Innovative Solution Source Review Consultant, Office of Innovation, Sustainable WASH Hub, 2 months (Remote)

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United Nations Children’s Fund Innovative Solution Source Review Consultant, Office of Innovation, Sustainable WASH Hub, 2 months (Remote) Denmark UNICEF Jobs 2024

United Nations Children’s Fund looking for “Innovative Solution Source Review Consultant, Office of Innovation, Sustainable WASH Hub, 2 months (Remote)”. Applicants with an Advanced degree may apply on or before 24-Jul-24.

The United Nations Children’s Fund has published a job vacancy announcement on 10-Jul-24 for qualified applicants to fill in the vacant post of Innovative Solution Source Review Consultant, Office of Innovation, Sustainable WASH Hub, 2 months (Remote) to be based in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more jobs, please visit

Company Name: United Nations Children’s Fund

Job Title: Innovative Solution Source Review Consultant, Office of Innovation, Sustainable WASH Hub, 2 months (Remote)

Duty Station: Copenhagen, Denmark

Country: Denmark

Application Deadline: 24-Jul-24




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, innovate

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 start-up thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.
The Sustainable WASH Innovation Hub, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, aims to source, pilot and scale transformational and frontier climate resilient innovations that respond to key programmatic challenges that, if solved, will unlock faster progress for a water secure future for children and young people. One of the key global challenges that the Hub will address through exploration and scale of innovative solutions will be tackling foreseen climate change impacts on WASH services and delivery access. The Hub will also support research and innovation on the links between climate change and water, sanitation and hygiene.

The Hub will bring together a passionate community of strategic partners including children and young people, academia, private entrepreneurs, public policy makers, social development and humanitarian actors, and our global UNICEF WASH / CEED and innovation colleagues in 150+ countries. Collectively we will co-create, advocate, enable, convene, and motivate for innovative sustainable solutions to long-standing barriers and emerging opportunities for a WASH secure and climate resilient future for every child.

UNICEF has identified problems that, if solved, will unlock faster progress towards SDG 6. Innovation is key to co-creating new solutions to problems like lack of handwashing stations, leaks in water networks, climate-resilient sanitation services, remote monitoring of water or wastewater systems, remote sensing and other technologies for locating water sources in water scarce environments, fecal sludge management in humanitarian settings, absence of adequate sanitation products and accessible menstrual health information for women and girls.

More specifically, the WASH innovation portfolio aims at addressing the following four problems:

1. Lack of adequate and climate-sensitive groundwater mapping and development leads to poor drinking water quality, challenges in locating sustainable water sources, and impedes progress towards child development and Sustainable Development Goals, especially affecting Small Island Developing States.
2. Insufficient climate-sensitive data and a poor understanding of integrating climate change impacts into WASH programming present challenges to WASH practitioners modeling long-term sustainability of water resources, impacting the resilience of the service.
3. A lack of supportive environments for WASH small and medium enterprises (SMEs), characterized by limited access to finance and unfavorable governmental policies is limiting the capacity of SMEs capacity to expand and flourish, hindering their ability to effectively contribute to WASH governance and services.
4. Complexities in innovative finance options make it difficult to implement, scale, and replicate effective solutions, exacerbated by the increasing challenges to secure finance for WASH projects in a resource-scarce environment

The WASH Hub Portfolio is the home of typically 4-7 innovative solutions that the Hub is currently working with to achieve this goal. The Portfolio is reviewed against the problem statements and new solutions sourced annually, to ensure that the focus solutions reflect current, cutting-edge innovations in the WASH sector. To enter the innovation portfolio for financial or technical support, potential solutions are reviewed by a designated technical team against a set of assessment criteria. The submission and review process is multi-step, with the main goal of identifying the most promising solutions and with a secondary goal of strengthening the proposed solutions and the capacity of the applying team.

How can you make a difference?

The Consultant will contribute to the objectives of the WASH Hub by:

  1. Inception Report. The consultant will deliver an inception report outlining the planned work approach, timelines and activities. Including proposed interviewees and documents to be reviewed. This should be agreed with the WASH hub team before other activities continue.
  2. Review of process applied by UNICEF. The consultant will carry out a detailed review and evaluation of sourcing process applied in 2024, including:
    • submission approach;
    • templates;
    • approach to submission support; and
    • Selection process including assessment approach and criteria.
  3. Alternative approaches to solution sourcing. The consultant needs to review approaches taken by other innovation groups to sourcing and engagement of innovators in general, with a focus on low resource settings. Through this activity the consultant needs to consider the wider innovation community beyond WASH and how the WASH innovation hub can engage to ensure a broad reach of actors in future innovation sourcing.
  4. Future solution sourcing processes. Based on the review of the process undertaken and other organization’s modalities, it is expected to develop a strategy for external sourcing (beyond UNICEF country programs), that outlines key places to publish calls to ensure reach and how best to communicate the WASH hubs problem statements and innovation call. The consultant is expected to outline a modified process and supporting documents for
    • Submission approach
    • Application support for innovators
    • Scoring and review criteria
  5. Final report. This final report will be summarized and presented to the WASH innovation hub team outlining the strategic approach proposed and actionable improvements/recommendations. After presentation to the WASH hub team time should be allocated to make changes and modifications before finalization.

For more detailed information, please refer to the terms of reference Innovative Solution Sourcing Review Consultant.pdf

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in WASH, entrepreneurship, business administration 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 of 4 years of relevant professional experience in innovation or supporting investments in a portfolio approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to define pathways for progress for large organisations that can consider appropriate readiness matrices/scales and other required decision making approaches to define probability for success.
  • Experience of supporting souring innovations for portfolios, incubators or start ups is an asset.
  • Understanding of WASH approaches and systems is an asset.
  • Understanding of different contexts and experience working in developing countries.
  • Knowledge of international development, technology for development and key challenges affecting children in developing countries desired.
  • 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.


  • There is no travel expectation with this role.

Payment details and further considerations

  • Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

How to apply:

  • Interest applicant is required to submit a financial proposal with all-inclusive fee. Please see the financial proposal template. Consultancy Financial Offer template.docx
  • Applications without a financial proposal will not be considered.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Contact: For any queries, please contact: [email protected]

Copenhagen, Denmark