UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
Policy and Country Engagement, Remote, United States AT UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund : (Deadline : 28 December 2019 )
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 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.
How can you make a difference?
According to the ITU, nearly 3.7 billion people remain unconnected from the internet, and by extension, unconnected to digital products and services that could dramatically improve their lives. Approximately 29% of 18-24 year-olds, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa, do not have digital access (~360m people) and thereby lack access to the same information, opportunity and choice as their more-connected peers. Unless things change, a big part of this rapidly growing group of young people is in danger of being left behind, excluded from the modern digital world.
UNICEF and ITU have launched “GIGA”, a new initiative to connect every school to the internet, and every young person to information, opportunity and choice. GIGA is anchored in the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation’s findings 1A and 1B which state, respectively, that by “2030 every adult should have affordable access to digital networks” and calls for “a broad, multi-stakeholder alliance, involving the UN, create a platform for sharing digital public goods.”
This role will focus on guiding the engagement of GIGA with national governments and provide policy insight for the initiative, to ensure that outreach, financing, implementation and the scaling of digital public goods take into account specific national policy environments.
The incumbent’s main responsibilities will be to:
Provide ongoing support to build the policies, frameworks and mechanisms for UNICEF and GIGA partners–in the public, private and intergovernmental sectors–to scope, build and finance bids to connect schools to the Internet.
Lead engagement with UNICEF Country Offices and their government partners to facilitate access and use of Digital Public Goods (DPGs)to improve service delivery for the most disadvantaged; as well as provide support for countries to identify, develop and test new DPGs.
Coordinate with UNICEF drones teams, at the global and country level, to develop policies, guidelines and standards–as DPGs–to facilitate the use of drones in development and humanitarian missions.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Advanced University Degree in technology, social sciences, development sciences, public relations, business administration and management or related field or equivalent work experience. A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 7 years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in relevant field, some of which should be in an international setting.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as 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 functional competencies required for this post are...
• Drive for Results (3)
• Relating and Networking (2)
• Analyzing (3)
View our competency framework at
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
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
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.