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Consultancy: Business Strategy Mentor, Office of Innovation, Remote, 6 months (part-time), UNICEF

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Website UNICEF

Consultancy: Business Strategy Mentor, Office of Innovation, Remote, 6 months (part-time)

Job Number: 519714 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Headquarters Locations: United States
Work Type : Consultancy

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…

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.

The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, 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, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.

UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly — anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach — in a traditionally risk-averse field — to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
  • Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.

The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.

Our team
We’re an interdisciplinary team around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling new technologies and practices. With our partners, we focus on convening and collaborating on new and different solutions, low- and high-tech, by:

  • Looking at the 2-5 year horizon to evaluate emerging and trending technologies and to see how UNICEF can work with the private sector on doing better business while improving essential services for children;
  • Investing in early stage solutions that show great potential to positively impact children in the 0-2 year future including the Venture Fund that invests in open source technology solutions from startups based in UNICEF’s programme countries;
  • Identifying proven solutions that can be implemented at national scale in multiple countries – taking the ideas that help thousands in one country, bringing them to dozens of countries across multiple sectors, and impacting the lives of millions of children.”

How can you make a difference?

The UNICEF Innovation Fund has been specifically 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 also learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children. We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. We find these solutions clustered around $100 billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: UAVs, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, nano-satellites, and human dynamics.

With $17.9M raised to date, the Innovation Fund is scaling its investment portfolio with the aim of investing in 20 start-ups every year. The current portfolio of 25 companies consists of several cohorts of companies developing and piloting solutions in virtual and augmented reality, data science and artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT, and in assistive technology. The Innovation Fund is looking for part-time, remotely based mentors to focus on supporting portfolio companies in developing in the open, building communities around their solutions and engaging strategically with relevant networks.

The Office of Innovation is looking to identify two consultants to:

  1. Onboard Innovation Fund portfolio companies to a business strategy platform and monitor progress
  2. Provide tailored technical assistance to portfolio companies to design and validate a scalable business model, as well as, identify and test revenue generation strategies through weekly mentoring sessions
  3. Develop workplans with each portfolio company for the remaining investment period to ensure meeting the key milestones; business model validation, financial model validation (pricing, costing etc)
  4. Recommendations for mentorship systems on business model across the Fund

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

  • An advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in a relevant discipline (entrepreneurship, business administration, external relations or other)
  • 8+ years of experience in starting and growing technology companies
  • A track record of providing mentorship and assistance to start-ups
  • Experience of identifying and developing technical assistance tools for companies
  • Experience with open-source technologies and open source business models
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent technical communication with peers and non-technical stakeholders
  • Experience working in emerging markets preferred
  • Desire to work in a highly-collaborative environment
  • Fluency in English is required.

Payment details and further considerations

  • Monthly payment, based on 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

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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

Duty station: Remote

Duration: 6 months (part-time, up to 36 days total)

Opening Date Mon Feb 04 2019 09:00:00 GMT-0500 (Colombia Standard Time) Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date Mon Feb 18 2019 23:55:00 GMT-0500 (Colombia Standard Time)

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