Open Source Tech and Community Mentor (Remote & Part-time)
Jan
14
to Jan 25

Open Source Tech and Community Mentor (Remote & Part-time)

How can you make a difference?

The UNICEF Innovation Fund has been specifically designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify "clusters" or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology - so that UNICEF can both shape markets and also learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children. We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. We find these solutions clustered around $100 billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: UAVs, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, nano-satellites, and human dynamics.

With $17.9M raised to date, the Innovation Fund is scaling its investment portfolio with the aim of investing in 20 start-ups every year. The current portfolio of 25 companies consists of several cohorts of companies developing and piloting solutions in virtual and augmented reality, data science and artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT, and in assistive technology. The Innovation Fund is looking for part-time, remotely based mentors to focus on supporting portfolio companies in developing in the open, building communities around their solutions and engaging strategically with relevant networks.

Main Responsibilities will be:

  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to six Innovation Fund portfolio companies to ensure compliance with Innovation Fund requirements on open source

  • Develop, document, and implement a replicable process to build, manage, and leverage open source communities and networks for portfolio companies

  • Guide technical integration and establishment of open source platforms based on individual solutions developed by portfolio companies

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Satellite Imagery Analysis (Internship)
Jan
15
to Jan 25

Satellite Imagery Analysis (Internship)

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.

Main responsibilities will be:

  • Supporting magic box team’s work to map school locations and to assess impacts of disasters around schools using deep learning algorithms and satellite imagery

  • Supporting magic box team in preparing and processing satellite imagery and geospatial data

  • Supporting the science team in getting a deeper understanding of the available data, e.g. representativeness, bias, etc.

  • Exploring various deep learning algorithms and libraries and make suggestions

  • Visualizing, interpreting, and communicating findings to the team, UNICEF country offices, and the broader public.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will…

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. programme in remote sensing, computer science or related field, or have graduated within the past two years. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.

  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office.

  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.

  • Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.

  • Have expertise in deep learning algorithms application on satellite imagery

  • Have experience with geospatial data analysis and visualization (including shapefile/raster mapping)

  • Have excellent programming skills: Python (preferred) or R.

  • Fluency in English is required.

To learn more and apply, please click here.

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Web Content Management (Internship)
Jan
15
to Jan 25

Web Content Management (Internship)

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.

Main responsibilities will be:

  • Building, updating, and managing website content for www.unicef.org/innovation

    • Migrate old content/blogs to new website

    • Produce written content about UNICEF Innovation’s ongoing work.

    • Support in designing new landing pages (e.g data science research work, about the team)

    • Source multimedia assets to use

    • Advise on page layout, data visualizations, and other graphic enhancements

    • Provide recommendations on new pages to develop and site architecture.

  • Supporting UNICEF Innovation’s digital marketing efforts

    • Develop a more robust digital and social media content calendar

    • Conduct social media research to reach new followers with engaging content.

    • Support in developing social media strategies around ongoing UNICEF Innovation initiatives.

    • Plan, manage and implement a mini campaign or other independent project.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme majoring in marketing, communications, digital media, or related fields of study, or have graduated within the past two years.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

  • Have excellent or very good academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.

  • Have excellent communication and writing skills.

  • Have knowledge in managing blogs, building online websites, or have experience working with content management systems.

  • Have basic knowledge of using design tools like the Adobe Creative Suite – not required but an advantage.

  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office.

  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.

  • Additional consideration will be given for any related experience.

  • Fluency in English and basic computer skills are required.

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Software Developer Intern
Dec
12
to Jan 9

Software Developer Intern

Background Information - Job-specific

Global Pulse is a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data. Its vision is a future in which big data and AI are harnessed and used responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. To this end, Global Pulse will work to promote awareness of the opportunities Big Data presents for sustainable development and humanitarian action, forge public-private data sharing partnerships, generate high-impact analytical tools and approaches through its network of Pulse Labs, and drive broad adoption of useful innovations across the UN System.

Global Pulse implements data innovation programs through its Pulse Labs to provide UN and development partners with access to the data, tools and expertise required to discover new uses of big data and AI for development. Global Pulse develops toolkits, applications and platforms to improve data-driven decision-making and support evaluation of promising solutions.

Functional Responsibilities:

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Data Engineer, the intern will:

  • Contribute to the efforts of the team in defining, designing and building tools harnessing big data to address global challenges;

  • Assist in the development of software tools to extract, process and analyze data sets from a variety of sources;

  • Maintain data monitoring systems that ingest real time information coming from radio streams and social media data;

  • Support the development of backend systems;

  • Document processes and workflows related to the use and maintenance of big data software platforms.

