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UNICEF seeks to recruit a technology for development officer,(NO-2), Harare, Zimbabwe (2 year fixed term contract)

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UNICEF seeks to recruit a technology for development officer,(NO-2), Harare, Zimbabwe (2 year fixed term contract)


Job no : 516994
Work type : Fixed Term Staff
Categories : Information Communication Technology, NO-2, Knowledge Management, Innovation
Applications close : South Africa Standard Time
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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

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

And we never give up.


For every child, an opportunity

UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights. We work closely with the Government of Zimbabwe, with whom we have signed a Basic Cooperation Agreement, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), sister agencies of the United Nations, and the private sector to deliver much-needed assistance to children and women.

The current UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation (2016-2020) aims to support Zimbabwe to sustain and build upon the gains achieved for children during the 2012-2015 Country Programme of Cooperation. The programme focuses on improving the quality of social services, increasing access to services, and helping to build national and sub-national capacities to provide low-cost, high-impact interventions for all children, especially the most vulnerable.


How can you make a difference?

In Country Programme Document (CPD) 2016-2020, identification and promotion of innovations and Technology for Development (T4D) were identified as key priority areas. This was reinforced when the office carried out a skill mapping exercise as part of Mid Term Review (MTR) process where Technology for Development (T4D) was identified as one key area to support programme delivery.  The ICT Section will be leading Technology for Development (T4D) and Innovations functions in the country office in collaboration with programme Sections. Therefore, based on the established policies and guidelines, the purpose of the incumbent role is to lead Technology for Development (T4D) and innovations functions at the Zimbabwe country office, assisting program and operations Sections to deliver results for children.

Summary of the key functions and accountabilities include :

  1. Contribute to developing and implementing the T4D and innovations strategy ;
  2. Implement T4D and innovation initiatives for programme effectiveness and Operational efficiency and effectiveness ;
  3. Collaboration and build relationships ;
  4. Programme support ;
  5. Contract and Project management ;
  6. User support and training.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A university degree in information technology, software engineering, telecommunication engineering, electronic engineering, computer science or business administration is required ;
  • A minimum of two years of experience in implementing technological solutions is required ;
  • Experience in system design and software development preferably in open source platforms ;
  • Experience with ICT hardware, smart devices, mobile phones and web-based technologies available in Africa region, particularly designing or deploying tools appropriate to low-bandwidth or sub-standard infrastructure environments ;
  • Experience in mobile platforms and emerging technologies are highly desirable ;
  • Certification and/or proven experience in one of these several ICT technical competencies: Software Engineering and Programming, ICT Project Management, Business Analytics, Information Security, ICT Audit and Risk Management, Telecommunications ;
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are: Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Formulating Strategies and Concepts & Planning and Organizing

View our competency framework at :

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment including sexual harassment and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Remarks :

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

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