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Senior Programme Associate G7 (Livelihoods), Mogadishu


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Somalia
  • Grade: GS-7, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-27


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.


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.


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.
WFP Somalia’s four-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2022-2025 focuses on a new strategic shift towards strengthening resilience of communities, recognizing the interconnected nature of relief, nutrition, safety nets, food systems, capacity strengthening and partnerships, and addressing some of the above causes within the context of chronic drought and frequent climate-related shocks.
Under SDG2, a key focus area for WFP is to build sustainable food systems and value chains, to improve the availability, accessibility, affordability, and consumption of nutritious and healthy diets in Somalia and to prevent and reduce the impact of man-made and natural shocks on vulnerable populations. This position will support the implementation of WFP’s joint food systems project, working with smallholder farmers on improving agricultural value chains, with a focus on reducing post-harvest loss (PHL) and improving market linkages. Responsibilities include technical work including the planning, implementation and coordination of project specific activities that require thorough understanding of programme/project context, issues and ability to apply a range of guidelines/practices.


1. Contribute to the design and implementation of the WFP Somalia integrated strategy on climate smart food systems (SO3) in collaboration with the Food Systems team, Area Offices, Field Offices and others

2. Contribute to the development and monitoring of appropriate and diversified livelihood projects, plans and processes that meet the varied needs of women, men, youth across urban and rural areas

3. Provide livelihood project management support to Area Offices and Field Offices with continuous follow-up and regular field travel to support programme implementation and monitoring

4. Support the development of livelihood project proposals, providing relevant feedback to Area Offices, presenting proposals to the Project Review Committee and following up with Area Offices on issues raised by the Committee

5. Respond to livelihoods-related enquiries from Area Offices and other units and draft responses to livelihoods-related enquiries from Regional Bureau, HQ, partners and donors

6. Review monthly distribution plans for livelihoods activities

7. Maintain an updated database of livelihood projects and status, electronic archives and paper files of related documents including all approved project proposals and signed Field Level Agreements and budgets

8. Facilitate technical training of WFP staff, partners, third-party monitors, CBOs and lead farmers

9. Participate in livelihood-related inter-agency groups when requested, e.g. joint DRM programme, UNSAS, food cluster; draft input for those groups when necessary

10. In collaboration with AOs, compile requests for tools and other NFIs for procurement

11. Provide technical inputs to monthly FFA technical group meetings as well as quarterly steering Committee meetings at the state and CO levels.

12. Review livelihood monthly progress reports

13. Support processes for Accountability to Affected Populations, including provision of information, consultation and complaints and feedback related to livelihoods programmes and activities.

14. Prepare livelihoods inputs to regular reporting and communication processes such as the Annual Country Report, monthly/quarterly Country Office reports, relevant briefing materials for missions and events

15. Prepare livelihoods inputs to learning and accountability processes such as evaluations, reviews and audits; generation of lessons learnt and success stories

16. Perform other duties as required


Education: Completion of secondary school education. Preferably supplemented by training in a relevant area such as natural resources management, agriculture, livestock management, rural livelihood, community development or engineering..

Experience: 6 years of work experience. Relevant experience is preferred


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Solid knowledge of humanitarian work, standards, and principles
  • Very good understanding of livelihood and related interventions
  • Experience working in fragile context and or emergency settings
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and in writing
  • Solid analytical skills and capacity to synthesize complex information
  • Ability to plan and coordinate
  • Ability to work and deliver quality inputs under pressure
  • Experience of managing community projects, particularly water harvesting, natural resource management or capacity building


Language: English proficiency; Somali mother tongue.


Contract Duration: 1 year (Renewable)


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.


27 June 2022


All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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