JOB OPPORTUNITY: Senior Product Content Strategist
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Innovation Partnerships Consultant, San Francisco

Terms of Reference

Designer/Developer Candidate Pool

Innovation Unit



UNICEF Innovation Unit it setting up a candidate pool for designers – graphic designers, digital designers, developers and visual strategists – who can be available to support global and country-level innovation projects which require technical design expertise. Our aim is to build a strong and diverse candidate pool to support our global innovation teams with individuals who have strong backgrounds in print, digital, multimedia design, programming, illustration, systems thinking, design research, user experience, storytelling and communications.

Appointed candidates will have the potential to be considered for consultancy positions. Additionally, candidates have the potential to be identified for UNICEF fellowships, specialized and longer-term agreements. Project call-outs will vary in location of work, budgets, turnover time and the level and complexity of work.


Skillsets have been broken down into a few key areas. We welcome applicants who are skilled in one area or across several of these areas. We are also open to receiving applications which include other relatable skillsets not listed here.

Graphic Design: Publication layout, iconography, information graphics, logos, branding, presentation design
Digital Media: Film, video, audio, motion graphics, gaming
Interaction: User experience and user interface design (UX/UI)
Programming/Software: Mobile app design, website design, coding, software engineering, front end and back end development
Communications/Social Media: Social media writing, calendaring, blogging and designing
Research/Strategy: Systems and process mapping, information architecture, design-based research, user-centered workshops
Other: Product design, storytelling, storyboarding, illustration, technical drawing, etc.


The applicant must hold 3-5 years of experience in a relevant field.

Qualifications include:

  • Proven capability of working on a project from the concept to the final package.
  • Strong portfolio of work in your field(s) of knowledge.
  • Presents strong organizational and detail-oriented skills.
  • Experience with processing and synthesizing large amounts of information.
  • Self-starter, flexible and able to time-manage oneself.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a rapidly-changing work environment.
  • Proven ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Being supportive of the team with other organizational tasks that further the agenda of the project goals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to articulate your work to colleagues in a digestible way is a plus.

How to apply:

Please submit the following:

  1. Please fill out this general online application form:
  2. Additionally, please email us the following:
    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter
    3. Work samples/portfolio (hyperlinks to your work are also acceptable).
    4. Any other information you feel is relevant in helping us consider you.

Email your materials to with the Subject Line: “Application Designer Candidate Pool” by March 23, 2015.

Questions can be directed to with the Subject Line: “QUERY: Designer Candidate Pool”


UNICEF has been innovating for children for more than 60 years. The Innovation Unit in New York supports the organization’s 135+ country offices in finding solutions for the world’s most vulnerable children. The UNICEF innovation work includes both policy and practice of innovation in UNICEF, and the larger UN. UNICEF is engaged in testing and scaling up new partnerships, technologies, and collaborations in some of the world’s most difficult operating environments. UNICEF’s system of innovation throughout the organization includes:

  • Innovation Unit in New York: to support UNICEF programmes on the ground and the organisation at large through partnerships, technologies, and connections
  • Innovation node in San Francisco: to build partnerships with the technology sector
  • Global Innovation Centre in Nairobi: to identify and field tests scalable innovations
  • A network of Innovation Labs around the world to bring together the private sector, academia, and the public sector to develop solutions for key social issues, and ensure we are always watching for new ideas from unexpected places.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Senior Product Content Strategist
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Innovation Partnerships Consultant, San Francisco