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Senior Innovation Manager, Innovation Consultancy Services Lead, CST II


  • The incumbent, reporting to the Head of Innovation in WFP Kenya, will be expected to lead the Innovation Consultancy Services pillar, including the strategic leadership, business development, project delivery and team management. The incumbent will also be expected to actively contribute to the strategic direction and leadership of the Innovation Unit and work towards the overall success of the Unit and the WFP Kenya Country Office.


Lead the Innovation Consultancy Services workstream including strategic direction and business development

  • Set the strategic direction for the Innovation Consultancy Services team, manage the innovation portfolio, and ensure that the team delivers on key impact and budget targets
  • Lead on demand generation, proposal preparation and negotiation of new contracts and funding agreements
  • Provide guidance on scoping, delivering and managing innovation services in cooperation with a broad range of partners within and outside of WFP
  • Build strong relationships with programme partners and realise high-impact, high value innovation projects with multiple partners within and outside of WFP

Lead and deliver high-priority and high-impact innovation projects in line with WFP Kenya’s mission

  • Ensure the on time, on budget and on scope delivery of the Innovation Services projects
  • Plan and deliver projects related to WFP Kenya’s mission that involve senior stakeholders, and high-level partnerships management
  • Lead and facilitate strategic multi-partner co-creation and strategy planning sessions, workshops, retreats
  • Ensure that Innovation mindset, methods and practices are mainstreamed across the WFP Kenya country office through effective capability building and knowledge management
  • Manage and guide the strategic partnership with the office of the UN Resident Coordinator on the development of UNCT Joint Programmes

Lead and guide a team of Innovation experts:

  • Guide and grow a team of Innovation experts and other disciplines by establishing priorities, providing coaching, and making sure people are engaged in the right value-creation activities.
  • Provide strategic and expert advice and guidance on innovation methodologies, practices and project management
  • Cultivate an open and high-performing team culture to help the team thrive in constantly changing environments.
  • Conduct performance feedback and development sessions to foster the right conditions for collective and individual learning and growth


Co-lead the strategic and organizational development of the Innovation Unit 

  • Contribute to the establishment of strategic objectives and ensure work plans are in place to meet key results.
  • Build up the right capabilities, share knowledge and best practices, making sure that people are equipped with the right tools and skills to deliver results.
  • Define and run initiatives and projects that help to improve the team’s efficiency and results
  • Help shape the strategic evolution of the Innovation Unit’s portfolio and value proposition to best meet the needs of the people and organizations we serve


  • Advanced University degree in business, economics, innovation, international development, public policy or related fields


  • At least 6 years of international experience in a start-up, innovation accelerator, innovation-related roles in private businesses and in the humanitarian or international development sector.
  • Experience in building and managing partnerships and teams to deliver innovative, sustainable projects from within the private and humanitarian sectors. 
  • Experience owning and managing end-to-end verticals of work (e.g. delivering consulting products, capacity building programmes). 
  • Experience with the World Food Programme and working in a Country Office location is highly desirable.
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  • Fluency in oral and written English mandatory. An intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish), Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages), and/or Swahili is desirable.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Experience in innovation project life cycle – from ideation, minimum viable product, testing, prototyping and implementation
  • Excellent knowledge on Innovation methodologies such as Human-centered Design
  • Experience working cross-functionally and getting things done in a scrappy and hands-on way.
  • Experience with leading teams
  • Worked in a large-scale organization – ideally in WFP/UN
  • Experience with working in developing countries, ideally in East Africa
  • A proven track record of driving and implementing projects – effectively delivering impactful elements of projects in a fast-moving environment
  • Strong conceptual thinking to develop new strategies & innovative projects.
  • Able to interact with a broad range of stakeholders and external audience with maturity

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Excellent facilitator who is able to lead high-level stakeholder meetings
  • Collaborative spirit, able to partner with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy
  • Sets a high-level of ambition for the project and own work to achieve impact for the people we serve
  • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme

Driver, SC2


  • To provide efficient and safe transportation of authorized personnel and/or commodities. 


  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. Formal drivers training with a valid driver’s license/certification to operate assigned vehicle following local rules and regulations.
  • Experience: Two or more years of work experience as a Driver, preferably in an international organization, embassy or UN system with a demonstrated safe driving record. Experience in driving a variety of makes and models of vehicles, including vans, trucks and other kinds of motorized vehicles. Experience in defensive driving is desirable.

Knowledge & Skills:

  •  Knowledge of driving rules and regulations, chauffeur protocol and courtesies, local roads/waterways and conditions, and security issues.
  •  Knowledge of the vehicle loading capacity and other parameters.
  •  Knowledge of driving/boat operating rules and regulations whichever applicable.
  •  Knowledge of safety standards and safety equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers, buoyant wearable safety devices, etc.).
  •  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  •  Basic skills to assist in case of emergency, knowledge of first aid basic methods.
  •  Knowledge and ability to use radio, email, telephone and other applications.
  •  Ability to assess vehicles for mechanical fitness and skills in minor vehicle repairs.
  •  Ability to demonstrate a client-oriented approach, high sense of responsibility, courtesy and tact.


  • Fluency (level C) in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide transportation of authorized personnel including translation of basic conversations from/to the local language, and/or delivery of various items/commodities following authorized routing and UN safety and security rules and regulations to ensure safe and efficient services.
  • Meet official personnel and visitors at the airport or other entry points and provide basic assistance with visa and customs formalities to facilitate smooth and safe entry and arrival to the authorised destinations.
  • Responsible for accurate maintenance of the vehicle log books, and daily reporting to the supervisor on mechanical status, to ensure efficient vehicle use and fuel consumption supporting accurate accounting and cost-efficiency.
  • Responsible that the assigned vehicle is kept clean and in a good condition including all equipment, the maintenance is done on time, vehicle is fully equipped with required travel authorisations and supplies, and any mechanical issues are reported to the supervisor to ensure safe and efficient services.
  • Follow established rules and regulations for field deliveries and/or in cases of an accident, and report immediately to the supervisor on any apparent problems, to seek for instructions and facilitate informative decisions on the way forward.
  • Outside driving duties, perform basic office related tasks such as filing, photocopying and maintaining stores when required including delivery/collection of various items, mailing service and payment of office telephone and other bills to ensure administrative support to clients.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Builds an understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Approaches individual tasks and responsibilities with a positive attitude and demeanor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Understands the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Connects individual tasks and responsibilities to unit’s goals and mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Seeks opportunities to build and enhance individual skills.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Demonstrates respect and understanding for diversity and cultural differences.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Identifies and approaches colleagues or supervisors to serve as coaches.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear goals and measurable targets for own tasks and responsibilities.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Assesses own tasks and responsibilities to find ways to be more efficient.
  •  Focus on getting results: Maintains accurate records of completion times and tasks in own areas of responsibility.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Understands responsibilities and the metrics associated with own tasks.
  •  Be Decisive: Notifies supervisors of dangerous situations or potential issues that may arise while in the field or office.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Understands WFP’s organizational structure, including the purpose and mission of each unit.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Supports team in working with colleagues and WFP’s partners in the field toward common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Maintains a professional and courteous relationship with other WFP employees and partners in the field.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Understands own team’s contributions in its partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.


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