Regional Cooperating Partner Technical Advisor

at World Food Programme
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted March 23, 2020
Category Social Services & Nonprofit
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day


Regional Cooperating Partner Technical Advisor SC9(equivalent to NOB)

The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. 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 WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern and Central Africa (RBN) is based in Nairobi and provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilization and management support to WFP operations and activities in nine countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

The Programme Unit of the Regional Bureau provides this guidance, support and oversight to the various country-level programme teams and functional areas, including on issues of Cooperating Partner (CP)/NGO management. Over the past 2 years, the region has introduced new modalities for planning, budgeting, and partnership – in line with the WFP Integrated Road Map (IRM) approach and WFP’s 2018 NGO Guidance.

The Regional Cooperating Partner (CP) Management Technical Advisor will provide technical guidance and operational support to RB and CO Programme teams on strategic, technical and business process issues as well as risks related to CP/NGO management. The candidate will strengthen the RBs support services to COs and in turn improve CO CP/NGO partnership practices throughout the region. In line with WFPs IRM changes and WFPs commitment to the Grand Bargain (specifically the Localization stream), WFP aims to be a better strategic and operational partner with its CP/NGO stakeholders and the RB plays a key role in facilitating these changes at the Country Office level.

This assignment is in the Regional Bureau Programme Partnerships & Planning (PPKR) unit and may require frequent travel to Country Offices and field locations. The successful candidate will report to the PPKR Head of Unit.

Experience Requirements

Minimum 5 years of experience managing CPs and FLAs (including FLA budgets) or working at a NGO, ideally in various operational contexts.
Experience in effective contract management and risk management in various operational humanitarian contexts.

Job Responsibilities

Familiarity with the WFP technical tools used for CP management and reporting, including WFP’s financial and budget management frameworks, COMET, CP closing stocks, etc.
Language: Fluency in English, both oral and written. Intermediate knowledge of other UN language would be an advantage.
Provide COs with technical and operational guidance on how to implement the 2018 NGO Corporate Guidance which includes Call for Proposals, selection process, partner induction, partner evaluations, etc.
Liaise with HQ regarding corporate templates and standards which need to be operationalized and provide inputs/feedback.
Support COs with the development of key documentation such as SoPs, Cooperating Partner Committee ToRs, checklists, etc. that support an effective CP mgmt. function.
Provide guidance on FLA management, including budget negotiations, COMET data entry, distribution reports and invoice management.

Education Requirements

Advanced University degree in business management or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience with NGOs and trainings/courses in Audit or Oversight.


Excellent knowledge of WFP’s 2018 NGO guidance, partnership principles and modalities, including associated IRM processes.
Strong understanding of WFP’s corporate planning processes at HQ, RB, and CO level under the IRM structure.
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