Innovation Officer

United Nations Children's Fund

Teheran, Iran

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

Purpose for the job: The position’s purpose is to work jointly with the Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) Section in developing and implementing innovative approaches and practices with relevant implementing partners. The position will also contribute to expanding and enhancing innovation ecosystems that enable achieving results for children. In this respect, the post will support developing, mobilizing, and managing partnerships with public organizations, intergovernmental and international organizations and forums and forge and manage long-term partnerships with the general public and with the private sector to leverage resources to promote innovative social behaviour change approaches to  achieving results for children.

The position is considered as a supportive role to the social behaviour change officer (NOB) to provide technical guidance and advice on enabling SBC through innovation. It contributes directly to the implementation of programmatic strategies for delivery of results through innovation and engagement of relevant sectors of the business ecosystem.

Key functions, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks:

  • Spearhead innovation initiatives and work closely with programmes to facilitate efficient and effective implementation. 
  • Support technical and operational knowledge transfer to prgramme staff, implementing partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Support research on perspective social and behavour change using innovation and provide analysis of the areas of work, outreach, financial position and reputation of prospective partners.
  • Provide effective and timely professional assistance and support in exploring developing, managing, and monitoring innovation opportunities and platform for children with various private and public sector partners, academia, and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with partners to carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation in consultation with other key UNICEF staff and partners to improve the efficiency and quality of programme delivery through social behaviour and innovations.
  • Participate in annual review meetings with partners and contribute to the preparation of annual programme status reports in a timely manner, as required.
  • Act as innovation focal point inside and outside the office representing UNICEF innovation interests, prioirities, and positioning social behaviour change and innovation strategies in delivering results for children.
  • Contribute to ideas for opportunities to develop new and existing synergies with other UN agencies to senior external partnership officers in order to support a more effective and efficient approach to programme delivery using partnerships, participation and innovation as change strategies.

Impact of Results:

  • The incumbent gathers, analyses and reports information in a manner that draws out fact-based insights to inform approaches to innovation and effectively engage relevant partners and stakeholders towards an impactful programme design and implementation using social behavour change. She/he captures relevant information and progress and ensures internal information sharing to enhance the required efficiency and coordination for an agile and responsive delivery of results for children in an enabling environment.
  • Through the sets of activities assigned to this position, UNICEF will be able to create an enabling environment and ecosystem to integrate innovation as a change strategy under each thematic area and hence accelerate achieving the planned results.

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

  • A university degree  is required in one of the following areas: Business, Marketing, Social Sciences, International Relations, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, or other relevant disciplines.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant professional work experience with the public and private sector
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English & Farsi is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.