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South Sudan (Republic of): Technology for Development Consultant

04.08.2013 · Posted in NGO / Non Profit Jobs

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: South Sudan (Republic of)
Closing date: 14 Apr 2013

Consultancy assignment
UNICEF South Sudan Country Office:

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), South Sudan Country Office, is seeking to hire a qualified consultant to provide technical assistance in the area of Technology for Development (T4D) in South Sudan. It aims to strengthen and ensure successful application of T4D into both existing and new programming. Documented processes, frameworks and lessons learned during the consultancy will feed into the development of context-specific T4D tools and future scale-up of T4D and innovation efforts in South Sudan.

Duty station: Juba
Reporting to: Technology for Development Specialist under Strategic Communication Section
Duration of Contract: 7 Months (28 weeks).
Fees Level: Corresponding to L3 – Please indicate your expected monthly fee for providing the services of the above assignment, providing justification where possible.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Technical oversight and coordination of UNICEF South Sudan T4D initiatives

TheT4D coordinator will work closely with programme colleagues, including the Section Focal Points, Donor specialist, IT section and CD4 Specialist at the South Sudan CO , and local and international developers, to ensure that partner relationships are forged and maintained, programmatic goals are met in a timely manner and mechanisms for sustainability developed and addressed.

Specific responsibilities include;

• Lead the piloting and eventual scale-up of RapidFTR, a tool to support improved effectiveness and efficiency of the Family Tracing and Reunification process for unaccompanied and separated minors, in coordination with the Child Protection section and designated Child Protection partners.
• Lead the scale-up of U-report South Sudan, a platform that uses SMS and other communication channels to engage youth in decision making and advocacy for development, in coordination with the Youth LEAD project team and designated partners.
• Lead the Connect. Teaching project, an initiative to identify and develop Information and Communication Technology tools for teachers to support improved teaching and learning in targeted states of South Sudan, in coordination with the Education section and designated partners
• Lead the design and launch of South Sudan Innovation Lab.
• Co-Lead the ICT4D Task Force, a coordination group comprising members of the Government, Civil Society, Academia, Private Sector, and the international community
• Identify opportunities for resource mobilization and new partnerships, and lead proposal & partnership development efforts on behalf of Innovation Unit


  1. Monthly reports on progress made on the specific tasks as outlined above.

  2. Comprehensive program documentation for all T4D and Innovation initiatives

  3. Oversight and capacity building provided to all implementing partners on T4D and Innovation initiatives

  4. At least one e-publication per focus area/initiative, documenting lessons learned and identifying opportunities for scaling of T4D and Innovation work

  5. Innovation Lab strategy completed and lab launched.

  6. Final consolidated report on the activities undertaken, lessons learnt and recommendations for scale-up.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

• Advanced degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Social Sciences in international development, Project management, Information Technology and Communication
• At least 5 years of experience at national and/or international level in the field of communications, monitoring and evaluation, development and/or humanitarian assistance.
• At least 5 years of experience in participatory project design and training methodologies

Competencies required:

• Demonstrated experiences in project management with particular focus on technology for development, in the areas of data, mobiles, and open source
• Demonstrated advocacy, communications and networking skills
• Experience in managing and capacity building of technical partners
• Experience in working with software programmers
• Experience in budgeting and coordinating large scale projects
• Needs identification, and measuring improvements in project coverage and uptake, geographic expansion, etc.
• Good oral and written presentation skills
• Proven capacity to work with and lead collaborative teams across different locations and with different technical skills
• Work experience in Africa, particularly in South Sudan is preferred.
• Experience in key UNICEF programmatic areas, including health and nutrition, child survival, livelihoods and education would be an asset

How to apply:

Submission of Applications:

Applications will be considered only if accompanied by an updated CV and completed United Nations Personal History (P-11) form, as well as the two most recent performance appraisals or performance evaluation reports to: UNICEF South Sudan Country Office, Human Resources Unit via email:

A blank UN Personal History Form (P11) in MS Word format is attached. All applications are treated with strict confidentiality.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 14th April 2013.

UNICEF is a smoke-free environment.

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 our organization.

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