Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency fighting hunger. WFP reaches more than 80 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 has been named one of the top 10 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 $50-100K cash, hands-on support by our team and access to WFP's global operations in developing countries in a 3-6 month sprint programme. The most promising innovations are supported in scaling further.
To better address this later-stage innovations and support the scaling up of innovations, the WFP Innovation Accelerator has developed a scale-up enablement program and best practice sharing set-up to complement the early stage acceleration. As a structured approach, the scale-up enablement will provide bespoke support including access to expertise, strategic guidance, access to WFP innovation network and relevant stakeholders within and outside the organization, fundraising opportunities and other relevant needs on the path to scale. This support addresses both WFP innovations and external start-ups working on solutions to fight global hunger.
Based in Munich, Germany, we are currently a team of 40 innovators, with over 20 different nationalities and a diverse background, e.g. as serial entrepreneurs, management/HCD consultants 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 and the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). Several private sector partners and high-net-worth individuals support WFP in their work in disrupting global hunger, such as Google and others.
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; FarmToMarketAlliance – 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 other 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.
The Consultant, reporting to the Head of Scale-Up Enablement, is expected to:
Design and implement a strategy to build, grow and sustain a long-term, thriving and active innovation community:
Coordinate and engage the Innovation Community and act as the knowledge management focal point for Innovation Community:
Support strategic evolution of scale-up enablement and the design of innovation network:
DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT:
Ensure that all work and materials developed during the contract are well documented and available to the WFP Innovation Accelerator team
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Knowledge & Skills:
Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English required. Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language is beneficial