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Innovation Accelerator - Business Operations Consultant
Dec
7
to Dec 21

Innovation Accelerator - Business Operations Consultant

  • WFP Innovation Accelerator, Munich, Germany (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency fighting hunger. WFP reaches more than 80 million people every day - delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with small holder farmers, communities and governments to improve nutrition and build resilience.

The WFP Innovation Accelerator has been named one of the top 10 innovative companies 2017 by Fast Company for operating a real startup accelerator to disrupt global hunger at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

It identifies, supports and scales high potential solutions to hunger worldwide - both WFP innovators and external start-ups with $50-100K cash, hands-on support by our New Venture Consultants and access to WFP's global operations in developing countries in a 3-6 month sprint programme. The most promising innovations are supported in scaling further. For more information visit: http://innovation.wfp.org  

Based in Munich, Germany, we are currently a team of 28 innovators, with over 20 different nationalities and a diverse background, e.g. as serial entrepreneurs, management/HCD consultants focused on building businesses or experts in developing country innovation. Lean start-up and human-centered design (HCD) approaches are at the core of everything we do.

We have built partnerships with leading innovation organisations such as Singularity University, XPRIZE, the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). Several private sector partners and high-net-worth individuals support WFP in their work in disrupting global hunger, such as Google and others.

We support the next-level innovation for WFP’s operations, such as Building Blocks, using blockchain technology for e-wallets for people receiving cash-transfers;  Tech for Food, connecting refugees to online work after a 12 week training H2Grow / hydroponics, helps refugees grow food in desert areas or camps; FarmToMarketAlliance – an alliance between WFP and 7 private sector entities purchasing food from smallholder farmers and providing credit, and agricultural inputs as for profit business model,  or new startups that could help make a difference to end hunger.

As Accelerator team, we support other entrepreneurs (could be WFP innovators or external startups, NGOs, companies) to take their innovations to the next level – either getting ideas to the first proof of concept or already implemented solutions to the next scale-up.

Most of the team is based in Munich, Germany and some colleagues are based in locations such as Ethiopia, Lebanon and Kenya.

WFP offers a competitive compensation package, including a honorarium and living allowance ( Living allowance of USD 2,500 monthly does not apply for candidates that are based in the Munich area. I.e. Munich-based candidates will have a lower total package).  The total net package is expected in the range of USD5,000-USD 6,500 per month. The actual amount will be determined by WFP HR considering the selected candidate’s relevant qualifications and experience.

The Business Operations team is led by the International Business Development Lead and reports directly to the Head of Innovation Accelerator. It encompasses core business and management functions such as HR, procurement as well as building and maintaining partnerships with private sector.

 

 

ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

The incumbent, reporting to the International Business Development Lead, WFP Innovation Accelerator, is expected to:

1)  Drive forward core Accelerator business operations activities supporting the International Business Development Lead:

     a.  Recruitment and Human Resources

  • Drive the process from vacancy announcement, applications review, interview management and candidate communications with the recruiting team

  • Support general team communication activities such as new employee induction, regular team meetings, team surveys, performance management processes

      b.  Procurement process sherpa

  • Work with individual innovation project teams, providing expert advice, deriving best practices and templates from procurement actions and support procurement actions of the Accelerator and teams

       c.  Participate and carry out discussions with colleagues in other divisions to align on procurement and HR activities

       d.  Provide project management support for accelerator business operation activities

       e.  Execute any other task as required

2)  Support building a strong innovation platform and network

     a.  Support the building of strong partnerships within the Munich ecosystem with the external innovation community globally

     b.  Prepare materials for engagement external innovation community to act as partners to drive forward innovations with potential for zero hunger

     c.  Assist in planning of workshops and events

     d.  Contribute to improvement of business procedures and processes

3)  Support the innovation accelerator build-up, administration & management

      a.  Collate information and provide analysis & content preparation (powerpoint presentations, reports, briefs, etc) for corporate priority topics and executive management meetings

      b.  Participate and carry out discussions with colleagues in other divisions or external stakeholders

      c.  Support core processes of the Innovation Accelerator (e.g. innovation challenge; innovation bootcamps; sprint programme; thought leadership; scale-up enablement) as required

      d.  Support the International Business Development Lead, the Head of the Innovation Accelerator, the Director Innovation & Change Management Division  with any other activities as required

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Innovation Accelerator - New Ventures Consultant
Dec
7
to Dec 21

Innovation Accelerator - New Ventures Consultant

  • WFP Innovation Accelerator, Munich, Germany (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency fighting hunger. WFP reaches more than 80 million people every day - delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with small holder farmers, communities and governments to improve nutrition and build resilience.

