Job Opportunity at WFP - Innovation Associate SC

Job Opportunity at WFP - Innovation Associate SC

Innovation Associate SC

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 United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent.
Experience: At least two years of professional experience preferably in startup advisory, innovation services, the food system ecosystem, agriculture, technology, or related field
Knowledge & Skills: Familiar with human-centered design methodologies. Strong business writing and professional verbal communication skills. Highly organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize. Microsoft Office Suite knowledge.
Languages: Fluency in oral and written English. Knowledge of Kiswahili is a must.


WFP Tanzania is implementing its new Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2022-2027, 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.

The Tanzania CSP aims to progressively shift the focus of its work from direct implementation of food assistance programmes toward capacity strengthening and technical assistance to national partners.

As part of the new CSP, WFP Tanzania is mainstreaming innovation by identifying, conceptualizing, testing, and piloting new solutions across all operations for the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. Tanzania works in close collaboration with the WFP Innovation Accelerator in Munich (INCA).

The Tanzania field innovation unit has been in place since May 2017 with promising results. During this time, the unit has helped source, test, refine and look to scale relevant global innovations that can further Tanzania’s strategic objectives.

Tanzania Country Office is therefore seeking an Innovation Project Associate to support the growth of the Innovation Unit and help in identifying and managing new projects.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer Innovation, the programme associate will support the Country Office in managing innovation projects and innovation services offered by the Innovation Unit.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

New concept design & Project management

  • Provide support for innovation scoping in coordination with internal units and external stakeholders
  • Identify, design, and develop new concepts as per operational needs. This includes background research, concept design, and feedback collection
  • Assist in managing innovation projects and related activities in coordination with other units

Capacity building & communication

  • Support in managing training, and workshops on various innovation methodologies including Human Centric Design, design thinking, etc.
  • Document best practices from internal and external ecosystem and share with teams on a regular basis
  • Provide support for the monthly report, case studies, documenting projects, etc.


Partner engagement

  • Mapping and networking with country-level food system innovation ecosystem. This includes startups, innovation hubs, universities, innovation labs, etc.
  • Engage potential partners from the innovation ecosystem to foster innovation activities at the country level
  • Coordinate with existing partners innovation project management

Coordination & Event Management

  • Regularly coordinate with internal units and external innovation ecosystem partners
  • Support in planning, coordination, and executing WFP innovation-related events
  • Liaise with internal units including administration, procurement, etc. for smooth functioning of innovation unit and related activities


  • Start-up mindset: You have a high affinity with the Tanzanian innovation space, and you ideally have some startup-related experience
  • Food system: You are familiar with the food system innovation ecosystem.
  • 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.
  • A multi-tasker: You like variety in your work and are willing to tackle different challenges when the opportunity arises.
  • An organizer with great attention to detail. Nothing slips past you; you are a meticulous planner but are flexible enough to change course when the situation requires you to do so.
  • Driven by impact; Achieving impact through your job is important to you, and you are passionate about working towards achieving zero hunger.

Innovation Associate SC Job Vacancy at WFP


Duration: 12 months.

This position is open to Tanzanian Nationals only.


The deadline for receiving applications is 15 August 2022.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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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