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 Market & Value Chain Specialist will provide technical assistance on WFP’s agriculture-based food systems interventions, including the production, post-harvest loss management program and market access strategy, and support overall implementation of the Climate Smart Food Systems strategic outcome 3 of the WFP Somalia Country Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025, which aims to enable the consumption of healthy diets for all. The candidate is expected to work autonomously while ensuring close collaboration with Country, Area and Field Office based staff as well as external stakeholders.
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
- Responsible for market outcomes under existing programmes, bringing to market WFP-supported agriculture products. Lead on capacity building initiatives related to sales, branding, packaging, pricing, and food transformation systems strengthening. Train and build capacity of WFP, partner, and government staff, cooperatives, and farmers, on the fundamentals of market information systems, the agriculture value chain, pricing, sales, and marketing.
- Provide overall programme/project coordination and management for WFP’s ongoing food systems projects where needed. This includes coordination with area offices, building capacity of implementing partners, and being the programme/project focal person with WFP business units (procurement, finance), communications and other relevant WFP units
- Work with relevant technical units to incorporate Nutrition in Retail report recommendations, through the development of an actionable roadmap by each relevant unit. Including tackling key findings on khat, tea, and CBT (vouchers) leveraging.
- Lead partnership development with one or more Somalia private sector processing enterprises on nutritious food product processing, including launching a product onto the Somalia market.
- Review existing market information systems, map regional and local market outlets, and identify opportunities for linkages along the value chains. Review operational research around value chain mapping, market information systems, including access to finance, credit and subsidies.
- Lead a fodder value chain analysis and develop expansion and integration opportunities in link with disaster preparedness efforts linking fodder reserves to pastoral and agropastoral zones.
- Develop a local procurement strategy and plan jointly with the Supply Chain team.
- Support the Supply Chain team to develop a comprehensive retailer strategy to promote the sale of WFP-supported and/or other locally produced nutritious products across WFP contracted retailers, including monitoring the availability, quality, and price of those products as well as retailer performance, in coordination with M&E.
- Support the Supply Chain team to identify and assess relevant supply chains, define a market development strategy ensuring Value for Money (availability, affordability, and quality of nutritious food), and develop capacity building initiatives aimed at different supply chain actors across storage, transport, procurement, fortification, FSQ etc.
- Support the Supply Chain team to grow WFP’s e-commerce platform, adding price monitoring, quality standards, and other elements to support market linkages.
- Contribute to analytical, operational and donor reporting, for internal or external use.
- Perform other related duties as required.
DO YOU MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE?
Experience: + 5 years of relevant professional experience
- Has served as a programme advisor, designed, and implemented programmes on the agriculture value chain.
- Has gained direct experience with different programme approaches. Has worked with government agencies and advised on and developed curriculums.
Languages: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language an added advantage.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
11 months (initial)
Eligibility: This position is open to international candidates only. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
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.
Application Deadline: 13th February 2023.
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.