Title: Innovation Unit Technical Consultant – UAVs and other Open-Source Hardware
Location of Assignment: NYHQ, New York, NY
Languages: English
Travel: Extensive; Africa & Middle East
Duration of contract: 8 months (25 January 2016 through 25 September 2016)

To download the Terms of Reference, click here

Background & Rationale

UNICEF Innovation Fund provides resources to quickly assess, fund and scale companies, teams, and ideas that have been developed in new and emerging markets. The Innovation Fund supports the generation of open source, public goods that address the most pressing challenges facing children.

The Innovation Fund makes investments in open source solutions across these three portfolios:

(1) products for youth under 25 to address a range of needs including learning and youth participation; (2) real-time information for decision making and

(3) infrastructure to increase access to services and information, including connectivity, power, finance, sensors and transport.

2016 will see an increase in the Fund’s investment in core (open-source) IP produced in developing economies around emerging technologies. Emerging technologies that hold significant potential to bring results for children include blockchain, 3D printing, data, personal/social communications networks, satellites, wearables and sensors, mobile devices, UAVs, artificial intelligence and renewable energy.

Purpose

To provide technical and other support to pilot projects that use open-source unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and other open source technology to accelerate results for children. The consultant will be required to travel frequently to assess UNICEF Country Office needs, pilot and test projects, provide strategic guidance to UNICEF Innovation and provide technical support to projects in the innovation fund portfolio.

Scope

UNICEF Innovation is looking for a consultant to help us explore the use of open-source unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and other open source technology to accelerate results for children. The scope of the consultancy includes:

  1. Identify the needs of country offices and other factors essential for the success of the office-led pilot project that use open source UAVs and other open source technology.
  2. Provide support to country offices including:
  • develop guidelines on catalyzing local partnerships
  • develop use cases from demand-driven questions
  • identify potential external partners to support the country office activities
  • contracting procedures: provide input to terms of reference and criteria for reviewing submissions; provide feedback on submissions
  • input on relevant agreements with government officials and implementing partners
  • input on related technical documents, such as operational plans and study protocols
  1. Pilot and test imagery UAVs in a set of pilot countries
  2. Identify 2-3 local tech shops and/or entrepreneurs around the world for future potential partnerships with UNICEF Innovation
  3. Create guidance promoting UNICEF’s Innovation Principles (in particular around open source) for potential partners in this space and the Code of Conduct for use of UAVs in development and humanitarian assistance
  4. Develop UAV hardware framework and create a strategy that provides guidance for investing in projects and identifying relevant partners using open source UAV technology in the areas of connectivity, imagery and transport.

Expected results: (measurable results)

  1. Proposed work plan
  2. Use cases
  3. List of potential partners
  4. UAV hardware framework
  5. Final report

Duty Station: New York, U.S.A.
Timeframe
Start date: 25 January 2016
End date:
25 September 2016      

Deliverables:

  • Develop a work plan
  • Desk review

Duration: 1 month
Deadline: 25 February 2016

Deliverables:

  • Travel to pilot countries to identify the needs of the team and other factors essential for the success of the office-led pilot project.
  • Develop guidelines for country offices on catalyzing local partnerships and developing use cases from demand-driven questions
  • Identify potential external partners to support the country office activities

Duration: 1 month
Deadline: 25 March 2016

Deliverables:

  • Work to pilot and test a transportation UAVs in one pilot country.
  • Support country office contracting procedures: provide input to terms of reference and criteria for reviewing submissions; provide feedback on submissions
  • Provide input to country office on relevant agreements with government officials and implementing partners
  • Provide technical support to country office on developing UAV use case
  • Provide input on related technical documents, such as operational plans and study protocols

Duration: 1 month
Deadline: 25 April 2016

Deliverables:

  • Pilot and test imagery UAVs in a set of pilot countries
  • Provide technical support to country office on developing UAV use case
  • Provide input on related technical documents, such as operational plan and study protocols
  • Create communication assets about the projects, their progress and lessons for UNICEF’s future engagement in UAV technology

Duration: 1 month
Deadline: 25 May 2016

Deliverables:

  • Identify 2-3 local tech shops and/or entrepreneurs around the world for future potential partnerships with UNICEF Innovation
  • Create guidance promoting UNICEF’s Innovation Principles (in particular around open source) for potential partners in this space and the Code of Conduct for use of UAVs in development and humanitarian assistance

Duration: 1 month
Deadline: 25 June 2016

Deliverables:

  • Provide technical assistance to ongoing projects using UAV technology that they are currently in the Innovation Fund portfolio.
  • Support networking of country offices engaged in using UAV technology.

Duration: 1 month
Deadline: 25 July 2016

Deliverables:

  • Finalise UAV hardware framework and create a strategy that provides guidance for investing in projects and identifying relevant partners using open source UAV technology in the areas of connectivity, imagery and transport.

Duration: 1 month
Deadline: 25 August 2016

Deliverables: 

  • Final report

Duration: 1 month
Deadline: 26 September 2016

Deliverables: 

  • Communicate weekly with supervisor and responding to information requests

Duration: ongoing
Deadline: ongoing

Total: 8 months


Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • University degree in hardware design, electrical engineering, robotics or related discipline
  • Experience working in developing countries
  • Mid-Level experience working with startups or business development is desirable
  • Ability to synthesize technical information and translate it into accessible products
  • Written and verbal fluency in English is required

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to send their submissions to pdconsultants@unicef.org with subject line:

Innovation Unit Technical Consultant – UAVs and other Open-Source Hardware” by 20th January 2016, 5:00pm EST.

Applications must include:

 

Please indicate your ability, availability and monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. 

NOTE: Files should not exceed 5.0MB limit

UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

 

 [1] P 11 form  can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc

 

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