected partners, as applicable in the location of assignment.
  • Formulate and implement WFP’s partnership engagement strategy as per the context-specific WFP Global Office TOR and wider UN strategies to ensure continuous support to field operations and meet the mandate of WFP.
  • Identify and build productive relationships with a broad range of relevant public/private decision- makers, influencers and constituencies in order to advance WFP’s corporate strategies, policies and procedures, attract resources and promote transfer of knowledge, expertise and technological innovation.
  • Demonstrate ownership when promoting and deploying corporate initiatives and ensure that WFP’s partnership engagement is aligned with these and wider UN strategies, policies and processes.
  • Disseminate WFP analyses, studies and innovations to a wider audience with a view to position WFP, raise brand awareness and inform technical and policy dialogue; Increase WFP’s capacity to attain, share and use knowledge for positioning, partnering and resourcing purposes.
  • Contribute to a network of peer WFP Global Office Directors worldwide, providing analysis of trends, opportunities and potential risks to the WFP Leadership Group and/or other appropriate WFP counterparts to facilitate integrated solutions that address hunger and the root causes of hunger.
  • Propose strategies for WFP senior/executive staff engagement to reinforce technical dialogue and expand political outreach; actively participate in or co-lead national, UN and other multilateral fora to generate support for Zero Hunger, advance WFP’s leadership in areas of specialization and position WFP effectively vis-à-vis relevant decision makers and influencers.
  • Hold accountability for transparent and efficient people management, staff development and coaching to expand the reach and depth of the partnership function.
  • Hold accountability for standards, guidance and processes within the Office; Provide effective leadership to the Office team, enabling implementation of best practices and high performance, and ensure best use of financial resources for the achievement of set objectives.
  • Take lead to ensure that evaluation, audit and compliance recommendations are efficiently implemented within the Office.
  • Take concrete actions which promote health and wellbeing within the workplace and mitigate risks related to stress, health and safety.
  • Take appropriate measures to foster a safe and harmonious work environment in which employees are protected from exposure to any form of abusive conduct (harassment, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination), and act as a role model in reflecting respect towards all employees.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.



  • Advanced University degree in Political Science, Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or other relevant area, or First University degree with additional relevant experience and/or advanced training/courses.


Fifteen years or more (at least six working internationally or with international organizations) of senior level experience in fields related to partnerships, fundraising and advocacy. Extensive experience leading multicultural teams and improving performance and motivation.


  • Fluency (level C) in German and English
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language))

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Broad knowledge of diverse humanitarian assistance and development practices.
  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate large and diverse teams and drive improving performance.
  • Excellent diplomatic skills and management acumen, with the ability to leverage external partnerships to optimize resources for WFP.
  • A track record of dealing with and politically influencing at the highest levels within and beyond the organization.
  • Ability to assimilate and analyze complex issues to develop strategies and policies.
  • Sound understanding of business principles and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN / WFP specific strategies, processes and systems.


  • Led a collaborative, strategic and innovative approach to attract and develop new and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • Has a holistic understanding of government and/or UN system strategies and priorities and respectively of corporate strategies and interests in a (socio-) political context.
  • Led and motivated a medium to large/and or multi-cultural team to design and develop solutions.
  • Demonstrated excellent leadership capacities to encourage team spirit and a gender- balanced, inclusive and sound working environment.
  • Led and promoted data-based decision making to enable internal stakeholders to make well informed decisions.
  • Determined the engagement strategy for relationship building in order to grow large partnerships.
  • Led in setting the strategic direction to support flexible and predictable resource mobilization efforts by senior management and by field offices.
  • Led in networking and influencing external stakeholders in large fora.


  • Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is however will be on a Locked Contract which means the incumbent shall not be subject to the regular reassignment.  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 icsc.un.org


Monday, 17 May 2021.  All applications must be submitted in English to be considered.

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.

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