Job Opportunity: Software Developer, Office of Innovation

Opportunity: Internships with UNICEF’s Office of Innovation
Duration: 10 – 12 weeks
Duty Station: New York or remote

The UNICEF Innovation team in currently has 11 internship positions available for Summer 2018. Please see below for details on the types of positions and how to apply.

Do you want to use your skills to find new technology solutions to improve children’s lives? Want to learn more about how big data can be used for good? Want to be part of the team setting up the first venture fund inside the UN? Do you have a passion for finding and testing new ideas?

The UNICEF Innovation Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience with dedicated support of the team. These internships are for the purpose of developing your skills and contributing to an exciting project being piloted and scaled by UNICEF Innovations.

As an intern, you will:

* Get to work on a specific project of strategic value to the team. You’ll get to present your ideas and outputs to the team at the end of the summer.
* Receive dedicated mentorship from a member of multidisciplinary team related to your project and your career and development plans
* Be part of a dedicated induction programme to UNICEF and UNICEF Innovation
* Visit 2-3 external partners based in New York City (or in the remote location you are working from) that are active in the space of technology and innovation
* Have a fun and inspiring internship experience


Innovation Mainstreaming Project Intern

Purpose of assignment: What could be a better way to spend your summer than trying to help mainstream life-saving innovations into UNICEF – one of the world’s largest organizations serving children. You will support the team in crafting guidance, supporting quality assurance of planning, documentation and dissemination of results achieved related to UNICEF innovations in collaboration with multiple UNICEF divisions and regional offices, and communication of results among internal and external stakeholders.

As an Innovation Mainstreaming Project Intern you will:

* Maintain a precise plan of action that will guide and drive people across UNICEF on understanding and implementing innovations ready to go to scale.

* Draft and edit in order to keep up to date communications on projects across the Office of Innovation, including talking points for internal audiences, blogs and draft messages for social media (and external audiences) and provide regular updates for the innovation team on key developments.

* Create standard presentations as required that are accessible, on brand and easily maintained so that the Innovation team can understand and explain the process and can learn from the process for other projects. e.g. Deck for the RapidPro Scale-up Project.

* Support the strengthening real-time monitoring systems through scale-up of RapidPro initiative.

Read the full TOR and apply here.

Innovation Fund Portfolio Interns

Purpose of assignment: Support the UNICEF Innovation Fund team to maximize our return on investments. Through these internships interns will provide support to specific start-ups and build of tools and systems that can be scaled across the portfolio. The Fund has invested in 20 start-ups (read here about the 6 we just welcomed to our portfolio) working on a range of frontier technology solutions, including artificial intelligence and data science, VR/AR, blockchain and UAVs. Please find details about each internship and the qualifications needed below.

Apply for any of the two internships based in different regions here:

* Design intern based in Cordoba, Argentina with our portfolio company CIREHA, developing user testing plan for their solution to help children with disabilities communicate better:
Read the full TOR and apply here .

* Portfolio support intern based in New York supporting on research and portfolio company support:
Read the full TOR and apply here.

* Innovation Fund Sourcing intern based in Mexico City, Mexico – *NEW*
Read the full TOR and apply here.

* Innovation Fund Sourcing, Office of Innovation, Jakarta, Indonesia *NEW*
Read the full TOR and apply here.

* Innovation Fund Sourcing, Office of Innovation, Tehran, Iran *NEW*
Read the full TOR and apply here.


Data Science and Machine Learning

Purpose of assignment: These interns will join the Data Science team – a team that does research and support product development with non-traditional data (aka Big Data) and methods (aka Computer Science). It does so by combining several disciplines such as network science, complex systems, natural language processing, data mining, machine learning, remote sensing and artificial intelligence and applies them to some of the big problems that UNICEF is tackling. Please find details about each internship and the qualifications needed below.

Apply for one of these internships with the Data Science team to:

* Support the development of a data science model for emerging vector-borne disease transmission dynamics for our platform Magic Box:
Read the full TOR and apply here.

* Support building interpretable machine learning models to estimate socio-economic indicators for middle and low-income countries:
Read the full TOR and apply here.

* Participate in the algorithm development for nutrition-related analysis of satellite data:
Read the full TOR and apply here.


Software Development 

Purpose of assignment: The interns will be members of the Software Development team and support the development of open source prototypes, Specifically the work will focus on web development and visualisations around data science insights (read more about our work in this area here), as well as programmes to ingest data monitor.umaic.org and other sources. Please find details about each internship and the qualifications needed below.

Apply for internships with the Software Development team here:

* Software development interns (2 openings)
Read the full TOR and apply here.


To qualify as a champion for every child you will meet the following requirements…

* Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
* Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
* Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office; and
* Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.
* Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.
* Fluency in English is required.
* Please check the individual adverts for any additional and specific requirements

Conditions

* Individuals must fund their own travel and living expenses. Selected candidates will receive a monthly stipend
* Individuals must have proof of medical insurance covering their time at the duty station.
* Individuals are responsible for arranging any visa or immigration requirements.
* Individuals are expected to provide their own laptop. Remote interns are expected to provide their own internet connection.

Applications must include:

* Cover letter
* CV
* Please check the individual adverts for any additional requirements.

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


About UNICEF

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, innovate…

More about us…

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.

Our team

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.”

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Job Opportunity: Software Developer, Office of Innovation