Programme Assistant

World Food Programme, Dolow, Somalia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd December, 2018

Job Description

Organizational Background

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.

The World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, emergency school feeding, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers.

This position is open to qualified Somali candidates with good knowledge of the local area. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer and the overall supervision of the Area Coordinator, the incumbent will undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Review requests for cash requirements and initiate remittance action through the WFP Information Systems;
  • Prepare periodic projections of commodity requirements/commitments and input data into the WFP Information Systems;
  • Review incoming documentation, identify cargo losses and draft submission to Insurers/Carriers, based on support documents;
  • Review and reconcile a variety of financial and operational reports;
  • Compile data and support analysis and preparation of reports (e.g. food assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) in order to support operational decision-making;
  • Using WFP’s Information Systems, enter new and revised data such as new estimates/budget revisions, insurance claims, funding requests and cost information;
  • Prepare periodic reports, statistical information and tables;
  • Liaise with other units to resolve issues and clarify or obtain additional information;
  • Assist in conducting training of field staff on commodity management, as necessary;
  • Maintain accurate records and files within the field of work;
  • Draft correspondence related to the field of work;
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis;
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area is an added advantage.
  • Experience: At least four years of responsible support experience in development, food assistance, food security analysis or in a field related to programme functions in a humanitarian context is desirable.
  • Language: Fluency in both written and spoken English and Somali language is a requirement.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ability to facilitate implementation of food assistance programmes using basic understanding of principles and good practices of programme design, implementation and monitoring.
  • Demonstrates ability to facilitate, food assistance programme implementation that deploys full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
  • Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
  • Experience in working with technical teams (Nutrition, VAM, etc.).


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