Innovation Officer (Child Survival & Development)

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, IT and ICTMedia and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th August, 2018

Job Description

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, a new idea!

UNICEF is seeking to recruit an Innovations Officer to manage a range of innovations initiatives that centre on child survival at the Pakistan Country Office. The objective of the assignment is to design, cultivate, implement and evaluate innovation initiatives to enhance UNICEF’s mandate. The incumbent will work with UNICEF partners to identify innovative projects based on open source, mobile, and social technologies; work with target audiences to develop and implement innovative projects that meet their needs; develop partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders including academia, technology experts, public and private sectors; and at the same time leverage new trends on global Technology for Development (T4D) efforts.

The incumbent’s primarily role will be to manage implementation of RapidPro-based and other innovation programming within UNICEF’s Health programme in line with the health strategy note within the Country Programme Document. They will provide support in managing the RapidPro software including development of polls in coordination with relevant teams, innovation projects’ implementation, partners’ management and liaising with internal and external stakeholders to scale-up innovation initiatives for health. Furthermore, the coordinator will regularly contribute in the production and promotion of health/immunization content for different social media channels.

Additionally, the incumbent will contribute to UNICEF Pakistan innovation work across it’s programmes including identifying innovations platforms like mobile and social-networking technologies to enhance new and agile ways to engage with communities to improve social and development outcomes. Promote the use of new tools to collect, filter, integrate, fuse, analyse data and information. Provide inputs on how UNICEF programmes can empower communities and partners with theright information at the right time to enhance their decision making; Advice on real-time monitoring options for improved programme and service delivery; And contribute to enhanced citizen engagement, participation & feedback to ensure meaningful access by communities, particularly young people-to information, opportunity, and choice.

How can you make a difference?

Facilitate recruitment of vendor for innovation system and data hosting

  • Develop TORs and recruit local vendor through a comparative process to set up short codes for SMS based communications and Telecom channels for non-SMS based solutions.
  • Manage innovation project’s implementation through selected vendor.

Develop and run key messages for innovation in child survival/health/immunizationwork

  • Develop and finalise messages/Polls/surveys (SMS, IVR, app) for frontline workers and communities
  • Sensitise stakeholders on innovation tools through training roll outs
  • Roll out poll/survey workflows and receive responses against each indicator
  • Document and disseminate survey and training results to relevant audiences.

Develop and manage strategic partnerships for child survival/health innovation initiatives

  • Develop visual map for UNICEF partner organisations and networks (existing and new) for innovation/social media work.
  • Track utilization of partners’ network to monitor AEFI, quality of our campaigns and quality of care.

Implement social media strategy for public and front lineworkers on health/immunization

  • Regular posts/surveys for health/ immunisation programme, specifically for upcoming campaigns.
  • Monitor the work of media company recruited to implement the social media campaign for health-related campaigns in Pakistan.

Develop integrated MNCH toolkit for the health programme

  • Develop MNCH integrated toolkit through coordination with C4D and Programme leads.
  • Coordinate with designer and printing agency in designing and printing/production of agreed number of products in the toolkit.

Support other UNICEF programme areas meet their innovations objectives as required

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

  • University degree, ideally in IT, communications, journalism, international development, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional project management experience with communications and/or planning and monitoring focus.
  • Proven experience in working at all levels of project life-cycle.
  • Experience in creating or managing content and communications materials for engaging general public is a strong plus.
  • Experience designing, implementing and evaluating innovation based technology is a strong plus.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu is essential

For every Child, you demonstrate:

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

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (I)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (I)
  • Learning and Researching (II)
  • Planning and Organizing (II)

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 recently become the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace. UNICEF’s commitment to EDGE reaffirms our pledge to gender equality and inclusion all UNICEF staff worldwide.

This certification recognizes UNICEF’s commitment to achieving significant milestones in gender equality for all its staff, including strong gender balance at all levels of the organization, pay equity, a solid framework of policies and practices, and an inclusive workplace culture.

“UNICEF’s most important asset is our staff — all of our staff. Gender diversity and equal opportunities for men and women is not only a matter of rights. It makes us more effective as an organization.” Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.


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