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WFP  is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Partnership Officer- Senior Advocacy & Resource Mobilization Expert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Job Description

  • Job Title: Partnership Officer- Senior Advocacy & Resource Mobilization Expert, CST II, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


JOB TITLE: Partnership Officer- Senior Advocacy & Resource Mobilization Expert for Home-Grown School Feeding

TYPE OF CONTRACT: International Consultant Level II

UNIT/DIVISION: African Union Department of Education, Science, Technology & Innovation ( DESTI) & part-time African Union Global Office.

DUTY STATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

DURATION: 11 months


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.

Click the link to learn more about WFP in Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia Employee Value Proposition.pdf


The World Food Programme has supported the people and governments of Africa for over half a century on issues ranging from ending poverty and hunger to sustaining peace and promoting stability; and for nearly two decades, the organization has engaged the African Union (AU), a political institution established to articulate and advocate continental political, economic and social development ambitions and priorities. In recognition of the AU’s growing importance and influence in global and continental affairs, WFP has been enhancing its engagement, advocacy and technical support to promote implementation of AU decisions, policies, strategies and programmes. WFP’s support to the AU is coordinated by the WFP Africa Global Office based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As part of its efforts to operationalise Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, the African Union (AU), has developed and adopted the Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-25 (CESA 16-25); and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Both CAADP and CESA 16-25 support home-grown school feeding programmes as a common continental priority. During the 2016 ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, a decision was passed recognizing the importance of home-grown school feeding to access education, educational outcomes and to support local and rural economies. As per the decision, the Assembly called for (1) the establishment of a multi-disciplinary technical committee (the School Feeding Cluster); (2) the commemoration of the 1st March as the African Day of School Feeding (ADSF); (3) regular reporting on school feeding programmes in the continent; and (4) promote South-South cooperation on HGSF among member states. As per the Assembly Decision, the Home-grown School Feeding Cluster was established in 2017. The Departments of Agriculture, Rural Development , Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE); and Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA – NEPAD), as well as Regional Economic Communities and UN Agencies are important members of the cluster. Since the decision to establish this multidisciplinary platform WFP, through its Center of Excellence in Brazil and WFP Africa Global Office in Addis Ababa, has been providing support to its Members. The Cluster’s mission is to improve the educational access and outcomes and nutritional and health status of school children and promote the home-grown school feeding model by enabling collaboration, coordination and knowledge exchange mechanisms. To achieve this, the Cluster will need to provide strong policy and implementation guidance to Member States that complements and reinforces the support provided by other AU organs, thus ensuring that all continental efforts are streamlined towards this same goal.

The AUC’s HGSF Cluster is well positioned to generate much needed regional public goods, services and resources, and to work towards mobilising political commitment of AU Member States to scale-up of national school feeding programmes. The HGSF Cluster has been established and members are committed to driving this agenda forward. However, despite some progress there remain organizational and technical capacity constraints (in coordination, advocacy and resource mobilization) that need to be addressed in order to effectively operationalize the Cluster. This position will help increase the capacities of the Cluster to engage in advocacy activities and operationalize the action plan already approved by the Member States and seeks to address these bottlenecks to ensure effective implementation. In view of the above, the United Nations World Food Programme is seeking a Senior Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Expert to be seconded to the AUC’s ESTI Department to provide on-site advocacy support to help implement the HGSF Cluster Strategy and Work Plan and mobilize resources for activities. The expert will work 60% for the AUC ESTI department and 40% for the WFP AUGO Office.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Lead the process of drafting a high-impact advocacy and communication plan for the Cluster, outlining clear goals and objectives, as well as different audiences, influencing strategy, tactics, key activities, deliverables for 2023 to 2025.
  • Lead the implementation of the 2023 – 2025 advocacy and communication plan of the Cluster.
  • Actively explore and secure opportunities to position the School Meals Coalition in continental events and thematic events from AU bodies and increase the engagement of AU bodies and Regional Economic Communities in the Coalition.
  • Lead the coordination of the organization of an annual high-level ministerial meeting, such as during the celebration of the African Day of School Feeding on the 1st of March.
  • Lead the engagement of continental School Feeding Champions, ranging from presidents, ministers, ambassador, private investors, and celebrities to utilise their platforms to support the Cluster’s advocacy efforts that seeks to position school feeding and HGSF as a key continental, regional and national priority.
  • Coordinate and ensure alignment between advocacy efforts of Cluster Members, including drafting of common messages, maintaining calendar of events, ensure participation of Cluster members in relevant events, etc.
  • Engage with other relevant thematic clusters within the AU to improve cross-cluster collaboration and joint advocacy.
  • Actively explore opportunities to position school health and nutrition during AU Annual Summits and high-level side events, while engaging actively with the AU member states.
  • Support the positioning of school health and nutrition with the relevant AUC bodies, as well as Human Capital Champions (usually Ministers of Finance) to embed SHN in Africa’s continental, regional and national human capital development agendas. eHwRn12 DlYH2R
  • Produce well-researched, clear, concise advocacy briefs on agreed agenda items, map out key targets, stakeholders, opportunities, messages and way forward with specific recommendations.
  • Support with resource mobilization for events


EDUCATION: Advanced University degree in social sciences, communications, public relations, international relations, international development, and or any other related field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience in high-level advocacy and resource mobilization.


  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the African Union structure, processes and frameworks.
  • Strong conceptual and research/analytical skills with the ability to quickly analyse data and information from different sources and produce coherent proposals and reports.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with strong demonstrated ability to convey complex ideas in a clear, direct, and lively style.
  • Strong background in policy analysis, research and resource mobilization.
  • Ability to work independently, operate under pressure, manage multiple tasks, deliver time sensitive, high-quality work, and meet team objectives
  • Ability to communicate and write competently in English.
  • Highly organized at both the task and project level.
  • Knowledge and experience with international organizations and/or Global Funds, with knowledge on the AU and past work on AU advocacy being an added advantage.
  • Highly creative and innovative thinker.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language.


5 April 2024

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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