Organizational Unit: Office of Innovation
Location: New York or San Francisco
Duration: 5 June 2017 – 11 August 2017
Organizational Context and Purpose
Innovation at UNICEF is driven by an interdisciplinary team of individuals around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling technologies and practices that strengthen UNICEF’s work for children. Innovations range from new ways to structure programmes to new products and technologies. UNICEF needs to be agile and adapt to the evolving challenges affecting all children — from disease outbreaks, to the global refugee crisis, to millions of out-of-school children. One thing that is consistent: the speed at which these problems disrupt the lives of children worldwide is only getting faster. To address these problems, UNICEF works with a network of global problem solvers who can find new ways to accelerate results that reduce inequities for children.
Within the Office of Innovation the Futures team looks at the two-to-five-year horizon to evaluate emerging and trending technologies to see how UNICEF can work with the private sector to find shared value in this future space – for companies to do better business while improving access to essential services for children. Future investment areas include: transportation and mobility; identity; learning; mobile financial services and digital currencies; and wearables and sensor technology.
Purpose of the internship:
The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students at both Headquarters and country offices the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff. This internship is for the purpose of acquiring organizational knowledge of programmes and processes to supplement academic and theoretical knowledge.
Under the guidance of the Senior Innovation Advisor, this intern provides technical, operational and administrative assistance to the Future of Money portfolio through the application of theoretical and technical skills in collecting, analyzing and presenting program information as well as supporting the ongoing development of materials and events for programme and partnership activities for the Office of Innovation related to the Future of Money strand of work, as well as related tasks as determined by the supervisor.
Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
1. Programmatic support to the Future of Money workshop
- Support the development of materials for the Future of Money work strand, including review of handbook and other materials, collection of relevant documents, interviews, etc.
- Research, writing and outreach to support the development of an event
2. Event planning and support
- Planning and logistics for proposed Future of Money workshop to be held at New York HQ
- Administrative and programmatic support for this and related meetings and events
3. Innovation and research
- With team input, identify new areas to be explored within the Future of Money portfolio
- Provide market and background research support on the identified area, focusing on trends in the industry, main players, new solutions and potential use cases
- Present result of the research to the team and provide an accessible research summary
- Currently enrolled in a graduate (Master’s) degree in the area of international development, business administration, technology or relates field
- Completed at least one year of full-time studies of the graduate degree;
- Excellent academic performance, as demonstrated by academic records.
- Demonstrated interest in innovation and technology for development
- Some prior knowledge or experience with UNICEF’s mission desired
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
Applicant must include:
1. Cover letter
Closing Date: 24 Mar 2017
*Posting and application portal for this job on unicef.org can only be accessed during the application period.