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Role: Portfolio Coordinator
Job Number: 511561 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Headquarters, United States
Work Type: Consultancy

How can you make a difference?

The UNICEF Innovation Fund has been 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. We find these solutions clustered around $100 billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: blockchain, UAVs, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, nano-satellites and human dynamics.

With $14.4M raised to date, the Innovation Fund is scaling its investment portfolio with the aim of investing in 20 start-ups every year. The current portfolio of 20 companies consists of several cohorts of companies developing and piloting solutions in virtual and augmented reality, in data science and artificial intelligence and in assistive technology. As the portfolio is scaling, we are looking for a consultant to continue implementing the portfolio coordination systems and supporting management of related contracts.

Main Responsibilities will be:

  • Implement portfolio management systems and processes, including for tracking of milestones, contractual obligations, communications, technical assistance and community building
  • Collect and track real-time and other data to monitor progress against agreed milestones
  • Identify needs for technical assistance for individual companies/Country Offices and groups of investments, and facilitate access to support, including through needs assessments, tracking of key indicators
  • Act as the first point of contact for portfolio companies and feed into contract management processes as required

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • The applicant must hold an advanced degree in finance, entrepreneurship, business administration or other relevant field, or related equivalent practical experience. Min 5 years relevant work experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting portfolios of investments or projects, including relevant management and communication systems and tools, to achieve milestones, required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required, including facilitation of networks and communities
  • Experience in coordinating networks and portfolios of consultants and technical advisors to deliver against agreed objectives required
  • Understanding of different contexts and experience working in developing countries
  • Knowledge of international development, technology for development and key challenges affecting children in developing countries
  • Written and verbal fluency in English is required; other UN languages are an asset
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter, including link(s) to any demo
  • CV
  • Please indicate your qualifications, availability as well as your financial bid, i.e. daily/monthly rate (in US$), to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a financial bid will not be considered further.

Payment Plan:

  • 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

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.


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*Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Opening Date Fri Mar 16 2018 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Wed Mar 28 2018 23:55:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) 


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.

For every child, innovate…

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives. The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.

UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly — anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach — in a traditionally risk-averse field — to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
  • Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.

The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively


We’re an interdisciplinary team around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling new technologies and practices. With our partners, we focus on convening and collaborating on new and different solutions, low- and high-tech,  by:

  • Looking at the 2-5 year horizon to evaluate emerging and trending technologies and to see how UNICEF can work with the private sector on doing better business while improving essential services for children;
  • Investing in early stage solutions that show great potential to positively impact children in the 0-2 year future including the Venture Fund that invests in open source technology solutions from start-ups based in UNICEF’s programme countries;
  • Identifying proven solutions that can be implemented at national scale in multiple countries – taking the ideas that help thousands in one country, bringing them to dozens of countries across multiple sectors, and impacting the lives of millions of children.
Job Opportunity: 2 x Research Scientist Consultants - Office of Innovations, New York HQ
Job Opportunity: Product Manager Consultant - Blockchain Product & Partnerships, New York HQ