Innovation Specialist (m/f)


UNFPA is recruiting an Innovation Specialist (m/f), to be based in Maputo, Mozambique.
  • Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the M&E advisor or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Innovation Specialist will:
  • Support the country office (CO) at central and provincial level for the identification, development and implementation of innovative products and services
  • Support the Country Office in development and implementation of new data collection methods and real time monitoring systems and analysis by using technology, such as geo-referenced data or satellite imagery to map and address inequalities within the context of UNFPA programmes
  • Think creatively about best fitting technology for each project, understanding currently available technology and trends, to develop effective solutions
  • Provide technical support on existing innovation projects launched by UNFPA with a focus on testing, learning and refining
  • Coordinate the involvement of adolescents and young people and other relevant stakeholders in the assessment of existing projects using human-centred design approaches
  • Provide research, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management support regarding existing innovative initiatives to promote learning and continuous improvement
  • Support Country Offices and Regional Offices in scanning/mapping the ecosystem to identify potential partners and/or existing solutions outside of UNFPA that can help accelerate the achievement of our mandate
  • Interact with the local youth community; networking and building relationships with local organizations, groups or individuals
  • Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment
  • Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Academic: Tertiary education with qualifications in development, human rights, statistics, data/computer science, Information Technology, design, project management or a related field
  • Essential: 2 years of relevant experience
  • Required experience: 24 Months
  • Demonstrated interest and dedication to development issues in areas of UNFPA’s mandate through either volunteer experience, work experience, or youth network affiliations
  • Ability to identify and propose innovative solutions to problems and/or the ability to apply different data methods to solve an identified research question of interest
  • Professional experience preferably with expertise in the area of adolescents sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as youth and gender
  • Demonstrated or clear idea of, delivery of UNFPA’s mandate in an innovative way
  • Ability to identify and propose innovative solutions to problems and/or the ability to apply different data methods to solve an identified research question of interest
  • Exposure to topics such as data privacy, security and ethics is an asset
  • Experience working with the mHealth/eHealth community is an asset
  • English (Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Portuguese (Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
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  • Published 21.07.2020
  • Expires 27.07.2020
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