Regional Innovations Consultant

World Food Programme, Kenya

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th December, 2019

Job Description

The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. 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 WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern and Central Africa (RBN) is based in Nairobi and provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilization and management support to WFP operations and activities in nine countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.


The Regional Innovations Consultant will be responsible to identify, support and scales innovations that help fast-track WFP’s work towards the next level of emergency response and achieving Zero Hunger. The Consultant will be working closely with Regional Bureaus and Business Units at Headquarters level in support of the Country Offices.

The establishment of Regional Innovation Hubs within the Regional network will help facilitate those necessary links and collaboration initiatives among stakeholders, helping regional innovation projects to scale, establish central regional coordination, without compromising country and department specific initiatives while ensuring an orchestration of efforts, and the creation of synergies between projects, sharing knowledge and best practices among Country Offices, regions and WFP as a whole.

Reporting to the RBN (Regional Bureau, Nairobi), Head of Partnerships and working closely with all functional units in RBN including Partnerships, Supply Chain, Programmes, etc. The incumbent will ensure innovation coordination and innovation knowledge management across the region, provide technical advice to innovation projects in COs (Country Offices) in RBN, and support the scale of innovations through partnerships management and through close coordination with relevant RBN and CO teams.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business, Innovation, Design, Technology or related fields .Preference will be given to candidates with Master's degree in related fields.
  • Working Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible national or international experience in a start-up, innovations function in private businesses or innovations in the humanitarian or international development sector. Proven Track of experience working in a large-scale organisation
  • Language: Fluency in oral and written English mandatory. An intermediate knowledge of another official UN language will be an added advantage.


  • Passion and deep understanding of technology innovations (e.g. mobile apps, blockchain, artificial intelligence) and business model innovations (e.g. innovative finance, crowdsourcing)
  • Startup experience or startup mentality. Worked or led cross-functionally and get things done in a scrappy and hands-on way
  • Proven track driving projects - effectively delivering impactful elements of projects in fast-moving environment, ideally for new businesses, new business models, startups
  • Able to generate new and original solutions to complex problems and to design new products ideas
  • Strong conceptual thinking to develop new strategies & innovative projects
  • Able to interact with a broad range of stakeholders and external audience with maturity and tact
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills, with the ability to write strategy documents, to develop business plans and to write and deliver presentations
  • Collaborative spirit, able to partner with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy
  • Sets high-level of ambition for the project and own work to achieve impact for the hungry people we serve


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