UNICEF Ventures explores frontier technologies, and how they could be used to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. The team sees blockchain technology as having benefits in three main ways: new ways of mobilizing resources, creating better transparency in processes, and applications in UNICEF’s programme work in education, identity, healthcare and more.
To understand the technical, social, ethical, and legal challenges of utilizing blockchain technologies in our complex and interconnected world, the team is undertaking a set of explorations and learnings. The team is particularly focused on experiments with cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, digital collectibles, off-chain and low bandwidth, accessible and alternative users, and various types of tokens.
How can you make a difference?
You’ll be part of a blockchain team that builds prototypes and supports startups and UNICEF country offices in their own exploration of the technology.
You will work with a cross-functional team to build applications to help solve large challenges. You should have some blockchain experience, but more importantly, you should be familiar with building intuitive user interfaces for diverse user groups. You should understand the particular considerations of building web3 applications (managing private keys, network latency, transaction costs, etc.).
Your main responsibilities will be:
- – Lead development and maintenance of the Juniper Product Suite across deployments – front end, back end, blockchain code and deployments. Work closely with blockchain lead, other developers, designers within the Office of Innovation.
- Ensuring open-source guidelines are available for all features added to the Juniper Product Suite.
- Lead the development and deployment of various blockchain related prototypes (NFTs, DAOs, future token standards, De-Fi / Staking etc.) including determining the operational feasibility, contributing to prototypes, and managing and configuring the technical environments.
- Demonstrating solutions by developing documentation, flowcharts, diagrams, etc. for other developers and stakeholders (internal and external).
- Provide specialized technical guidance to the blockchain startups specifically supporting and developing software engineers and assessing and addressing technical needs in their product development.
- Provide technical guidance to Innovation Fund team across projects
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in computer science, engineering 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.
- A minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience in developing applications, preference given to open-source and blockchain projects
- Strong development capabilities with programming languages and frameworks such as React JS, Node JS, ES6, TypeScript to build full-stack mobile and web applications
- Familiarity with Git
- Experience setting up DevOps environments with Rancher, Docker, Kubernetes, NGINX etc.
- Extensive experience with system integration, interface design, API development
- Strong understanding and experience with Ethereum, ETH L2 solutions, Gas optimizations, Smart Contract security etc.
- Experience with various blockchain platforms; can quickly learn new tooling systems and platforms such as Bitcoin, Truffle, Solidity, Infura, GoLang, web3.js, ether.js, bitcoinjs-lib, etc.
- Experience working with large sets of data and databases (e.g. SQL, noSQL, blockchains, etc.)
- Strong grasp on architectural best practices; specifically, knowledge in parallelization, and distributed systems design is desired
- Familiarity and practical experience with implementing security requirements (e.g. OWASP, Consensys smart contract best practices)
- Experience working with Solidity smart contracts from Open Zeppelin, Compound, Gnosis, and other open source blockchain projects
- Knowledge of the environment in which UNICEF operates, and understanding the constraints of working in a developing-world environment. This should include experience developing low-bandwidth applications in challenging work environments.
- Ability to align technical goals with UNICEF strategic goals — that always will mean UNICEF’s mission over any particular technology
- Willingness to travel (sometimes on short notice) and develop software in the field, directly with end-users
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
Payment details and further considerations
- Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
- Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance
- Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
The competencies required for this post are
- Applying Technical Expertise – Lv 3
- Creating and Innovating – Lv 3
- Deciding and Initiating Action – Lv 2
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
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 conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.