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Posting Date:

Date of Issue: April 13, 2023

Closing Date: April 26, 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:

  • Coordinate with implementing partners and actively monitor progress and performance of food system project activities including training of farmers, post-harvest handling support, productive asset creation (water dams/pans, borehole or shallow well, market linkage assistance, among others) to ensure deadlines and targets are met.
  • Provide supervision and support for the Training of Trainers on post-harvest loss reduction and access to markets.
  • Participate in developing and reviewing of social and behavior change communication messages.
  • Engage with target smallholder farmers, producer groups, and agro-dealers regularly to identify food systems needs, possible solutions, anticipate challenges and ensure smooth communication.
  • Foster relationships and communication with relevant stakeholders/ mechanisms, such as other cooperating partners, Food security cluster coordination mechanisms, relevant government line ministries, NGOs, civil societies and community leaders and project target groups.
  • Coordinate and liaise with internal counterparts to enable effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Contribute to the writing of food systems report at Area Office level.
  • Ensure that data and information on food system projects presented to the stakeholders is accurate, consistent and aligned with WFP’s communication protocol.
  • Provide specialized project management support to ensure that technical support is provided or resourced following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government on food systems, agriculture, markets and market systems, agro-value chains, climate change and adaptation and other thematic areas as may be defined in the food systems project.

Do you meet the minimum role requirements?

Academic Qualifications: A university degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agronomy, Engineering (Environmental Engineering, Agriculture Engineering), Food Security, Animal Science/ Animal Production, Range Management or other field relevant to international development assistance.

Experience: A minimum of 6 years progressive work experience do you have in food security/ agriculture/ environment and market systems development.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience in implementing programmes in agriculture value chain/ food security/ natural resource management.
  • Conversant with participatory community engagement approaches such as participatory rural appraisal, participatory learning and action, community managed disaster risk reduction.
  • Knowlegeable on broader aspects of agricultural extension methodologies such as farmer/pastoral/ agro-pastoral field schools, demonstrations.
  • Deep understanding of project cycle management (PCM) including design, planning, implementation, monitoring and adaptation.
  • Has a deep understanding on how to monitor technical activities related to production, post- harvest losses, and market linkages with smallholder farmers and/or co-operatives.
  • Broader understanding of cross cutting issues in humanitarian and development programming such as conflict sensitive programming, nutrition sensitive programming and gender sensitive programming.
  • Experience working with organizations that have medium to large food security and agriculture portfolio and longer-term projects.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Somali is required

Terms and Conditions:

Seven Months (Initial)

Recruitment Timelines:

Application Deadline: April 26, 2023, at 23:59Hrs (EAT.)

First Assessment: April 30, 2023, at 11:00Hrs (EAT.)

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.

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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