Technology for Development (T4D) Officer

Technology for Development (T4D) Officer (Temporary Appointment)

NO-A Level, Post # 00115477, Ha Noi, Viet Nam (for Vietnamese nationals)

Job no: 537407
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Level: NO-1
Location: Viet Nam
Categories: Information Communication Technology, NO-1

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, learning and innovation.

This position sits in the UNICEF Viet Nam Country Office based in Ha Noi. The position is supervised by the Deputy Representative (Programme) under the country programme structure in Viet Nam. Viet Nam’s rapid development over the past years has seen it become more digitally connected, with a high penetration of mobile phones, internet access, and social media usage. No more so than among young people, the majority of whom now get their information on-line, and communicate and engage with friends through social media platforms. In such a highly connected society, leveraging technology is becoming an ever more important strategy for achieving sustainable development targets and outcomes.

The context of Viet Nam demands that the country office be strategic and smart with improved use of innovative technology solutions to realise the rights of the most vulnerable children. The UNICEF Viet Nam Country Programme seeks to develop and expand flagship technology-enabled initiatives, including bringing new global public goods and innovative approaches to Viet Nam in order to reach children, adolescents and women. The regional Technology for Development (T4D) team will support the Viet Nam office to deploy technologies and innovative approaches in support of improved results for children. 

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the job:

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, the T4D Officer works closely with sectoral programme Section Chiefs and provides professional, technical, operational and administrative support in the identification, assessment, and integration of ICT into UNICEF programming. The T4D Officer is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the mainstreaming effort, and for strengthening internal capacity to lead and support Technology for Development (T4D) related projects, identifying and engaging with key partners, identifying reusable and replicable technical building blocks and maximizing potential for T4D scale-up and roll-out.

The T4D Officer is directly supervised by the Deputy Representative but works closely with Programme and ICT staff and in close liaison with the East Asia Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) T4D, the central ICT Division and UNICEF Innovation where applicable.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

  • Digital Development and Technology Innovation Strategy. Support implementation of the technology and digital innovation strategy for the country office; bring visibility to T4D gaps, opportunities and scale-up strategy in support of CO priorities.
  • Convene and guide compliance with T4D best practices. Participate in Country Office T4D Governance Committee and support compliance of T4D initiatives with the Principles for Digital Development ( and UNICEF T4D best practices.
  • Support and assist design of T4D interventions. Provide support and technical assistance to the Country Office in the identification, selection, concept design, deployment and sustainability of T4D interventions to address bottlenecks towards the achievement of programme results.
  • Identify and assess new T4D innovations. Assist programme sections to identify and assess new T4D initiatives, or new phases of on-going initiatives, with immediate potential to improve UNICEF programming.
  • Engage and maintain partnerships and networks. Support the development of partnerships and networks with local solution providers, innovators, NGOs, the private sector, local media and academia to build and provide a space to nurture and test new and innovative technologies and build local capacity.
  • Proposal and partnership development. Help identify opportunities for resource mobilisation and new partnerships and assist proposal and partnership development efforts.
  • Data analysis for evidence generation. Build capacity of programme staff and partners in analyzing the large amounts of data generated through T4D initiatives including the use of data visualization techniques and analytics tools.
  • Co-create appropriate solutions. Work directly with programme teams and partners to adapt technology and innovative solutions appropriate to the country programme.
  • Build awareness around Innovation & Frontier Technology. Assist developing staff capabilities in appropriate use of frontier technology and innovations such as UAVs, wearables, IoTs, mobile money, blockchain etc.

Please see full JD: 2021 JD T4D Officer NOA.doc

Contract duration: 364 days with possible extension for the second year.

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


  • A University degree in information technology management, business administration, international relations, community development or other related social science field.


  • A minimum of one year of professional experience in designing and adapting technology and innovative solutions for achieving sustainable development goals. Experience working in an international organization, government and/or the private sector is desirable.
  • Experience in designing or deploying tools appropriate to low-bandwidth environments and/or with RapidPro, OpenSRP, DHIS2, ODK and other digital public good technologies, and deploying, maintaining and rolling out these technologies is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of children's rights and social development issues in Viet Nam is an advantage.
  • Experience in a UN organization is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are:

Core competencies

  • Communication (I)
  • Working with people (I)
  • Drive for results (I)

Functional Competencies:

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analysing (II)
  • Relating and networking (I)
  • Planning and Organizing (I)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)

View our competency framework at

What we can offer you?  Our staff are offered attractive salary and excellent package of benefits:

Competitive salary: Ranging from USD31,435 (net annually), depending on qualifications and experience.

Pension benefits: You will become a participant in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (

Health insurance scheme: You and your eligible dependents will be covered by the UN Medical Insurance Plan (

Professional Development: The encouragement of professional development for all staff is one of UNICEF’s core values and we put this into practice through various services and initiatives. You will have different learning opportunities to strengthen your skills and competencies.

Be part of the United Nations: As an International organization that is part of the United Nations system, you will be considered an International Civil Servant and you will have career opportunities inside and outside the country.

Quality working conditions:

  • The workplace and working conditions are a huge asset for all UNICEF employees. Our staff are working in the Green One UN House- the first building in Viet Nam to be awarded gold LOTUS certification from the Viet Nam Green Building Council for efficient and environmentally sustainable use of resources and operations.
  • We offer flexible working arrangements: flexible working hours, compressed work schedule, teleworking, job sharing.
  • We provides different types of leave to allow for rest and relaxation as well as unforeseen events like illness: annual leave, parental leave up to 24 weeks, sick leave and special leave.
  • We  provide support for pregnancy and breastfeeding (time off from work during the day for the purpose of breastfeeding infants or expressing milk. A private room and a refrigerator for storing milk are available in the office)
  • We also provide mental well-being/ psychological support.

Qualified candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to the assigned requisition in UNICEF Vacancies:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. CV/UN Personal History Form  P 11 form.doc

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

Advertised: 01 Feb 2021 SE Asia Standard Time
Deadline:28 Feb 2021 SE Asia Standard Time


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