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Programme Policy Officer, (Digital Financial Inclusion & Women’s Economic Empowerment) CST Mogadishu 81 views

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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 throughthe hard work of more than 550 employees who contribute towards making Somalia hunger free in close partnership with local partners.

Key Accountabilities

  1. Oversee the implementation of the delivery of the training package on mobile and mobile money usage according to the implementation plan, in close collaboration with GSMA, MSPs and the WFP Social Protection team.
  2. Adapt to Somali context or facilitate the development of training tools and communication materials in local languages by MSPs to complement the in-person training sessions.
  3. Strengthen the partnership with Mobile service providers and increase partnerships with private sector on digital financial inclusion.
  4. Support the “Master trainers” and cooperating partners in selecting female beneficiaries for the pilot trainings across regions, and subsequently for the scale-up of beneficiary training.
  5. Support the follow up on the Monitoring and Evaluation plan in collaboration with WFP to gather lessons learned from the project, including assessment on the uptake of knowledge and skills by the Cooperating partners transferring this to the end user, namely the female beneficiaries. Progress across a specific set of indicators will be tracked throughout project implementation.
  6. Based on the M & E data develop a theory of change for digital financial inclusion in line with WFP programme outcomes, in liaison with the monitoring and evaluation team and the HQ DFI team.
  7. Scope for other government-to-people (G2P) programmes whereby WFP could provide technical expertise and support, specifically in the field of women’s digital financial inclusion.
  8. Design and deploy feedback surveys for each training session, compile and analyse data gathered.
  9. Coordinate communication and collaboration between all stakeholders including GSMA, the private sector and government focal points, and specifically for “Master trainers” and Cooperating partners to facilitate exchange of experiences and continual learning.
  10. Organise workshops with the Cooperating partners to support them in developing their methodologies for training target beneficiaries in their respective districts in the mobile and financial literacy skills, with a focus on quality assurance.
  11. Provide regular updates to the Social Protection team on the progress of project activities; flag any arising challenges and liaise closely with the “Master trainers” and Cooperating partners.
  12. Make recommendations to the Social Protection team on possible changes/adaptations to the selection of beneficiaries, implementation plan, capacity building activities etc. based on arising issues and lessons learned.
  13. Support sensitization and communication efforts for women participating in WFP programmes to increase their use of digital financial products that are appropriate to their needs and ensure women are prioritized when opening accounts, e.g. by supporting the Cooperating partners in establishing community champions among the female beneficiaries receiving the training. This also includes improving feedback mechanisms and referral systems through a community approach.
  14. Investigate and map user-centered digital financial services that women are interested in and advocate for support at different forums.
  15. Liaise with the WFP Transfer Management team to potentially explore new Mobile Financial Services Providers that offer relevant services and can give greater choice to the people we serve.
  16.  Lobby for consumer protection standards and principles in the engagement with mobile service providers. Help identify the gaps in the digital regulatory framework to support government address them through policy leading to legal instruments


Education: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in IT and Business Management, Development studies, Project Management, Business administration, Gender or any related field. Master’s degree is an added advantage.

Experience: At least 3 years’ professional experience of which 3 years in a substantive role in supporting MSPs with client management, corporate social responsibility projects, expanding services to savings groups implementation, financial inclusion projects, digital finance, gender programming, and women’s economic empowerment among poor rural households.

Previous experience working in emergency and humanitarian settings and cash-based transfers is an asset.

Languages: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


6 months (initial).


11th January 2022.

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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