The WFP Innovation Accelerator has been named one of the top 10 innovative companies 2017 by Fast Company for operating a real startup accelerator to disrupt global hunger at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

It identifies, supports and scales high potential solutions to hunger worldwide - both WFP innovators and external start-ups with $50-100K cash, hands-on support by our New Venture Consultants and access to WFP's global operations in developing countries in a 3-6 month sprint programme. The most promising innovations are supported in scaling further. For more information visit: http://innovation.wfp.org  

Based in Munich, Germany, we are currently a team of 28innovators, with over 20 different nationalities and a diverse background, e.g. as serial entrepreneurs, management/HCD consultants focused on building businesses or experts in developing country innovation. Lean start-up and human-centered design (HCD) approaches are at the core of everything we do.

We have built partnerships with leading innovation organisations such as Singularity University, XPRIZE and the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). Several private sector partners and high-net-worth individuals support WFP in their work in disrupting global hunger, such as Google and others.

We support the next-level innovation for WFP’s operations, such as Building Blocks, using blockchain technology for e-wallets for people receiving cash-transfers;  Tech for Food, connecting refugees to online work after a 12 week training; H2Grow / hydroponics, helps refugees grow food in desert areas or camps; FarmToMarketAlliance – an alliance between WFP and 7 private sector entities purchasing food from smallholder farmers and providing credit, and agricultural inputs as for profit business model  or new startups that could help make a difference to end hunger.

As the Accelerator team, we support other entrepreneurs (could be WFP innovators or external startups, NGOs, companies) to take their innovations to the next level – either getting ideas to the first proof of concept or already implemented solutions to the next scale-up. We either remote coach teams or co-locate New Venture Consultants in the developing countries with the teams where the innovation’s user is also located for a 3-6 month period, helping drive the innovation/startup very much like a co-founder in a startup would.

Most of the team is based in Munich, Germany and some colleagues are based in locations such as Ethiopia, Lebanon and Kenya, but every New Ventures Consultant is also expected to travel to developing countries for shorter business trips. Furthermore, you would need to be available to for deployment in developing countries for a duration of 3-6 months or longer side by side with innovations of startups. Countries could be any of the 83 countries where WFP operates and has included Lebanon, Jordan, Tanzania, Iraq, Uganda,  Kenya, Cambodia, el Salvador, Colombia and others in the past.

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Graphic Designer (Consultant)
Dec
7
to Dec 21

Graphic Designer (Consultant)

  • WFP Innovation Accelerator, Munich, Germany (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The WFP Innovation Accelerator has been named one of the top 10 innovative companies 2017 by Fast Company for operating a real startup accelerator to disrupt global hunger at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

It identifies, supports and scales high potential solutions to hunger worldwide - both WFP innovators and external start-ups with $50-100K cash, hands-on support by our New Venture Consultants and access to WFP's global operations in developing countries in a 3-6 month sprint programme. The most promising innovations are supported in scaling further.  For more information visit: http://innovation.wfp.org  

Based in Munich, Germany, we are currently a team of 28 innovators, with over 20 different nationalities and a diverse background, e.g. as serial entrepreneurs, management/HCD consultants focused on building businesses or experts in developing country innovation. Lean start-up and human-centered design (HCD) approaches are at the core of everything we do.

We have built partnerships with leading innovation organisations such as Singularity University, XPRIZE and the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). Several private sector partners and high-net-worth individuals support WFP in their work in disrupting global hunger, such as Google and others.

We support the next-level innovation for WFP’s operations, such as Building Blocks, using blockchain technology for e-wallets for people receiving cash-transfers;  Tech for Food, connecting refugees to online work after a 12 week training; H2Grow / hydroponics, helps refugees grow food in desert areas or camps; FarmTo MarketAlliance – an alliance between WFP and 7 private sector entities purchasing food from small holder farmers and providing credit, and agricultural inputs as for profit business model,  or new startups that could help make a difference to end hunger.

As Accelerator team, we support other entrepreneurs (could be WFP innovators or external startups, NGOs, companies) to take their innovations to the next level – either getting ideas to the first proof of concept or already implemented solutions to the next scale-up.

Most of the team is based in Munich, Germany and some colleagues are based in locations such as Ethiopia, Lebanon and Kenya.

The Graphic Design Consultant will:

  • Produce digital and print graphic materials and graphic components of video and web products, helping create and maintain a contemporary Accelerator style in line with the WFP branding parameters.

  • Conceptualize, design and prepare layouts for myriad digital and print materials, including reports, fact sheets, infographics, posters, fliers, brochures, invitations, certificates, banners, greeting cards and more.

  • Design graphic elements for innovation.wfp.org and WFP Innovation Accelerator social media platforms, refreshing the contents and stylistically conforming the elements for an improved viewing experience.

  • Conceptualize and prepare graphic elements for fundraising and visibility campaigns.

  • Collaborate with the wider Communications team and in particular with the Graphic Design & Publications team.

  • Support the Head of the Innovation Accelerator and the Director of Innovation with any other activities as required.

