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.
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.
WFP Tanzania is developing its second-generation Country Strategic Plan (CSP), which will lay shifts and strategic engagements of WFP in Tanzania for the period 2022 -2027.
As part of Strategic Outcome 5 of the CSP (WFP and its partners in Tanzania and beyond are facilitated to foster, test, refine and scale up innovation that contributes to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030), WFP works close with Innovation Accelerator in Munich (INKA) to test, refine, scale up and manage innovations.
In collaboration with the WFP Innovations Accelerator, the field innovation hub has been in place since May 2017 with promising results. Tanzania Country Office is therefore seeking a Programme Policy Officer (Innovations) to continue to manage the CO’s Innovation Hub as the Head of Unit.
A Master’s degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, international affairs, business administration, social sciences, development studies or a field relevant to international development assistance.
Fluent in English language
To manage Innovation Hub and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.
Under the direct supervision of the Country Director and Representative, the Head of Innovations Unit will:
7. Lead on stakeholder management to maintain and create new strategic partnerships, secure funding and resources needed to execute on plans, as well as producing and managing budgets, conducting regular reviews to ensure efficient use of resources.
8. Represent the Country Office when interacting with the WFP innovation community or other events to further the visibility of the Innovation Unit and to establish/consolidate synergies with UN agencies, NGOs, foundations, private sector partners and governments.
9. Build a strong local innovation platform, network and ecosystem creating strategic partnerships and coordination with the regional ecosystem, as well as with UN agencies, WFP’s Innovation Accelerator.
10. Provide strategic opportunities and inputs to the Country Strategic Plan by identifying areas and strategic priorities in which innovation could improve activities, and/or create efficiency gains.
11. Proactively capture and disseminate learnings from implementation of innovative approaches.
12 Support the Country Office management on negotiations with donors and stakeholders presenting recommendations on the positioning of innovation and its value proposition for the Country Office.
13. Perform any other relevant duties.
Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance
Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)
Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)
Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government
Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes..
All applications should be submitted through the e-recruitment portal.
The deadline for applications is 25 June 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.