World Food Programme – Programme Policy Officer (Mobile Money Transfer).

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

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 relief assistance, safety-net support including school feeding, nutrition programmes and livelihood support through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers and capacity strengthening.

This position is open to qualified Kenyan candidates. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Transfer Management Team Leader and overall supervision of the Head of Programme, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Ensure that mobile money transfers and related processes within Somalia Country Office are managed according to WFP corporate guidelines, standards and procedures;
  2. Contribute to the establishment and refinement of SOPs, internal controls and procedures related to mobile money transfers
  3. Offer adequate support to WFP Area offices and Cooperating Partners to ensure good quality registration data in SCOPE in line with mobile money transfer requirements.
  4. Strengthen the capacity of WFP and CP staff in implementing mobile money transfer programmes
  5. Contribute to new innovations for mobile money transfers (mobile money with biometrics, automation of transfers) in coordination with finance and SCOPE IT
  6. Coordinate with TMT Area offfice Focal points to receive Payment Advice Files for mobile money transfers and submitting these to the Supervisor
  7. Liaise with CP unit Focal Points and Finance teams to ensure funds for mobile money transfers are advanced to Financial service providers timely
  8. Coordinate with finance unit to ensure all PAFs are uploaded in the right formats according to the different FSP portal requirements
  9. Cross check all PAFs to avoid duplicate transfers
  10. Follow up with Finance unit to ensure transfers are released to the beneficiaries, and reports downoaded from the portal and shared with TMT Focal Points
  11. Coordinate with CP unit and Finance to ensure reconcilliation of all mobile money interventions
  12. Participate in coordination meetings with  mobile money Financial service providers to discuss and document best practices, challenges and way forward.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: University Degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Development Studies, International Affairs, Economics, Business administration, Social Sciences, or any other field relevant to International development Assistance

Experience:At least one year’s experience in cash-based transfers programme implementation and monitoring

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

Knowledge & Skills:    

  • Knowledge and experience in delivery of cash-based interventions;
  • Understanding of mobile money transfer programme in humanitarian/development contexts
  • Ability and willingness of frequent travel and stay in the field (Somalia)
  • Ability to write quality reports and policy documents;
  • Knowledge and experience of the use of SCOPE is desirable

  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Experience in collaborating across functional units and externally with cooperating partner entities;
  • Experience utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard WFP software packages and systems;
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing area of work.

Application Instructions

You are required to submit an online application through E-Recruitment


Closing Date:            11th September 2021

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Terms and Conditions

Contract Duration: 1 year (initial)

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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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