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Internship - Innovation Unit

08/03/2019

Internship - Innovation Unit, 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 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, results

The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the start-up thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.

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 also 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?

As a UNICEF Innovation Intern you will get to work on a specific project of strategic value to the team. You'll get to present your ideas and outputs. You'll also receive mentoring and career advice from members of the multidisciplinary team and importantly, have a fun and inspiring internship experience.

Your assignment will include: 

Innovation business expansion 

  • Support the development of a national strategy for sourcing and deal-flow for the Innovation Fund and opportunities within the UNICEF Country Programme that could benefit from collaborations with the start-up ecosystem;
  • Mapping relevant stakeholders including media partners from the entrepreneurial and technological ecosystems; Mapping relevant start-ups that the UNICEF Innovation Fund can invest in;
  • Assist to develop communications assets and plans for the Innovation Fund at the national level including translate English materials to Chinese;
  • Organise and coordinate info-sessions for interested start-ups to explain them about our criteria of investment;
  • Support possible in-bound/out-bound innovation business missions.
     

Thematic research

  • Desk research on the development, application and opportunities of various frontier technologies;
  • Scouting research on emerging trend of innovation and related development in China.
     

Other tasks

  • Join calls and meetings. Prepare meeting minutes;
  • Join innovation related conferences and events.
     

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

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

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

If you recognise yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, please apply online through www.unicef.org/employ(requisition #520449). The deadline for receipt of applications is 17 March 2019. Documents with personal details, references, insurance declaration will be collected later from selected interns.

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