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Innovation Specialist

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the M&E advisor or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Innovation Specialist will:

Support the country office (CO) at central and provincial level for the identification, development and implementation of innovative products and services.

Support the Country Office in development and implementation of new data collection methods and real time monitoring systems and analysis by using technology, such as geo-referenced data or satellite imagery to map and address inequalities within the context of UNFPA programmes

Think creatively about best fitting technology for each project, understanding currently available technology and trends, to develop effective solutions

Provide technical support on existing innovation projects launched by UNFPA with a focus on testing, learning and refining

Coordinate the involvement of adolescents and young people and other relevant stakeholders in the assessment of existing projects using human-centred design approaches

Provide research, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management support regarding existing innovative initiatives to promote learning and continuous improvement

Support Country Offices and Regional Offices in scanning/mapping the ecosystem to identify potential partners and/or existing solutions outside of UNFPA that can help accelerate the achievement of our mandate.

Interact with the local youth community; networking and building relationships with local organizations, groups or individuals

Qualifications/Requirements

Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments:

Academic: Tertiary education with qualifications in development, human rights, statistics, data/computer science, Information Technology, design, project management or a related field

Essential: 2 years of relevant experience

Required experience: 24 Months

Experience remark:

Demonstrated interest and dedication to development issues in areas of UNFPA’s mandate through either volunteer experience, work experience, or youth network affiliations

Ability to identify and propose innovative solutions to problems and/or the ability to apply different data methods to solve an identified research question of interest

Professional experience preferably with expertise in the area of adolescents sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as youth and gender

Demonstrated, or clear idea of, delivery of UNFPA’s mandate in an innovative way

Ability to identify and propose innovative solutions to problems and/or the ability to apply different data methods to solve an identified research question of interest

Exposure to topics such as data privacy, security and ethics is an asset

Experience working with the mHealth/eHealth community is an asset

Language skills:

English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Portuguese(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Area of expertise: Other information and telecommunications technology experience, Other health related experience

Driving license: No

Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup.
Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call for to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 27-07-2020