Job Opportunity: Deployment Strategy and Packaging Specialist, Office of Innovation
Job Opportunity: Innovation Business Model Specialist, Office of Innovation

Role: Technical Support Adviser, Office of Innovation,
Job Number:
517928 | Vacancy Link
Duty Station: New York, USA
Work Type: Consultancy
Duration: 11.5 months

How can you make a difference?

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 to grow the team to bring strategic management and implementation of the technical assistance and support provided to portfolio companies.

Main Responsibilities will be:

  • Design and implement the portfolio management process for a select cohort in the innovation fund portfolio
  • Review and assess the results of past technical assistance provided by the Fund
  • Review good practice in technical support and acceleration and develop recommendations
  • Design and roll-out, in close collaboration with Portfolio Strategist, technical assistance strategy
  • With focus on selected cohorts implement a tailored technical assistance strategy, based on robust needs assessment
  • Coordinate, as needed, with the Innovation Partnerships team on communication and feedback to donor

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in finance, entrepreneurship, business administration or other relevant field, or related equivalent practical experience.

A minimum of 8 years relevant work experience required.

Specialized Experience and Knowledge required for the assignment

  • Demonstrated management-level experience in managing or supporting portfolios of investments or projects required
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and negotiating partnership and entrepreneurial strategies
  • Experience in coordinating and monitoring complex projects, product development,  business growth and using ROI metrics
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required, including external representation and presentations, facilitation of networks and communities
  • Experience in managing networks and portfolios of consultants and technical advisors to deliver against agreed objectives 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
  • Written and verbal fluency in English is required; knowledge of other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset

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 own health insurance
  • Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel

Applications must include

  • Cover letter
  • CV

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.


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

Apply now

Opening Date Thu Nov 15 2018 09:00:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Nov 29 2018 23:55:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard 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.”
Job Opportunity: Deployment Strategy and Packaging Specialist, Office of Innovation
Job Opportunity: Innovation Business Model Specialist, Office of Innovation