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Innovation Accelerator - Business Operations Consultant

  • WFP Innovation Accelerator, Munich, Germany Munich Germany (map)


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 small holder 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 Fast Company 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 New Venture Consultants 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. For more information visit:  

Based in Munich, Germany, we are currently a team of 28 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, 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;  Tech for Food, 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 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.

Most of the team is based in Munich, Germany and some colleagues are based in locations such as Ethiopia, Lebanon and Kenya.

WFP offers a competitive compensation package, including a honorarium and living allowance ( Living allowance of USD 2,500 monthly does not apply for candidates that are based in the Munich area. I.e. Munich-based candidates will have a lower total package).  The total net package is expected in the range of USD5,000-USD 6,500 per month. The actual amount will be determined by WFP HR considering the selected candidate’s relevant qualifications and experience.

The Business Operations team is led by the International Business Development Lead and reports directly to the Head of Innovation Accelerator. It encompasses core business and management functions such as HR, procurement as well as building and maintaining partnerships with private sector.




The incumbent, reporting to the International Business Development Lead, WFP Innovation Accelerator, is expected to:

1)  Drive forward core Accelerator business operations activities supporting the International Business Development Lead:

     a.  Recruitment and Human Resources

  • Drive the process from vacancy announcement, applications review, interview management and candidate communications with the recruiting team

  • Support general team communication activities such as new employee induction, regular team meetings, team surveys, performance management processes

      b.  Procurement process sherpa

  • Work with individual innovation project teams, providing expert advice, deriving best practices and templates from procurement actions and support procurement actions of the Accelerator and teams

       c.  Participate and carry out discussions with colleagues in other divisions to align on procurement and HR activities

       d.  Provide project management support for accelerator business operation activities

       e.  Execute any other task as required

2)  Support building a strong innovation platform and network

     a.  Support the building of strong partnerships within the Munich ecosystem with the external innovation community globally

     b.  Prepare materials for engagement external innovation community to act as partners to drive forward innovations with potential for zero hunger

     c.  Assist in planning of workshops and events

     d.  Contribute to improvement of business procedures and processes

3)  Support the innovation accelerator build-up, administration & management

      a.  Collate information and provide analysis & content preparation (powerpoint presentations, reports, briefs, etc) for corporate priority topics and executive management meetings

      b.  Participate and carry out discussions with colleagues in other divisions or external stakeholders

      c.  Support core processes of the Innovation Accelerator (e.g. innovation challenge; innovation bootcamps; sprint programme; thought leadership; scale-up enablement) as required

      d.  Support the International Business Development Lead, the Head of the Innovation Accelerator, the Director Innovation & Change Management Division  with any other activities as required

Learn more and apply here.

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