Mr. Bai Mankay Sankoh

WFP Country Director

Mr. Bai Mankay Sankoh is currently serving as the Country Director and Representative of the World Food Programme in Namibia as of August 2017. He has spent his professional career working in the international humanitarian development field. He joined the United Nations World Food Programme – the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide - in 2001 as a consultant in WFP Rome Italy. During his four years in Rome, he provided policy and technical advice to the Chief of School Feeding Unit on all matters related to the implementation of school meals programmes for 80 Countries. Mr. Sankoh is a Sierra Leone national. He holds a BSc Economics from the University Sierra Leone, and an Advance Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to his appointment to Namibia, he was stationed in Pakistan as the Head of World Food Programme Provincial Office. During his term of office, he managed the WFP Pakistan’s North West team whilst leading the development and implementation of WFP strategies, policies and plans and ensured alignment with government and United Nation (UN) priorities, strategies, policies and processes. He worked in close collaboration with the Government of Pakistan on the development of resilience strategies; improving Early Warning Systems and response mechanisms; and advancing productive and social safety nets using innovative technologies like cash and vouchers in support of the national strategy to reduce chronic malnutrition, improve market information systems, and increase local procurement. From 2011-2014 he served as the Head of World Food Programme Puntland Somalia where he provided leadership, technical and operational guidance as well as programming emergency and food assistance. Before this position he was also Head of World Food Programme for WFP Uganda Sub Offices in Moroto, Gulu, and Pader from 2008 -2011. While in Uganda Mr. Sankoh was the Emergency Coordinator for WFP, in addition, he led the implementation of WFP strategies, policies and plans and ensured that the overall Programme Coordination and field office management was effective. As the Country Director and Representative, Mr Sankoh is responsible for providing leadership to the WFP Namibia country team and supporting the Government in food security and nutrition, strengthen disaster preparedness and response through capacity building. This will enhance the efficiency of safety net programmes such as school feeding, an urban safety net programme, and emergency response programmes.
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