Director, Global Office, Seoul P5 job at WFP

$154,861 - $189,801 / YEAR Expired 2 weeks ago
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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.

Are you a seasoned Partnerships leader interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organization investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.


Applications must be submitted by Sunday, June 30, 2024 (11:59 PM CET).


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, 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.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.


  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)


The Partnerships and Innovation Department (PI) provides leadership and expertise to WFP’s global partnership and resource mobilization efforts, ensuring that WFP gets maximum resources to fully meet the needs of the people we serve, in order to support Member States in achieving Zero Hunger and Agenda 2030.

PI leads WFP’s resource mobilization activities with governments, UN agencies, the private sector and other partners while also overseeing WFP’s expanding work in innovation.

The Director of WFP Global Office in Seoul reports to the Director of Global Partner Countries (GPC).

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 networkof peer WFP Global OfficeDirectors worldwide, providinganalysis 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, enablingimplementation 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.
  • Accountable for an equitable and inclusive workplacewhich incorporates all dimensions of the WFP diversity and inclusion framework.
  • 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.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Eleven (11) years of experience, of which six (6) international, of senior level experience in a relevant field of work;
  • Management role in leading multicultural teams and improving performance and motivation and encouraging team spirit and a gender-balanced, inclusive working environment.
  • Proven experience in a leadership role in partnership and resource mobilization
  • Leadership of collaborative, strategic and innovative approaches to attract and develop new and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • Leadership and motivation of medium to large/and or multi-cultural teams to design and develop solutions
  • Holistic understanding of government and/or UN system strategies and priorities and respectively of corporate strategies and interests in a (socio-) political context.
  • Experience leading data-driven decision making to enable internal stakeholders to make well informed decisions.


  • Fluency (level C) in the English and Korean languages.
  • Minimum of intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.


You have:

  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate large and diverse teams and drive improving performance.
  • Strong ability to build strategic partnerships with public and private sector entities as well as with parliamentarians and civil society.
  • Broad knowledge of diverse humanitarian assistance and development practices.
  • Ability to be an effective advocate in the ROK market for WFP.
  • 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.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships
Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Seoul, South Korea to take up this assignment.


  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
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  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified


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.

Seoul, South Korea
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