Programme Policy Officer (Innovations) Job Vacancy at WFP

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The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations.

Programme Policy Officer (Innovations) Job Vacancy at WFP

  DUTY STATION (City, Country): Dar es Salaam
  DURATION: 12 Months


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.

Assisting almost 100 million people in around 83 countries each year, 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. WFP partners with governments, other international organizations and UN agencies, the private sector, and more than 1,000 national and international NGOs in its operations to provide food assistance and tackle the underlying causes of hunger.

The WFP Country Strategic Plan 2022-2027 seeks to ensure that vulnerable populations achieve climate-resilient livelihoods and improved food security and nutrition through sustained smallholder access to markets, enhanced value chains, and sustainable management of natural resources. This objective will be achieved by supporting smallholder men and women producers to diversify livelihoods, reduce post-harvest loss, and improve access to information, technologies, and markets.


Education: University degree in Business, Economics, Computer Science, Agriculture, Social Sciences, or another relevant field.
Languages: Ability to communicate effectively at different levels and in Kiswahili and English


The Programme Policy Officer (Innovations) will be reporting directly to the Head of Innovations.


WFP’s first Field Innovation Hub (the Hub) was established in Tanzania in 2017. Now in its fifth year, the Hub has laid the groundwork for catalyzing Tanzania’s innovation ecosystem and changing the way WFP approaches both current and future operations. The Hub’s work is closely aligned with the objectives of WFP Tanzania’s 2022-2027 country strategic plan, 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.

WFP believes that new ideas and disruptive approaches are crucial to getting closer to achieving #zerohunger. We recognize the potential of bold, creative innovations in technology, nutrition and agriculture to create extraordinary, life-changing impact for millions of people.


The Hub’s work in Tanzania focuses on four areas:

  1. Identifying, matching and piloting innovation projects: We identify challenges within the domains of WFP’s work such as food distribution in refugee camps, smallholder agriculture, nutrition, logistics, social protection, and emergency preparedness & response. We match these with local & international startups or custom-design solutions together with WFP colleagues and innovation partners. We then provide funding and support to teams to refine & pilot their solutions using human-centered design tools.
  2. Exploring transformative innovation: We test new approaches to innovation by leading a pioneering “moonshot” project that aims to uncover radical solutions on longer, 10-year time horizons using techniques such as systems mapping and scenario planning.
  3. Build capacity of intra- and entrepreneurs: We support WFP colleagues as well as external (aspiring) entrepreneurs to build their innovation and business skills to develop and test their ideas.
  4. Catalyzing the Tanzania innovation ecosystem: We play a key role in the Tanzania innovation ecosystem by convening and supporting other hubs and UN agencies through regular events, workshops and technical support.

The Hub complements the global WFP Innovation Accelerator based in Munich, Germany. Since its inception five years ago, the Accelerator has grown to a team of 50 innovators from diverse backgrounds. The Tanzania hub is the first dedicated WFP field team for innovation initiatives and works very closely with the Accelerator and the Country Office team in Tanzania to deliver on its objectives.

Programme Policy Officer (Innovations) Job Vacancy at WFP

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Own a portion of the WFP CO innovation portfolio and drive these projects towards generating impact, including coaching, advice, and hands-on support to teams on pilot design, prototype development and testing.
  2. Act as the innovation focal point for 3 key activity units (out of supply chain, smallholder farming, nutrition, emergency response, social protection, refugee operations) at the WFP country office and liaise regularly to identify opportunities for embedding innovation into core activities.
  3. Identify and facilitate the review & selection of startups for the Innovation Hub portfolio that have the potential to contribute towards zero hunger and align with the priorities and activities of the WFP Tanzania country office.
  4. Manage the budget of allocated innovation projects, ranging from smaller projects up to full internationally funded pilots up to $100k.
  5. Monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of allocated innovation projects by setting and tracking key performance indicators and milestones.


  1. Deliver general and specific innovation trainings and coaching to aspiring and successful entrepreneurs as well as WFP colleagues (human centered design, lean startup, leadership development, etc.).
  2. Be an internal champion for innovation at the country office by promoting new ways of working to increase efficiency, collaboration, and impact.
  3. Represent the WFP Field Innovation hub at public events and towards partners and donors.
  4. Support other Innovation Hub projects and activities on an as-need basis – work packages can change quickly, and we need versatile project managers that are eager to tackle new challenges and opportunities.
  5. The candidate will be based in Dar es Salaam, with travel to the field when needed.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

Programme Policy Officer (Innovations) Job Vacancy at WFP


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
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.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
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.


You are business savvy. You often look at the world through a startup or private sector lens and are keen to bring smart business models to the humanitarian and development sector.

You are 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. You might have even started a few ventures of your own.

You are driven by impact. Making a difference through your job is important to you, and you are passionate about working towards achieving zero hunger

You have a high affinity with the Tanzanian innovation space and have good connections with key players in the startup, private sector, or (impact) investment space.

You can clearly formulate a vision and inspire people around you, on a daily basis


You are able to quickly assess the quality of project proposals and ventures and can quickly formulate recommendations for improvements.

You have some domain knowledge in one of WFP’s focus areas such as agriculture, nutrition, emergency response or social protection.

You are good with numbers and can quickly put together a high-level business model for a new idea.

You are able to successfully run projects in multi-stakeholder environments: manage timelines, budgets, measure impact and stakeholder satisfaction.

You are able to represent WFP innovation at senior partners, donors and other stakeholders

You connect easily with people and get them excited about innovation (online & offline)


At least 3 years of postgraduate experience, in startup advisory, innovation project management, product design, or management consultancy. Alternatively, practical experience launching and managing a business is highly valued. Exposure to one of WFP’s programmatic focus areas including smallholder agriculture, nutrition, and emergency response is a plus.

Familiar with human-centered design and lean methodologies.

Strong business writing and professional verbal communication skills.

Highly organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize.

Microsoft Office and Google suite knowledge.


All applications should be submitted through WFP e-recruitment online portal. Only qualified Tanzanian nationals will be considered.


The deadline for receiving applications is 20 November 2022.


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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