Innovation Advisor – SC9, Mogadishu, Somalia

World Food Programme (WFP)

Innovation Advisor – SC9, Mogadishu, Somalia

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.

This position is open to qualified Somali candidates. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Be the lead focal point for all innovation related matters for WFP Somalia. Provide regular updates, advisory, technical inputs, and strategic inputs to Head of Partnerships, and Country Office Senior Management on innovation related matters.

With support from the regional bureau and your supervisor, formulate an innovation strategy that aligns with 1) WFP Somalia CSP, and 2) WFP Regional Bureau Innovation theory of change.

Provide guidance, mentorship, training, and leadership to local national staff who are part- or full-time innovation officers so they can improve their ability to manage and run innovation programs.

Manage the country office innovation budget and with your supervisors support assess and pursue fundraising opportunities.

Manage communications with key innovation donors, government, and stakeholders by preparing regular reports, fact sheets, briefs etc.

Ensure coordination of country office innovation activities visibility to internal and external audience as per WFP communication guidelines.

Capture learnings from other WFP and CARE country offices on experience in running an internal innovation challenge and engage with WFP Accelerator to pick lessons from the WFP Innovation Challenge.

Represent WFP in Somalia and regional innovation forums, events, workshops, etc. and build a stable network for collaboration.

Launch external and internal innovation challenges to source innovative solutions to humanitarian and development challenges faced in Somalia.

Oversee WFPs sourcing, onboarding and management of program implementing partners.

Support Somalia CO’s efforts to increase WFP’s engagement with the private sector through research/data/market analysis, communication, advocacy and visibility.

Identify and support the work of Somalia on new private sector initiatives, including through enhanced engagement with existing donors/ other partners.

Develop a Country Office Private Sector Partnerships roadmap, leveraging innovation and WFP programmes

Perform other duties as required.


Education: First university degree in Business Administration, Finance, Entrepreneurship, International Development, Environmental Science, Development Economics, or any other relevant field. A master’s degree would be an added advantage.

Experience: At least three to four years of related professional experience. Leadership, project management, budget management, relationship management, and creative & entrepreneurial mindset.

Language: Fluency in English and Somali, both oral and written communication

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; high attention to detail and proofreading ability.
  • Good research and innovation skills; ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure as part of a team.
  • Good communication and networking skills; ability to work independently while asking questions and seeking support in a fast-paced work environment; willingness to work in challenging environments/field locations.

How to apply

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.


Contract: 1 Year Initials


14th February 2024

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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