UNICEF Jobs in Nigeria - Innovation Specialist Jobs in Abuja

UNICEF Jobs in Nigeria - Innovation Specialist Jobs in Abuja

Job no: 519429
Work type:
  • Fixed Term Staff
  • Nigeria
  • Innovation

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  • Citizen Engagement, Participation & Feedback (U-Report)
  • Work closely with Programme, ICT and M4R sections to infuse real-time data into strengthening programmes and to support awareness, behaviour change and mobilization efforts to support specific community activities.
  • Build, manage and optimize a scale strategy to ensure U-Report is as accessible to young people across Nigeria.
  • Manage and raise funds to support the U-Report system.

    >Identify and build on existing partnerships to:

  • Increase the number of U-Reporters
  • Keep U-Reporters engaged
  • Share results and feedback
  • Answer questions from U-Reporters on a range of issues
  • Work closely with the Emergency Specialist to build U-Report projects that enhance emergency preparedness and response.
  • Work alongside the WASH team to leverage existing scale up activities, disaggregate data for WASH related programmes and support monitoring efforts.
  • Support the Education section across their 2018-2021 programmes as well as identify any immediate opportunities for Health and HIV, as requested by the section chiefs.
  • Liaise with the Nutrition chief and section to determine how best to mobilise young people and community members to prevent stunting.
  • Identify how best to support efforts to support existing efforts and partnerships to increase birth registration by working with the Child Protection section.
  • Work closely with C4D team to develop strategy and work plan for U-report Nigeria where grass roots mobilisation and partnerships are important.
  • Establish and maintain U-report external steering committee to guide design and deployment of the platform
  • Work with ICT section to leverage existing partnership opportunities and identify new high-level partnership opportunities with relevant companies in the private sector.
  • Work with Communications to monitor and optimize U-Report scale up campaigns.
  • Manage and maintain existing partnerships with other UN agencies, NGOs and partners to ensure all fulfill their potential.
    Management of consultant(s) related to the activities outlined above.
  • Work with U-report Global Coordinator to ensure that U-report Nigeria is aligned with global approach and guidelines, including branding, content, and advocacy efforts
    Real-Time Monitoring (RTM) & Information Systems
  • Act as the country focal point for collaboration with Programme Division across all new and existing initiatives.
  • Support programme sections in gathering and refining requirements for deployment of Rapid Pro-based solutions
  • Liaise with technical service providers to support the adaptation / development of new products in line with requirements of programme sections
  • Work with ICT and Telecom authorities to obtain necessary additional dedicated short codes to support specific programmes
  • Work with ICT & M4R section as relevant to develop big data platforms and analysis
  • Liaise with M4R section to support the establishment of contributions of RTM to existing workflows.
  • Manage and maintain existing partnerships with key vendors such as the aggregator and Rapid Pro hosting companies.
  • Support programme sections and partners in deployment and ongoing management of new products
  • Provide capacity building to programme sections and key counterparts in the design, development, and management of new products
  • Act as an external representative of UNICEF Innovation in meetings with key government stakeholders where programme sections require, request or need support.
  • Non traditional Partnerships
    Working closely with programme sections, identify set of priority research questions and develop a research plan around Innovation in UNICEF research for Nigeria, with links to the programme-level innovation inception and design processes in place.
  • Learning, Coordination and Convening
  • Ensure comprehensive documentation of all innovation projects and processes
  • Ensure effective sharing and generation of knowledge around Innovations within UNICEF Nigeria, and develop knowledge products in support of this
  • Organize and coordinate technical working groups across functional areas of focus, and liaise regularly with CMT to provide updates and receive feedback on progress against
  • Innovation strategy and work plan
  • Identify opportunities for resource mobilization and new partnerships, and lead proposal and partnership development efforts on behalf of the Innovation Unit.



  • An advanced university degree in International Development, Business Administration, Information Technology or another related field.


  • A minimum of eight years of experience in managing programmes or projects related to information technology for development, communication, education with strong technology components across a large organisation.
  • Experience in start-up companies/organisations is an asset.
  • Experience in managing internal and external partnerships, including international organisations.
  • Good knowledge of current trends in youth participation and new media, as well as a good understanding of development issues, world affairs and current events

    Language requirements
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

    How to Apply
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 7th February 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Jobs in Nigeria - Innovation Specialist Jobs in Abuja

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