Consultancy: Drones (UAVs/UAS/RPAs) Technical Specialist, 5 months, Remote, Office of Innovation – sUAS News

UNICEF is working in some of the most difficult places in the world to reach the most disadvantaged children in the world. To save their lives. To assert their rights. To help them realize their potential.

In 190 countries and territories we work for every child, everywhere, every day to build a better world for all.

And we never give up.

For every child innovation…

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovation for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support the realization of children’s rights are crucial to improving their lives.

The Innovation Office is a creative, interactive and agile UNICEF team. We sit at a unique crossroads where an organization working on huge global challenges meets the thinking of startups, technologies and partners that turn that energy into scalable solutions.

UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly, those who are disconnected or underserved) with decision-makers and with each other to implement informed, relevant, and sustainable programs that build a better, stronger future for children.
  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach – in a traditionally unfavorable area – to take advantage of rapidly evolving innovations and apply them to meet the needs of all children.
  • Creating new partnership models that leverage the core values ​​of business in the public, private and academic sectors to achieve fast and lasting results for children.

The Office of Innovation is specifically committed to building partnerships around frontier technologies (such as drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technology, new banking tools, wearables and sensors or 3D printing) that exist at the crossroads of business markets at $ 100 billion. and 1 billion people need – and determine how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.

How can you make a difference?

In the coming years, drones will be fully integrated into commercial airspace. Will we be ready? How can we use these new technologies to help children? UNICEF Innovation looks to the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs / S, RPA) for humanitarian response and development. Although this is a new technology, their potential use in images, communications and transport situations will be integral. Drones can be useful, for example, in floods in humanitarian situations and flooding refugees, providing communication with remote areas and transporting important medical supplies to hard-to-reach places.

UNICEF has identified drone technology and drone-based services as a means of strengthening and improving its work on health and the sustainability of society. The Office of Innovation, in collaboration with the UNICEF ICT Directorate, is supporting the organization to better understand these opportunities, address key considerations for the use of drones and develop a practical way for UNICEF to use this technology globally to protect and promote children’s rights.

UNICEF has set up implementation centers to test drones for humanitarian and developmental applications. These centers provide new platforms for data collection, stakeholder engagement and youth capacity building.

Through the UNICEF Venture Fund, UNICEF has invested in six drone startups that develop open source software and hardware solutions to support the use of ALS in humanitarian cases. These initial investments for entrepreneurs will accelerate the development of digital public goods in the drone technology sector. These digital public goods can be either designs and plans to create low-cost and durable drones to deliver medical supplies under an open source license, or open source algorithms to model rainfall and flooding that help better identify pets. at risk. In collaboration with DPG Alliance, UNICEF has launched a set of open source tools to make drone-related software, data, design and content more accessible.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  1. Develop and maintain the Drones for SDGs suite of tools, including increasing available open resources, promoting its internal and external use, and identifying gaps.
  2. Support for the UNICEF Working Group on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, consisting of participants in UNICEF programs, offices and units; and with the global, regional and national offices – to integrate the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) in the use of delivery, imaging and connectivity, where it is more reasonable to support the UNICEF mission.
  3. Develop a system to collect and make available the results and lessons learned from the use of UNICEF drones, and to map opportunities at the country level to expand applications in the organization.
  4. Provide technical assistance to current venture fund projects and portfolios.
  5. In coordination with the ICTD and the Office of Innovation, the team builds and maintains partnerships with interagency organizations, NGOs, and the private sector, including on the use of ALS in development and humanitarian missions.

To qualify as a protector of every child, you will have …

  • Higher university degree (master’s degree or higher) in engineering, physics, aeronautics, business administration or other relevant fields.

* A first university degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be taken instead of a higher university degree.

For each child you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values ​​are care, respect, honesty, trust and responsibility (CRITA) and basic skills in communication, people and pursuit of results.

Competencies required for this position:

  • Application of technical expertise – 2
  • Analyzing – 2
  • Creation and Innovation – 2
  • Entrepreneurial thinking – 2

To view our competency database, visit here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion in its workforce, and encourages all candidates, regardless of gender, nationality, religion or ethnicity, including people with disabilities, to apply to become part of the organization.

UNICEF pursues a policy of zero tolerance for behavior that is incompatible with the goals and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of power and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict principles of child protection. It is expected that all selected candidates will adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous scrutiny of references and references. Certificate checks will include a check of academic credentials and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information for the screening.

Payment details and further considerations

  • Monthly payment based on monthly tasks and progress reports approved after monthly review with the supervisor.
  • The consultant is responsible for their own health and travel insurance
  • The consultant is eligible for a standard DSA for all work-related travel


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and proceeded to the next stage of selection.

Persons employed under an advisory or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” in accordance with UN Regulations and Rules and UNICEF policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to the benefits provided therein (such as the right to leave and health insurance). ). Their terms of service will be governed by their contract and the General Terms and Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for paying any taxes and / or fees in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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