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External Relations Consultant

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.

Job Title: Consultancy - External Relations

Type of Contract: Junior Consultant Level III

Division: Global Office Canada

Duty Station (City, Country): Ottawa, Canada

Duration: 11 months


The Public, Partnerships and Resourcing Division provides leadership and expertise to WFP’s global partnership, advocacy and resource mobilization efforts with the aim to ensure that the needs of the people we serve are fully met and that Member States are effectively supported in achieving Zero Hunger and Agenda 2030. In doing so, PPR engages with governments, the private sector, UN agencies, international financial institutions, academia, think-tanks, NGOs and the public at large through HQ and Global Offices. Global Offices are located in critical global hubs and key donor capitals, carrying out Department-related functions, including in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

WFP’s partnership function has evolved significantly over the past five years, building on a series of global and corporate strategies. Partnerships are crucial levers to achieve Zero Hunger. Proactive advocacy, effective positioning, trends analysis and engagement enable WFP to strengthen both operational and resourcing partnerships to maximize impact. WFP recognizes that there is no effective partnering without prior positioning & advocacy


Under the direct supervision of the Sr. External Relations Officer, Global Office Canada, the External Relations Consultant will facilitate the work of senior staff to effectively position WFP with public and external partners to attract policy support, resources, technical assistance, and innovative solutions to advance the work of WFP, while supporting member states in the achievement of the SDGs and Zero Hunger and emphasizing WFP’s contributions in this regard. Responsibilities include the following duties:

  • Monitor, document, and brief ongoing political developments in Canada and international aid priorities.

  • Implement daily updates to stakeholder database, including research, proposed meetings, finalized meetings and contact status.

  • Draft quality briefs prior to meetings with external stakeholders

  • Develop draft deck presentations and documents (e.g. cheat sheets, briefing notes) based on research conducted.

  • Coordinate information sharing with internal stakeholders when the Ottawa Office welcomes visitors and conduct research accordingly in preparation for the visit.

  • Take notes during internal and external meetings with the production of official Notes for the Record and Quick Read Outs.

  • Compile, edit and upload weekly information reports (WHID) on Canadian priorities and context for Public Partnership and Resourcing Unit.

  • Compile and format monthly Canada’s Global Office report.

  • Participate in weekly team meetings.

  • Use key information systems (e.g Salesforce, Project Factory, Grants 360) as needed for management relationship, information sharing and research.

  • Provide logistical and administrative support for high level visits and events.

  • Support the monitoring and reporting process of Global Office Canada’s Annual Performance Plan for all political and government engagements.

  • Support Office Business Assistant as needed with additional tasks.

  • Incorporate gender equality perspective in all areas of work.

  • Other tasks as required.


  • Appropriate weekly political oral updates provided to GO CAN team

  • Successful inputs and analysis of monthly stakeholder dashboards

  • Successful coordination of external events that take place during the contract

  • Successful coordination of visitor folders, including drafted briefing notes, relevant documents and schedule.

  • Clear and concise internal monthly reports coordinated and edited in a timely manner.

  • Clear demonstration of understanding GO CAN wider mission and mandate in Ottawa.



Graduate degree in Political Studies, International Relations, International Development or relevant field.


Two years of relevant working experience in similar role with WFP, UN Agency or Government body.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Conveys motivated team spirit and contributes to a gender-balanced, inclusive and sound working environment

  • Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of stakeholders);

  • Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission;

  • Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs;

  • Excellent Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook), Specific experience in producing and manipulating excel worksheets and tables for analysis is highly welcomed.

  • Understanding of Canadian government political context, policies with a particular focus on Climate Change and Climate Financing.

  • Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment;

  • Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and to develop and improve individual skills;

  • Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances;

  • Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work;

  • Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities;

  • Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles;

  • Portrays an informed and professional demeanour toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

Languages: Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required.

Working knowledge of French (proficiency/level C) is an asset.

Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 22nd September 2023

Ref.: VA No. 829376

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.