Programme Policy Officer (Food Systems) CST-II

World Food Programme
  • Location
    Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 29

Position description

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.


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. 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

2. 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

3. Manage, motivate, and develop a diverse technical team to enable high performance and results, including a cadre of national and international officers

4. 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

5. 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.

6. 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

7. Represent WFP in relevant external and internal coordination to ensure WFP priorities are met and to raise WFP’s profile

8. Provide technical advice, support and capacity building to WFP area office teams and partners in the implementation of the food system programme portfolio.

9. 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.

10. 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

11. Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a significant budget.

12. Perform other related duties as required.


Education: 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. 


Language: English proficiency