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Intern to support Innovation Team


United Nations Children's Fund is seeking

An Intern to support Innovation Team, Beijing, China

12-16 weeks (August to 30 November 2018)

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

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.

Key responsibilities

Innovation business expansion (50%)

  • 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 (45%)

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

Others (5%)

  • May join concalls and meetings. Prepare meeting minutes;
  • May join innovation related conferences and events.


  • Must be enrolled in a university or graduated within a year. Postgraduate and MBA candidates desired. 
  • Fluency in English and Chinese is required and will be tested.
  • 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.

Do you have?

  • 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

If you recognise yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, please review the full Terms of Reference attached and send a cover letter and CV in English (bilingual versions are also accepted) to beijinghr@unicef.org, or apply online through www.unicef.org/employ (requisition 514408). The deadline for the receipt of applications is 23 July 2018.In the cover letter, please include your intended starting date and internship duration. Documents with personal details, references, insurance declaration will also be collected from selected interns.

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