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Digitalization and Innovation Consultant open to Nationals of Kyrgyzstan only

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Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Kyrgyzstan
Categories: Innovation

Scope of Work:

It is expected that technical support will be provided in the following areas:

1.            Technical Support to ongoing and new digitalization initiatives

•             Provide support and technical assistance to the Country Office teams (Programme, Communications) in the concept design, deployment and sustainability of innovative and technological interventions to address bottlenecks towards the achievement of the Programme results with particular focus on EMIS, digital learning platforms, Telemedicine, digital case management, digital youth engagement and others. 

•             Co-create appropriate technology and innovative solutions with programmes and partners by applying Human-centered Design approach and in compliance with the Principles for Digital Development (http://digitalprinciples.org/) and UNICEF Innovation/T4D best practices.

2.            Engage and maintain partnerships and networks

•             Promote UNICEF as a player in innovation through participation and support to the Country Office in representation in external, inter-agency or partner forums on Innovation, Digital Development and Technology Innovation.

•             Proactively scout for funding, partnership opportunities and build the space to nurture and test new and innovative ideas together with universities, youth networks and local entrepreneurs towards solving development challenges specific to UNICEF’s areas of work, specifically targeting the most vulnerable children and young people.

•             Support the partner ecosystem mapping by documenting localized partners and their profiles, their areas of engagement to promote and enhance UNICEF goals for outcomes for children through the use of innovation.

•             Establish close relationships with the Regional Office T4D Business Analyst and the UNICEF HQ office of innovation.

3.            Strategic planning for digitally enabled Programming

•             Support conceptualization of the digitalization and innovation/Technology for Development (T4D) strategy for the new Country Programme (2023-2027) in close collaboration with the Country Office Programme team, HQ innovation division and Regional Office.

•             Support strategic planning and consultation activities with private sector, local start-up ecosystem, academia, innovation and digital economy governmental counterparts, NGOs and communities for the next Country Programme (2022-2026).

4. Knowledge management

•             Help identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned from Innovation and T4D for integration into broader knowledge development planning, advocacy and communication efforts.

•             Maintain an inventory of Country Office innovation interventions.

Work Assignment Overview:

Tasks/Milestone: 

Deliverables/Outputs: 

Timeline 

Estimate Budget 

  • Ongoing technical support to new and ongoing digital public goods initiatives implementation jointly with the sector leads 

 

Progress report 

03 Feb – 30 Mar 

Bi-monthly, 42 days 

  • Ongoing technical support to new and ongoing digital public goods initiatives implementation jointly with the sector leads 

 

Progress report 

30 Mar – 14 May 

Bi-monthly, 42 days 

  • Preparation of overview of current digitalization initiatives of UNICEF with specific recommendations for further development and new partnerships and funding opportunities 

Overview of current digitalization initiatives of UNICEF with specific recommendations for further development and funding opportunities 

 

15 May – 14 July 

Bi-monthly, 42 days 

  • Ongoing technical support to new and ongoing digital public goods initiatives implementation jointly with the sector leads 

 

Progress report 

15 July – 14 Sept 

Bi-monthly, 42 days 

  • Digitalization and innovation/T4D strategy for the new Country Programme (2023-2027) 

 

Progress report 

15 Sept – 14 Nov 

Bi-monthly, 42 days 

  • Ongoing technical support to new and ongoing digital public goods initiatives implementation jointly with the sector leads 

  • Synthesize and share lessons learned from Innovation and T4D for integration into broader knowledge development planning, advocacy and communication efforts.  

Final report with lessons learned and forward looking recommendations. 

15 Nov – 31 Dec 

Bi-monthly, 31 days 

 To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • Advanced University degree(Master’s) in Computer science, Information Systems Management, ICT Management, International Development, or another related field. 
  • Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required: 

    • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience in identifying, designing and implementing solutions for large-scale projects with technical components;  

    • Experience in supporting and coordinating project activities across a large organization and with other international partner organizations desirable;  

    • Exposure to UNICEF, UN or other INGO programmatic areas, including (but not limited to) health, nutrition, child protection and/or education, and experience in applying technical solutions to address programmatic issues is considered an asset;  

    • Hybrid background combining technical skills, strong conceptual ability to integrate the capabilities of available technology, the organizational needs and functions that technology must support; 

    • Understanding of international development issues;  

    • Must have strong skills in business analysis and technical project management;  

    • Excellent written and oral communication skills a must. Presentation skills are an advantage;  

    • Fluent English and Kyrgyz or Russian languages .

Please attach your financial budget as per the work assignment above. Without budget applications will not be considered.

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.

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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Deadline: Central Asia Standard Time

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