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Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF)


Consultancy - Health Innovation Support, Home-based, Office of Innovation, 11.5 months

  • Switzerland
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Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF)

Consultancy - Health Innovation Support, Home-based, Office of Innovation, 11.5 months

Arbeitsort: Switzerland

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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, innovation...

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support the realization of children’s rights are key to improving children’s lives. Worldwide, we innovate to tackle the most pressing problems faced by the most vulnerable children. We take a systematic approach to innovation, applying skills and energy across new tools and technologies, products, innovative financing and new ways of working to boost our impact. The Office of Innovation is a creative, unique and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, the tools, the know-how and the partners that turn ideas and energy into scalable solutions for children.

Within the Office of Innovation, the Portfolio, Culture and Scale Team has a crucial role in ensuring groundbreaking innovations meet children and young people’s most urgent needs. By managing UNICEF’s global innovation portfolios, we help identify priorities for the application of innovations. We also strengthen the capacity of UNICEF offices to scale proven innovations to millions.

In line with the Global Innovation Strategy, UNICEF uses an innovation portfolio management approach to align technical and financial resources to promising projects in various categories of innovation, including digital innovation, social innovation, data innovation, physical products, innovative finance, and frugal innovation. UNICEF will invest in health, immunization and nutrition innovations and support the development and scale up of new and promising solutions to the most pressing problems facing children, in line with UNICEF programming.

The scope of UNICEF’s Health Innovation portfolios includes solving the biggest problems facing Maternal & Child health (MCH), Immunization, and Nutrition by supporting the identification, development and scale-up of innovative solutions, to meet the demands and challenges for equitable and quality health care, and ultimately the attainment of health-related SDGs.

How can you make a difference? 

Guided by UNICEF’s innovation portfolio management approach, this role will work under the general direction of the Innovation Manager (Maternal & Child Health, Immunization, Nutrition), to provide support to the sourcing of new innovation solutions, as well as management of existing solutions in the Health Innovation portfolios. This includes providing direct technical assistance and guidance (from global health and/or innovation scaling for impact perspectives), supporting fund governance, facilitating regular engagement with project counterparts and stakeholder, and supporting project reporting.

This role will also support the development of a strategic and conceptual design of the forthcoming global health innovation hub, as well as other relevant development of tools and processes that will underpin innovation management within the forthcoming health innovation hub and (where relevant) across other innovation hubs and portfolios within the Office of Innovation.

Your main responsibilities will be:

This role will require engagement and experience of innovation implementation and scaling. You will:

  • Support the Innovation Manager (Maternal & Child Health, Immunization, Nutrition) for the development of Health Innovation portfolios, including the support to sourcing, brokering and scaling of both new and existing innovation solutions; where relevant, providing direct technical assistance and coordination to the projects / solution within the Health Innovation portfolios
  • Support the existing projects / solutions in Health Innovation portfolios, including providing advice and support on their implementation and scaling potential, providing support on fund and project governance, and overseeing regular project monitoring and reporting functions guided by the Office of Innovation Performance & Evidence approach.
  • Assist in the coordination with relevant stakeholders in thematic teams in Programme Group, Regional offices, Countries offices, partners and other identified focal points for health innovation
  • Support the strategic design and documentation of the forthcoming health innovation hub, in line with overall OOI innovation management approach
  • Strategic support and other tasks, as agreed by Office of Innovation

Please note that these responsibilities may vary by mutual agreement.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: Healthcare / Immunization / Nutrition (or related fields), Innovation-related field, International Development, Business Administration, or another relevant technical 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. 
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in innovation, healthcare and/or social and economic development and cooperation.
  • Proven experience of developing and scaling innovative solutions, ideally within health innovation within lower resource contexts and ideally within both private and public sector
  • Experience of innovation portfolio management or innovation governance
  • Proven capacity to communicate effectively across different mediums to engage and influence complex stakeholders (including senior stakeholders) in order to deliver against challenging targets
  • Proven capacity to work with collaborative teams across different locations and with different technical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Payment details and further considerations

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance
  • Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel

For every Child, you demonstrate... 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). 

To view our competency framework, please visit here. 


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 offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.