Artificial Intelligence Technical Solutions Consultant, Munich, Germany
Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Field location: Munich, Germany
Office: WFP in Munich
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
Artificial Intelligence Technical Solutions Consultant
WFP Innovation Accelerator, INKA, Munich, Germany
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. We are currently seeking to fill an Innovation Accelerator Artificial Intelligence Technical Solutions Consultancy position in the INKA division, based in Munich, Germany.
Brief description of WFP Innovation Accelerator, INKA:
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency fighting hunger. WFP reaches more than 100 million people every day - delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with smallholder farmers, communities, and governments to improve nutrition and build resilience.
The WFP Innovation Accelerator was named by Fast Company as Most Innovative Non-Profit Organization 2021 for its work in identifying, nurturing, and scaling disruptive start-ups and innovations to end global hunger. Based in Munich, Germany, the Innovation Accelerator provides WFP employees, entrepreneurs and start-ups with funding, hands-on support, and access to WFP’s global operations. Through the Innovation Accelerator, WFP is leveraging unprecedented advances in digital innovation - such as mobile technology, artificial intelligence and blockchain - and new business models to transform the way it serves vulnerable communities across the world. In 2020, Accelerator supported innovations that positively impacted the lives of 3.7 million people globally. Most recently, the Accelerator runs programmes for external partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others.
The Artificial Intelligence Technical Solutions Consultant will join the Frontier Innovations team, which is the first stage in the innovation pipeline at the WFP Innovation Accelerator. The Frontier Innovations team actively seeks new ways of delivering humanitarian assistance by exploring cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and others. The incumbent supports the technical aspects of pilot delivery which will put to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to catalyze maximum impact at WFP. The role demands the ability to both assess and communicate the technical value of AI technologies to business stakeholders, while applying them to solve complex problems in the field. Lastly, the consultant will be supporting the scouting for and building collaborations with AI thought leaders and organizations. The role is based in Munich, but the candidate will liaise with the WFP Technology Division (TEC), and other units, based out of the WFP Headquarters in Rome as well as colleagues in Country Offices and Regional Bureaus around the world.
Title of Post: Artificial Intelligence Technical Solutions Consultant
Unit: WFP Innovation Accelerator (INKA)
Duty Station: Munich
Initial contract duration: 5 months, renewable
Expected Start Date: 01.07.2021
Duties and responsibilities:
The incumbent, reporting to the Head of Frontier Innovations at the WFP Innovation Accelerator, with a functional link to Head of Corporate Developments in the WFP Technology Division (TEC), is expected to :
Support the development of AI based software solutions from ideation to pilot implementation (Technology Readiness Level 5-6):
Use available tools and expertise to develop lightweight technology prototypes to test research hypotheses;
Develop architecture standards, templates, and principles for WFP Innovation Accelerator AI projects in line with corporate standards, and present them to the WFP IT Architectural Board for endorsement;
Map solution design to WFP Enterprise Architecture standards and reference architectures;
Collaborate with all necessary stakeholders, including business and IT roles to gather needed input to derive and document an agreed upon solution;
Support the project team in applicable procurement processes linked to the projects, as needed;
Provide guidance on applying agile project management methods (e.g. Scrum, Kanban) in projects, as required;
Provide effort estimations for software development and appropriate project delivery;
Liaise with the TEC Division to provide WFP Innovation Accelerator, internal and external stakeholders and vendors with appropriate software-development infrastructure and access to WFP.
Present and provide technical insights linked to AI concepts to peers and external stakeholders in order to introduce and explain the technology and foster appropriate use-case ideas:
Advise and support innovation teams on key decisions regarding technical product features, technology elements, and relevant technology vendors/partners;
Coach project teams from ideation to implementation (as applicable), using methodologies such as human centered design, lean start-up, project management and SCRUM;
Participate and carry out discussions with WFP colleagues in other divisions or in WFP operations to showcase the potential value of AI to address humanitarian and food security challenges;
Provide technical inputs to Frontier Innovation and Accelerator strategy and plans.
Support the overall Innovation Accelerator operations:
Provide analysis & content preparation (data on projects, PowerPoint presentations, briefs, etc.) for corporate priority topics and management meetings;
Participate and carry out discussions with colleagues in other divisions or external stakeholders on topics related to innovation;
Support other core processes of the Innovation Accelerator (e.g. innovation sourcing; innovation bootcamps; sprint programme; thought leadership; scale-up enablement; innovation services; knowledge management) as required;
Support the Head of the Innovation Accelerator and the Director of Innovation and Knowledge Management with any other activities as required.
Required qualifications and experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, (Applied) Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, or equivalent. Master’s is a plus. Certifications in software architecture (CITA-P, SOA, or alike) also a plus.
At least 5 years‘ experience in a technical role such as software development of which 3 years in an AI or machine learning product management role or equivalent.
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:
Passionate to build and apply technology innovations (e.g. mobile apps, blockchain, artificial intelligence) for social impact.
Practical knowledge of data analysis and data preparation and data governance in advance of the use case selection for AI solutions.
Practical experience in the development of AI components using industrial platforms such as Tensorflow, MXNet, Cognitive Framework or Watson and/or using UML diagrams.
Practical experience in at least one of the following programming languages: Python, Java, Scala or R.
Able to develop non-functional requirements for technical prototypes.
Knowledge and experience implementing agile project management methodologies.
Worked cross-functionally and able to get things done in a scrappy and hands-on way.
Proven track record in driving projects - effectively delivering impactful elements of projects in a fast-moving environment, ideally for new businesses, new business models, start-ups.
Able to generate new and original solutions to complex problems and to design new products ideas.
Strong analytical skills to assess business requirements to develop innovative projects.
Comfortable with a variety of responsibilities - we are a social impact accelerator, so we all have to roll up our sleeves!
Able to interact with a broad range of stakeholders and external audience with maturity and tact.
Strong communication skills to adequately present analysis in written and in verbal form.
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.
Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme.
Fluency in oral and written English mandatory. Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is a plus.
Terms and Conditions:
WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.
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Closing Date: 18 May 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.
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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Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1619364657976