Role: Future of Money Fellow: Senior Researcher/Workshop Design [Online Volunteer]
Duration: 6 months
Duty Station: Remote

BACKGROUND
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 APPOINTMENT / MAIN ACTIVITIES

Provide desk research and conduct expert interviews of digital financial products and impact for Future of Money project, UNICEF Innovation

  • Understand and articulate key areas for UNICEF to engage in areas such as digitizing social protection payments, humanitarian relief, other areas affective women and children, communicate for Future of Money report and workshop to team
  • Understand and articulate the market for digital financial inclusion products and key countries to consider for UNICEF
  • Conduct research on rigorous evidence of impact of digital financial inclusion and products specifically affecting women and children  – what do we know, where is there uncertainty
  • Conduct research on effective product features, products, companies, and regulatory environments in countries of interest to UNICEF
  • Develop a master list of key informants to provide input / attend a Future of Money event later in 2017
  • Review and comment on Future of Money report; write sections as needed.

Support design of and planning for the Future of Money interactive workshop to populate digital financial inclusion trials within UNICEF in Fall of 2017

  • Help develop goals, structure, facilitation design
  • Contribute to invitation list / provide profiles of key people to consider for inclusion
  • Develop/contribute to agenda and workshop collateral, as needed

CONDITIONS

  • Any work covered under this volunteer assignment will be unpaid.
  • UNICEF accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the volunteer or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during the internship.
  • Any other expenses, including any other travel, accommodation, general living expenses, health and travel insurance will be the responsibility of the volunteer.
  • The volunteer is expected to provide his/her own equipment (laptop, the internet, etc.).

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION

  • Advanced degree in one of the following fields: technology, communications, social sciences communication, public relations, business administration, and management.
  • At least eight (8) 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
    • Familiarity with UNICEF’s Innovation work an asset
    • Prior experience in working on children’s issues an asset

LANGUAGES
Fluency in English.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants are requested to send their submissions to NYHQ-Innovation-Operations@unicef.org with the subject line: “Online Volunteer – Future of Money Fellow: Senior Researcher/Workshop Design” by 9 July 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter,
  • CV, and
  • P-11 form[1]

[1] P 11 form  can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/Personal_History_P11.dochttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/Personal_History_P11.doc

 

 

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