Programme Policy Officer AAP (Accountability to Affected Populations) CST-II, Mogadishu, Somalia


Programme Policy Officer AAP (Accountability to Affected Populations) CST-II, Mogadishu, Somalia

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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. Provide strategic and technical support for the integration of WFP’s relevant policies and related humanitarian and human rights normative frameworks across WFP operations in the Somalia context.

2. Provide input in the development and guide the integration of AAP into all key documents of WFP to guide implementation of programme activities.

3. Lead on reporting against and implementation of the WFP AAP commitments as well as the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) and Sphere Standards to all work developed and implemented in ways that improve accountability to affected populations.

4. Provide training support for WFP and Cooperating partners (CPs) staff on AAP Commitments.

5. Lead the development and dissemination of relevant guidelines in consultation with other clusters and partners

6. Work closely with programme teams and CPs to ensure the provision of clear, up to date communications on programme and beneficiary rights for affected communities as well as ensuring provision and awareness of accessible community feedback mechanisms.

7. Ensure timely liaison and referral of cases to CPs for action on issues raised by programme participants and affected population, leading action on more sensitive cases.

8. Produce regular reports and briefings to relevant teams on trends and status of issues raised through the Complaints and Feedback Mechanism (CFM) to facilitate timely programme adjustment and action as relevant.

9. Carry out joint field verification visits with CPs to follow-up on critical and/or repeated issues raised

10. Actively participate in and provide technical support for Collective Accountability initiative that is, the Community Engagement and AAP Working Group for Somalia in collaboration with key stakeholders.

11. Actively participate as a resource person during the national co-ordination meetings to provide updates on cross cutting issues (protection, AAP, Gender) as they pertain the Food Security Cluster

12. Provide training support for Food Security Cluster Vice Co-ordinators on cross-cutting issues with specific focus on AAP.

13. Analyse primary information from stakeholders (affected populations, INGOs, UN agencies and others) on the situation and experience of crisis affected populations and propose solutions

14. Any other duties, as required


Education: Advanced University Degree in one of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, International Development, Political Science, Law or related field; have specialization in protection and/or human rights related fields is preferred. Or, First level university degree with additional years of experience.

Experience: 6 years or more of solid, responsible and relevant work experience in humanitarian organisations and operational implementation.

Knowledge and Skills

• Experience in humanitarian settings and in complex environments

• Strong analytical, writing and communication skills

• Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation

• Knowledge of UN system policies and functions pertaining to promotion of protection, accountability and inclusion risk mitigation and good practice

• Strong capacity in establishing and sustaining relationships with diverse stakeholders

• Capacity to innovate solutions for protection, accountability and inclusion relevant to social, cultural and political norms at local and national levels

Language: Proficiency in oral and written communication in English.


Contract Duration: 11 Months


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.


13 May 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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