People Consultant

  • Contract
  • germany

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme

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


People Consultant

WFP Innovation Accelerator, INKA, Munich, Germany


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. We are currently seeking to fill an Innovation Accelerator Business Operations Consultant position in the INKA division, based in Munich, Germany.


Brief description of WFP Innovation Accelerator, INKA:


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency fighting hunger. WFP reaches more than 100 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 was named by Fast Company as Most Innovative Non-Profit Organization 2021 for its work in identifying, nurturing, and scaling disruptive start-ups and innovations to end global hunger. Based in Munich, Germany, the Innovation Accelerator provides WFP employees and start-ups with funding, hands-on support, and access to WFP’s global operations. Through the Accelerator, WFP is leveraging unprecedented advances in digital innovation – such as mobile technology, artificial intelligence and blockchain – and new business models to transform the way it serves vulnerable communities across the world. In 2021, Accelerator supported innovations that positively impacted the lives of 5.5 million people globally. Most recently, the Accelerator runs programmes for external partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others.

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General Information

  • Title of Post: People Consultant
  • Unit: Innovation Accelerator, Innovation and Knowledge Management Division (INKA)
  • Country:  Germany
  • Duty Station: Munich
  • Initial contract duration: 5 months, extendable
  • Expected Start Date: 01.02.2022


Duties and responsibilities:


The incumbent, reporting to the People Team Lead, is expected to:

  1. Drive forward core Accelerator talent activities:

    1. Contribute to building talent by supporting the recruitment process, including drafting terms of references, reviewing of applications, ensuring interview process completion, and onboarding;
    2. Support learning and development activities by working with managers to understand business requirements and individual skills and to deliver development solutions which equip people with skills/knowledge required to meet current and future needs;
    3. Liaise with headquarters on HR related matters, e.g. contracts, and provide necessary information in order to enable timely HR services;
    4. Provide advice on diverse HR processes and rules, and facilitate relevant action as applicable;
    5. Support relevant stakeholders on HR discussions, such as recruitment strategy, performance issues and growth opportunities;
    6. Create best practices and templates for HR activities, as needed.


  1. Support the innovation accelerator build-up, operations & management:

    1. Collate information and provide analysis & content preparation (PowerPoint presentations, reports, briefs, etc.) for corporate priority topics and executive management meetings;
    2. Liaise with colleagues in other divisions (mainly HR unit) or external stakeholders as needed;
    3. Support core processes of the Innovation Accelerator (e.g. innovation challenge; innovation bootcamps; sprint programme; thought leadership; scale-up enablement) as required;
    4. Support the Head of Business Development, the Head of the Innovation Accelerator, the Director Innovation & Knowledge Management Division with any other activities as required.


Required qualifications and experience:



Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree a plus.


At least 3 years of experience in human resources in an international development, business or startup-related position.


Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:


  • Experience in a large organization (public or private sector).
  • Proven experience in handling HR processes and concepts, including learning and development activities, preferably in complex international environments.
  • Self-driven and very strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Strong conceptual thinking to develop new strategies & innovative solutions.
  • Able to interact with a broad range of stakeholders and external audience with maturity and tact.
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills, with the ability to write best practice documents, to develop project plans and to write and deliver presentations.
  • 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 high-level of ambition for the project and own work to achieve impact for the hungry people we serve.
  • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme.



Language requirements:


  • Fluency in oral and written English is a must. Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) or German (location of office) is a plus.


Terms and Conditions:


WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. 

Please visit the following website for detailed information on working with WFP: 

Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


VA Reference no: 154478


Closing Date: 27 December 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.


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