Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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 Services Lead position in our Innovation Accelerator (INKA), Innovation and Knowledge Management Division, based in Munich, Germany.
The WFP Innovation Accelerator has been named one of the top 10 most innovative companies 2017 by FastCompany for operating a real startup accelerator to disrupt global hunger at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
It identifies, supports and scales high potential solutions to hunger worldwide - both WFP innovators and external start-ups with up to $100K cash (equity-free), hands-on support by our New Venture Consultants and access to WFP's global operations in developing countries in a 3-6 months sprint programme. The most promising innovations are supported in scaling further.
Based in Munich, Germany, we are currently a team of 35 innovators, with over 20 different nationalities and diverse background, e.g. as serial entrepreneurs, startup accelerator managers, management/HCD consultants, entrepreneurs-in-residence focused on building businesses or experts in developing country innovation. Lean start-up and human-centered design (HCD) approaches are at the core of everything we do.
We have built partnerships with leading innovation organisations such as Singularity University, XPRIZE or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Several private sector partners and high-net-worth individuals support WFP in their work in disrupting global hunger, such as Google.
We support the next-level innovation for WFP’s operations, such as Building Blocks, using blockchain technology for e-wallets for people receiving cash-transfers; EMPACT, connecting refugees to online work after a 12 week training H2Grow (Hydroponics), helps refugees grow food in desert areas or camps; Farm to Market Alliance - an alliance between WFP and 7 private sector entities purchasing food from smallholder farmers and providing credit, and agricultural inputs as for-profit business model, or new startups that could help make a difference to end hunger.
As the Accelerator team, we support entrepreneurs (could be WFP innovators or external startups, NGOs, companies) to take their innovations to the next level – either getting ideas to the first proof of concept or already implemented solutions to the next scale-up. We either remote coach teams, work with them for a couple of weeks on the ground or even co-locate team members in the developing countries with the teams where the innovation’s user is also located for a 3-6 months period, helping drive the innovation/startup very much like a co-founder in a startup would.
Duties and responsibilities
The Executive Assistant, reporting to the Head of the Accelerator, is responsible for the following activities:
Required qualifications and experience
Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:
Language requirements: Fluency in oral and written German (level C2) and working knowledge (proficiency) in English required.