Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
For every child, innovation
Established in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we translate this commitment into practical action, focusing special efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, for the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF has had a presence in South Africa since the dawn of democracy and continues to work towards improving the lives of children in the country. From its office in Pretoria, the UNICEF South Africa Country Office works with a range of partners in government, civil society, academia, the corporate sector, media and various other sectors to create a safer and healthier environment for every child. Through the support of individual, corporate and other donors, UNICEF is able to undertake its work, both globally and in South Africa.
How can you make a difference?
Under the direct supervision of the PM&E Manager, the Innovation Specialist acts as a business analyst by providing technical support and quality assurance to innovation planning/design, implementation, monitoring and documentation across programme sectoral areas and with partners, supporting achievement of UNICEF's priorities. The Innovation Specialist is responsible for supporting and strengthening internal capacity to implement social innovation and digital tools and initiatives, identify emerging information and communication technologies and social innovation tools for UNICEF programming, engage with key tech and innovation partners, assess reusable and replicable technical building blocks and maximize potential for innovation/ T4D scale-up and roll-out. The Innovation Specialist will work with programme sections to build and adopt scalable, sustainable, and demand-driven innovative, particularly digital, solutions that address development challenges and accelerate results for children. The Innovation Specialist will be tasked to support the integration of innovative practices into traditional UNICEF programming and to look for sustainable opportunities to launch projects with significant T4D components that are designed, supported, rolled out and maintained in partnership with the Government of South Africa and CSOs.
To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have…
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and Competency Framework of Building and managing partnerships; Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness; Drive to achieve results for impact; Innovates and embraces change; manages ambiguity and complexity; thinks and acts strategically; works collaboratively with others; and natures, leads and manages people.