Locations: Headquarters Locations: Denmark
Work Type : Fixed Term StaffChildren with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society. Facing daily discrimination in the form of negative attitudes, lack of adequate policies and legislation, they are effectively barred from realizing their rights to healthcare, education, and even survival.Estimates suggest that there are at least 93 million children with disabilities in the world, but numbers could be much higher. They are often likely to be among the poorest members of the population. They are less likely to attend school, access medical services, or have their voices heard in society. Their disabilities also place them at a higher risk of physical abuse, and often exclude them from receiving proper nutrition or humanitarian assistance in emergencies.In 2014 -17, UNICEF has prioritised the needs of children with disabilities in its procurement, market influencing and product innovation activities. Through this intensified focus, supplies become a driver and catalyst in mainstreaming disability across all of UNICEF policies and programmes in development and humanitarian action.Assistive Technology (AT) products, help enable people living with disabilities to participate more fully in their community and lead more independent lives.
Purpose for the job
The Innovation Specialist (Disability) applies specialized product knowledge, and in collaboration with counterparts in UNICEF field offices and Programme Division, manages and drives product innovation projects forward with the goal to enable the procurement of fit for purpose, end-user driven assistive technologies to be used UNICEF’s programmes and emergencies.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1. Manage the portfolio of UNICEF’s Assistive Technology product innovation projects including general project management as well as documenting and communicating developments to management and the innovation review board.
2. Supports and/or conducts end-user needs assessments in programmes or projects aimed at improving access to innovative medical devices and equipment.
3. Creates terms of references (TORs) and shares technical expertise for procurement of products and services to support the development and scale up of product innovation.
4. Conducts market research for innovations, provides analysis, background information, recommendations for improving the suitability and range of products.
5. In collaboration with UNICEF Programme Division, Disability Section, Regional Advisors, Country offices and other key partners, contributes to the development of Target Product Profiles (TPPs) and product specifications for innovative assistive technologies.
6. Plans, collaborates and executes in-country field trials of innovative products and technologies.
7. Communicate to, and collaborate with developers, suppliers, academia and industry to stimulate markets and drive innovation in this sector with the end goal being availability of products for procurement.
8. Ensure strong connection between Innovation Unit, different procurement centres within Supply Division, and the assistive technology and disability community within globally, with particular focus on UNICEF Programme Division regional and country offices.
9. Create tools to document best practices for driving product innovation around disability programmes.
10. Create other tools and processes as required and requested by the supervisor.
11. Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.
• Diversity and inclusion
• Communication (II)
• Working with People (II)
• Drive for Results (II)
• Planning and Organising (II)
• Analysing (I)
• Relating and Networking (II)
• Creating and Innovating (II)
• Applying Technical Expertise (II)
A completed advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in one of the following areas: Public Health, Policy, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Business Studies, Social Sciences or a field relevant to assistive Technology is required.
*A completed 1st university degree (Bachelor’s degree) and 7 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced degree (Master’s degree).
Minimum five (5) years of progressive relevant professional experience in management of product innovation projects is required.
Experience in assistive technologies is an asset.
Proficiency in English is required.
Knowledge of another UN language (Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese) is an asset.
To view our competency framework, please click here.
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.
Please be informed that all application to UNICEF are handled via UNICEF’s online recruiting system. You can apply to the above position by creating your profile and application at our website: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index.php Requisition no: 509051.
Closing Date: 8 December 2017
*Posting and application portal for this job on unicef.org can only be accessed during the application period.