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UX Savvy Full Stack Developer
Dec
3
to Dec 17
FAO

UX Savvy Full Stack Developer

Technical Focus

The Full Stack Developer, in close collaboration with the Information Technology Officer (Digital In

novation), is responsible for the implementation of the Digital Agriculture Engagement Community of Practice.

Key results

Technical development and implementation of a coherent, sustainable integrated Digital Agriculture Community of Practice.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Build a framework of cooperation and facilitate collaboration between FAO and strategic partners to provide people in rural and remote areas access to the best and most suitable experiences with ICTs in order to reduce the lack of information and communication

  • Advice, discuss and provide technical expertise on Sustainable Digital Solutions, tools, frameworks and techniques, with a specific focus on Digital Value Added Services in the field.

  • Assess and continuously improve the usability and mobile delivery mechanisms of the implemented digital platform solution for key technical information and knowledge of FAO and partners to reach the last mile.

  • Implement an innovative environment that bring together stakeholders in the development and sharing of ideas, resources and ICT solutions aimed at improving livelihoods and incomes of rural communities.

  • Implement a feasible Mobile First approach and lean digital solutions for key information exchange.

  • Responsible for development blogs about design choices of the CAPEX project

  • Analyse findings and capitalizes lessons learned and recommendations

  • Support the effective communication of results in close collaboration with the Digital Innovation officer

  • Support the implementation of new features

  • Participate in capacity development activities, conferences and meetings, as required

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Blockchain Developer
Nov
16
to Dec 16

Blockchain Developer

This consultancy provides the following support in the Blockchain Team, UNICEF Ventures. In your role as blockchain developer, you will be expected to contribute in the following ways:

1)  Technical Build:

  • Lead the development and deployment of various blockchain related prototypes (note that our team is platform agnostic, and therefore prototypes may be built on various platforms)

  • Contribute to prototypes developed in conjunction with partners (within the UN and externally)

  • Manage the technical environments of such prototypes

2)  Technical Advisory:

  • Act as an advisor to the blockchain startups that UNICEF Ventures invest in, assist the teams in working through challenges, refer to them to additional resources, or act as a connector to mentors

  • Participate in ideation and design of blockchain prototypes. This may include, requirements gathering, architectural design, and technology roadmap

3)  Ecosystem engagement:

  • Engage internally with the blockchain lead, as well as other developers

  • Collaborate with external partners on prototypes or learning

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Project and Fund Coordinator (Consultancy)
Nov
8
to Nov 13

Project and Fund Coordinator (Consultancy)

The primary function of the Consultant is to provide project management and implementation support to the Innovation Facility, to Regional Portfolio Teams and Country Offices; design, track, monitor and report innovation related corporate performance indicators; support the constant upgrade of monitoring and evaluation systems for innovation, in close collaboration with relevant corporate units; support the Global Advisor with support services on innovation for internal clients and with outreach to external partners.

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Consultancy to Develop a Scoping Paper on Digital Literacy and Skills
Nov
7
to Nov 15

Consultancy to Develop a Scoping Paper on Digital Literacy and Skills

  • UNICEF Innovation, New York (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In order for UNICEF to create more enabling policies and effectively implement digital literacy programs, it is necessary to take stock of the current developments in this field -  in general and within UNICEF - and to begin to map a plan for the Organization taking into account UNICEF’s mandate, field presence and its comparative advantage. UNICEF is looking for a Consultant to produce a scoping paper on digital literacy and skills based on a broad scoping review and analysis.

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Communications / Strategy Lead
Nov
5
to Nov 16

Communications / Strategy Lead

This is a writing and production role which would involve creating and implementing a communications and partnerships strategy for an “alpha-stage venture of a platform which acts as a ‘GitHub for Good’, with a blockchain underlayer. It will be structured as a “GAVI for information.” The platform will bring together public and private partners to enable governments to identify and deploy packages of digital goods (for example, U-Report or the Global Digital Library), and can be easily added to/extended/and built on.

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Engineering / Technology Lead
Nov
5
to Nov 12

Engineering / Technology Lead

  • UNICEF Innovation, New York (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deliver a working alpha version of a product which acts as a ‘GitHub for Good’, with a blockchain underlayer, creating a product that governments can use to identify and deploy packages of digital goods (for example, U-Report or the Global Digital Library) and that can be easily added to/extended/and built on. This core product is “the Platform”, which will be structured as a “GAVI for information.”

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Data Privacy Specialist
Nov
5
to Nov 26

Data Privacy Specialist

Global Pulse is an innovation initiative in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General. Our focus is harnessing new digital data to help the public sector understand more expediently how communities are coping with the impacts of global crises. To this end, Global Pulse is developing a 21st Century approach to impact monitoring, building social software for evidence-based decision making, and establishing a network of “Pulse Labs” to mainstream the use of real-time data analysis into development policy.

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