The UNICEF Innovation Team in currently has three volunteer positions available for Summer 2016. Please see below for details on the types of positions and how to apply.

If you don’t see an opportunity below that fits your skillsets, you can also consider submitting an application to UNICEF’s generic internship pool. UNICEF Innovation is currently participating in a paid internship pilot. Some internship posts from UNICEF’s generic pool may include partial funding for the internship. The amount of the funding depends on locations and funds availability.
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Title: Innovation Research Analyst
Location of Assignment: San Francisco Office
Language(s) Required: English (additional languages an asset)
Travel: None
Duration: 3 months
Dates: 2016 June 1-Aug 31 (3 months, flexible start date)
Position Type: Unpaid Volunteer

Purpose: To work alongside our partnerships team in San Francisco to support on UNICEF Innovation projects and upcoming research:

  • Research on urbanization:  Nowhere is the rise of inequality clearer than in urban areas, where wealthy communities coexist alongside, and separate from, slums and informal settlements.  In this role, you will work alongside UNICEF team members and with frog design to outline focus areas related to UNICEF’s work, mapping against emerging market opportunities in future technology areas including sensors, wearables, water and sanitation, transport systems, etc.
  • Cost modeling of non-financial contributions to innovation:  Using the algorithm we have created to value contributions of corporate partners that are non-financial, help team develop additional financial models that can address projections of value on future contributions.  
  • Other tasks as needed, as related to events in Silicon Valley or assistance to team surrounding the support of technology partnerships.

We seek someone who is a self-starter and will take initiative.  You must have hustle and drive to work in a fast-paced environment.  Previous professional experience in the tech industry in Silicon Valley and beyond is required.  Experience working in emerging markets preferred.  MBA or graduate students a plus.

 

Title: Drone Research Assistant
Location of Assignment: New York Headquarters
Language(s) Required: English (additional languages an asset)
Travel: None
Duration: 3 months
Dates: 2016 June 1-Aug 31 (3 months, flexible start date)
Position Type: Unpaid Volunteer

UNICEF is exploring the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for humanitarian, emergency and development situations, such as this pilot program in Malawi. While UAVs are currently at an early stage of technological and infrastructural integration, we believe their potential use in imagery, connectivity and lift situations will be integral.

Purpose: To work alongside our innovation team in New York City to support on UNICEF Innovation projects and upcoming research related to drone technology.

  • Create report on current open source UAV technology: Open source, open standards and open data is a core principle of UNICEF Innovation. In order for UNICEF to roll out diverse UAV projects in multiple countries, it is imperative that the data and the intellectual property funded by UNICEF go back to the general public. In this role, you will create a research project about open source UAV technology.
  • Policy research on drone testing: The policy regulations for airspace management are still in its nascent stages. In this role, you will research the policy, industry and technical standards necessary for rigorous UAV testing protocols.
  • Other tasks as needed, as related to new UAV research in Malawi or assistance to team surrounding the support of technology partnerships.

We seek someone who is a self-starter and will take initiative. Knowledge of technical terminology a must. Previous academic or industry experience related to UAVs, technical policy, aerospace engineering or robotics preferred. Graduate students a plus.

 

Title: Data Science Research Assistant
Location of Assignment: New York Headquarters
Language(s) Required: English (additional languages an asset)
Travel: None
Duration: 3 months
Dates: 2016 June 1-Aug 31 (3 months, flexible start date)
Position Type: Unpaid Volunteer

UNICEF Office of Innovation investigates new and emerging technologies that hold promise for improving how UNICEF delivers programs such as education and health. Within this work, our Research, Engineering and Data Science team focus on the use of Big Data sources and methodologies to better understand vulnerable populations.

Purpose: To work alongside our Research, Engineering and Data Science team in New York City to support on research projects.

  • Assist in collection and cleaning of diverse data sources from APIs and repositories
  • Assist in developing core data science infrastructure in the form of documented code
  • Reproduce and extend existing methods in the scientific literature in contexts relevant to UNICEF for publication in scientific journals

We seek a current PhD student or recent MSc graduate in a numerate discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Applied Math, Physics) with proved experience using data sources other than household surveys and census (e.g. social media, unstructured text, financial records). Knowledge of a data science stack in a language such as R or Python and knowledge and interest in research areas such as network analysis, natural language processing and spatial analysis is required. The ability to work independently and also collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment is required.

 

BACKGROUND
UNICEF has been innovating for children for more than 60 years. The Innovation Team in New York supports the organization’s 135+ country offices in finding solutions for the world’s most vulnerable children. The UNICEF innovation work includes both policy and practice of innovation in UNICEF, and the larger UN. UNICEF is engaged in testing and scaling up new partnerships, technologies, and collaborations in some of the world’s most difficult operating environments.

For more information about UNICEF Innovation, visit:

www.unicefstories.org, or

www.unicef.org/innovation

HOW TO APPLY:

Please complete THIS FORM
The form requests that you provide a cover letter, Resume/CV and optional work samples relevant to the volunteer position in which you are interested.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2016. Applications will be revised on a rolling basis and the volunteer positions will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found, even before the application deadline.

Questions can be directed to dpinnovation@unicef.org with the Subject line: “QUERY: Volunteer – [Insert Position Title Here]”.

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