UNICEF Vacancy Announcements



1) Fixed Term Appointment – Innovation Specialist, NOC, Pretoria, South Africa, Post# 113840 – (Open to South African nationals only)

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 fulfil 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 & education

Established in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we translate this commitment into practical action, focusing special efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, for the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF has had a presence in South Africa since the dawn of democracy and continues to work towards improving the lives of children in the country. From its office in Pretoria, the UNICEF South Africa Country Office works with a range of partners in government, civil society, academia, the corporate sector, media and various other sectors to create a safer and healthier environment for every child. Through the support of individual, corporate and other donors, UNICEF is able to undertake its work, both globally and in South Africa. To learn more, please visit www.unicef.org/southafrica

How can you make a difference? 

Under the direct supervision of the PM&E Manager, the Innovation Specialist acts as a business analyst by providing technical support and quality assurance to innovation planning/design, implementation, monitoring and documentation across programme sectoral areas and with partners, supporting achievement of UNICEF’s priorities. The Innovation Specialist is responsible for supporting and strengthening internal capacity to implement social innovation and digital tools and initiatives, identify emerging information and communication technologies and social innovation tools for UNICEF programming, engage with key tech and innovation partners, assess reusable and replicable technical building blocks and maximize potential for innovation/ T4D scale-up and roll-out. The Innovation Specialist will work with programme sections to build and adopt scalable, sustainable, and demand-driven innovative, particularly digital, solutions that address development challenges and accelerate results for children. The Innovation Specialist will be tasked to support the integration of innovative practices into traditional UNICEF programming and to look for sustainable opportunities to launch projects with significant T4D components that are designed, supported, rolled out and maintained in partnership with the Government of South Africa and CSOs.

To see the full advert and how to apply please follow the link: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=533214

This notice will also appear on http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/, http://www.unicef.org/southafricaUN Job List, UN Jobs.

2) Fixed Term Appointment – Early Childhood Development Officer, NOB, Pretoria, South Africa, Post# 113841 – (Open to South African Nationals Only)

How can you make a difference? 

The ECD Officer reports to the Education Manager (Early Childhood Development) for supervision. The Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for early childhood development programmes/projects with a focus on early learning and development through play-based early learning approaches within the Country Programme from development planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative program tasks.

To see the full advert and how to apply please follow the link: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=533211.

This notice will also appear on http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/, http://www.unicef.org/southafricaUN Job List, UN Jobs

Both vacancy announcements will close by 10 August 2020.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only complete applications as indicated in the VA will be reviewed.

We invite you to watch a short video on the system on how to apply:

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.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at:  http://www.whed.net

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

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