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  • Posted: Mar 22, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The World Food Programme is the food assistance branch of the United Nations and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.
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    Programme Associate (Innovation, Communication, Advocacy and Marketing)


    Based in Nairobi, the WFP Innovation Hub for Eastern Africa identifies, supports and scales high potential solutions to hunger worldwide. It supports 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.

    The key objective is to facilitate and foster innovation in the context of WFPs East Africa activities, help regional innovation projects to scale, develop local innovation ecosystems, without compromising country- and department specific initiatives while ensuring an orchestration of efforts, and the creation of synergies between projects. Ultimately, the goal is to bring innovative solutions that can help us get closed to a world without hunger to scale.


    We need you to reach the next level! Expect a high pace environment, a challenging context, an engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and a driven, dedicated team.


    Education : The candidate must have an undergraduate degree; a degree in business, communications, marketing or international development preferred

    Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible national and/or international experience in communication, graphic design and/or online marketing. Experience working in a multicultural and fast-paced environment is beneficial.

    Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES 1/2 (not all-inclusive)

    This role will support the implementation of RBN’s Communications, Advocacy and Marketing (CAM) strategy. The candidate, reporting to the Head of the Innovation Hub and the Regional Advocacy and Marketing Officer, is expected to:

    Support development & implementation of a yearly communication strategy for the WFP Innovation Hub for Eastern Africa:

    • Carry out external communication on innovation and technology; develop and guide corporate and RBN-level CAM priorities related to Partnerships & Innovation.
    • Produce and maintain up to date communication material for innovations in the region, specific to audiences leveraging both online and traditional channels.
    • Liaise and manage press relations for both the Hub and Hub-supported innovations
    • Attract high-potential social innovations from within WFP and external networks through events, PR and digital marketing activities.
    • Review all external CAM materials related to Partnerships & Innovation.
    • Position WFP Regional Bureau and its country offices as industry/sector leaders by drafting and editing articles, blogs, press releases to promote our work and impact.
    • Support core innovation activities (e.g. innovation challenge; bootcamps; sprint programme; thought leadership; innovation fund) as required.


    Develop content assets and social media campaigns to showcase innovation projects in the region, working closely with the Regional Communications Officer:

    • Identify stories and major communications moments; lead content gathering, creation and marketing.
    • Design and launch social media campaigns, maximize the reach to the right target audience
    • Liaise with communication agencies (videographers, graphic designers, photographers) and prepare briefs
    • Support innovation projects with communication advice.
    • Prepare input, talking points, briefings for WFP senior management, inter-agency opportunities and donor communications.
    • Support developing material for advocacy/fundraising purposes.
    • Support the Hub’s fundraising activities and participation at external events.


    1. Experience in CAM and partnership required
    2. Good knowledge of Eastern Africa innovation ecosystems is a strong plus
    3. Strong conceptual thinking to develop new CAM strategies and coordinate projects
    4. Ability to produce high-quality written materials, including graphically-based PowerPoint presentations as well as text documents;
    5. Strong understanding of the main social & professional media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok)
    6. Ability to prepare story boards, develop story scripts and prepare videos
    7. Graphic design know-how
    8. Ability to interact with leaders and external audiences with maturity and tact;
    9. Collaborative spirit able to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy;
    10. Strong time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles, and an ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, and to work to tight deadlines;
    11. Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy;
    12. Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme;
    13. Willing to work in and travel to different field locations and challenging operating environments.

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    Female Internship Programme

    The Internship will be for a fixed period of upto 8 months.   


    To be considered for this internship, applicants must meet one of the three criterias listed in a to c below in addition to fully meeting d,e and f;

    1. Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate programme (for example, Bachelor’s degree) from a recognised university and have completed at least two years of the programme. Candidates should have attended classes in the past 12 months;
    2. Be currently enrolled in a graduate programme (for example, Master degree) from a recognised university and have attended classes in the past 12 months;
    3. Be a recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate programme (within six months prior to the application to the internship programme) from a recognised university and have attended classes in the last 12 months of enrolment in the university.
    4. Be fluent in English. Fluency in other WFP official and working languages is always an asset and may be an additional requirement at some duty stations;
    5. Be fit to travel to, and work at, the duty station of the internship;
    6. Not be sons, daughters, brothers or sisters of WFP employees;

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

    Provide support in monitoring of WFP programmes including:

    • Support the programme team in reviewing monthly Cooperating Partners (CP) reports and capturing them in our SAP (COMET);
    • Assist in processing data reconciliation in the SAP (COMET) with LESS;
    • Conduct field missions to WFP activities sites to monitor the implementation programme, the management and use of food/ cash assistance, the targeting and the respect of WFP principles by the CPs;
    • Contribute to monitoring reports on any WFP programme related issues on the field, including food management on the field, beneficiaries’ problems and conduct of CPs in line with WFP guidelines;
    • Contribute in monthly consolidated beneficiaries and achievement reports;
    • Assist in receiving and registering invoices and Cooperating Partners reports for tracking purposes;
    • Provide weekly status updates on CP invoices received, registered and processed for payment;
    • Take minutes in various programme meetings;
    • Assist in maintaining accurate records and files within the area of work;
    • Perform any other duties as required.



    • 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.


    • Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP of about Ksh 91,242.
    • WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation and related costs.
    • WFP will recognize candidates’ educational credentials from recognised institutions that have been certified by competent international or national authorities such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) or Ministries of Education;
    • Upon selection, proof of enrolment in a course of study will be required and your expected date of graduation. If you have graduated, a certified copy of your degree will be required.
    • Applicants profile MUST match the C.V attached. Any discrepancies between the C.V and the profile will lead to automatic disqualification.


    • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
    • WFP embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that celebrates diversity and inclusivity in all ways. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications and merit.
    • Applications for this position will close at 11:59 p.m. (East African Time) on the deadline date.
    • The deadline for recieving applications for this position is 01 April 2021.

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    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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