Role: Coordinator for the Innovation Fund | Vacancy Link
Locations: New York Headquarters, United States
Work Type: Consultancy
Duration: 11.5 months
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 $16M 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 support implementation of the sourcing strategy and to managing the portfolio.
Main responsibilities will be:
- Support growth of the portfolio by providing research and coordination support for the Fund’s call for applications, including market research, identification of potential investees, key networks and inputs into communications and outreach efforts
- Coordination of the assessment process, including preparation of review materials, additional research, organisation of various stages of the review process and compiling feedback
- Conduct research on emerging technology areas and potential investment areas/companies for the Innovation Fund
- Collect on an ongoing basis data to track performance metrics from portfolio companies and keep various data and monitoring tools up to date
- Support management of the portfolio administratively and operationally
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in finance, entrepreneurship, business administration or other relevant field, or related equivalent practical experience
- Minimum 3 years relevant work experience required
- Demonstrated experience in supporting complex projects
- Demonstrated experience in collecting and managing data and information collected from various sources
- Experience in entrepreneurship or supporting investments in start-ups desired
- Experience in developing communications, outreach and representation campaigns/efforts
- Understanding of open source technologies desired
- Strong verbal and written communication skills 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 desired
- Fluency in English. Another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian Spanish) is an asset.
- 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
How to apply
Applications must include:
- Cover letter
- Daily rate in USD
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Wed Jul 11 2018 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Wed Jul 25 2018 23:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
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.”