Readvertising Innovation Specialist (Open Source), P3, TA, Office of Innovation, Stockholm, Sweden (Post #119844) (revised ToRs)
Job no: 550397
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Stockholm
This is a re-advertisement in order to expand the candidate pool. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered.
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, deliver…
UNICEF has a history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships, and technologies are critical for achieve improved outcomes for children. The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF that sits at the unique intersection of working on material global issues, startup thinking, technology and partnerships that can scale solutions. We look to form partnerships around frontier technologies (including AI, drones, and UAVs, blockchain, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, and 3D-printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion markets and 1 billion person needs.
The Office of Innovation currently co-hosts the Secretariat for the Digital Public Goods Alliance, established in follow-up to the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. In its report, the Panel recommends as 1B “that a broad, multi-stakeholder alliance, involving the UN, create a platform for sharing digital public goods, engaging talent and pooling data sets, in a manner that respects privacy, in areas related to attaining the SDGs”. Norway, Sierra Leone, UNICEF and iSPIRT, the four initial champions are working to implement this recommendation.
The Office of Innovation’s Venture Fund is a pooled funding vehicle specially designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify clusters or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology – so that UNICEF can both shape markets and learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children. We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children.
How can you make a difference?
The UNICEF Office of Innovation (OOI) is looking for an Open-Source Lead to support implementation of UNICEF Ventures’ engagement in the Digital Public Goods Alliance.
UNICEF’s Ventures’ and its Venture Fund’s investment thesis is fundamentally tied to and based on open-source principles. The Ventures team has supported UNICEF to develop practice in the open-source space, culminating in the co-leadership of the Digital Public Goods Alliance. At this stage of the team’s practice, UNICEF Ventures is looking for an experienced specialist that can guide team-wide open-source practices through development of standards and at a practical level, explore the development of organization-wide hub for open-source expertise, engage across the UN system, and lead technical collaborations with key stakeholders from the open-source community.
Overall, this position is responsible for:
Review practices develop standards and oversee execution of open standards for Ventures-led and -supported open source solutions.
- Develop and oversee execution of relevant standards and practices to guide development, piloting and acceleration of frontier tech solutions and DPGs, developed and supported by the Ventures team
- Provide support to products led by various tech area-specific leads (blockchain, UAVs, AI) on open source practices, licensing, repositories and documentation
- Advise on internal projects and prototypes related to promoting DPGs and open source community engagement
Provide and coordinate technical support to nominated and vetted DPGs in line with UNICEF’s priorities, including to Venture Fund portfolio companies and CO-led projects, and related development of tools.
- Identify common technical support needs and establish systems for the delivery, including the development of guides and sessions
- Lead relevant technical review at key moments of Venture Fund portfolio projects’ investment journey to identify and address gaps in the quality of open-source best practices.
- Providing guidance to UNICEF-led innovation projects on the DPG vetting process and meeting the DPG standard
- Coordinate any technical consultants and resources
Conduct research and provide inputs to inform UNICEF’s engagement on DPGs.
- Stay up to date on latest developments in the open source space, including licensing, community practices and strategies
- Advise and provide technical inputs to internal explorations to enhance UNICEF’s capacity on open source
Provide input to technical collaborations and partnerships for DPG development, deployment and adaptation
- Support engagement with potential technical collaborators and networks that can provide technical support and other resources to DPGs, with a focus on those aligned with UNICEF’s mission
- Support the DPGA Secretariat in engagements with current and prospective members on application of technical standards and practices, development of partnership priorities and collaboration opportunities
- Provide research and other support to guide the team’s engagement on promoting open source practices across the UN and other external stakeholders
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in engineering, technology, computer science, or another relevant field.
*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.
Experience: A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in open-source project or community management, development, or strategy development.
- Demonstrated expertise in required technical areas, including software quality assurance, Open-Source license strategies (copyleft vs. permissive), documentation and community management, developing and piloting Open-Source technology products.
- Experience with Open Source community development and track record of engagement with relevant networks
- Experience in delivering guidance, technical support and mentorship to individuals, teams, start-ups or other groups on complex challenges
- Experience with professional software engineering practices and best practices for the full software development life cycle and exposure to a variety of languages, frameworks and toolchains
- In-depth knowledge of the open-source software and open data eco-systems
- Demonstrated strategy development and project management skills
- Engagement with projects piloting and scaling technology solutions in UNICEF programme countries desired; developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable females are encouraged to apply.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
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