Career Opportunity: Director, WFP Global Office in Berlin

Deadline: 17 May 2021
Open to: Political Science, Economics, International Development or Social Sciences graduates with fifteen years or more of senior level experience in fields related to partnerships, fundraising and advocacy
Benefits: attractive compensation and benefits package


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.



  • 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.


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 information, visit the official website.