Job Opportunity: Global Coordinator, Drones, 11.5 months, Office of Innovation, New York
Job Opportunity: Business Strategy Mentor

Role: Innovation Fund Sourcing Intern | 515353
Work type: Internship
Location: Tehran, Iran
Categories: Innovation, Internship

How can you make a difference?

What could be a better way to spend your summer than trying to help develop and streamline life-saving innovations in UNICEF – one of the world’s largest organizations serving children. The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s Innovation Fund.

As a UNICEF Innovation 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
  • Have a fun and inspiring internship experience

Main Responsibilities will be:

  • Support the development of a national strategy for sourcing and deal-flow for the UNICEF Innovation Fund, the Iranian Innovation Fund for Children and opportunities within the UNICEF Country Programme that could benefit from collaborations with the start-up ecosystem;
  • Mapping relevant stakeholders from the entrepreneurial and technological ecosystems;
  • Mapping relevant start-ups that the UNICEF Innovation Fund and the Iranian Innovation Fund for Children can invest in;
  • Develop communications assets and plans to develop a profile of the UNICEF Innovation Fund and the Iranian Innovation Fund for Children at the national level
  • Organise info-sessions for interested start-ups to explain them about our criteria of investment

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have the following requirements…

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate,  graduate or Ph.D. degree programme (including in public policy, business administration, international development, public relations, entrepreneurship or other relevant areas) 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;
  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.
  • Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the country context, language and ecosystem
  • Past experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, in a local start-up or investing is a plus.
  • Have excellent communication and written skills.
  • Fluency in English and Farsi is required.


  • Individuals must have proof of medical insurance covering their time at the duty station.
  • This internship expects a full-time commitment.
  • Individuals are expected to provide their own laptop.
  • Individuals should be either local citizens and/or residents.
  • Selected candidates will receive a monthly stipend
  • Individuals must fund their own travel and living expenses.
  • Individuals are responsible for arranging any visa or immigration requirements.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Duration: 12 weeks
Duty Station: Tehran, Iran

Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 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.

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.”

The UNICEF Innovation Fund has been 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. As the portfolio is scaling, we are looking for an intern that will support the Country Office to identify opportunities for collaboration with the start-up ecosystem and develop a strategy to present the Innovation Fund as an opportunity for start-ups in this context.

Job Opportunity: Global Coordinator, Drones, 11.5 months, Office of Innovation, New York
Job Opportunity: Business Strategy Mentor