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New Job United Nations at The World Food Programme (WFP) – Programme Policy Officer (Innovation Advisor)

AJIRA LEO
The World Food Programme (WFP)

Jobs in Tanzania 2021: New Job Vacancies at The United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP)
2021

Career Opportunities: Programme Policy Officer (Innovation Advisor) – NOA Equivalent-Service Contract (139505)
Requisition
ID 139505 – Posted 21/02/2021 – Short Term-SC WFP – Africa, Central
& Eastern – Tanzania, United Republic of – Dar-es-Salaam – Working
Job Language (1) – OTHER
 Job Description
. 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.
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ABOUT WFP
Assisting
almost 100 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World
Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving
lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and
working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP
partners with governments, other international organizations and UN
agencies, the private sector, and more than 1,000 national and
international NGOs in its operations to provide food assistance and
tackle the underlying causes of hunger.
We are currently seeking to fill an Innovation Advisor position in our Innovation Field Hub, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

ABOUT THE INNOVATION HUB
WFP
believes that new ideas and disruptive approaches are crucial to
getting closer to achieving #zerohunger. We recognise the potential of
bold, creative innovations in technology, nutrition and agriculture to
create extraordinary, life-changing impact for millions of people.

To
this end, WFP’s first Field Innovation Hub (the Hub) was established in
Tanzania in 2017. Now in its fourth year, the Hub has laid the
groundwork for catalysing Tanzania’s innovation ecosystem and changing
the way WFP approaches both current and future operations. The Hub’s
work is closely aligned with the objectives of WFP Tanzania’s 2017-2021
country strategic plan, which focuses on supporting the Government of
Tanzania in its effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and
in particular the Zero Hunger 2030 agenda. In 2021, the hub is fully
dedicated towards finding opportunities to revolutionise WFP’s
activities to increase its impact and effectiveness.

The Hub’s work in Tanzania focuses on four areas:
1)
Identifying, matching and piloting innovation projects: We identify
challenges within the domains of WFP’s work such as food distribution in
refugee camps, smallholder agriculture, nutrition, logistics, social
protection, and emergency preparedness & response. We match these
with local & international startups or custom-design solutions
together with WFP colleagues and innovation partners. We then provide
funding and support to teams to refine & pilot their solutions using
human-centered design tools.
2) Exploring transformative
innovation: We test new approaches to innovation by leading a pioneering
“moonshot” project that aims to uncover radical solutions on longer, 10
year time horizons using techniques such as systems mapping and
scenario planning.
3) Build capacity of intra- and entrepreneurs: We
support WFP colleagues as well as external (aspiring) entrepreneurs to
build their innovation and business skills to develop and test their
ideas.
4) Catalysing the Tanzania innovation ecosystem: We play a
key role in the Tanzania innovation ecosystem by convening and
supporting other hubs and UN agencies through regular events, workshops
and technical support.

The Hub complements the global WFP
Innovation Accelerator based in Munich, Germany. Since its inception
five years ago, the Accelerator has grown to a team of 50 innovators
from diverse backgrounds. The Tanzania hub is the first dedicated WFP
field team for innovation initiatives and works very closely with the
Accelerator and the Country Office team in Tanzania to deliver on its
objectives.

JOB PURPOSE:
To initiate, design, and
manage policy and programme activities related to innovation projects;
both with internal WFP colleagues and external startups.
This post is initially limited to 12 months; an extension may be possible.
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KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Own
    a portion of the WFP CO innovation portfolio and drive these projects
    towards generating impact, including coaching, advice, and hands-on
    support to teams on pilot design, prototype development and testing.
  • Act
    as the innovation focal point for 3 key activity units (out of supply
    chain, smallholder farming, nutrition, emergency response, social
    protection, refugee operations) at the WFP country office and liaise
    regularly to identify opportunities for embedding innovation into core
    activities.
  • Identify and facilitate the review & selection
    of startups for the Innovation Hub portfolio that have the potential to
    contribute towards zero hunger and align with the priorities and
    activities of the WFP Tanzania country office.
  • Manage the
    budget of allocated innovation projects, ranging from smaller projects
    up to full internationally-funded pilots up to $100k.
  • Monitor
    and evaluate the progress and impact of allocated innovation projects by
    setting and tracking key performance indicators and milestones.
  • Deliver
    general and specific innovation trainings and coaching to aspiring and
    successful entrepreneurs as well as WFP colleagues (human centered
    design, lean startup, leadership development, etc).
  • Be an
    internal champion for innovation at the country office by promoting new
    ways of working to increase efficiency, collaboration, and impact.
  • Represent the WFP Field Innovation hub at public events and towards partners and donors.
  • Support
    other Innovation Hub projects and activities on an as-need basis – work
    packages can change quickly and we need versatile project managers that
    are eager to tackle new challenges and opportunities.
  • The candidate will be based in Dar es Salaam, with travel to the field when needed.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Desired profile:

  • You
    are business savvy. You often look at the world through a startup or
    private sector lens and are keen to bring smart business models to the
    humanitarian and development sector.
  • You are a self-starter.
    You are full of initiative and great ideas. You need little guidance,
    are comfortable working independently but are also a great team player.
    You might have even started a few ventures of your own.
  • You
    are driven by impact. Making a difference through your job is important
    to you, and you are passionate about working towards achieving zero
    hunger
  • You have a high affinity with the Tanzanian innovation
    space and have good connections with key players in the startup, private
    sector, or (impact) investment space.
  • You can clearly formulate a vision and inspire people around you, on a daily basis
  • You
    are able to quickly assess the quality of project proposals and
    ventures and can quickly formulate recommendations for improvements.
  • You
    have some domain knowledge in one of WFP’s focus areas such as
    agriculture, nutrition, emergency response or social protection.
  • You are good with numbers, and can quickly put together a high level business model for a new idea.
  • You
    are able to successfully run projects in multi-stakeholder
    environments: manage timelines, budgets, measure impact and stakeholder
    satisfaction.
  • You are able to represent WFP innovation at senior partners, donors and other stakeholders
  • You connect easily with people and get them excited about innovation (online & offline)

MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience:

  • At
    least five years of relevant, progressively responsible, professional
    experience in startup advisory, innovation project management, product
    design, or management consultancy. Alternatively, practical experience
    launching and managing a business is highly valued. Exposure to one of
    WFP’s programmatic focus areas including smallholder agriculture,
    nutrition, and emergency response is a plus.


Education:

  • University degree in Business, Economics, Computer Science, Agriculture, Social Sciences or other relevant field.
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Knowledge & skills:

  • Familiar
    with human-centered design and lean methodologies. Strong business
    writing and professional verbal communication skills. Highly organized
    with the ability to multitask and prioritize. Microsoft Office and
    Google suite knowledge.


Language:

  • Ability
    to communicate effectively at different levels and in Kiswahili and
    English: from casual startup lingo to professional government
    communications.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Application deadline is 8th March, 2021
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.

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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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