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11 Internship Opportunities - 2018: UNICEF Office of Innovation

Role: Portfolio Strategist (re-advertisment)
Job Number: 511563 | Vacancy Link
Locations: NYHQ, United States
Work Type: Consultancy
11.5 months

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 to grow the team to bring strategic guidance and management to maximise the Fund’s return on investment. This role will develop and implement strategy to assess the portfolio’s needs, manage technical assistance, identify opportunities and guide cohorts and technical collaboration between companies.

Main Responsibilities will be:

  • Develop and implement overall portfolio management strategy, including necessary systems, partnerships and technical assistance
  • Establish and maintain portfolio management systems and processes, including for tracking of milestones and companies’ performance through metrics
  • Based on a robust needs assessment process, develop a technical assistance strategy, including external partnerships, a network of mentors, engagement of technical leads
  • Identify and manage exit strategies for portfolio companies

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 fields, or related equivalent practical experience. Min 8 years relevant work experience required.
  • Demonstrated management-level experience in managing portfolios of investments ideally in venture capital required
  • Demonstrated experience in developing partnership and entrepreneurial strategies
  • Experience in coordinating and monitoring complex projects, product development,  business growth and ROI metrics
  • Experience in coordinating teams to achieve ambitious goals
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required, including external representation and presentations, facilitation of networks and communities
  • Experience in managing 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

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 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 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…

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.

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.


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


Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Opening Date Tue May 29 2018 16:00:00 GMT+0300 (EEST) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Wed Jun 13 2018 06:55:00 GMT+0300 (EEST) 

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11 Internship Opportunities - 2018: UNICEF Office of Innovation