Innovation Lead Consultant, Munich, Germany

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Germany

City: Munich

Office: WFP in Munich

Closing date: Wednesday, 15 March 2023

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


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 Lead 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 and start-ups with funding, hands-on support, and access to WFP’s global operations. Through the 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 2021, Accelerator supported innovations that positively impacted the lives of 9 million people globally. Most recently, the Accelerator runs programs for external partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others

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General Information:

Title of Post: Innovation Lead Consultant

Unit: Innovation Accelerator, Innovation and Knowledge Management Division (INKA)

Country: Germany

Duty Station: Munich

Initial contract duration: 5 months (extendable)

Expected Start Date: 01.06.2023

About the Unit: The SDGx Acceleration unit creates and delivers innovation programmes in co-creation with a broad range of partners to advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. More information on The SDGx Innovation Lead will have an active role in shaping and delivering the growth strategy of the unit to help achieve impact at scale.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The incumbent, reporting to the Head of SDGx Acceleration, is expected to:

Lead the implementation of core accelerator activities:

Scope, deliver and manage acceleration programmes and innovation services in cooperation with a broad range of partners; including bootcamps, pitch events, sprint programmes and other types of innovation engagements;
Lead, plan and orchestrate the work of multi-disciplinary innovation teams, ensuring the on time, on budget and on scope delivery of the relevant projects; including impact measurement and reporting;
Build strong relationships with programme partners and create meaningful connections with relevant innovation ecosystems and communities of practice;
Build up expertise relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals, in order to identify opportunities for innovation in alignment with the strategic objectives of WFP.

Work with high-impact ventures to help them scale in a sustainable way:

Coach innovation teams using methodologies such as human-centered design, lean start-up and systems thinking; advising them on key decisions regarding user needs, product roadmap, business model, partnership building and growth plans;
Define key performance indicators and milestones for the innovation projects, and follow up on their implementation, impact measurement and reporting;
Drive the creation and sharing of knowledge in one or more areas of innovation and venture-building in humanitarian settings;
Liaise and coordinate with relevant stakeholders including programme team, programme partners and other relevant WFP units as applicable.

Co-lead the strategic and organizational development of the SDGx Acceleration unit:

Lead a functional chapter of the SDGx Acceleration unit to continuously improve our value propositionDefine and and drive alignment across all workstreams (e.g. Strategy, Project Management, Portfolio Management, Design, Ecosystem);
Contribute to the establishment of strategic objectives and ensure work plans are in place to meet key results;
Build up the right capabilities, knowledge and best practices, making sure that people are equipped with the right tools and skills to deliver results;
Ensure that resources are adequately deployed and that programme demands are being met with the latest know-how;
Define and run initiatives and projects that help to constantly improve the SDGx unit in alignment with the broader accelerator and WFP.

Lead a team of Innovation Consultants to reach the goals of the SDGx Acceleration unit:

Guide and grow a team of Innovation Consultants and/or other disciplines by establishing priorities, providing coaching and making sure people are engaged in the right value-creation activities;
Engage in creative leadership methods to foster the right conditions for collective and individual learning and growth;
Cultivate an open and high-performing team culture to help the team thrive in constantly changing environments;
Conduct performance feedback and development sessions.

Drive the growth strategy of the WFP Innovation Accelerator and the SDGx Acceleration unit:

Build up a network of public, private and philanthropic donors to identify and realize partnering opportunities for Acceleration Programs;
Take an active role in lead generation, proposal preparation and negotiation of new contracts and funding agreements;
Define and implement outreach campaigns and communication plans to amplify the scope and impact of the SDGx acceleration programmes;
Help shape the strategic evolution of the SDGx unit’s innovation portfolio and value proposition to best meet the needs of the people and organizations we serve.

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 WFP Innovation Accelerator (e.g. sourcing campaigns, bootcamp facilitation, sprint coaching, event hosting, speaking engagements, event management) as required;
Support the Head of the Innovation Accelerator and the Director of Innovation and Knowledge Management with any other activities as required.


Education: Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree is a plus.

Experience: At least 7 years of progressively responsible international experience in a start-up leadership role, start-up accelerator, innovation functions, or relevant experience in the private, humanitarian or international development sector.

Language Requirements: Fluency in oral and written English is 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.


Understanding of technology innovations (e.g. mobile apps, blockchain, artificial intelligence) and business model innovations (e.g. innovative finance, sharing economy).

Experience in innovation project life cycle - from ideation, minimum viable product, testing, prototyping and implementation.

Experience working cross-functionally and getting things done in a scrappy and hands-on way.

Worked in a large-scale organization or with a client/in partnership with a large-scale organization.

A proven track record of driving and implementing projects - effectively delivering impactful elements of projects in a fast-moving environment, ideally for new businesses, new business models, start-ups etc.

Able to generate new and original solutions to complex problems and to design new product 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 a high-level of ambition for the project and own work to achieve impact for the people we serve.

Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme.


WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following website for detailed information on working with WFP:

Click on: "Our work" and "Countries" to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Closing Date: 14 March 2023

VA Reference number: 475636

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.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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