Monday, December 22, 2014

Innovation: Link Lab Manager at UNHCR

Terms of Reference
Title: Link Lab Manager
Duty: HQ based, with travel to the field
Duration: 12 months (with extension based on performance)
We’re constantly rethinking the way UNHCR works, while tapping in to the spirit of innovation that already exists within the organization. We aim to empower staff to work together with refugee communities to design innovative solutions to the challenges they face. We do this in three ways:
  1. We amplify innovations already happening within UNHCR.
  2. We connect innovators within UNHCR to time, resources, and each other.
  3. We explore innovations happening outside UNHCR. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we look for ways to adapt them to refugee challenges.
About the job
Our Innovation Labs are where we get to the practical details of adopting innovative approaches throughout UNHCR. Through our Innovation Labs we launch, support, and develop projects that focus on the needs of the forcibly displaced at each stage of the project design process. Labs are a space of experimentation, where we derive lessons from both success and failure. Labs are also collaborative and inter-connected. Most importantly, Labs are adaptive. This means that the work of the Lab doesn’t end when we find a solution. Rather, we aim to constantly refine that solution, get feedback from the end-user (refugees), and iterate. Each lab revolves around 4 key elements:
  1. Create an enabling environment for innovation where experimentation is welcome
  2. Develop solutions through the innovation incubation process
  3. Promote learning and document good practice
  4. Advise and support scale-up processes
The Link Lab currently works at the intersection between data, communication, and technology. For that reason, the Link Lab also works at and across the intersection between several divisions, country operations, and UNHCR Innovation. Current projects include inter alia prototyping two-way communication between refugees and UNHCR using SMS, data visualisation, mobile app development, and a host of others. The opportunities will only continue to grow but we first want to revision the Lab together with the new coordinator – that’s you.
We are looking for a highly motivated and self-driven individual with experience in the field(s) of innovation, project and change management and, importantly, one or several of the following: data; communication; ICT; Computer Science. You will have between 5 - 8 years of previous experience, including experience from multicultural working environments, from (large) international organizations (or not-for profit) and/or from humanitarian/development environments. You will have a relevant Masters Degree and a good practical and theoretical understanding of innovation, training and project/change management; its processes and approaches. You will ideally have a personality that balances support to operations with appropriate challenges and questions and the ability to see the ‘big picture’ and, at the same time, have a good sense of administrative and programme details.
You will be fluent in English and preferable one more UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic preferred)
· The Link Lab is an established service to the rest of UNHCR, and its partners, that fits the vision and strategic goals of UNHCR’s 2015 Innovation Strategy;
· The Link Lab activities are communicated to, and understood by field operations, and relevant divisions.
  • Within UNHCR’s broader 2015 strategy for Innovation, we would like you to work with us, and our colleagues in order to re-vision the Link Lab. This will include creating a strategy to drive innovations around the following areas: refugee-focused connectivity, data and communication advancements at UNHCR that can improve access to and quality, and representation of information and data resources for refugees and other PoCs as well as empowerment opportunities;
  • You will manage a variety of pilot projects (some to be developed, others that are on-going), in collaboration with relevant divisions, that have been designed to test pioneering approaches, and establish good practices that may be scaled up;
  • You will provide technical support, guidance, and advice in collaboration with relevant divisions, to operations that are investigating new approaches to connectivity, data, communication, and information;
  • You will create and maintain work plans, budgets, M & E systems for the Link Lab, and you’ll need to be able to provide timely reports to management, but also very much linked, you will work closely with our Engagement team. One of the most important parts of your job is going to be to communicate what you, and more importantly, others in UNHCR operations are working on;
  • You will be responsible for selecting and using a range of different project management tools, which you’ll select yourself, depending on the partners – in-house and external –and combination of partners that are required for each project;
  • You will also be responsible for supporting the 2015 Innovation Fellowship in areas of subject relevance. This is a joint responsibility across the Innovation team.
This is a unique role, and so we’d ideally like to have somebody with the following qualifications and experience:
· Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a field related to Computer Science, ICT, information management, or data management.
· 5 - 8 years of experience in data, technology, and innovation, preferably within, though not limited to, humanitarian/development settings;
· Strong interest in and exposure to humanitarian and development issues, especially in the area of data and technology;
· Demonstrable experience interacting with external software partners;
· Demonstrated experience with advocacy; excellent communication/networking skills; fluency in English necessary;
· Demonstrable experience implementing new systems within large organizations;
· Ability to coordinate and manage budgets and multiple projects;
· Experience in problem definition, solution design, and project implementation desired.

