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Unicef Temporary Assignment Of Duty

The Market, Supplier Finance and Innovation Centre (MSFIC) at Supply Division is looking for a person with technical knowledge within Health Technology as well as the project management skills to drive individual Product Innovation Projects (PIPs). The Innovation Specialist (Health Technology) will apply specialized technical knowledge and, in collaboration with counterparts in UNICEF field offices and Programme Division, help evolve the strategy for Product Innovation within Health Technologies and initiate, scope and manage PIPs with the goal to enable the procurement of fit for purpose, end-user driven products to be used UNICEF’s programmes and emergencies.

Innovation Specialist (Health Technology), P-3, Temporary Appointment (364 days) in MSFIC, UNICEF Supply Division, CPH, Denmark

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, dignity The Product Innovation Manager (Emerging Challenges and Accessibility) applies specialized product, programmatic and partnership knowledge, and in collaboration with counterparts in UNICEF field offices and Divisions, manages and drives product innovation projects forward with the goal to enable the procurement of new, fit for purpose, end-user driven innovative technologies to be used UNICEF's programmes and emergencies. The particular focus the Innovation Manager is on accelerating the development of new water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Education, and Accessibility products.

How can you make a difference?

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

  1. Manage UNICEF’s Health Technology product innovation projects including general project management as well as documenting and communicating developments to management and the innovation review board.
  2. Manage the various steps of product innovation including user needs research, market research, communication with developers, field trials, impact and cost effectiveness analysis and scale. Contribute to fundraising activities and driving proposal development to enable product innovation within the Health Technology space.
  3. In collaboration with UNICEF Programme Division, Regional Advisors, Country offices and other key partners, drive the development of Target Product Profiles (TPPs), technical specifications and terms of references (TORs) as basis for driving product innovation and subsequent procurement of relevant products.
  4. Ensure strong connection between MSFIC, and Health Technology Centre (HTC) within Supply Division, and the communities of practice within Health globally, with particular focus on UNICEF Programme Division, regional and country offices.
  5. Create tools and framework to optimize and document best practices for driving product innovation within the Health Technology space.
  6. Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.


  1. Advancement of existing and inclusion of new PIPs within the Health Technology space. (NB. PIPs can range from point of care, invitro diagnostics, through to pneumonia diagnostic aids, immunization delivery products through to cold chain innovations. See for a full list of existing PIPs )
  2. Interagency collaboration in development of TPPs, specifications and standards for innovative products and technologies.
  3. Timely technical contributions to introduction of new and/or innovative technologies in programmes, including communication, monitoring and evaluation, and review of fit for purpose.
  4. New products and technologies successfully integrated into UNICEF Health programmes as well as supporting emergency response. Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration with relevant stake holders (WHO, PAHO, USAID, BMGF etc.)

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


A completed advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in one of the following areas: Public Health, Policy, Nursing, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Device Engineering, or a field relevant to Health Technology.


A completed 1st university degree (Bachelor’s degree) and 7 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced degree (Master’s).

Additional training or courses in product development, project management or Public Health, would be an asset.


  • Minimum five (5) years of progressive relevant professional experience in development or scaling Health Product Innovations.
  • International working experience in a low resource setting is an asset.
  • Experience in management of product innovation projects in Health Technology is highly desirable.
  • Experience in conducting user needs assessments is highly desirable.
  • Experience in conducting Field Trials/end user assessments of innovations is highly desirable.
  • Experience in development of TORs, technical specification and/or Target Product Profiles is highly desirable.
  • Experience managing virtual teams is an asset.
  • Experience in market research is considered an asset.
  • Maternal and child health and nutrition knowledge and experience is an asset.
  • Experience working with international humanitarian organizations (UN, NGO and in field locations) is considered an asset.

Proficiency in English. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

In addition, the following functional competencies will be required for these positions:
  • Planning and Organizing (II)
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (II)
  • Analyzing (I)

To view our competency framework, please click here:


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
The closing date of this position is 25 January 2018.

Please be informed that all applications to UNICEF are handled via UNICEF's online recruiting system. You can apply to the above position by creating your profile, and application at our web site:  Kindly note that all applications should be in English and that applications outside of the online recruiting system will not be accepted. Kindly also note that diversity and gender balance are factors in the selection process. 

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What we offer


We offer a dynamic and multi-cultural environment in the humanitarian and development field.

Work at UNICEF offers opportunities for personal and professional growth.

We offer programs for young professionals to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work: the Internship programme, New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) Programme, Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme and UN Volunteers (UNV)​. A variety of tools such as training, coaching, mentoring, e-learning, stretch assignments, lateral reassignments and mobility exercises allow staff to expand their scope of experience and acquire new skills. Colleagues around the world will attest that this allows them to grow both professionally as well as personally. Finally, dedicated programs for senior managers ensure that we offer support for the organization's leadership.

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Staff contracts

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Fixed-Term or regular appointment – typically for a period of two years, renewable subject to the needs of the organization. You will be a UNICEF staff. Fixed-Term contracts can be issued in three categories of staff: International Professional, National Officer and General Service categories.

Temporary Appointment
Temporary appointments are time-limited appointments issued for less than one year to meet specific short-term requirements, including in response to emergencies. Temporary Appointments can be issued in all three categories of UNICEF staff. Staff members recruited under a temporary appointment modality receive full salary but slightly reduced benefits. Temporary Appointments can be issued in three categories of staff: International Professional, National Officer and General Service categories.

Non-staff contracts

UNICEF also hires individuals for consultancies to accomplish, within a specified period of time, a defined task for which the necessary expertise is not readily available within the organization.

All contract types are advertised centrally on the UNICEF vacancies page.

Opportunities for Young Professionals

UNICEF offers young professionals interested in pursuing a career in development an exceptional opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in UNICEF's work.

  • New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) is an entry point for young/mid-career professionals interested in an international career with UNICEF.​
  • Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme is an initiative which allows young professionals to acquire experience in the development field under the sponsorship of their respective governments.
  • The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible graduate students practical experience in UNICEF’s work.
  • UN Volunteers​ provides long terms volunteering opportunities in developing countries in UNICEF and throughout the UN System.
Compensation and Benefits

UNICEF has three staff categories: International Professional (IP), General Service (GS) and National Officer (NO) staff. Staff categories define the type of role staff have in the organization. All three categories of staff (IP, GS and NO) offer Temporary Appointment and Fixed-Term Appointment contracts. Staff on Temporary Appointment (TA) and Fixed-Term (FT) appointments will have the same base salaries while TA staff will receive slightly reduced benefits.

International Professional (IP)

In the Professional and higher categories, staff are normally recruited internationally. IP staff will receive a salary which is paid on the basis of a worldwide scale and benefits which take account of your dependents and the cost of living at the duty station. Learn more about base salaries, post adjustments and other benefits of IP staff here. The sites of the International Civil Service Commission , United Nations Common System and the United Nations Secretariat provide more information.​​

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General Service (GS)

Staff members in these categories are normally recruited and paid on a local basis. You will be paid a salary according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are reviewed periodically on the basis of comprehensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality. Learn more about tax exemption, allowances and benefits, holidays and leave, health insurance, and retirement pension of GS staff on the UN Careers website or the United Nations website.

[General Service Salary Scales][ 2017 GS Salary Scale ]

National Officer (NO) Staff

Staff members in this category are recruited and paid on a local basis. You will be paid a salary according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are reviewed periodically on the basis of comprehensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality. Learn more about tax exemption, allowances and benefits, holidays and leave, health insurance, and retirement pension for NO staff here.

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