Job Opportunity: Evidence and Innovation Scaling Strategist
Internship Opportunity: Innovation Fund Portfolio, Office of Innovation, New York, USA, 16 weeks

Engineering/Technology Lead, Office of Innovation, New York, USA, 6 months with potential continuation based on project uptake

Job Number: 517576 | Vacancy Link
Duration: 6 months with potential continuation based on project uptake
Duty Station: New York
Work Type: Consultancy

How can you make a difference?

Deliver a working alpha version of a product which acts as a ‘GitHub for Good’, with a blockchain underlayer, creating a product that governments can use to identify and deploy packages of digital goods (for example, U-Report or the Global Digital Library) and that can be easily added to/extended/and built on. This core product is “the Platform”, which will be structured as a “GAVI for information.”

Main responsibilities will be:

  • Lead the conceptualization, architecting, and implementation of the prototype / alpha products for finding and collecting digital public goods (i.e.  a ‘GitHub for Good’)
  • Collaborate with Design Lead to test and prototype UI for the front end for the platform/products
  • Work with crypto /blockchain team to build out financing/accounting backend
  • Working closely with Communications/Strategy Lead, build out roadmap and interface with ‘clients’ (other partners in the project)
  • Integrate technical assets (content platforms, search, etc.) into the platform as deemed necessary
  • Manage other engineering resources as necessary (after budget is secured for this task)

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in a relevant field (Information Technology, Engineering, or related areas) or equivalent professional experience
  • At least 5 years of experience in coding and building technology products
  • A track record of architecting and prototyping systems rapidly within large open conceptual spaces
  • Demonstrated ability to lay out technical vision for product and engineering work end-to-end
  • Capacity to forecast timelines and anticipate challenges
  • Open source experience
  • Effective communication skills to collaborate cross-functionally
  • Superior project management skills for managing tasks and dependencies
  • Ability to inspire and mentor teammates
  • Must be able to write and review code as an individual contributor
  • Deep understanding of engineering considerations and tradeoffs for different product and business decisions
  • Ability to think ahead in terms of product and engineering implications for potential designs and ask the right questions to ensure that we are on the right path
  • Fluency in English is required.

For every child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at:

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Payment details and further considerations

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel 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
  • CV
  • Daily rate in USD

Remarks:

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

Opening Date: Fri Nov 02 2018 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Closing Date Fri: Nov 16 2018 23:55:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time)

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Communications/Strategy Lead, Office of Innovation, New York, USA, 6 months with potential continuation based on project uptake

Job Number: 517575 | Vacancy Link
Duration: 6 months with potential continuation based on project uptake
Duty Station: New York
Work Type: Consultancy

How can you make a difference?

This is a writing and production role which would involve creating and implementing a communications and partnerships strategy for an “alpha-stage venture of a platform which acts as a ‘GitHub for Good’, with a blockchain underlayer. It will be structured as a “GAVI for information.” The platform will bring together public and private partners to enable governments to identify and deploy packages of digital goods (for example, U-Report or the Global Digital Library), and can be easily added to/extended/and built on.

Main responsibilities will be:

  • Produce op-eds and other written communications materials and run social media
  • Lead the conceptualization and implementation of the communications strategy for the platform prototype/alpha products for finding and collecting digital public goods
  • Increase discoverability of, and engagement in existing and future digital public goods through involvement in relevant campaigns and events, and production of communication materials
  • Working closely with Engineering/Technology Lead, build out roadmap, interface with ‘clients’ (other partners in the project), and document as we grow
  • Identify and build partnerships with relevant investors, producers, and users of digital public goods

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in relevant field (Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or related areas) or equivalent professional experience
  • At least 5 years of experience in a relevant field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a very strong command over the English language
  • A strong track record of developing and implementing media strategies
  • Significant experience working with print and broadcast media (traditional and new), preferably with a tech/innovation perspective
  • Good understanding of the media landscape and the multiple ways we can engage media partners
  • Capacity to prioritize and manage a diverse range of partners, projects and activities
  • Ability to effectively collaborate across functional areas with a diverse team in a rapidly-changing work environment and adapt to unforeseen changes
  • Superior project management skills including task prioritization and results-driven strategies
  • Solid understanding of the role technology plays in the development and humanitarian sectors
  • Demonstrated ability to see the big picture and connect multiple story threads into one greater narrative
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French Russian, Spanish) is an asset

For every child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at:

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Payment details and further considerations

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel 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
  • CV
  • Daily rate in USD

Remarks:

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

Opening Date Fri: Nov 02 2018 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Closing Date Fri: Nov 16 2018 23:55:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time)

 

APPLY HERE

 


About UNICEF

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
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Job Opportunity: Evidence and Innovation Scaling Strategist
Internship Opportunity: Innovation Fund Portfolio, Office of Innovation, New York, USA, 16 weeks