Consultancy Blockchain Developer, Remote, United States

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: United States

Closing date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Consultancy, Blockchain Developer , 3 months (full time), Remote

Job no: 540823

Position type: Consultancy

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Field Results Group

School/Unit: Office of Global Innovation

Department/Office: Office of Global Innovation, New York

Categories: Consultancy

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 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 banking 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.

UNICEF Venture s explores frontier technologies, and how they could be used to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. The team sees blockchain technology as having benefits in three main ways: new ways of mobilizing resources, creating better transparency in processes, and applications in UNICEF’s programme work in education, identity, healthcare and more.

To support these efforts, the UNICEF Venture s team is looking for a blockchain developer. Candidates should have work experience in distributed systems, cryptography, token economics, consensus mechanisms and/or smart contracts, and are comfortable with various programming languages (Solidity, Python, JavaScript, etc.). The candidate must have technical knowledge of various blockchains (ex. Bitcoin, Ethereum, Quorum), and common tools used in building such solutions (Truffle, Remix, ethers.js, web3.js, MetaMask , etc.).

How can you make a difference?

You will be part of a blockchain team that builds prototypes and supports startups and UNICEF country offices in their own exploration of the technology.

You will work with a cross-functional team to build applications to help solve large challenges. You should have some blockchain experience, but more importantly, you should be familiar with building intuitive user interfaces for diverse user groups. You should understand the particular considerations of building web3 applications (managing private keys, network latency, transaction costs, etc.).

Your main responsibilities will be:

Support web development related to the Juniper Product Suite. This includes directly contributing front end, back end, and blockchain code to the web applications under the Juniper Product Suite. Through the contributions, you will be working closely with other developers and designers within the Office of Innovation. As you work on various parts of the Juniper Product Suite, you will be responsible for ensuring open-source guidelines are available for all features added to the Juniper Product Suite.

Support the development of a bounties platform and the Solidity Meta Transactions Library. As a blockchain developer, you will keep track of the innovation happening in the smart contract space to ensure that the blockchain and web contributions made to the project listed are secure, up to date, and feasible. Similar to the contributions made to the Juniper Product Suite, you will be responsible for ensuring open-source guidelines for all code added to the projects mentioned.

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

A university degree in computer science, engineering or other relevant field.

A minimum of 1 year of relevant professional experience in developing applications, preference given to open-source and blockchain projects

Strong development capabilities with programming languages and frameworks such as React JS, Node JS, ES6, TypeScript to build full-stack mobile and web applications

Familiarity with GitHub

Experience working with large sets of data and databases ( e.g. SQL, noSQL , blockchains, etc.)

Experience working with Solidity smart contracts from Open Zeppelin, Compound, Gnosis, and other open source blockchain projects

Ability to align technical goals with UNICEF strategic goals that always will mean UNICEF’s mission over any particular technology

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.

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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Applying Technical Expertise - Level 1

Creating and Innovating - Level 1

Deciding and Initiating Action - Level 1

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

Payment details and further considerations

Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.

Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance

Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel


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.

Advertised: Jun 01 2021 Eastern Daylight Time Application close: Jun 15 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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