WFP Somalia Programme Policy Officer (Agriculture and Livelihoods) Job in Mogadishu

UN World Food Programme – Somalia

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Vacancy Announcement No. 012/2020

Post Title: Programme Policy Officer (Agriculture and Livelihoods)

Contract type: Fixed Term

Post Grade: NOB

Duty Station: Mogadishu

Duration: 1 year (initial)

Date of Issue: 20 August 2020

Closing Date: 2 September 2020

Organizational Background: 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.

WFP Somalia’s three year country plan 2019 – 2021 focuses on a new strategic shift towards strengthening resilience of communities; recognizing the interconnected nature of relief, nutrition, safety nets, food systems, capacity strengthening and partnerships, addressing some of the above causes within the context of chronic drought and frequent climate-related shocks.

A key focus area is on building sustainable food systems and value chains, to improve the availability, accessibility, affordability and consumption of nutritious and healthy diets in Somalia and to prevent and reduce the impact of man-made and natural shocks on vulnerable populations.

This position will support, the development and implementation of WFP’s livelihoods and food systems projects, particularly working with smallholder farmers on improving agricultural value chains, introducing climate-adaptive livelihoods practices, and strengthening community and household resilience.

This position is open to qualified Somali candidates; female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Policy Officer (Deputy Head of the Unit), and the overall supervision of the Mogadishu Area Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of food systems, agriculture and livelihoods-oriented projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance;
  • Provide specialized project management support to specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that technical support is provided or resourced following WFP’s policies and procedures;
  • Foster relationships and communications with relevant stakeholders, such as other operating partners, coordination mechanisms, government and community members;
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor on-going projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery;
  • Coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained;
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders;
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved resilience packages;
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within a specific technical area;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Advanced University degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agronomy, Market Information Systems, Environmental Engineering, Food systems or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience: At least three or more years of professional experience in agriculture and livelihoods. Has leadership in implementing agriculture and livelihood programmes. Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Somali is a requirement.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Has developed relationships with local authorities, government and partners for successful project implementation.
  • Courtesy, tact and the ability to maintain effective working relations with internal and external partners;
  • Should have strong analytical and communication skills;
  • Hands on UN/INGO experience is a plus.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment using the following link:

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WFP seeks applicants of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

WFP is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Selection of candidates is made on a competitive basis.

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Updated: August 25, 2020 — 7:24 am