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 Interim Country Strategic 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.
The Programme Policy Officer will provide overall leadership, management and coordination of relief and resilience activities, including providing strategic direction for identifying transitioning approaches and/or referral mechanisms between humanitarian and recovery and resilience interventions and find opportunities for climate change-related activities. This position will also lead in developing project proposals, technical oversight throughout the project cycle and management and prioritization of resources from multiple funding sources.
This position is open to qualified Somali candidates; female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direct guidance of the Deputy Head of the Programme, and the overall supervision of the Head of Programme, you will:
- Provide leadership, technical oversight, guidance and supervision to the relief, resilience and climate change technical team, Area Offices (AOs) and partners;
- Coordinate and lead the implementation of livelihoods, resilience and climate change activities within the strategic framework of WFP and the Somalia programme;
- Support the development of the urban livelihoods portfolio;
- Participate in the review of Monitoring & Evaluation tools and Cooperating Partners reporting formats for relief and livelihoods activities;
- Participate in support and supervision missions to project sites to monitor progress and assist Area Offices in resolving challenges;
- Take part in the mid-term review and evaluation of projects and give inputs for resilience case studies.
- Develop and provide inputs for donor funding proposals and donor reports;
- Manage, prioritize and plan for resources to ensure that activities are implemented according to plan;
- Participate in the development of the Humanitarian Response Plan – Food security component as well as related reporting:
- Provide guidance for Calls for Proposals, based on community action plans and seasonal analysis and response plans;
- Oversee review of proposals for livelihoods activities and provide relevant feedback to Area Offices;
- Provide inputs for the implementation-based plan based on projected needs and available resources.
- Present project proposals for livelihoods activities to the Country Project Committee (CPC) and follow up with AOs on issues raised by the committee;
- Provide technical guidance to staff and capacity strengthening to Partners on livelihoods or resilience programming;
- Ensure that project information and database repository is kept up to date, provide activity briefs and information for communication and reporting;
- Prepare briefing and communications materials, photos and beneficiary stories on livelihoods activities;
- Participate in food security cluster and Resilience Strategy meetings with UN agencies and other relevant inter-agency stakeholders;
- Perform other related duties as required.
Education: Advanced university degree in Agriculture, Urban and Rural Development, or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience.
Experience: At least five years of postgraduate professional experience in designing and implementing multi-faceted food systems and livelihoods programmes in arid and semi-arid areas.
Language: Proficiency in both oral and written communication in English and Somali is a requirement.
Knowledge & Skills:
- Has led a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.
- Has experience managing and supervising staff, including remotely.
- In-depth knowledge and experience in development of livelihoods and resilience strategies and operational plans.
- Has minimum knowledge of general food security and nutrition programming to be able to effectively work across programme functions (social protection, nutrition, vulnerability assessment and mapping among others).
- Solid knowledge of humanitarian food security interventions.
- Solid understanding of and expertise in community engagement processes and links to local governance.
- Should have strong analytical and communication skills.
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.