Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection), Mogadishu

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    3 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.


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.

Why join WFP Somalia?

In Somalia, the World Food Programme provides food assistance for nutrition, livelihoods, and relief through the hard work of more than 550 employees who contribute towards making Somalia hunger free in close partnership with local partners.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

WFP Somalia Country Office is seeking a Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection Analyst) to support the implementation and expansion of WFP’s social protection portfolio, with a particular emphasis on the Government funded Baxnaano intervention and its shock-response elements. The successful candidate will undertake the following responsibilities including, but not limited to:

    •  Contribute to the implementation of the Somalia Country Office strategic plan, with particular emphasis on Strategic Outcome 2 relating to social protection.
    •  Under the direct supervision of the Social Protection Officer and in close collaboration with Area Offices (AOs) in Somalia and Somaliland and the Nairobi Liaison Office, support the implementation of the government-led social protection projects.
    •  Provide on the spot technical backstopping to WFP Area Offices and relevant stakeholders and partners.
    •  Support the AOs in their engagement on social protection with state-level actors.
    •  Conduct trainings and monitoring on behalf of CO and provide feedback to project management on performance of partners and progress and challenges on the ground.
    •  Coordinate project activities with other WFP functional units (Transfers management, M&E, etc.).
    •  Document learning and promote knowledge sharing between the different Area Offices, Country Office and Liaison Office through frequent engagement with AO colleagues to improve communication across offices, identify and respond to gaps, and streamline implementation processes across the operational chain.



  •  Support AOs/technical units in generating evidence and key learnings.
  •  Coordinate programme monitoring activities between WFP Somalia offices and implementing partners, and support regular monitoring reporting to Government, UNICEF and World Bank.
  •  Provide support to relevant partners that are focusing on Social Protection issues to enable sharing experiences and gather lessons learned and best practices.
  •  Contribute to the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, donor reports and other relevant information products or proposals for internal or external use.
  •  Contribute towards quality capacity assessment and performance appraisal of CPs following the partnerships evaluations.
  •  Represent WFP Somalia in meetings and discussions covering the project when needed.
  •  Work closely with UNICEF, donors and government to support the project planning and implementation.


Education: A First University Degree in social sciences and humanities. An Advanced University degree of a similar field is a plus.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of post-graduate experience in handling complex food security, relief or emergency programmes transitioning to development programmes. Experience in programmes related to Social Protection and Safety Nets, preferably within the UN and/or government is desirable.

Language: Proficiency in written and oral English and Somali.

Knowledge &Skills:

  •  Extensive knowledge and experience of humanitarian and development context of Somalia.
  •  Has worked in collaboration with government agencies and gained policy experience.
  •  Proven professional experience in the field with ability to work under pressure and independently on technical matters with minimum supervision.
  •  Demonstrated experience in liaising with donors and establishing innovative partnerships.
  •  Excellent writing and communication skills in English, and ability to produce quality documents and reports.
  •  Experience in organising workshops with government agencies and partners and national and sub-national levels.
  •  Training and/or experience utilising computers including word processing, spreadsheet and other WFP standard software packages and systems. General knowledge of UN systems and policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration.


Contract Duration: 1 year (initial)


Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment.

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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.

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