- Develop the design strategy for the Office of Innovation and an implementation plan.
- Review best practice in the social innovation space and capture lessons learned
- In close collaboration with management team, propose a strategy, including resource needs
- Design a monitoring plan to assess strategy and review its progress on ongoing basis
- Develop a project plan and execute start-up phase of the strategy
- Set-up a pool of design talent for the Office of Innovation, including through staffing, consultants, vendors etc
- Identify human capacity and talent needs in design and support related recruitment processes
- Develop a design consultant pool
- Support technical assistance team managing Global HCD LTAs and other recruiting/resourcing solutions
- Work with other HCD focal points on the PCS team to develop OOI briefing session + supporting materials
- Conceptualize and run a recorded HCD LTA focused webinar that showcases 1) how they can be used and 2) gets vendors to talk about their expertise
- Advise on, explore and test HCD office hours with other HCD focal points and potentially with LTA vendors
- Provide guidance to select priority initiatives across the Office of Innovation.
- In close collaboration with management team, identify priority initiatives and allocate appropriate design resources (including for direct support)
- Provide direct design-related guidance for select initiatives
- This could include facilitating ideation, validation and strategy sessions, structuring sprint exercise that can be piloted and templatize; user testing and prototyping of technical explorations; evaluating effectiveness of platforms.
- Provide technical guidance to design resources within the Office of Innovation.
- Develop and oversee execution of relevant technical standards for design
- Provide mentorship and knowledge sharing among team members with design-related responsibilities
- Identify needs for technical design programmes and tools and facilitate access
- Engage in relevant planning processes and externally in relevant fora to represent the OOI on design.
- Identify opportunities for and contribute to documentation, communications and external engagement on OOI’s design work
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- Level: P-3
- Location: Sweden
The Office of Innovation (OoI) works to catalyze UNICEF’s and all its partners’ expertise and resources against key children-outcomes bottlenecks, with a view to continuously ideate and scale the most effective solutions with transformational potential at scale to achieve the child-related SDGs.
The office is doing this by continuously exploring new ways of accelerating results for children, investing across a range of early-stage open source solutions, and harnessing internal and external expertise towards continuously iterating and fine-tuning the most promising solutions for children through a systematic portfolio management approach, and leveraging all stakeholders’ innovation energy, know-how and resources from intergovernmental, multilateral, private sector and non-governmental fora (think tank, academia).
Deliverables and key tasks detailed further below. Role expected to work from new office location in Stockholm, Sweden. Relocation assistance available.
To qualify you need:
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in communication strategy, design strategy, media design, digital and print design, service design, systems design or related – and proven experience in translating complex ideas into unified storytelling visuals.
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in interaction design, product design, human-computer interaction, information design and information architecture or other relevant field.
- 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.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
Skills and background needed:
- Experience with leading creative teams on multiple projects of varying degrees and timelines and managing design resources and capacity.
- Experience in developing design-related strategies and approaches, including defining staffing needs and developing teams and building capacity.
- Experience in independently managing and following through multiple projects and teams simultaneously, including establishment of systems to manage competing demands.
- Technical knowledge of digital public goods and open source solutions and of specific design challenges related to prototyping and piloting frontier technology solutions and in low-resource settings.
- A portfolio which exemplifies strong work for both print and web, which shows both strong research, processes and attention to detail.
- Design skills across the print and digital spectrum and professional-level knowledge of design platforms like Adobe Creative Suite.
- Knowledge of capabilities and limitations of web and mobile technologies and experience that extends beyond-screen based designs.
- Experience working in complex, resource poor contexts is a plus
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.