Job Number: 509597 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Headquarters Locations: United States of America
Work Type : Consultancy
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
Duration: 20 days over 6 months ( January -June 2018)
Duty Station: New York HQ
Level: Individual consultant (equivalent to P4)
UNICEF has been innovating for children for more than 70 years. Innovations support the organization’s 190 countries and territories where UNICEF has operations, finding solutions for the world’s most vulnerable children. The UNICEF innovation work includes both policy and practice of innovation in UNICEF, and the larger UN ecosystem. Innovation in UNICEF is defined as “doing something new or different that adds value.” Innovation is a cross-sectoral function that enhances programme and development effectiveness as well as management and is guided in all contexts by UNICEF’s Innovation Principles (http://unicefstories.org/principles/).UNICEF is engaged in testing and scaling up new partnerships, technologies, and collaborations in some of the world’s most difficult operating environments.
UNICEF’s Innovation (Venture) Fund is a pooled funding vehicle specifically designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify “clusters” or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology – so that UNICEF can both shape markets and also learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children. We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. The Innovation Fund’s newly launched accessibility portfolio is composed of a set of companies developing communication technologies for children with disabilities, with a special focus on AAC (augmentative and alternative communication technologies). AAC technologies help people with communication impairments supplement or replace existing speech, writing or nonverbal communication to express ideas, thoughts, and needs. UNICEF is looking to hire a technical adviser with experience managing open source projects and expertise in developing accessible software products.
PURPOSE OF THE APPOINTMENT / MAIN ACTIVITIES
The consultant is expected to:
- Attend the UNICEF Innovation gathering and lead a technical workshop for the accessibility cohort.
- Drive the technical roadmap and strategy for a holistic interoperable accessibility solution amongst UNICEF Innovation Fund companies.
- Guide UNICEF Innovation Fund accessibility companies on the technical development of their platforms with recommendations for frontier technology integration.
- Develop and maintain standards for quality documentation and work with UNICEF Innovation Fund companies to ensure code is clearly documented and uploaded onto agreed upon Github repositories.
- Ensure UNICEF Innovation Fund company solutions are aligned with the most up-to-date accessibility standards.
- Mentor companies 1:1 on a monthly basis to troubleshoot product challenges.
- Payment every two months, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
- Consultant is responsible for her/his own health insurance
- Consultant is eligible for DSA for all work-related travel. 1 travel to workshop location expected to cover 3 working days (to be confirmed).
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION
- Advanced degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related technical discipline
- 8+ years of relevant software development or product management experience
- Previous experience with accessible software
- A track record of project delivery for large, cross-functional projects
- Experience with product management on technical products with externally visible open source APIs, SDKs, protocols or other developer-facing product features
- Experience with professional software engineering practices and best practices for the full software development life cycle
- Exposure to a variety of languages, frameworks, toolchains
- Experience with agile software development methodologies like scrum
- Experience with rapid prototyping and evaluation of user feedback
- Can break down large features into a series of smaller, usable deliverables
- Experience with open-source technologies and cultivating open source communities
- Comfortable working and negotiating with others to manage dependencies and coordinate roadmaps
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent technical communication with peers and non-technical stakeholders
- Experience working in international development context highly preferred
- Desire to work in a highly-collaborative environment
Fluency in English.
Applications must include:
- cover letter
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 candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
Opening Date Thu Dec 14 2017 09:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST) Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Dec 28 2017 23:55:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
*Posting and application portal for this job on unicef.org can only be accessed during the application period.