United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Innovation Specialist: Capacity & Learning)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF’s Office of Innovation seeks an experienced, technically skilled Innovation Specialist to support Capacity Building and learning to cultivate and scale innovations across UNICEF globally. 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 the realisation of children’s rights are key to improving children’s lives. Worldwide, we innovate to tackle the most pressing problems faced by the most vulnerable children. We take a systematic approach to innovation, applying skills and energy across new tools and technologies, products, innovative financing and new ways of working to boost our impact. The Office of Innovation is a creative, unique and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organisation that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, the tools, the know-how and the partners that turn ideas and energy into scalable solutions for children. Within the Office of Innovation, the Field Engagement and Capacity Building Team has a crucial role in ensuring groundbreaking innovations meet children and young people’s most urgent needs. By managing UNICEF’s global innovation portfolios, we help identify priorities for the application of innovations. We also strengthen the capacity of UNICEF offices to scale proven innovations to millions. Through co-Design, shared learning, story-telling and exploration, we also aid efforts to build a culture of innovation throughout UNICEF, including on virtual and remote learning and collaboration. How can you make a difference? The Innovation Specialist: Capacity and Learning is a key role in supporting Capacity Development and the sharing of knowledge and learning to nurture and enhance innovation. S/he will coordinate the creation, development and management of core learning, knowledge and experience sharing tools, initiatives and platforms, acting as a central node in UNICEF’s global innovation network. S/he will work directly with the Capacity, Knowledge and Learning Team Lead and under the overall supervision of the Senior Advisor on Innovation at Scale in the Office of Innovation. Your main responsibilities will be:
  • Create and develop learning, knowledge and experience sharing tools, resources, kits, assets and experiences

  • Develop and maintain an events, outreach and content calendar and a global mailing list for UNICEF’s global innovation network.

  • Facilitate regular webinars and information-sharing sessions, including, potentially, with external guest speakers and participants.

  • Assist in the creation, population and sharing of a regular global innovation network newsletter and ad hoc news updates as required.

  • Keep abreast of the latest capacity development initiatives taking place across UNICEF, the UN system and among innovation thought and opinion leaders within and outside of the development sector, with an eye on shared learning.

  • Assist Senior Adviser in brokering connections for shared learning with key partners, including UN Agencies, innovation knowledge networks, key businesses, innovation thought and opinion leaders.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields: political sciences or other social sciences, science, technology or humanities.

  • Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications.

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience is required. Ideal areas include innovation, creating technical resources for scaling innovations in the UN system or the wider development sector, Knowledge Sharing, Knowledge Management and programme Coordination.

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with country-level development, innovation and Human Rights related work is considered an asset.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. The competencies required for this post are….
  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)

  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)

  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

The functional competencies required for this post are...
  • Analyzing (3)

  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)

  • Applying technical expertise (3)

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 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/her own health and travel insurance

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

Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
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