Consultancy - UPSHIFT Scale, Office of Innovation, Home-based, part-time (23 days)

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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).



UPSHIFT is a UNICEF global solution within the Youth Innovation portfolio. It combines some of the leading approaches to youth and adolescent development, social innovation, and entrepreneurship, to empower young people to become social innovators and entrepreneurs. Anchored in Human Centered Design, UPSHIFT is built on cutting-edge experiential learning approaches to help young people develop the transferable skills and entrepreneurial mindsets they need to shape their future in a fast-changing environment and be successful in a dynamic labor market. UPSHIFT is operational in 46 countries is on track to reach 3 million young people by the end of 2022 and a total of 15 million by 2025.

India CO launched UPSHIFT as a pilot in over 5,000 schools in Telangana state in a 2020-2022 pilot. To reach this level of scale, UNICEF and its partners developed a digital planform, UNISOLVE. The UPSHIFT journey delivered through UNISOLVE is adapted to seamlessly integrate into school systems, making it easy for teachers to implement and for adolescents and youth to experience. It consists of a 20-25 hours blended course that runs over a six-week period, creating maximum results in a short amount of time. The UPSHIFT rollout was a strong success triggering interest in other states with UPSHIFT is now on track to launch in 25,680 three additional schools in the states Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh by the end of 2022 and a further 3 states are interested to launch in 2023.

In addition to state authorities several national stakeholders have manifested a strong interest in UPSHIFT as well as the possibilities to have several delivery mechanisms through UNISOLVE, other platforms and face to face delivery providing many opportunities to substantially accelerate the delivery of results for children

To meet this challenge, the Office of Innovation is seeking a consultant to help develop a multi-modal, multi-stakeholder UPSHIFT national scaling strategy for India and an associated concept note.

How can you make a difference?

This role will be responsible for the leading the research, conceptualization and delivery of a multi-stakeholder workshop to build a high level strategy of a multi-modal, multi-partner UPSHIFT national scale to accelerate the delivery of results for adolescents and young people. The role will also entail developing an associated concept note and associated pitch deck.

Main deliverables:

Under the supervision of the UPSHIFT Global lead and in close coordination with the Chief Generation Unlimited India the consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Develop and deliver a design workshop for YuWaah / UNICEF and partners to scope our opportunities to scale UPSHIFT through different delivery mechanisms and partnerships.
  • Develop a concept note for UPSHIFT scale in India which outlines the potential partnerships and associated delivery mechanisms (Face to Face, UNISOLVE, …) as well as high level roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders including the Office of Innovation. The concept note (5-8 pages) will be a high vision which will include key milestones but will not include a costing section.
  • Develop a pitch deck based on a design format provided by UNICEF.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in education, social science, innovation, leadership, or other relevant fields. *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 8 years of relevant professional experience in a relevant field, such as innovation, education, or skills building.
  • Experience in UPSHIFT adaptation, scale or implementation is essential with strong preference to regional experience.
  • Experience in multi stakeholder proposal writing is essential.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

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 Core Competencies

  • Communication (verbal and written) (L 2)
  • Working with People (L 2)
  • Drive for Results (L 1)

UNICEF Functional Competencies

  • Deciding and Initiating Action (L 1)
  • Relating and networking (L 1)
  • Persuading and Influencing (L 2)
  • Learning and Researching (L 2)
  • Creating and Innovating (L 2)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (L 1)
  • Planning and Organising (L 1)
  • Adapting and Responding to Change (L 2)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (L 1)

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

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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