Role: Innovation Partnerships Specialist
Work Type: Consultancy
Location: San Francisco
Duration: 11.5 months (241 Days)
Level: Individual contract (equivalent to P4)
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.
We are a small team of technologists and creatives in UNICEF who develop, prototype and scale new technologies. Our team has built products with millions of active users, and has had more failures than we can count. We’re a group of people trying to fix huge global problems and we know that we can’t do it alone. We are looking for someone to work across UNICEF’s 135 country offices and 30+ National Committees to help us build innovation partnerships with the private sector, government, and foundations. Check out: www.unicefstories.org, www.unicef.org/innovation and @UNICEFInnovate for some idea of who we are.
You are a connector. You have excellent language and networking skills and maintaining relationships. You are a skilled sailor in navigating the waters of both the public and private sector and their interests in social impact issues. You understand challenges, adapt quickly, and as a ‘people person’ are an empathetic listener, host, and manager. You’re an expert negotiator who proactively finds the shared value for multiple parties. You are comfortable in rooms with people smarter than you. You can see the big picture but also follow up on the details. You understand the implications of technology’s growth into every part of our lives. You are interested in how things like mobile phones, big data, and IoT can transform the world of international development. You have a firm handle on and interest in international relations, and a keen sense of how a large organization works.
PURPOSE OF THE APPOINTMENT / MAIN ACTIVITIES
UNICEF is seeking to hire a consultant in the San Francisco office to manage and expand key technology partnerships, and assist in implementing an organization-wide strategy for partnerships. A key pillar of Innovation work at UNICEF is partnership with the private sector, academia, and other civil society actors. The Innovation Partnerships Officer is responsible for providing support for the private sector portfolio that is handled by the Innovation Unit in San Francisco. Under the supervision of the Senior Advisor, Innovation and in close collaboration with other UNICEF colleagues in country offices, PFP, and National Committees, the consultant will be responsible for:
- Provide coordination of a key UNICEF partnership with a strategic technology company, including the development/project management/implementation of all programme deliverables, co-creation activities and coordination of future investments. Support innovation colleagues and country offices on project management of venture/scale-up activities associated with partnership(s).
- Coordinate research and development of select future technology areas alongside Senior Advisor and partnerships team. Provide support and coordination to market research activities with chosen partner. This includes examining urbanization as a theme against the 5 future areas selected: wearable/sensor technology, mobile financial services, transport/logistics, learning, and identity
- Provide support to strategic work of the Partnerships team, under the guidance of the Senior Advisor, Office of Innovation
- Support internal communication efforts as needed including developing materials for required for innovation team and partnership meetings, pitches, field visits scheduled in 2017/2018, conducting design workshops, giving presentations, etc.
- Support management and coordination of junior team members including interns, under the guidance of the Senior Advisor, Office of Innovation
- Provide expertise on all IoT innovation activities when requested
- Participation in speaking engagements on IoT and at the request of Senior Advisor.
- Produce, write, edit and organize materials related to associated partnerships, as well as for internal stakeholders.
- Support events work with provision of concepts, content, participants.
- Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
- Consultant is responsible for his own health insurance
- Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel
- Consultants are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION
- Advanced degree or equivalent professional experience in one of the following fields: technology, communications, public health, business administration and management.
- At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience and a track record of working on developing innovative solutions/partnerships and initiatives between the technology sector and development/non-profit organizations
- Demonstrated planning, communication, research, fundraising and very strong writing and editing skills
- Strong leadership skills; capacity to prioritise and manage a diverse range of partners, projects and activities
- Project management skills including task prioritization and budget monitoring
- Ability to work with a diverse set of partners to create problem specifications, system requirements, and then implement software and technology innovations
- Prior experience working in/with technology companies
- Prior experience in prospecting, fundraising and/or partnerships building required
- Extensive network in the technology industry an asset
- Familiarity with UNICEF’s Innovation work an asset
- Prior experience in working on children’s issues an asset
- Fluency in English. Competence in another UN language preferred.
Applications must include:
- Cover letter
To view our competency framework, please click here.
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.
Closing Date: 10 May 2017
*Posting and application portal for this job on unicef.org can only be accessed during the application period.