Work type: Internship
Organizational Unit: Office of Innovation
Location: San Francisco
Duration: First week of June – Mid August 2017 (end date negotiable, minimum 8 weeks)
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 and San Francisco-based team, this intern provides technical, operational and administrative assistance to the Partnerships team 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, as well as related tasks as determined by the supervisor.
Key function, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks:
Support for the Roundtable Event on Urban Technologies for the Developing World (JUNE)
- Support team with the development of materials for the urbanization roundtable work strand, including review of handbook and other materials, collection of relevant documents, interviews, etc.
- Research, writing and outreach to support the development of the roundtable event
Market Research Proposal Support (JULY)
- Coordinate calls, travel, interviews as requested
- Under guidance of innovation team, assist with research requests and alongside partner
- Assist with project management tools and keeping up to date timelines
- Administrative and programmatic support for this and related meetings and events
- Develop and edit content for internal and external communications, including blog posts, social media posts, and meeting agendas
- Help coordinate communications between NY/SF Innovation offices
- Help coordinate and support communications activities related to partnerships with UNICEF UK
Innovation and Research (ONGOING)
- With team input, identify existing operators/implementers within the urbanization technology space and new areas to be explored, including future potential partners
- 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 an undergraduate or graduate (Master’s) degree in the area of international development, business administration, public health, urban planning, social sciences, technology or related field
- Completed at least one year of full-time studies of the graduate degree; or 3 years of undergraduate work.
- Excellent academic performance, as demonstrated by academic records. Transcripts may be requested.
- 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:
- Cover letter
- Writing Sample (max. 5 pages)
*Posting and application portal for this job on unicef.org can only be accessed during the application period.