Role: Global Coordinator, Drones
Job Number: 515691 | Vacancy Link
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Office of Innovation, New York
How can you make a difference?
In coming years drones will be fully incorporated into commercial airspace. Will we be ready? How can we use these emerging technologies to help children? UNICEF Innovation is looking at the future of drones (UAV/Ss, RPAs), for humanitarian response and development. Though they are a new technology, their potential use in imagery, connectivity and transport situations will be integral. Drones can be helpful, for example, in mudslides in humanitarian and refugee flooding situations, by bringing connectivity to disconnected areas and for transporting important medical supplies to hard-to-reach places.
Drones are currently in an early stage of technological and infrastructural integration, and while federal aviation authorities are still figuring out national guidelines for governing airspace, we want UNICEF to be actively engaged in these early conversations in order to develop uses that enhance children’s lives.
UNICEF’s engagement with drones is expanding, covering several regions.
UNICEF has established two implementation hubs to test drones for these applications. These hubs provide new platforms for data collection, stakeholder engagement and youth capacity building. A third will be opening in Central Asia in Q3 of 2018:
- Malawi (capacity building and risk prevention): In collaboration with the Government and the Civil Aviation Authority, a 40km-radius drone test corridor was launched on 29 June 2017. Since then, over 150 flights from 6 companies and academia have been performed.
- Vanuatu (temperature controlled deliveries): The Government of Vanuatu and UNICEF are launching a Drone delivery service tender during 2018, to prove the capabilities of drones to efficiently deliver vaccines and medical supplies from distribution centers to geographically remote communities across the archipelago. This is the first time a dedicated challenge for cold chain transport is underway in the Pacific Region.
- Kazakhstan: UNICEF Kazakhstan, to complement the efforts of the Government, will establish a test corridor for UAVs to prove the utility of UAVs in disaster risk assessment and response situations. The testing will include mapping and connectivity in conditions of extreme temperatures, wind, and in remote and mountainous terrain. The corridor will provide the space and legal framework to vet capability and generate data on best-use for UNICEF and authorities.
This assignment will focus on:
- Provide ongoing coordination support to country-level drone-focused initiatives, including management of the testing corridors and collection of data and evidence for organisation-wide application, development of common data systems and procedures, documentation and facilitating exchange between countries and with key external stakeholders
- Support integration of drone activities into UNICEF’s core programming, including drafting of LTAs and other procurement-related documents, documentation and presentation of evidence, facilitation of internal discussions on the strategy for drones
- Development of two strategic global partnerships (in close collaboration with the Innovation Partnerships Lead) for financial and non-financial support to scale UNICEF’s drone work
This consultant will work closely with UNICEF’s Information and Communication Technology Division to ensure that mechanisms and pathways for global scale and organisational integration are established.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced university degree in business administration, international relations, engineering or other relevant fields.
- At least eight years of relevant work experience in any of the following areas: project management, development and management of complex partnerships with stakeholders from different sectors
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED FOR THE ASSIGNMENT
- Experience working in a UNICEF programme country including directly with government and other local stakeholders required.
- Experience piloting or scaling technology projects in a UNICEF programme country required
- Mid-senior-level experience in managing internal stakeholder groups, including consultation processes, documentation, data sharing and communication systems
- Knowledge or experience of technical regulations or the commercial drone industry is an asset
- Experience engaging with stakeholders from different backgrounds and coordinating multi stakeholder activities.
- Demonstrated ability to translate clearly complex issues for a non-technical audience.
- Proactive and organized, must be able to multitask
- Sensitivity and ability to adapt working style and approaches to cultural, political and organisational context
- Fluency in English. Competence in another UN language an asset.
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 own health insurance
- Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel
- Consultant is eligible for roundtrip airfare to and from the duty station at the beginning and end of the assignment
Applications must include:
- Cover letter
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 Mon Aug 27 2018 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Fri Sep 07 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.”