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Title:  Innovation Fund Technology & Portfolio Adviser

Location of Assignment: NYHQ

Language (s) required: English, another UN language is an asset

Travel: Travel anticipated

Duration of Contract: 11.5 months; anticipated start date: 1 Sept 2016- 15 Aug 2017

Section & Unit: Office of Innovation

Consultant Reporting to: Innovation Fund Manager/Deputy, UNICEF Ventures

 

Background & Rationale

UNICEF has been innovating for children for more than 60 years. The Innovation Unit 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.

With $9m available in funding for the Innovation Fund, the Innovation Unit is scaling up investments significantly over the course of 2016. Starting 1 February, the Innovation Fund has been receiving requests from external applicants in UNICEF’s programme countries (see list here). By September 2016, the portfolio will include 10-15 start-ups, with another call for applications planned for the fourth quarter of 2016. In addition, the Innovation Fund will continue to accept applications from UNICEF Country Offices for co-funding from the Innovation Fund. The current portfolio of 25 internal investments will significantly grow as more applications are received and funding granted.

The growing portfolio will require ongoing monitoring and technical support to maximise the Fund’s return on investment and minimise risk associated with the investments. The consultancy aims to provide technology-related support to the Innovation Fund portfolio, specifically to:

  • Track real-time data from each internal and external investment made by the Fund to monitor progress against agreed milestones
  • Identify needs for technical assistance for individual companies/Country Offices and groups of investments, in close collaboration with Innovation Fund Analyst
  • Act as the first layer of support by providing technical assistance to companies/Country Offices on technology-, licensing- and project-design and –implementation related needs and questions
  • Facilitate the engagement of internal and external technical experts to provide technical assistance on technology-related needs, in close collaboration with the Innovation Fund Analyst
  • Establish and manage the community of Innovation Fund-supported entrepreneurs, including facilitating a platform to share experiences, provide peer-based support and ensure an active community around open source tech stack
  • Some travel may be required to facilitate provision of technical support and exchanges between companies

Expected results: (measurable results)

  • Guidelines and approach document for open source community development and engagement
  • Technology-related technical assistance plan for the Innovation Fund
  • Set of technical assistance product against priority technology-related needs for IF investee
  • Piloted concept for technical assistance meetings for IF investees

Key competencies, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • University Degree in social entrepreneurship, business administration, information systems management, computer science, technical engineering or other relevant fields. Advanced degree, or basic degree complemented by significant related practical experience.
  • Min 5 years professional experience in developing or supporting technology and development initiatives
  • Experience in managing portfolios of investments or projects, including relevant management systems and tools, to achieve milestones
  • Experience in managing networks and portfolios of consultants and technical advisors to deliver against agreed objectives
  • Knowledge of developing open source technology and engagement in related communities
  • Strong understanding of different contexts and key challenges affecting children in developing countries
  • Ability to synthesise technical information and translate it into accessible products and systems
  • Written and verbal fluency in English is required; other UN languages are an asset

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to send their submissions to jobsugic@gmail.com with a subject line: “Innovation Fund Technology & Portfolio Adviser” by 5 August 2016, 5:00pm EST.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter,
  • CV, and
  • P-11 form[1]
  • In some cases, it may also be advisable to request a sample of work from potential consultants/individual contractors or require potential consultants/individual contractors to present their strategy, approach, or methodology. RO should be explicit in communicating this specific request
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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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