Consultancy - Capacity Building Projects Coordinator, Office of Innovation, Stockholm, 6 months

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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 fulfill 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, innovate...

The Office of Innovation (OoI) works to catalyze UNICEF and partners’ expertise and resources to solve key challenges facing children and young people, with a view to sourcing, accelerating and scaling the most effective solutions to accelerate progress towards achieving the SDGs. To achieve this the Office of Innovation uses an innovation portfolio management approach and leverages support from a range of stakeholders including from intergovernmental, multilateral, private sector, young people and non-governmental fora (think tank, academia).

The Office of Innovation has developed an Innovation Capacity Building strategy that aims to build the innovation capacity of UNICEF country offices and global divisions. Under this strategy, the Office of Innovation will roll-out various initiatives which will focus on skilling staff, shifting culture, developing learning material and building communities – focused on innovation.

To that end, UNICEF’s Office of Innovation is seeking to hire a project coordinator who will assist in organizing ongoing Capacity Building projects. This task involves coordinating across the projects, organizing online and offline events and workshops, providing support to country offices, moderating online channels, and ensuring that projects are well-documented.

How can you make a difference?

The Innovation Projects Coordinator is expected to work across several capacity building projects. The successful candidate is expected to fulfill similar tasks across the different projects.

One of the main projects the successful candidate will be overseeing is an internal ideas incubator called Spark Incubator and Awards. The Spark Incubator was launched in September 2022 and is currently accepting applications from across UNICEF offices. Nine UNICEF teams will receive seed funding and coaching support. The nine team will compete during a high-level event to win three 150,000 USD awards.

Main responsibilities:

  1. Project Coordination: Act as the point of contact and communicate project status to all stakeholders. This will include liaising with UNICEF country offices, regional offices and OOI colleagues. Monitor project progress and handle any issues that arise.
  2. Event Organizing: Support the team with organizing the Spark Awards event, two in-person workshops with participants from around the globe and several online events.
  3. Online Community Building: Identify online community needs and recommend new topics. Monitor online channels’ engagement and prompt further engagement through sharing articles, internal resources, polling.
  4. Documentation: Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, plans and reports. Ensure SharePoint sites are up to date.
  5. Support: Provide remote technical support to country offices.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Business, or another relevant field. (Including Innovation, Social Sciences, Humanities, International Relations, Economics, Business or other relevant field) *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in coordinating projects and/or event management.
  • Experience in running global innovation challenges and/or working for startup incubators/accelerators, including the design of bootcamps, incubation and mentoring processes, including communication, multi-stakeholder engagement including private sector, and managing relations with those stakeholders.
  • Experience in content creation for online community building
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Documentation management and experience managing a SharePoint site is a plus.
  • Previous work experience with UN agencies is a plus.
  • Experience working in/with developing countries/emergency settings is a plus.
  • Experience in working with multiple countries and with multiple stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Payment details and further considerations

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance
  • Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel

Duration: full-time for 6 months with the possibility of extension based on performance, needs and available funding

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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