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Innovation Intern

16/10/2018

United Nations Children's Fund is seeking an

Innovation Intern, Beijing, China
 

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

The UNICEF Innovation Fund has been designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify “clusters” or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology – so that UNICEF can both shape markets and learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children. We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. We find these solutions clustered around $100 billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: blockchain, UAVs, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, nano-satellites and human dynamics.

How can you make a difference?

We are looking for an intern to support our team with innovation business expansion and thematic research. The responsibilities will include:

  • Support in the development of a national strategy for sourcing and deal-flow for the Innovation Fund and opportunities within UNICEF China that could benefit from collaboration with start-ups;
  • Map stakeholders including media partners from entrepreneurial and technological ecosystems;
  • Map start-ups that the UNICEF Innovation Fund can invest in;
  • Assist in developing communications assets and plans for the Innovation Fund at the national level including translating English materials to Chinese;
  • Organise and coordinate info-sessions for interested start-ups to explain them about our criteria of investment;
  • Support in-bound and out-bound innovation business missions;
  • Conduct desk research on the development, application and opportunities of various frontier technologies;
  • Scout research on emerging trend of innovation and related development in China;
  • Join innovation related conferences, events and calls, and help with the administration of those.
     

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

  • Enrolled in a university or graduated within a year. Postgraduate and MBA candidates preferred. 
  • Fluency in English and Chinese.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the Chinese business context and ecosystem.
  • Experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, in a local start-up or investment organisation is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
     

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • Respect for UNICEF's core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, and Integrity
  • A drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work
  • Strong interpersonal and team working skills and capacity to work in a multicultural environment
     

Duration and Conditions: The internship will run for six months from November 2018 to April 2019. We would expect you to be available to work from the UNICEF Beijing office on 3-4 days per week but will be flexible to enable the concurrent continuation of studies. This internship does not come with a monthly salary but will offer a unique opportunity to make a difference and to get a first-hand experience in UNICEF's work to identify, prototype, and scale technologies and practices that strengthen our work for children around the world.

If you recognise yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, please review the full Terms of Reference through this link and send a Cover Letter and CV to beijinghr@unicef.org, or apply online through www.unicef.org/employ (requisition 516960). The deadline for receipt of applications is 28 Oct. 2018.Documents with personal details, references, insurance declaration will be collected from ed interns.

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