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Innovation Specialist (Health Technology), P3, Post #107959, Product Innovation Centre, Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Copenhagen
Level: P-3
Location: Denmark
Categories: Health, Nutrition, Innovation, Health and Nutrition

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,

The Product Innovation Center (PIC) influences global and local markets collaboratively with other Centers and external partners, for existing and future products/services, by advocating fit-for-purpose product profiles, accelerating R&D and scale-up, and addressing issues of access, affordability and value for money, ultimately to improve the lives of all children.

The Product Innovation Center drives research and development (R&D), and implementation of products to address programmatic and/or emergency needs. In instances where there are no products in a procurable form on the market, a Product Innovation Project (PIP) is initiated with the ultimate goal of enabling procurement of fit-for-purpose and value-for-money supplies in UNICEF’s program areas.

How can you make a difference?

The Innovation Specialist will manage Product Innovation Projects (PIPs) within the Health Technology portfolio, including providing technical advice to governments and partners on supply chain management for innovative products. The position will enable accelerated identification of children’s health needs, appropriate alignment with country, regional, and global level actors, and a clear definition of the most efficient means of accelerating and incentivizing relevant innovation. The incumbent will drive key activities following a project plan focusing on results and impact through scale.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Manage UNICEF’s Health product innovation projects and document and communicate developments to management, donors, and the innovation review board.
  2. Manage the various steps of product innovation, including user-needs research, market research, communication with developers, field trials, impact and cost-effectiveness analysis, procurement strategy, supply chain strategy, and scale.
  3. Contribute to field trial design and support roll-out of new innovative products and services.
  4. Provide timely technical contributions to programs introducing new and/or innovative technologies, including communication, monitoring and evaluation, supply chain management, and review of fit for purpose.
  5. Provide technical and advisory support to government/national systems, including capacity development in close collaboration with program colleagues to strengthen the supply components of health systems for innovative products. 
  6. Contribute to fundraising activities and drive proposal development to enable product innovation within the Health Technology space.
  7. Identify opportunities and contribute to developing pull mechanisms as appropriate to incentivize innovation.
  8. Drive interagency collaboration in developing Target Product Profiles (TPPs), technical specifications, and terms of references (TORs) to drive product innovation and subsequent procurement of relevant products.
  9. Create tools and framework to optimize and document best practices for driving product innovation within the Health Technology space.
  10. Represent UNICEF and the project team at key stakeholder meetings.
  11. Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.

Impact of Results:

This position will directly contribute to UNICEF’s Strategic Goal Area 1: Every child survives and thrives.

To meet UNICEF’s goals of addressing the needs of children and mothers, we need to continuously evaluate whether appropriate products are commercially available and have achieved an impactful scale.

This position aims to ensure that appropriate health products are available, evaluated in the proper context, implemented effectively, and scaled. Innovation projects can range from identifying unmet needs, driving R&D, enabling integration within health systems, and scaling on a broader level. In addition, the incumbent will help sharpen the overall scope, strategy, and approach of Product Innovation by contributing to Enabling Projects that improve the processes and tools used within Product Innovation. 

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

EDUCATION:

  • A completed advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in one of the following areas: Public Health, Policy, Nursing, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Device Engineering, or a field relevant to Health Technology. *A completed first university degree (Bachelor’s degree) and 7 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced degree (Master’s).

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum five (5) years of progressive relevant professional experience in product development or scaling Health Product Innovations.
  • Demonstrable experience in driving product innovation preferably within private companies, ideally as a business developer or a buyer of new innovative products.
  • Experience with using procurement, financial incentive structures or strategic partnering to drive innovation towards solving a specific problem, is highly desirable.
  • Experience in conducting user-needs assessments, field trials/end-user assessments, and market research is highly desirable.
  • Experience in the development of TORs, technical specifications and/or Target Product Profiles is highly desirable.
  • Maternal and child health, and nutrition knowledge and experience is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

LANGUAGES: 

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

  • Ability to create a clear scope for project and facilitate the decision-making process to ensure only projects with the potential to lead to products with a strong value proposition are pushed forward.
  • Ability to reduce complexity and create clarity within high levels of ambiguity.
  • A proven record in selling a product, or a proposition to donors, buyers of the products or others.
  • Ability to think through complex processes and argue clearly for a route ahead.
  • Strong stakeholder and donor management skills.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) 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…

Core competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (Level 1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Functional Competencies:

  • Planning and Organizing (Level 2)
  • Relating and Networking (2)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (2)
  • Analyzing (1)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

Remarks:

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’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates from Programme countries (countries where Unicef has programmes for children) are encouraged to apply.

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.

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 may also be 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.

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

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