Job Opportunity at UNICEF, T4D Intern – Embedded and Mobile Systems



Job no:

Contract type: Internship

Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam

Level: Internship

Location: United Republic of Tanzania

Categories: Innovation

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, Vision

UNICEF Tanzania expects to map out potential areas for future embedded and mobile. An embedded system is a microprocessor-based computer hardware system with software that is designed to perform a dedicated function, either as an independent system or as a part of a large system. At the core is an integrated circuit designed to carry out computation for real-time operations. These operations might be information about services such as functionality of water pumps, teacher and student attendance, complaint and suggestion boxes.

UNICEF realizes the potential embedded systems might have in the future of programme implementations and therefore wishes to explore potential use cases in Tanzania. The intern will be expected to prototype a device in a real live setting according to requirements provided by UNICEF staff and teams. Any innovation/product produced from this internship placement will be under protection of GNU General Public License 2.0.

How can you make a difference?

  • With the support of the Innovation and Knowledge management Specialist, identify relevant programmes and programme owners to participate in development of embedded and mobile system prototype
  •  Engage with relevant UNICEF staff in different sections and units to share knowledge and identify a potential challenge.
  • Carry out intensive research on the challenge identified to get a better understanding of the challenge.
  •  Perform a literature review of the challenge to identify solutions developed by others that address partially or in full the same challenge.
  • Jointly with programme owners and utilizing an HCD approach create an ICT prototype solution
  •  Utilizing a Human-centered approach define requirements for the development of an ICT prototype to respond to the challenge.
  •  Design and develop an ICT prototype of the proposed solution to address the challenge.
  •  Prepare draft documentation about the solution and jointly revise with Innovation and Knowledge Management Specialist
  •  Upload solution information into INVENT
  •  Trial prototype in real life setting
  • Document experience and share with programme owners and other UNICEF staff
  • Present internship final report;
  • Deliver one session to all staff about the internship programme and the results from the prototype

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

  • Final year student, recent graduate (less than 2 years) or Master Degree Student in computer science
  • Relevant experience in Human Centered Design, namely interviewing and documenting programme activities
  •  Experience with mobile technologies and database management systems;
  • Previous volunteer experience with NGO’s or UN agencies

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

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.

Deadline: 22 Feb 2022 E. Africa Standard Time


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