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Innovation Specialist (Technology for Development), P3 (#: 116390) Suva, Fiji

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-3
Location: Fiji
Categories: Innovation

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 

UNICEF works with and for disadvantaged children and adolescents across 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Our ambition is to get each entire country, and the entire Pacific Region, working together - as one - on behalf of its most vulnerable children. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here     

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative-Programme, the incumbent is responsible for managing and coordinating the innovations portfolio including social innovation with youth engagement, digital development, technology innovation in the UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office. The incumbent will coordinate and provide ongoing technical support to programme teams, field offices, and government partners in the design and implementation of their respective Innovation initiative(s) including technology for development (T4D) to address bottlenecks towards the achievement of programme results, in coordination with the Office of Innovation Unit at NYHQ and the Regional Office where applicable.

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

  • Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, Information Technology, or other relevant disciplines.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme management of the following:
    -  Experience supporting government and/or non-governmental organization’s programming, including training and capacity building on social innovation
    as well as digital innovation in the context of Technology for Development (T4D) such as RapidPro, ODK, and others
    -  Proven experience in working with adolescents and/or on youth-related programmes like U-Report, Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge, etc.
  • A strong understanding of UNICEF’s mission and vision as well as its programmes through direct or indirect work experience with UNICEF.
  • Experience in project management and rolling out of large-scale projects especially in hard-to-reach areas in developing countries is highly desirable.
  • Proven capacity to work with and lead collaborative teams across different locations and with different technical skills.
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with partners, including government ministries, youth coalitions, universities, intellectual leaders, UN organizations, NGOs, and the private sector.
  • Strong writing and communication skills and the aptitude to handle competing messages and priorities with multiple audiences.
  • Training and/or familiarity with information systems and communication technologies.
  • 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 values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF's competency framework: Builds and maintains partnership, Demonstrates self and ethical awareness, Drive to Achieve impactful results, Innovates and embraces change, Manages ambiguity and complexity, Thinks and acts strategically, Works collaboratively with others and Nurtures, leads and manages People

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


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.

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Deadline: Fiji Standard Time

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