Consultancy - Gates Grand Challenge Coordinator: Urban WASH Innovation, Office of Innovation, San Francisco, USA, 6 months (Part-time)
San Francisco (United States of America)
UNICEF is seeking to hire a consultant in the San Francisco office on a part-time basis to coordinate on behalf of UNICEF and Arm the first phase of the Gates Grand Challenge on Innovation for WASH in Urban Settings. This includes manage and expand a key foundation partnership, including the management of the collaboration, launch of initiative, outreach, selection of investments and technical advisory including the development of an incubation programme. Duty Station: San Francisco, USA Duration: 70 days over 6 months
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, innovate...
UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.
The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.
UNICEF's Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world's children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:
- Connecting youth communities (or more broadly -- anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
- Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach -- in a traditionally risk-averse field -- to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
- Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.
The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.
We're an interdisciplinary team around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling new technologies and practices. With our partners, we focus on convening and collaborating on new and different solutions, low- and high-tech, by:
- Looking at the 2-5 year horizon to evaluate emerging and trending technologies and to see how UNICEF can work with the private sector on doing better business while improving essential services for children;
- Investing in early stage solutions that show great potential to positively impact children in the 0-2 year future including the Venture Fund that invests in open source technology solutions from startups based in UNICEF’s programme countries;
- Identifying proven solutions that can be implemented at national scale in multiple countries – taking the ideas that help thousands in one country, bringing them to dozens of countries across multiple sectors, and impacting the lives of millions of children.”
UNICEF is seeking to hire a consultant in the San Francisco office on a part-time basis to coordinate on behalf of UNICEF and Arm the first phase of the Gates Grand Challenge on Innovation for WASH in Urban Settings (https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/innovation-wash-urban-settings-round-22). This includes manage and expand a key foundation partnership, including the management of the collaboration, launch of initiative, outreach, selection of investments and technical advisory including the development of an incubation programme. The candidate must be able to work in a fast-changing environment and have a strong understanding of social innovation in development. We seek someone who has proven experience coordinating multiple projects of varying degree and timelines and who knows how to work alongside a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in communications, development, operations, partnership building, science, engineering and new and emerging technologies. Good communication is key, so we seek a candidate who knows how to articulate our work and our goals easily amongst a diverse range of staff who range in their understanding of design, and who has a knack for extrapolating information that can be utilized to improve ideas.
How can you make a difference?
You are a connector. You have excellent language and networking skills and maintaining relationships. You are a skilled sailor in navigating the waters of both the public and private sector and their interests in social impact issues. You understand challenges, adapt quickly, and as a ‘people person’ are an empathetic listener, host and manager. You’re an expert negotiator who proactively finds the shared value for multiple parties. You are comfortable in rooms with people smarter than you. You can see the big picture but also follow up on the details. You understand the implications of technology’s growth into every part of our lives. You are interested in how things like mobile phones, big data, and IoT can transform the world of international development. You have a firm handle on and interest in international relations, and a keen sense of how a large organization works.
Main responsibilities will be:
A key pillar of Innovation work at UNICEF is partnership with the private sector and foundations. Under close collaboration with the Innovation Partnerships team, the Gates Grand Challenge Coordinator is responsible for executing and delivering on a challenge with defined timelines and deliverables, which includes
- Provide coordination of a key UNICEF collaboration with a strategic technology company and large foundation, including the development/project management/implementation of all programme deliverables, co-creation activities and coordination of future investments. Support innovation colleagues, programme divisions and country offices on project management of activities associated with investments made in this collaboration.
- Provide support to advance larger organizational strategy with foundation partner to integrate innovation within collaboration on behalf of UNICEF
- Provide weekly updates to the Senior Advisor, Innovation and Innovation Partnerships team on activities and next steps within the Gates Grand Challenge process.
- Support internal communication efforts as needed including developing materials for required for larger collaboration including briefings for senior management, meetings, pitches, field visits, giving presentations, etc.
- Provide expertise on innovation investments within portfolio when requested.
- Produce, write, edit and organize materials related to associated collaboration, as well as for internal stakeholders.
- Support any events directly related to the collaboration with provision of concepts, content, participants.
In order to ensure proper coordination and handover at the end of this contract, the consultant is expected to provide weekly progress updates to the Senior Advisor, Innovation and the Innovations Partnerships team through regular calls – this includes communication made with prospective and current partners – especially the Gates Foundation and Arm.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced degree or equivalent professional experience in one of the following fields: technology, communications, public health, business administration and management.
- At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience and a track record of working on developing innovative solutions and initiatives between the technology sector and development/non-profit organizations
- Demonstrated planning, communication, research, fundraising and very strong writing and editing skills
- Strong leadership skills; capacity to prioritize and manage a diverse range of partners, projects and activities
- Project management skills including task prioritization and budget monitoring
- Prior experience working in/with technology companies
- Prior experience in reviewing technological proposals and due diligence for product innovations is required
- Extensive network in the technology industry an asset
- Familiarity with UNICEF’s Innovation work an asset
- Prior experience in working on children’s issues an asset
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Payment details and further considerations
- Monthly payment, based on tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
- Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance
- Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel
Applications must include:
- Cover letter
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.
Duty Station: San Francisco, USA
Duration: 70 days over 6 months