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Posting Date:

Date of Issue: January 31, 2023                                                                                  

Closing Date: February 13, 2023

Why join WFP?

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.

This position is open to qualified Somali candidates. Female candidates, in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Job Purpose:

To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme of Kismayo Field office and overall supervision of the Head of Kismayo Field Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • Provide specialized project management support to specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedure.
  • Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g., food assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work. (e.g. assistance programmes, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders;
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities;
  • Coordinate and communicate with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate food security analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of food assistance;
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the specific technical area;
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility;
  • Oversee and /or review the work of the other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines;
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis;
  • Ensure field level monitoring of implementation including outputs and outcomes;
  • Supervise day-to-day implementation of the programme activities, to ensure the programme remains compliant with all WFP policies and procedures.

Do you meet the minimum role requirements?

Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area is desirable.

Experience:  A minimum of six years of progressive responsible support experience in emergency assistance and humanitarian programmes.

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

Knowledge and skills:

  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relations with counterparts, and government officials, including NGO partners, other UN agencies, and private businesses.
  • Has contributed to design or implementation of food/non-food assistance programmes.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.
  • Good communication and negotiation skills.
  • Able to effectively lead and manage teams.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Good coordination and monitoring skills.
  • Proficiency in using Windows applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, access; knowledge on using other WFP applications is an added advantage.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.

Terms and Conditions:

1 Year (Initial)

Application Instructions:

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 does not charge any application fees to candidates.

Recruitment Timelines:

Closing Date: February 13, 2023, at 23:59Hrs (EAT.)

Screening Assessment: February 16, 2023

Technical Written Test: March 6, 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.

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