Innovation Officer, NO-2, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Post # 112434 (For Sierra Leone Nationals Only)
Job Number: 529241 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Sierra Leone
Work Type : Fixed Term Appointment
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, Innovation
How can you make a difference?
Under the supervision and overall guidance of the Innovation Specialist, the Innovation Officer is supports the development and roll out of innovation initiatives as per the Sierra Leone country programme. The Innovation Officer will also support existing prioritized innovations, managing and overseeing consultants working on different innovation projects and support each programme team in the design and implementation of their respective Innovation flagship initiative(s) in close coordination with NYHQ Office of Innovation and the Regional Office.
Operation of U-Report Sierra Leone and other Innovation focused infrastructure and services
Assist in the management of contracts for U-Report & RapidPro services and products;
Coordinate and provide support on overall Innovation strategy/action plan for SL CO, including assessment of Innovations gaps, opportunities, design, planning and implementation in close collaboration with Office of Innovation and Regional Office;
Provide support and technical assistance to the Country Office in the identification, selection, concept design and roll-out and sustainability of Innovation interventions to address bottlenecks towards the achievement of programme results.
Provide help, support and assist with strategic partnerships
Develop partnerships and network with local innovators, NGOs, cultural and religious organizations, the private sector, local media and academia to build and provide a space to nurture and test new and innovative ideas, help develop the next generation of thought leaders and build local capacity;
Identify opportunities for resource mobilization and new partnerships and assist proposal and partnership development efforts in close collaboration;
Participate in-person or remotely in country, regional or global events, discussions around achieving UNICEF’s mission;
Stay abreast of Innovation trends, developments and best practices through professional development –journals, training, certification, etc.
Support operational and administrative tasks
Coordinate and support development and testing of innovation products and processes to strengthen and improve efficiency and effectiveness of UNICEF’s programming, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and communication;
Act as Innovation focal point for designated initiatives including meetings or discussions to present UNICEF Innovation interests, priorities and position;
Work closely with Administration and Finance on budgeting and fund management;
Assist in providing information for reports, reviews or audits;
Prepare documentations for programme, planning and budgeting exercises – CPD, CPAP, IBR, MTR, AWP, etc.
Assist in the delivery of results
Spearhead approved innovation initiatives and work closely with programme staff to facilitate proper implementation;
Support technical and operational knowledge transfer to programme staff, implementing partners and beneficiaries;
Study and understand the business requirements, i.e., PPP, RBM, HACT, etc… to improve the delivery of results;
Support counterparts and implementing partners to build capacity and nurture independence;
Assist in the selection of training providers and the development of training materials;
Support Supply and programme staff to establish local LTAs for Innovation-related programme contracts for services and products;
Provide oversight of providers and third-parties of Innovation-related services and products to programme.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
A university Degree in Development or Community Development or Communications, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) or Information Science or Public Health or a related field.
Experience in innovative use of technology for development, particularly in the areas of data access, visualization, mobile applications and open source.
Experience in the use and management of RapidPro (or similar) platforms.
At least three years’ professional experience supporting government and/or non-governmental organisation programming, including training and capacity building or equivalent professional work experience at the national and international levels.
Proficiency in computer skills, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and experience using web based content management platforms, databases and information portals.
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 functional competencies required for this post are…
Creating and Innovating (II);
Learning and Researching (II)
Applying Technical Expertise (I);
Formulating Strategies and Concepts (I);
Planning and Organizing (II).
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Thu Feb 06 2020 00:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)