UN World Food Programme – Somalia
Vacancy Announcement No. 042/2020
Post Title: School Feeding Programme Consultant
Contract Type: Consultant
Post Grade: Level II
Duty Station: Nairobi
Duration: 80 days in total
Date of Issue: 4th December 2020
Closing Date: 17th December 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.
The World Food Programme Somalia activities include relief assistance, safety-net support including school feeding, nutrition programmes and livelihood support through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers and capacity strengthening.
The School Feeding Programme: School meals can play a significant role in promoting food security, nutrition and education goals. As the largest humanitarian provider of school feeding worldwide, WFP, along with governments and partners, supports education, reduces malnutrition, and promotes development, especially during times of crises and emergencies.
At the same time WFP is working to make school feeding ‘nutrition-sensitive’ — that is, ensuring that menus are designed with nutrition in mind, and provide not just calories but also the nutrients needed by growing bodies and brains.
Since 2003, WFP has provided hot meals to primary school children in Somalia through the School Feeding Programme (SFP). In 2017, a review of WFP’s SFP in Somalia found that school meals have a measurable impact on educational outcomes, with the enrolment, attendance, retention, and completion rates in participating schools higher than in non-SMP schools.
Children attending school receive nutritious meals promoting their attendance, retention rate as well as contributing to their better health and nutrition. The provision of school meals also allows families, particularly those from more destitute backgrounds, to focus on providing more resources for the rest of the household.
Purpose of Assignment: The purpose of this consultancy is to support the development of a national school feeding policy for the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS). The goal of the policy is to promote national ownership and sustain school feeding efforts and promote access to quality and equitable education in Somalia.
The document will heavily draw from the FGS priorities stipulated in the National Development Plan-9, Federal Ministry of Education, Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP), the education sector analysis and the FGS priorities Desk review will also include a review of practices for policy implementation on the ground; reviews of secondary data to ensure a comprehensive perspective of the status of education outcomes and service provision to inform the education policy development.
Consultations with Ministries and partners will guide the development of the policy to tailor the document on improving access and quality of Education. Using a complementary and constructive approach, the policy will seek at increased equity in education outcomes through a school feeding programme, improving the efficiency of the education system and improving effectiveness (boosting access, learning outcomes, retention, transition and completion) while addressing the areas of greatest need, such as lack of policies, foundational skills, tailored support to groups at high risk of non-enrolment and dropout.
This position is open to qualified candidates; female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Under the overall supervision of the federal ministry of education in close coordination with WFP, the consultant will do the following:
- Review and revise the current concept note to integrate a multi-sectoral approach to school feeding- school, health and nutrition policy;
- Conduct desk research of existing policies, strategies, and guidelines that govern the education and school feeding programme in Somalia, and regional/global policies in general with a view to assess their potential for adaptation to the Somalia context;
- Review of the existing corporate and/or country guidance and documentations that govern school feeding in Somalia and other countries with contextual similarities;
- Prepare an inception report including a workplan;
- Conduct consultations with the Somalia government and other stakeholders to understand the current state of school feeding in Somalia; analysis of the school feeding in the context of Somalia to identify good practices/lessons, understand the existing structures/systems and assess the capacity gaps for the implementation of school feeding in Somalia;
- Draft School feeding policy that outlines the objectives, rationale, scope, design, areas of integration with other sectors, roles amongst partners and coordination mechanisms, monitoring systems, funding and sustainability of the program;
- Conduct multiple workshops both at federal and member states level to share and validate the drafts;
- Incorporate the comments/feedback from the validation workshops and finalize policy in close coordination with the government and World Food Programme;
- Submit a final draft for policy formulation.
Education: Advanced university degree in Education, Curriculum Development, Education Policy & Planning, Education Economics, law, Health or Nutrition.
Experience: At least 5-10 years of progressive responsible experience in the development, implementation, management, research, analysis, and evaluation of education/school feeding programmes preferable in fragile states. Experience and familiarity of the Somalia and regional context is a plus.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of Somali language is a plus.
Knowledge & Skills:
- Demonstrated experience-effectuating coordination among government agencies and development partners;
- Proven experience of drafting educational and school feeding policies;
- Knowledge and understanding of Somalia and Somalia-related education issues;
- Experience/knowledge of national processes and systems development;
- Ability to work effectively with government and donor counterparts;
- Ability to work independently, produce high quality outputs;
- Good judgment, strategic thinking and the ability to manage competing priorities.
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.