Innovation and Change Management Consultant

World Food Programme
  • Location
    Rome, Italy
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 20

Position description

Over the past years WFP has responded to an unprecedented level of emergencies, while maintaining ongoing operations. This increased demand stretches the organization which means WFP has to find new approaches and new ways of working to ensure we are channelling every available resource to the people we serve.

In the context of a changing world and a changing WFP, the Innovation and Change Management Division was set up in 2015 to manage change and promote innovation within the organization. The team is working directly with WFP’s leadership to drive strategic corporate priority projects.



  1. Change Management Execution projects
  2. Overall Innovation and Change Management priorities
  3. Other activities


Depending on time of joining, the candidate’s specific experience and current corporate priorities, the Consultant will be responsible for the fully delivery of a project work stream. Examples of specific deliverables are:

  • Corporate Executive Directors, Board and divisional key initiatives
    • Advise Division Managers on prioritization of key corporate initiatives
    • Participate to discussions with team members and other divisions to align on objectives, activities, timelines and outputs for Change Agenda as applicable
    • Provide analytical and project management support
    • Support initiative owners/ managers in driving implementation forward
  • UN Reform: Support Head of Change Management of INC on UN Reform implementation in WFP
    • Explore benefits for potential global / local collaboration with sister agencies
    • Identify Business Operations Strategy best practices for collaboration and support cross-COs knowledge transfer
    • Support UN Reform Change Management team to perform internal analysis on service delivery effectiveness and efficiency, review current service approaches at global and country levels and support pilot launches as needed
    • Support communication efforts on UN Reform
  • Additional support to divisional needs
    • Support monitoring of divisional budget consumption
    • Additional support requests, as required


Education:  The candidate must have a masters degree; a degree in business, economics or engineering is preferred.

Experience:  At least 2 years of progressively responsible national and/or international experience in a business or international relations related position. 1-2 years experience in change management, management consulting or finance required. Additional work experience desirable.

Languages: In addition to a high proficiency in written and spoken English, knowledge of a second UN language is a plus.

Knowledge & Skills: 

  • Ability to develop new strategies and innovative projects
  • Good analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative: ability to perform advanced analysis in excel and produce high-quality written materials, including powerpoint presentations as well as text documents;
  • Experience with optimization processes (e.g. optimization of strategic planning, sourcing, logistics, finance processes, performance management, etc.)
  • Collaborative spirit to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures, with credibility and diplomacy;
  • 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 on tight deadlines;
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a certain degree of autonomy and/ or in team;
  • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme.

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