- Role: Project Coordinator Emerging Technology Areas
- Location: Office of Global Innovation
- Work Type: Consultancy
- Duty Station: UNICEF NYHQ. Travel is anticipated. Destination(s)TBC.
- Duration: 11.5 months; 241 days
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Background & Rationale
UNICEF’s Office of Innovation in New York helps UNICEF’s 135+ Country Offices strengthen programs on the ground using innovative approaches and technologies. Innovation at UNICEF means doing things new or different that adds value to achieving results for the most vulnerable children. This means, concretely, researching and understanding strengths, vulnerabilities and environmental factors for children and their families, and therefore translating ideas, technologies, and partnerships into products, services that bring about better, more equitable results for children.
UNICEF and emerging tech areas
UNICEF Innovation explores and invests in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. We find these solutions clustered around $100 billion industries like emergency and epidemic response, transport & delivery, identity, finance, learning, personal data and related fields.
In about ten to fifteen years, drones will be fully incorporated into commercial airspace. Will we ready? How can we use these emerging technologies to help children? UNICEF’s Office of Innovation is working with drones on many fronts: in opening a global drone testing corridor in partnership with UNICEF Malawi and the Government of Malawi, in multiple pilot test projects in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kazakhstan and Malawi, and in funding open-source drone hardware startups through the Innovation Fund.
Blockchain will give children and young people a digital identity and secure financial transactions. What other kinds of technology clusters should UNICEF be investing in and learning from to scale new solutions for children?
Similar to the portfolio of pilot projects in the UAS field, UNICEF Innovation is establishing pilots in other emerging tech areas. While these areas are at earlier stages of exploration, technical leads on the team are identifying and supporting pilots, that are receiving investment from the Innovation Fund, while starting to establish initial protocols and lessons for broader application.
This position will provide project management and coordination support to the portfolio of projects under emerging technology areas, including UAVs and blockchain. The consultant will be working closely with technical leads for each portfolio and the Innovation Fund Manager to support pilots, quick learning of lessons and results, documentation and coordination to help the teams achieve quick results and grow relevant portfolios.
The UNICEF Office of Innovation is seeking a Project Coordinator for emerging technology areas to coordinate the growing number of pilots that the Office of Innovation is spearheading to leverage lessons for future applications. For each emerging tech area to explore, the approach will include the following main steps:
- Identification of a new area and a public-facing event or discussion that positions UNICEF
- Support and interest from important partners and internal allies, including a country-level use case and pilot
- Building up internal expertise and research
- Write-up of findings and initial pilot experiences
- Support and network UNICEF Country Offices who want to pilot technology
- Strengthen and share internal experience with input from different Divisions and Offices
Expected results: (measurable results)
The Coordinator role will focus on coordinating and project managing this approach for emerging technology areas, including (but not limited to) UAVs and blockchain. In close collaboration with various members of the technology team and the Innovation Fund Manager, the Technical Coordinator will work towards achieving the following expected results:
- Providing project management support to the drone testing corridor in Malawi
- Provide overall coordination to support exploration of emerging tech areas (incl but not limited to UAVs and blockchain)
- Support corporate partnership development focused on emerging technology spaces (drones, blockchain and others) for UNICEF Innovation
- Coordinate the drafting of technical guidance, resources and meetings focused on application of technology area for UNICEF
- Coordinate with other UNICEF Divisions and other UN agencies to identify opportunities for collaboration and consultation
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Key competencies, technical background, and experience required
- University degree in relevant field; or equivalent professional experience
- At least 3 years experience in project management and coordination experience to achieve defined goals, including establishment and use of related tools, metrics and data platforms
- Experience working in developing countries and supporting development and use of technology in these contexts
- Experience in developing and managing a range of partners and teams from across sectors and divisions
- Proven ability to communicate effectively with different audiences and to synthesise technical information and translate it into accessible products and systems
- Understanding of key issues affecting children in developing countries and familiarity with UNICEF an asset
- Ability to synthesize technical information and translate it into accessible products
- Written and verbal fluency in English is required
To view our competency framework, please click here.
Applications must include the following:
- a cover letter
- and P-11 form
Please indicate your ability, availability and monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
Opening Date 26 Jan 2017 Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date 15 Feb 2017 Eastern Standard Time