Project Support

Food and Agriculture Organization

Merca/Shalambo, Somalia

The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government to develop policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the Implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of FAO's global mandate and Strategic Objectives. More specifically, FAO's response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and respond to recurrent emergencies. The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production, to natural resource management, Nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia and the direct supervision of the Head of Programmes and the Social Protection Officer.

Technical Focus

The Project Support will be responsible for providing support to the Long Term/Transitional Cash and Livelihoods Interventions programme (LTCL) in Somalia, particularly under the Climate adaptation for Resilient Livelihoods (CadRe)

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support capacity-building efforts for the implementing partners by supporting training activities and monitoring programme implementation throughout the duration of the contractual obligations (LoA) to ensure quality implementation of all components of the LTCL programme.
  • Closely supervise the work of implementing partners on the ground while ensuring that programme activities are running smoothly. 
  • Review reports activities submitted by the partners against the LOA targets and liaise with them to ensure proper utilization of project funds in the implementation of LTCL activities. 
  • Assess the quality of the programme implementation to ensure its meets FAO requirements.
  • Ensure effective communication with implementing partners and support for proper/effective coordination of all LTCL activities with the LTCL team.
  • Track challenges in implementation and report them in a timely manner and ensure timely and effective deployment of programmatic solutions.
  • Assist in the preparation and follow-up on programme actions necessary for the timely implementation of the LTCL programme and all its components.
  • Liaise with FAO call center unit to confirm beneficiary receipt of their monthly cash assistance and seeking for compliance clearance to release subsequent monthly transfers upon satisfactory CC results.
  • Compile all relevant and required documents from the field and liaise with the Finance unit by preparing Disbursement authorization (DA) payment requests for processing installments of beneficiaries’ cash transfers payments, Service Providers’ fees, as well as the closure of the LoAs.
  • Participate in consultation workshops and field missions to review progress, learn from challenges, recommend improvements and identify best practices.
  • Support the team by ensuring that filing, scanning, and routing of relevant documents take place in a timely manner.
  • Support the LTCL team with any administrative duties where required.
  • Support in any work related to Social Protection, mainstreaming of gender and youth initiatives within FAO Somalia activities.
  • Perform any other duties and activities upon instructions by the supervisor.

Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following

Minimum Requirements  

  • University degree in Community Development, Development Economics, Gender, Social Protection, and/or Project Management or related field 
  • At least 3 years’ experience in Project Management.
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English, 
  • Nationality of Somalia

Technical/Functional Skills

  • At least 3 years’ experience in international agencies (e.g., The United Nations) or safety net programmes is an added advantage.