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.
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.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
- Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, Social Policy, Social Development, Development Planning, Statistics or other relevant field.
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in monitoring, design and implementation in development contexts, with direct experience in deploying innovative, participatory, youth-led and other non-traditional M&E methods required.
- Experience in working at the intersection of youth (particularly education and skill-building), private sector (mainly start up ecosystem, accelerators, incubators) and wider partnerships an asset.
- Experience in working with multiple countries and with multiple stakeholders an asset.
- Experience in working with organizations focused on engaging and empowering adolescents and youth, especially the most marginalized, preferred an asset.
- Excellent written English and verbal communication skills required.
- Experience with processing large amounts of information and synthesizing it
- Strong interpersonal and networking skills. Ability to work collaboratively in a team and in a diverse work environment.
- Knowledge of United Nations - particularly UNICEF - programming, processes and work streams an asset.
- Fluency in English is required, strong written and verbal competency is necessary. Working knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an asset.