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13 Aug 2019

Innovations Advisor

Job Description




Job categories                 Programme Management

Vacancy code                  VA/2019/B5004/18352

Level                                  ICS-12

Department/office         NYSC, SDC, Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio

Duty station                    Home based

Contract type                 International ICA

Contract level                 IICA-4

Duration                         Open-ended, subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance

Background Information – Job-specific

Global Pulse is a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data. Its vision is a future in which big data and AI are harnessed and used responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. To this end, Global Pulse will work to promote awareness of the opportunities Big Data presents for sustainable development and humanitarian action, forge public-private data sharing partnerships, generate high-impact analytical tools and approaches through its network of Pulse Labs, and drive broad adoption of useful innovations across the UN System.Global Pulse implements data innovation programs through its Pulse Labs to provide UN and development partners with access to the data, tools and expertise required to discover new uses of big data and AI for development. Global Pulse develops policies, toolkits, applications and platforms to improve data-driven decision-making and support the evaluation of promising solutions.

 Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Director, the consultant will execute the following duties:

  • Coordinate the development, testing and deployment of technology tools based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to advance sustainable development and humanitarian assistance with partner agencies in the Global South (including locations categorized as E hardship category by the International Civil Service Commission);
  • Coordinate the implementation of data innovation projects by Global Pulse and partners, including design, implementation at pilot and large scale with partners in different countries (including locations categorized as hardship duty stations by the International Civil Service Commission);
  • Provide technical inputs for policy formulation towards building a regulatory environment for sustainable access and use of digital data and AI to advance the SDGs;
  • Support the definition and adoption of ethical frameworks and application of common set of principles regarding for the use of big data and for good at national, regional and global levels;
  • Build and maintain strong networks with experts, participants of relevant communities of practice, civil society, private sector, academia, UN country offices and HQ and Member states to support driving the big data for development, AI for good and data philanthropy movements;
  • Maintain a dialogue with stakeholders working on frontier technologies and support outreach of Global Pulse and advocate for the use of big data and AI for good with production of knowledge products, dissemination of project outputs, presentation at conferences and workshops, representing UN Global Pulse at international relevant forums;
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts to advance Global Pulse’s strategy with identification of funding opportunities, supporting definition of new proposals and maintaining dialogue with potential donors.
  • Contribute to the overarching strategy and direction of UN Global Pulse and support the implementation of activities and programmes of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.
 Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advance university degree in International Relations, Political Science, Social Sciences, Economics or related fields. A first level degree may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree with an additional two years of experience.


  • At least 10 years of professional experience as manager of innovation programmes and analyst for development practice and humanitarian assistance is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and resource mobilization is required;
  • Experience working with the UN system in both development and humanitarian practice with experience living and working in developing countries is required (including duty stations with E hardship category);
  • Familiarity with data analysis and big data practice is desirable;
  • Experience managing and working with cross-cultural setting is an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience working in multidisciplinary projects between data/science/technology and development/policy/humanitarian response is an asset;
  • Experience and good knowledge of developing country work environments and communication styles is an asset;
  • Experience with working on distributed, international teams, and familiarity with using technology platforms.


  • Fluency in English (written and oral) is required, and knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
 Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICAContract level: IICA-4/ ICSC-12
Contract duration:Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

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 Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC)

Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.

The SDC’s services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.

The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

How to Apply

  • Application period       29-Jul-2019 to 19-Aug-2019
  • Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

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