Consultancy: Startup Ecosystem Consultant, DPG Alliance (remote, 4 months with possibility of extension) [closes 31 May 2021]

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Consultancy: Startup Ecosystem Consultant, DPG Alliance, remote, 4 months with possibility of extension

About position

We are seeking a consultant to support developing testing and packaging a guide for accelerators supporting Digital Public Goods. This work will help curate lessons learned across the ten countries to inform a global approach to engaging startup ecosystems in creating and contributing to DPGs

The Office of Innovation currently co-hosts the Secretariat for the Digital Public Goods Alliance. Digital Public Goods are defined as open source software, open data, open AI models, open standards and open content that adhere to privacy and other applicable best practices, do no harm and are of high relevance for attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Digital Public Goods Alliance is focusing its efforts on increasing access to digital solutions that could either help the COVID-19 response directly or support the communities and governments to adapt to the new changes that the outbreak has imposed on daily life. These solutions could include but are not limited to:

  • Digital Health Solutions such as- Community Health Worker tools, services monitoring tools etc
  • Remote learning platforms and content
  • Digital Skills and employment
  • Financial services such as peer-to-peer payments, and government-to-person (G2P) payments


  • Develop a detailed guide for accelerator program managers with content and tools that can easily be integrated into acceleration programs for tailored support to DPGs
  • Review existing startup mentorship and technical assistance content and material particularly those developed by the UNICEF Venture Fund and DPG focused acceleration programs
  • Develop a detailed outline of the accelerator guide defining the key tools and resources of each section
  • Draft a first version of the DPG Accelerator Guide for internal review and integrate feedback and input from internal audiences
  • Document and input relevant experiments across the 10 DPG Pathfinding pilots into the draft guide
  • Develop a clear documentation for the DPG Accelerator Guide on GitHub
  • Facilitate the announcement of the DPG Accelerator Guide by coordinating with the communications team of OOI and the DPGA secretariat
  • Provide community management support to the GitHub repositories of the DPG Accelerator Guide and Operational Toolkit
  • Facilitate and manage contributions to each guide
  • Provide technical guidance to DPG Pathfinding pilots on strategies to engage the startup ecosystem in the DPG work
  • Participate in technical planning discussions with the UNICEF Country Offices and their Government counterparts and input to leveraging existing opportunities to engage and strengthen local communities
  • Support designing events and communication materials to engage startup communities to leverage, contribute to and create DPGs


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in entrepreneurship, macroeconomics, business or public policy, or related areas.
    • 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 of five years of relevant professional experience.
  • Experience in creating toolkits and designing and delivering support programs, ideally within or for startup accelerators
  • Experience in Open Source technology related partnerships and engagements, project management and entrepreneurship ecosystems



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

The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this 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 by:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly – anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach – in a traditionally risk-averse field – to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
  • Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.

The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new financial tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs - and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.


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