Programme Policy Officer (Accountability for Affected Population)

--Mogadishu, Somalia--

Position overview 

The Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) Officer will provide tailored strategic, technical, and operational direction strengthening the AAP throughout the food security programming cycle. 

Duty Station: This position will be based in Mogadishu, Somalia and will report to the Gender & Protection Lead. 

Contract Duration: 11 months (initial) 

Closing Date: 27th March 2024 

What will you do? 

Leadership and strategic direction 

  • Strengthen leadership and systems to embed good protection and accountability practices within the organization's management structures and ensure compliance of WFP staff and implementing partners. 
  • Provide leadership and advocacy on protection and AAP policy issues alignment across the country office operations including on the choice with context-based priorities. 
  • Provide policy advice to WFP staff on AAP issues including principled access, and political or reputational risks in the operation context and propose mitigation measures. 
  • Support in the integration of protection and accountability to affected populations in the formulation of country strategic plans and annual country reports, as well as other strategic documents, programmes and initiatives. 

Assessment and Analysis 

  • Working closely with WFP and Cooperating Partner staff, Community feedback mechanisms (CFM), community engagement, VAM, and M&E, undertake protection and AAP data analysis (ad-hoc, regular) to inform WFP’s design and implementation of activities. 
  • Lead on timely analysis and reporting and actioning on protection and AAP issues arising from assessment missions and CFM monitoring. 
  • Work closely with key internal and external stakeholders to produce and share information tailored to audiences using feedback data collected and ensuring that feedback collected is used to inform decisions made by WFP and other humanitarian actors. 

Programme support to advocate and mainstream protection: 

  • Provide strategic and technical support and advocacy across workstreams for the mainstreaming of protection and AAP across WFP operations in the country. 
  • Advise the country office and cooperating partners on implementing mitigating measures in operations and appropriate adjustments to ensure the inclusion of the most vulnerable and at-risk people. 
  • Lead the design and implementation of community engagement approaches including accessible information provision, inclusive community consultation, etc. 
  • Support the establishment and functioning of accessible CFM and the analysis of community data to inform programme design and adjustments. 
  • Support the strengthening of existing CFM systems, roll out/utilize existing corporate tools as well as where needed develop new tools for AAP mainstreaming in specific activity areas. 
  • In close collaboration with the CFM Manager and informed by participatory processes establish diverse and contextually appropriate mechanisms that enable communities to provide feedback on programs and submit complaints, and that activate appropriate processes and procedures to provide a timely response. 

Capacity strengthening 

  • Through user-focused learning methodologies, design, and rollout an AAP capacity strengthening agenda for WFP and CP staff. 
  • Promote cross-learning from partners and staff on integrating people-centered programming principles in food security and nutrition activities. 
  • Disseminate WFP corporate guidance and tools on AAP. 
  • Document lessons learned and best practices in protection and AAP. 
  • Partnerships and interagency collaboration on protection 
  • Collaborate with peers and partners (inter-agency, donor, UN and I/NGO forums) to deliver on AAP principles and commitments in a coordinated and coherent way, including collective responsibility in inter-agency contexts. 
  • Promote partnership with and cross-learning from cooperating partners on mainstreaming protection in food security activities. 

Do you meet the minimum requirements? 

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, law, human rights, Communications for Development, social science/sociology, Humanitarian Affairs, international studies or a related field is required. 
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience, including at the field level, in humanitarian protection, Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Community Feedback Mechanisms (CFM), Community Engagement, Human Rights, or related areas of work. 
  • Experience in analyzing cross-cutting issues such as protection, gender, migration, conflict sensitivity, data protection and/or complaints and feedback mechanisms, managing complex monitoring and/or evaluation activities spanning a range of policies and programme initiatives in international development or humanitarian contexts is an asset. 
  • Experience in the design and delivery of training and other learning initiatives related to accountability to affected populations, protection mainstreaming, and conflict sensitivity. 
  • Experience in capacity-building activities for Protection and AAP including assessment and analysis for different audiences is required. 

Are you competent for this job? Do you have: 

  • Applied experience in Accountability to Affected Populations 
  • Applied experience in community engagement and working with diverse populations. 
  • Excellent research, data analysis and reporting skills. 
  • In-depth knowledge of results-based management principles and practices and WFP’s corporate accountability frameworks. 
  • Understanding of food security and/or nutrition programming. 
  • Understanding of human rights, humanitarian principles, and some grasp of cross-cutting issues and their importance in humanitarian data analysis. 
  • Skills in correlating vulnerability data relating to cross-cutting issues such as gender, protection and gender-based violence with food insecurity and related data. 
  • Proven ability to develop quality reports and analyses with minimal direction. 
  • Ability to present data and content visually including use of software such as InDesign, Illustrator and/or Tableau. 
  • Proven ability to network effectively with multiple work units. 
  • Willingness to build the capacity of others through formal and informal training processes; and 
  • Prior experience working in Somalia and understanding of the context is highly desirable. 
  • Undertake ad-hoc tasks as required. This may include, but is not limited to, support with donor reporting and engagements, providing AAP / Protection talking points and summaries. 


International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge 

(level B) of a second official UN language, an added advantage. 



  • Strengthen leadership and systems to embed good protection and accountability practices
  • Provide leadership and advocacy on protection and AAP policy
  • Provide policy advice to WFP staff on AAP
  • Support in the integration of protection and accountability to affected populations

Must Have

  • Master Degree or Higher
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience
  • International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language
  • Experience in analyzing cross-cutting, and design and delivery of training and other learning initiatives  

Nice to have

  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language, an added advantage. 
  • Additional languages
  • Google Adwords experience
  • Strong analytical skills

What's great in the job?

 About WFP 

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. 

Why join WFP Somalia? 

In Somalia, the World Food Programme provides food assistance for nutrition, livelihoods, and relief through the hard work of more than 630 employees who contribute towards making Somalia hunger free in close partnership with local partners. 


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