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Office of Innovation


UNICEF’s Office of Innovation is seeking new candidates to add to our design pool.

The purpose of the design pool is to provide UNICEF with a growing list of talented designers and design thinkers who can be readily available to support global and country-level projects which require technical design expertise. Our aim is to build a strong and diverse network of designers to support UNICEF with print, digital and online media, interaction design, product design, illustration, systems thinking, design research, user experience design, storytelling, communications materials, etc.

Appointed candidates will be placed on a vetted roster accessible to UNICEF staff seeking designers to fulfill various needs from quick turnover projects, short-term work to longer consultancy positions. Additionally, candidates have the potential to be identified for fellowships, specialized and longer-term agreements. Project requests will come from various parts of the organization and be shared with appointed candidates via email alert through the Office of Innovation. The scope of each of these projects will vary in location of work, budget, turnover time, level and complexity of work and you will be able to bid for or decline an opportunity.

Skillsets have been broken down into a few key umbrella 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/Web Design: User experience and user interface design (UX/UI), mobile app design, website design
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+ years of professional experience in a relevant field.

Qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • 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.


Please fill out this general application form online:

We will review your submission after the submission deadline and return to you with next steps in the following weeks. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee and we may approach you with follow-up emails or invite you to an interview. Please be sure to include all required materials or your submission may be subject to disqualification. Should you have any questions about this callout or the design pool, you can write us at with the Subject line: “QUERY: UNICEF Design Pool Spring 2016”


UNICEF has been innovating for children for 70 years. The Office of Innovation 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 Office of Innovation includes:

  • An Office of Innovation in New York: to support UNICEF programmes on the ground and the organisation at large through partnerships, technologies, and connections. The Innovation Unit leads on the UNICEF Innovation Fund, a venture-style investment vehicle that funds early-stage, open source tech solutions that help children.
  • An Innovation node in San Francisco: to build partnerships with the technology sector, and will help scale social innovation start-ups
  • A 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.

DEADLINE: 2016 April 4, 5pm EST

Questions can be directed to with the Subject line: “QUERY: UNICEF Design Pool Spring 2016”

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