Re-advertisement: Innovation Specialist (DPG), P-3, Temporary Appointment, Office of Innovation, Stockholm, Sweden, 364 days

  • Contract
  • Sweden


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

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

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. DPGs are defined as open source software, open data, open AI models, open standards and open content. 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. As one of the four co-champions, UNICEF is leading the Alliance’s engagement on select strategic areas.

How can you make a difference?

Under the leadership of the Programme Funding Manager, the Innovation Specialist (DPG) will support country-level pathfinding activities and the coordination of technical assistance. This includes working closely with country offices in pathfinding countries to implement the agreed work plans, identifying support needs and facilitating access to resources to meet those needs. This role also coordinates the development of key resources for pathfinding countries and other stakeholders, working with vendors and consultants as well as ensuring that resources and toolkits are tested and meet the defined needs. This role will provide other ongoing support to the Programme Funding Manager in the implementation of DPG-related activities, as required.

Overall, this position is responsible for:

  • Supporting implementation of pathfinding activities in close collaboration with country offices
  • Documenting and sharing lessons learned from pathfinding activities
  • Oversee and coordinate the development of toolkits and resources for technical assistance on DPGs
  • Provide ongoing support to the DPG team as needed

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

  1. Supporting implementation of pathfinding activities in close collaboration with country offices
  • Act as focal point for any UNICEF-led pathfinding activities and keep relevant ISG members and UNICEF divisions and offices updated and consulted as needed
  • Develop and keep updated concept noes and work plan for each country
  • Develop and use systems to track progress
  • Conduct regular check-ins, identify bottlenecks and challenges
  • Facilitate access to technical assistance from UNICEF teams, DPG chairs and partners and collaborators
  • Ensure activities and budget allocations occur in timely manner and in line with donor requirements
  1. Supporting DPG-related advocacy, communications, and resource mobilization
  • Leverage country pathfinding pilots and collaborations therein to raise awareness about DPGs
  • Advocate for alignment with the DPG standard within the public and private sectors in UNICEF Programme Countries
  • Support sourcing of DPGs in sectors of high demand such as learning, financial inclusion and digital health
  • Support UNICEF Country Offices to engage partners to support DPG-related crowdsourcing and community engagement initiatives, as well as participate in the relevant global discussion fora.
  • Generate insights to support the development of the communication narrative on DPGs and support the development of relevant communication material and content
  1. Documenting and sharing lessons learned from pathfinding activities
  • Facilitate regular opportunities for experience sharing and exchanges between countries at UNICEF and government partner level
  • Provide regular updates on progress in pathfinding activities
  • Support CO teams to document and share on communication channels key learnings and milestones, on monthly basis
  • Summarise lessons learned from pathfinding activities to inform global approach
  • Provide recommendations for allocation of resources and any pivots in approach
  1. Oversee and coordinate the development of toolkits and resources for technical assistance on DPGs, including but not limited to the DPG Accelerator guide, the Operational toolkit and the private investment cases
  • Coordinate selection and management of vendors and consultants contracted
  • Develop scopes of work and ensure that ongoing tools development aligns with needs
  • Coordinate input, consultation and user testing with internal and external stakeholders
  1. Provide ongoing support to the DPG team as needed
  • On needs basis, provide operational support related to consultant recruitments and selection, contract management and other collaboration agreements
  • Fulfill other support needs as requested by Supervisor

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in technology, social sciences, development sciences, public relations, business administration and management or related 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.
  • Five years progressively responsible professional work experience, some of which should be in an international setting.
  • Experience in facilitating engagements with UNICEF Country Offices and UNICEF Divisions, including experience working with UNICEF at country level
  • Experience in managing projects and partnerships focused on open source frontier technology required
  • Knowledge of open licensing and digital public goods required
  • Experience in coordinating activities within and across teams, including project teams for specific initiatives and use of current project management and tracking platforms and tools
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and negotiating partnership and entrepreneurial strategies
  • Proven experience in translating and clearly presenting complex ideas from various fields into unified, clear messages, including for successful partnership development
  • Strong writing and communication skills and the aptitude to handle competing messages and priorities with multiple audiences.
  • 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.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Drives to achieve results for impact (II)
  • Works collaboratively with others (II)
  • Builds and maintains partnerships (II)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (II)
  • Innovates and embraces change (II)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.


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


“This position is being re-advertised. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered”.

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