Special Adviser, Communications

New York City | Washington D.C

Duration:53 days; 20 Oct 2016 - 30 Jan 2017 Section & Unit: Office of Innovation


The Office of Innovation identifies promising new technologies (data science, SMS technologies, UAVs) that have potential to impact UNICEF core operations (education, health, disaster response). Through our network of technology companies, UNICEF Country Offices and academic institutions, we construct pilots to quickly determine if projects should be continued or discontinued. Requests for collaboration, advice and support are fielded from UNICEF programmes, and other parts of the UN system.

We also have a small venture fund – the UNICEF Innovation Fund – which provides resources to quickly assess, fund and scale companies, teams, and ideas that have been developed in new and emerging markets. The Innovation Fund supports the generation of open source, public goods that address the most pressing challenges facing children.

We work very fast, we embrace startup culture, and we work with the worlds of academia, public and private sector around the world who help us find solutions to the biggest problems that face children. While working from the UNICEF Headquarters in New York, we also work closely with the UNICEF Innovation office in San Francisco, and the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre.


The consultancy aims to provide strategic guidance for communications efforts of the Office of Innovation, specifically towards the following expected results:

• Create the first draft of the Office of Innovation communications plan for 2017

• Report on Activities from 2015 – 2016

• Update Office of Innovation global narrative

• Package Office of Innovation communications resources and plans for specific initiatives (U-Report, Innovation Fund, UAVs), as well as a guide for Communications Lead consultant.


Key competences, technical background, and experience required:

  • Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations; or equivalent professional work experience in the communication area, combined with a university degree in a related field
  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience and a track record of working in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media (two of which should be at a management level)
  • Solid understanding of the role technology plays in the development and sectors, as well as the UN system
  • Experience working within UNICEF is an asset
  • Must be able to understand the big picture and connect multiple story threads to be one greater narrative

  • Strong leadership skills; capacity to prioritize and manage a diverse range of partners, projects and activities

  • Project management skills including task prioritization, budget monitoring, and results driven

  • Proactive and organized, must be able to multitask

  • Demonstrated strong writing skills


  • Fluency in English is required and in other UN Languages it is an asset

Applicants are requested to send their submissions to jobsugic@gmail.com by 17 October 2016 5:00pm EST with subject line: Special Adviser, Communications

Note: Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate (in USD) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City | Washington D.C
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-17

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