Job Opportunity: Business Strategy Mentor
Job Opportunity: Coordinator for the Innovation Fund, Office of Innovation, New York, USA

Role: Design Consultant | Vacancy Link
Work Type: Consultancy
Duty station: Remote
Duration: 60 days over 6 months (with optional extension to full-time and up to 11.5 months based on performance, needs and available funding).

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.

Young People’s Agenda (working title) background

The Agenda for Young People is a unique endeavor with an overall goal of ensuring that every young person is in school, learning, training or employment by 2030. The Agenda will focus on bringing to scale solutions that address critical issues for unreached adolescents and young people around three identified themes:

  1. Secondary education. More adolescents should be in formal secondary or non-formal alternative learning pathways alongside continuous improvements in the quality of learning. This includes starting with the most disadvantaged, such as adolescents on the move and in situations of conflict, adolescents with disabilities, and the poorest.
  2. Skills development and training. Adolescents and young people should have access to opportunities to develop skills for learning, personal empowerment, employability and active citizenship. This includes support for the transition to work, such as through apprenticeships and internships, as well as skills for the future of work and technology, skills for a green economy and sustainability, and skills that promote leadership, resilience and tolerance among young people.
  3. Empowerment, with a particular focus on girls. Young people should be given opportunities to civically engage, including digitally, to voice their opinions and views in areas that affect them and their communities, including issues of gender equality, addressing climate change and promoting a more sustainable world. Barriers, including child marriage, violence and exploitation should also be addressed to ensure meaningful engagement of adolescents and young people.

Through the YPA we aim to concentrate our efforts on four key strands: identifying solutions; increasing funding; collaborating with diverse partners; and fostering the participation of young people.

Solutions: We will aim to identify solutions that are proven to work and accelerate progress. We will join up efforts among YPA members and fill in gaps in knowledge, solutions and resources. This includes building on existing international arrangements, current collaboration with governments, specialized agencies, foundations and NGOs, but also going beyond these. Integrated and new partnerships with the private sector and academia will also be sought. Ultimately, our success will be based on the scale and depth of improvements in the lives of young people.

Resources: We will generate funding for some of the best and most promising solutions, through both established and innovative modalities, including leveraging domestic financing.

Collaboration: Global level efforts will be reinforced by and reflect, action at regional, country and sub-national level. We will work with partners across public, private and civil society sectors to build a package of evidence-based solutions and support. We will also identify opportunities for joint advocacy, at international and national levels, to support young people.

Participation: We will prioritize mechanisms to include and support young people to lead in identifying the solutions, building the evidence base, implementing solutions, and monitoring and evaluation. Platforms, such as social media, will be put in place to ensure that young people are supported in these actions at the national, regional and global levels.

We would like to bring together partners at all levels and across all sectors to join our effort, lend expertise, innovation and market reach to develop, accelerate and scale-up solutions to support young people everywhere. We invite adolescents and youth to join too, so that they not only have a greater chance to succeed but can also shape their path to success. The proposed global youth co-creation contest is one of the ways we will achieve this.

Global Youth Co-Creation Contest

A global youth co-creation contest is being developed (as a partnership between the Office of Innovation and the Adolescent Development Team). The contest aims to engage young people around the world in the design of solutions that have the potential to scale and create significant improvements in relation to secondary-age education, skills development and training or empowerment and participation.

The contest will:

  • Be designed with and for youth
  • Proactively aim for gender equity
  • Proactively seek to engage marginalised youth, recognising the insight, experience and talent they can offer
  • Be based on Human Centred Design methodologies, learnings from the implementation and scale up of UPSHIFT, previous innovation challenges and insights from partners

How can you make a difference?

This role will support the design of all of the documentation and materials related to the global youth co-creation contest. We will be using the global brand and visual identity (still to be finalised) for the Young People’s Agenda and building on documentation from UPSHIFT and other existing assets.

The contest aims to engage young people around the world in the design of solutions that have the potential to scale and create significant improvements in relation to secondary-age education, skills development and training or empowerment and participation.

This is a new initiative and will require a flexible, can-do mindset, with deliverables subject to change, as we learn in real-time.

Main responsibilities will be:

  • Design a printable toolkit to run local co-creation contests. The content for this toolkit is already in development.
  • Develop and design additional communications assets (i.e. assets for digital marketing)
  • Design documents to support the global judging process
  • Design documents to support mentorship and incubation programmes, at a country and global level
  • Support other tasks, as agreed in relation to the Young People’s Agenda and UPSHIFT

Please note that the support and lead responsibilities may be varied, by mutual agreement.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have…

  • A university degree (Bachelor’s or higher) and 2-3 years of professional experience in a relevant field – ie. graphic design, interaction design, visual communication, media design, system design or others – and have proven experience in translating complex ideas into unified storytelling visuals.
  • Strong graphic design skills particularly in layout, presentations, branding and visualization of systems and complex information and structures. Strong knowledge of design platforms like Adobe Creative Suite, design techniques, software, data visualization.
  • Relevant branding work.
  • Experience in print, digital, UX/UI design, data visualization
  • Ability to design effectively using constrained mediums such as Powerpoint
  • Proven capability of working on a project from the concept to the final design package
  • An ability to communicate complex, abstract concepts using both visual, verbal and written language.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a rapidly-changing work environment: Proven experience working with a diverse team and being able to parse through large amounts of information in order to create synthesized and clear designs.
  • At least 2-3 years of professional experience in developing branding and layout. Additionally, the candidate should be able to integrate new guidelines into the team workflow.
  • Familiarity with youth-led design, social impact sector and/or UNICEF.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.

Additional Experience and Knowledge:

  • Self-starter and ability to time-manage oneself.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Design preparation and production skills
  • Ability to work as part of a remote team and in a diverse and rapidly-changing work environment

Payment details and further consideration

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her 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

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • 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.vanca


Opening Date Wed Jul 18 2018 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Wed Aug 01 2018 23:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) 

Job Opportunity: Business Strategy Mentor
Job Opportunity: Coordinator for the Innovation Fund, Office of Innovation, New York, USA