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About UNICEF: Employment

Temporary Appointment: ICT Specialist (Technology For Development), P-4, UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa

If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.


UNICEF, the world’s leading organization working for the rights of children, seeks a temporary appointment for a ICT Specialist (Technology For Development), P-4, UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa


Please see Terms of Reference


a. Education:

Advanced University degree in Business, Information systems management, International Affairs, International Relations, International Development, Public Health or related field.  A combination of an advanced degree and practical experience in international development work and use of technology for development work may be substituted for the particular fields mentioned.

b. Work experience:  

8 -10 years’ experience identifying, designing and implementing solutions for large-scale projects with technical components – including supervising, consultants and software developers; responsibility for business analysis, budgets, contracts, project management and procurement, etc.

Experience in supporting and coordinating project activities across a large organization and with other international partner organizations.

Experience with ICT hardware, mobile phones and web-based technologies in Africa, particularly designing or deploying tools appropriate to low-bandwidth or sub-standard infrastructure environments.

- Experience in Open Source, mobile and emerging technology applied to public health is extremely desirable.

- Exposure to UNICEF programmatic areas including health, child protection and education.  Experience in applying technical solutions to address programmatic issues

-  It would be desirable if the individual had expert knowledge or significant interest in one or more of these areas: 

- The use of Technology in Developing contexts particularly in Africa
-  mHealth and eHealth
-  E-Government
-  Geographic Information systems and humanitarian response
-  Solar power solutions

c. Languages:
- Fluency in English is required, working knowledge of another UN working language is an added advantage.

-  Must have a hybrid background combining technical skills, strong conceptual ability to integrate the capabilities of available technology, the organizational needs and functions that technology must support.
-  Proven ability to interact diplomatically with high-level officials, as well as experience working directly with community-level partners.
-  Understand international development issues.
-  Ability to interact with people from different disciplines, and with varying degrees of technical experience.
-  Demonstrated skills in human relations and team building.
-  Must have strong skills in business analysis and technical project management. Good written and oral communication skills a must. Presentation skills are an advantage.
-  Capacity to extract user needs and formulate them into a concrete and clear set of requirements
-  Analyze  requirements and coordinate the development of prototypes (understanding constraints of working with various partners, but also the strengths of representing an international organization)
-  Basic understanding of set-up and administration of ICT services, networks and mobile services.
-  Knowledge of UNICEF’s ICT landscape an advantage.


Interested and suitable candidates should send their applications (Cover letter, P-11 which can be downloaded from the UNICEF Kenya website (https://www.unicef.org/kenya  ) and copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports (UN staff members), to: esarohrvacancies@unicef.org  on or before 04 February 2014.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.




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