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Programme Policy Officer – Emergency Operations – Mogadisho 14 views

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Date of Issue: 3rd May 2023                                                               

Closing Date: 18th May 2023


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.

Food insecurity across Somalia has persisted due to recurrent shocks experienced by the country adversely impacting the vulnerable population of internally displaced persons, rural populations, and urban poor. WFP Somalia’s four-year Country Strategic Plan 2022-2025 partly focuses on emergency response with more flexible modalities (e-vouchers, mobile money), conflict sensitivity, gender mainstreaming, and referral pathways between programme activities.


This position is based in Mogadishu to provide strategic and operational support across WFP emergency response. The incumbent will closely work with other Country Office Programme teams and WFP offices in the field at improving the quality, efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of WFP relief assistance in Somalia. The incumbent will spend 30% of his time in the field providing on-the-job formative supervision to WFP, and Partners staff and coordinating with authorities and other UN agencies on humanitarian access and integration of humanitarian response.

Responsibilities include supporting the country office team in the design, planning, implementation, and coordination of WFP’s emergency response in Somalia, leveraging linkages with nutrition, livelihood, food systems, and social protection programmes, ensuring a strong contribution to government priorities and plans, strengthening WFP leadership as the largest humanitarian actor in Somalia.

The Emergency Officer will report to the Crisis response and recovery portfolio lead with technical support and engagement with the WFP Somalia head of programme.


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Assess emerging requirements in consultation with Country Office Programme team and Heads of Field Offices and the feasibility of incorporating it in the WFP relief response, as determined.
  • Manage accurate and timely emergency information and reporting to enable informed decision-making at the Country Office level, ensuring consistency of information presented through briefing notes, talking points, and presentations.
  • Support coordination and development of response activities at the inter-agency level, with government stakeholders, NGO partners, and other stakeholders for an integrated cross-sectoral response where feasible and appropriate.
  • Support the development of a Country Office strategy and action plan for WFP’s engagement and contribution to the inter-agency coordination mechanism and Rapid Response Mechanisms/Minimum Response Package.
  • Contribute to cross-functional discussions and planning for extending WFP’s operations to hard-to-reach areas through country-level access mapping, conflict sensitivity analysis, risk identification, and mitigation.
  • Provide field-level support for WFP operations, including activity design, implementation, and monitoring. measures, and options for partnering and contracting to ensure adherence to WFP best practices and minimum requirements where WFP access is hindered.
  • Support the capacity strengthening of WFP staff, partners, and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs.
  • Ensure compliance with WFP’s policies, criteria, and procedures with respect to emergency food assistance under the current Country Strategic Plans project.
  • Work independently, and alongside country office teams to identify, gather, and analyze relevant data to produce high-quality, evidence-based reports and other analytical outputs that meet the office needs.
  • Support the development of the country office emergency exit strategy, positioning the county office to adapt a multiapproach emergency recovery effort.
  • Develop and support a research & learning agenda that enhances the capacity of WFP.



  • Advanced university degree in International Affairs, Political Science, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, or another field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


  • + 5 years of relevant experience in the field of humanitarian assistance in various field locations. Experience in managing emergency operations is a plus.
  • Direct relevant experience in Operations Management activities at Country Office/Field Offices.

Knowledge & skills 

  • Proven experience in leading, motivating, and developing high-performing teams.
  • Has participated in designing and implementing programs focusing on food security.
  • Ability to quickly develop and cultivate networks and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Driven to continuously improve processes, systems, and products expected from the unit.


  • International Professional: Fluency (level C) in the English language


Deadline: 18th May 2023


Contract Duration: 11 months (Initial)


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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