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Date of Issue: 22 November 2022 Closing Date: 6 December 2022
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.
This position is open to qualified Somali candidates. Female candidates, in particular, are encouraged to apply.
WFP defines Social Protection as a broad set of arrangements and instruments designed to protect members of society from shocks and stresses over the lifecycle. WFP’s approach to safety nets is two-fold: (i) focusing on direct assistance to vulnerable populations; and (ii) supporting the Government of Somalia and Somaliland to implement a Shock-responsive Safety Net for Human Capital Project (SNHCP/Baxnaano) and gradual capacity transfer to the government. WFP works with a range of actors to deliver efficient, effective, and equitable assistance, including through provision of quality assessments that compile evidence-based analysis to inform policy, programme and initiatives at the national, state/regional and district levels.
Since 2019, WFP Somalia has been involved in the Social Protection and Safety Nets agenda through the provision of data, analysis, and technical engagement, supported the crafting of a national cash transfer programme (SNHCP/Baxnaano) that seeks to provide predictable cash transfers to 1.2 million people across Somalia and Somaliland while putting in place key building blocks of a national shock-responsive cash transfer programme. The SNHCP platform is now very well established and has demonstrated the agility to expand both vertically and horizontally to deliver time-bound crises response to reduce the adverse impacts of crisis. Through the operationalization of the shock-responsive feature of SNHCP/Baxnaano programme, the platform has thus far responded to two rounds of locust shocks, and it is currently being used to respond to the protracted drought situation resulting from consecutive poor rainfall seasons.
The drought shock-responsive project activities will respond to the threat of the emerging calamities through humanitarian interventions to the affected households, especially subsistence farmers and pastoralists, from falling into deeper food insecurity, as well as preventing the sale/loss of their productive assets through the provision of emergency cash transfers.
The implementation of the project will benefit from the delivery system and procedures established under the ongoing Safety Net for Human Capital project (SNHCP) that WFP started implementing in Somaliland in 2020.
Against this backdrop, WFP Somalia is seeking to fill the position of Programme Assistant at SC5 level for the shock-responsive Safety Net programme. The position reports to the Programme Policy Officer in charge of resilience-building activities under the overall supervision of Head of Programme at Somaliland Area Office, Hargeisa.
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer and overall supervision of the Head of Programme, the Programme Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Education: Completion of Secondary School Education. A Post-secondary school certificate in the following fields is desirable: Development Studies, International Affairs, Economics, Social Sciences, or any other field relevant to international development assistance.
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English and Somali required
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Contract duration: 12 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.
Deadline: 6 December 2022
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
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