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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2018-12-07

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Programme Officer (Innovation), P-2, Temporary Appointment (364 days), UNICEF Thailand CO, Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand)

Use your talents to help UNICEF improve lives and save lives of children.

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

These days UNICEF Thailand advocate for laws and policies that better deliver on children’s rights while making sure that the human and financial resources needed to carry them out are available. We have around 50 staff members working with our partners to find new and innovative ways to protect the rights of all children in the country and to ensure that the benefits of Thailand’s rapid and impressive development reach the most disadvantaged children.

By bringing together all types of individuals concerned with child rights, we move closer to the day when every child in Thailand, regardless of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or legal status, has a fair chance to grow up in a safe, healthy and protective environment and reach their full potential.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Thailand Country Deputy Representative, the Programme Officer - Innovation is responsible for support deployment of innovation initiatives including development of the innovation portfolio, building in-country capacity in human-centred design, managing activities under the cross-cutting innovation workplan and mainstreaming innovation as a core strategy across each of the UNICEF programme sections within the Country Office.

Key Responsibilities: 

  1. Coordinate and provide support on overall innovation strategy/action plan, including formulation, design, planning and implementation in close collaboration with Global Innovation Centre, Headquarter Innovation Unit and Regional Office where applicable.
  2. Co-lead (with Programme Sections) the implementation of Innovation Challenge activities including actively looking for funding and partnership opportunities and support other partner organizations innovation lab outcomes as they pertain to children, through coaching and mentorship.
  3. Provide on-going technical support to programme and communication colleagues to support mainstreaming innovation as a core strategy of the Country Programme.
  4. Build the capacity of UNICEF staff, government counterparts and other end users in the country; using human-centered design methodology to ensure sustainable solutions to issues affecting children and young people.
  5. Develop partnerships and network with local innovators, youth organizations, 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, develop the next generation of thought leaders and build local capacity.
  6. Coordinate and support development and testing of innovation products and processes to strengthen and improve efficiency and effectiveness of UNICEF programming, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and communication.
  7. Proactively scout for new, innovative ideas, opportunities and partnerships to deliver better, faster, more impactful results within the context of the new Country Programme 2017-2021 and, in collaboration with the supervisor, promote UNICEF as a major player in innovation in Thailand.
  8. Document tested innovation projects and processes and ensure effective sharing and generation of knowledge around innovations in the Country Office as well as with UNICEF global innovation network.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Information Technology, Social Sciences, Business Administration or other relevant disciplines *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of two of relevant professional experience in
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Experience in programme design, management and direct implementation of Innovation initiatives is required.
  • Experience with innovations engaging with young people would be desirable.
  • Experience in applying human-centered design approaches to social sector challenges is essential.
  • Experience in East Asia Pacific and Thailand is an asset.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF and the UN system is an asset.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Fluency in Thai is an asset.
  • Good leadership, coaching, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas.
  • Good interpersonal, networking, persuading and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in computer software/applications required for addressing Innovation Challenge Activities and mainstreaming innovation to regular programming 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are : Communication (II) Working with people (II) Drive for results (II) Formulating strategies and concepts (II), Persuading and influencing (II), Relating and Networking (II), Entrepreneurial thinking (I), Analyzing (I), Planning and organizing (II)

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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.



Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package under the UN system.

All UN including UNICEF candidates need to send an application letter together with Personal History (P-11) and Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs) of the last two years.

Please send application no later than 7 December 2018.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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