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 realization 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 (OOI) is a creative, unique 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, the tools, the know-how and the partners that turn ideas and energy into scalable solutions for children.
As part of a global organizational improvement initiative within UNICEF, the structure and operating model of the OOI is being reimagined to optimize its function across the organization in order to accelerate the pace at which innovations for children are scaling and delivering against the SDGs.
To support and embody such a radical shift, OOI is in the process of relocating its headquarter (Core) office from New York to a more geographically central location in Europe. Simultaneously, we are also establishing a range of new global innovation hubs, each dedicated to a specific priority innovation area, which is aligned to key programmatic challenges to accelerate delivery of UNICEF’s Strategic Plan results and child-focused SDGs.
Currently, we are in negotiations with a select number of Member States to establish the new Core office and a first set of innovation Hub offices, and that have stated a strong stated desire to bring financial and non-financial resources to support the success of such a reimagined innovation function for children.
How can you make a difference?
You will support the OOI team with various aspects of the OOI relocation and the establishment of the innovation Hubs. You will work with a cross-functional team to plan and implement the relocation exercise.
We seek someone who has proven experience coordinating multiple projects of varying degree and timelines and who knows how to work alongside a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in communications, development, administration, finance, and partnership building. Good communication is key, so we seek a candidate who knows how to articulate our work and our goals easily amongst a diverse range of staff who range in their understanding of design.
Your main responsibilities will be:
• Support planning and implementation of OOI’s relocation project. This includes, keeping track of the different work streams and deadlines, communications with team members and internal stakeholders (including the Office of the Executive Director), and engagement with Member States.
• Participate in and coordinate various meetings and calls with internal stakeholders and Member States.
• Present and prepare workplans, presentations, memoranda, notes for the records, summarizing the different work streams, status of negotiations with Member States and overall relocation process.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
• A university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training in planning and programme/project management.
• A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience.
• Strong research, planning and organizational skills.
• Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to identify issues, conduct rigorous research, and make conclusions and recommendations.
• Interpersonal and Communication - ability to communicate effectively in a diverse organization tailoring language, tone, style and format to match audience.
• Excellent knowledge of information technology systems and tools.
• 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 UNICEF 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)
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.
Working hours for this consultancy will be partially aligned with NYHQ business hours.
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.