Innovation Associate -SC6, Mogadishu, Somalia

World Food Programme (WFP)

Innovation Associate -SC6, 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 Somali Nationals. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Reporting to the Innovation Advisor, WFP Somalia office, you will be supporting the WFP Somalia Country Office to tap into partnership related to innovation, private sector, and diaspora, launch and support innovation programmes and support with innovation communications and capacity strengthening activities. The responsibilities will include:

1. Design, support, and launch an internal innovation programme for WFP Somalia

Capture learnings from WFP TZCO, WFP Jordan, and relevant CARE Cos on experience in running internal innovation programmes and engage with WFP Accelerator to pick lessons from the WFP Innovation Challenge. Coordinate mapping of key lessons from above WFP experiences and suggest key lessons for the hub to adopt.

Package the tools and resources for the internal innovation programme for use by other COs across the region as well as for the WFP innovation toolkit.

Launch WFP Somalia innovation challenge, and support external challenge

2. Manage communication and partnerships development for CO innovation

Manage the CO communication strategy for innovation work. Prepare and update accordingly innovation fact sheets and communications to ensure information sharing with donors, partners, and other key stakeholders.

Generate, edit, and publish content on regional social media to create visibility for regional and CO innovation work. Oversee regional social media accounts design, traffic metrics, respond to followers, and stay up to date with relevant trends that can be deployed under WFP Communications guidance.

Be a contact point with regional communications team for approvals, advisory, and support required from innovation team.

3. Support other Innovation activities

Support other innovation programs and activities such as innovation challenges, learning & knowledge management, innovative financing, comms etc as per the requirement and guidance of your supervisor.

Perform other duties as required.


Education: Secondary certificate or At least two years of relevant first university degree in Business Administration, Finance, Entrepreneurship, International Development, Environmental Science, Development Economics, or other relevant field.

Experience:  At least four years (4) of relevant experience in humanitarian or development work. Prior experience in innovation recommended, along with good relationship management, project management, communication, prospecting, and creative skills.

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

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.

WFP Somalia does not charge any application fee.


Contract: 1 Year Initials


Deadline: 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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