If you’d like to apply, please email a cover letter, and CV to by 15th January, 2015

2015 Internship Opportunities at INTERPOL

INTERPOL internships are offered for international students from any of its member countries. To facilitate placement, applicants should indicate three areas of activity within the organization in order of preference. Interns are entitled to receive a monthly allowance of 550 euros. Applicants must be enrolled in, or have graduated from, an accredited academic institution within the past six months on the date of submission of the application. Internship application deadline is 31-December-2014.

Field of Internship: Applicants should indicate three areas of activity within the organization in order of preference. Areas of Activity are:- Communications, Conferences, Finance, General Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, International Partnerships and Development, Legal Affairs, Research and Innovation, Specialized Crimes, Secretariat, Strategic Planning and Policy, Training, Translation and Global Complex for Innovation/Cyber crime.

Course Level: Internship

Internship Provider: INTERPOL

Internship can be taken at: France (Interns will be based at Interpol’s General Secretariat in Lyon, France, or at one of the Regional Bureaus).

Eligibility: All applicants must:
-Be a national of a member country,
-Have attained the legal age of majority in their country of nationality,
-Be fluent in English,
-Be enrolled in, or have graduated from, an accredited academic institution within the past six months on the date of submission of the application.

Internship Open for International Students: Internship is open for international students (INTERPOL Member Countries).

Is this paid internship? Yes, Interns are entitled to receive a monthly allowance of 550 euros (amount set for internships based in Lyon). The allowance will be adjusted to the different duty station according to the UN cost of living index.

Internship Description: INTERPOL’s Internship Programme welcomes candidates from any of our 190 member countries. The Programme attracts young talent to the Organization and provides them with:
-A better understanding of the Organization’s goals and objectives and how international police cooperation is organized;
-An insight into how an international organization operates;
-A framework to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments, thereby developing skills which are useful for their career and future employment;
-Experience of working in a multicultural, multidisciplinary and multi-ethnic environment, contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance.
-At the same time INTERPOL also benefits from  the Programme by having:
-The input of qualified persons whose background enables them to give a fresh point of view and up-to-date academic knowledge;
-Support for the completion of specific projects.

Number of awards offered:  Not Known

Internship Duration: The length of an internship may vary from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 11 months.

Notification: Only successful candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

Internship Application Deadline: Internship application deadline is 31-December-2014.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application


Application are invited from qualified candidates to be employed on as Assistant Accountant by Medical Laboratory Scientists Association of Tanzania (MeLSAT)

The candidate will be responsible to oversee the day-to-day activities of the finance function and to ensure it is being run correctly and efficiently, and be expected to add value by supporting the expected growth of the Association. The role will involve extensive liaison with the MeLSAT President, other members of the Management team, and relevant external contacts.

2 STATION OF WORK: To be stationed at the MeLSAT Headquarters in Dar-Es Salaam.

3 REPORTS TO: MeLSAT National Executive Council and MeLSAT President
4.1 A Tanzanian with a Diploma in accountancy preferably Intermediate level (Module D) from NBAA.
4.2 Must have a working experience of not less than three (2) years in a known organization.
4.3 Fluency in English and Kiswahili in both written and spoken
5.1 Should be highly organized and be able to work with minimum supervision.
5.2 Demonstrate excellent communication skills and maintain effective working relationships.
5.3 Must have Computer knowledge - Extensive technical knowledge on various software, hardware and networks. (Proficient in MS Word and MS Excel.)
5.4 Ability to record financial information and create consolidated financial statements.
5.5 Ability to handle multiple tasks effectively with high skills at suggesting feasible time and prompt solutions.
5.6 Have a working knowledge of production accounting software, general computer literacy and the ability to work in a team.
6.1 Perform the technical guidance to guide the association in building up a strong association network, to implement the MeLSAT Strategic plans.
6.2 Work on full time. Must be able to produce financial statements in a computerized system on monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
6.3 Prepare and maintain the proper books of Accounts
6.4 Prepare the monthly bank reconciliations
6.5 Maintain the data on all MeLSAT members, process and tracks membership payments to ensure compliance of all members.

The position carries a very attractive and competitive salary.


All application to include three Referees should be accompanied with Curriculum vitae and copies of certified certificates to be submitted to:
P.O.BOX 65094,
DAR ES SALAAM, not later than 30th December2014.

Note: Only the short listed candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks after the application deadline you can assume that your application is not successful.



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