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WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

About WFP

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 through the hard work of more than 600 employees who contribute towards making Somalia hunger free in close collaboration with local partners.

Background & Purpose of the Assignment

After nearly three decades of political and economic instability, Somalia is on a positive trajectory with significant progress made since the re-establishment of the Federal Government in 2012. However, the country continues to struggle with recurrent food and nutrition crises, widespread insecurity, political instability, underdeveloped infrastructure, and natural hazards such as drought and floods.

In February 2015 WFP re-opened the Somalia Country Office in Mogadishu for the first  time in 20 years. WFP has presence across Somalia with four operational Area Offices (Mogadishu, Garowe, Dolow and Hargeisa) and eight deep field location offices, all supported by the outposted Nairobi Liaison Office.

What will you do?

1.    Provide culturally sensitive psychosocial support to our WFP Somalia staff and employees and/or their immediate family members, to ensure staff are assisted in difficult situations and that comprehensive assessments and treatment plans are prepared.
2.    Provide active psychosocial support during emergencies and/or after critical incidents to ensure continued staff well-being.
3.    Conduct regular missions to Area and Field offices to support staff and managers.
4.    Contribute to staff readiness for deployment to Somalia through briefings, counselling sessions and other activities to ensure proactive support is extended to staff.
5.    Deliver workshops, trainings, and information sessions on a wide range of topics (e.g., stress management, team building, problem-solving, conflict resolution, etc.) both in-person and remotely, to ensure that staff regularly receive relevant information, and are aware of where to find resources, information or assistance.
6.    Plan, budget, implement and provide reports on missions, trainings and other staff counselling    activities to ensure the provision of cohesive wellbeing services to staff.
7.    Maintain at all times, high standard of professional ethics and confidentiality consistent with the Wellness Division Ethical Guidelines and Standards of Practice.

Do you meet the minimum qualification & experience?

Advanced University degree in Psychology, Psychiatry, Counselling or other related fields.

1.    Minimum of three years professional experience in the field of mental health including experience in working in international organization, preferably the UN or other humanitarian organizations.
2.    Experience in a similar cultural context like Somalia providing counseling  services to staff working in difficult and hazardous environments is required.
3.    Additional training or certification in related fields, such as alcohol/substance abuse, stress management, critical incident stress, cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution, mediation, trauma, etc. is desirable.

Language: Fluency (level C) in the English language


3rd April 2023


Contract Duration:11 Months

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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