Innovation Specialist Nutrition & Education

United Nations Children's Fund

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Innovation Specialist applies specialized products knowledge and in collaboration with counterparts in UNICEF field offices and Programme Division, is accountable on the management of product innovation projects with the goal to enable the procurement of fit for purpose, end-user driven innovative products and technologies for use in UNICEF 's global nutrition and education programmes.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
  • Manage the portfolio of UNICEF's Nutrition and Education product innovation projects including general project management as well as documenting and communicating developments to management and the innovation review board.
  • Supports and/ or conducts end-user needs assessments in programmes or projects aimed at improving access to Nutrition and Education supplies and equipment.
  • Creates terms of reference (TOR’s) and shares technical expertise for procurement of products and services to support the development and scale up of product innovation.
  • Conducts market research for innovations, provides analysis, background information, recommendations for improving the suitability and range of products.
  • In collaboration with UNICEF Programme Division, Regional Advisors, Country offices and other key partners, contributes to the development of Target Product Profiles (TPP's) and product specifications for innovative products and technologies.
  • Plans, collaborates and executes in-country field trials of innovative products and technologies.
  • Communicates to and collaborates with developers, suppliers, academia and industry to stimulate markets and drive innovation in this sector with the end goal being availability of products for procurement.
  • Ensures strong connection between Innovation Unit and the Technical Centers within the Supply Division and the communities of practice within Nutrition and Education globally, with particular focus on UNICEF Programme Division, regional and country offices.
  • Creates tools to document best practices for driving product innovation around Nutrition and Education programmes.
  • Identifies fundraising opportunities and manages budgets for the Nutrition and Education innovation portfolio.
  • Creates other tools and processes as required and requested by the supervisor.
  • Engages in any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • A completed advanced university degree (Master’s Degree*) in one of the following areas: Public Health, Policy, Design, Mechanical Engineering, Business Studies, Social Sciences, or a field relevant to international Nutrition and/or education related development assistance is required.
  • A completed 1st university degree (Bachelor's degree) and 7 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced degree (Master’s).
  • 5 years working in product innovation, product development (with focus on at least one of the following areas: nutrition or education), business development, implementing business plans in UN or private sector required. Working in UN structures a plus.
  • Knowledge of research and development; working with manufacturers, innovators and entrepreneurs at international and local levels desirable
  • Budget management is required.
  • Experience in procurement processes is a plus but not essential. 
  • Good knowledge of computer applications, including internet navigation and various office applications along with advanced Excel skills required.
Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.