Programme Policy Officer (Food Systems) CST-II, Mogadishu at World Food Programme

Programme Policy Officer (Joint Resilience Programme Coordinator) CST-II, Mogadishu at World Food Programme

Post Title: Programme Policy Officer (Food Systems)

Contract type/grade: Consultant-II

Duty Station: Mogadishu, Somalia

Closing Date: 12th May 2022

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, physical or mental disability.

Organizational Background:

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.

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

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a long-term vision and strategic approach for WFP’s engagement on climate-smart food systems in Somalia under the four-year CSP
  • Design and manage a portfolio of food system programmes advancing agriculture value chains, nutritious products, adoption of climate-smart technology, market systems and market infrastructure development, with a focus on expanding pastoral and agropastoral value chains and markets
  • Manage, motivate, and develop a diverse technical team to enable high performance and results, including a cadre of national and international officers
  • Assist government stakeholders in developing and implementing relevant policy and regulatory frameworks, and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of food systems interventions to strengthen government and community ownership
  • Develop and support a research & learning agenda that enhances capacity of WFP and other actors, including government, to design and deliver food system and value chain interventions for enhanced food security and nutrition outcomes.
  • Identify, develop, and nurture operational and strategic partnerships with private sector, UN agencies, research organizations, civil society, and other stakeholders for the expansion of food systems objectives and integration with other technical areas
  • Represent WFP in relevant external and internal coordination to ensure WFP priorities are met and to raise WFP’s profile
  • Provide technical advice, support and capacity building to WFP area office teams and partners in the implementation of the food system programme portfolio.
  • Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and knowledge products for internal and external use that position and strengthen the credibility of WFP as a food system actor.
  • Advocate for resources for a broad portfolio of WFP food system activities, including by articulating a business case for WFP’s contributions to food systems and exploring new potential resource channels
  • Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a significant budget.

Standard Minimum Qualifications


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


At least 6 years of professional experience in in relevant areas. Has direct experience in leading a programme team or a substantial component of a complex programme. Has gained direct experience of different programme approaches and experience in working with government agencies and gained policy experience


English proficiency.

Terms and Conditions

Contract Duration: 11 months

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 seeks applicants of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

WFP is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

The selection of candidates is made on a competitive basis.

More Information

  • Job City Mogadishu, Somalia

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