Political Affairs Officer (P3 and P4)
Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Political Affairs Officer (P3 and P4)

This post is located in the Innovation Cell, within the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at Headquarters. The incumbent will report to the Director of the Policy and Mediation Division.

The Innovation Cell is a recently established entity which builds on the commitments of the Secretary-General’s Strategy for New Technologies. It will serve as a catalyst for innovation, experimentation and exploration with regard to data, new technologies and new methodologies within DPPA, and will also be available as a resource for the wider peace and security pillar.

Responsibilities

  • Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Reviews and monitors activities and projects related to the work of DPPA; assesses innovation trends and integrates innovative approaches which might enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations both at Headquarters and the field.

  • Analyses political and related events within assigned area with a view to provide advice to ASG/USG or Head of Mission

  • Prepares analytical reports and papers on innovation, digital technologies and cyber-related matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.

  • Participates in the organization of Secretariat services required by the Security Council and to other committees and bodies related to its work.

  • Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on innovation and digital technologies that are related to DPPA mandates.

  • Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff and national officials to plan innovation projects and review project activities.

  • Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters, innovation trends, and how they intersect, and makes recommendations on actions to take.

  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments, as well as private sector and academia on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.

  • Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.

  • Provides input for assessment of staff to be deployed to important innovation posts in the field (e.g. Resident Coordinators).

  • Carries out, in consultation with the Head of the Division, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.

  • Drafts plans for start-up of innovation operations and participates in the activities of implementation.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

For more information and to apply, please click here (P4) and here (P3).

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Digital Sexuality Education (Consultancy & Community Building)
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Digital Sexuality Education (Consultancy & Community Building)

Work Assignment:

  • Building on insights from previous work and engagement with digital groups, explore new developments and momentum of the digital sexuality education eco-system and edutainment;

  • Establish relationships with groups and actors in the digital sexuality education space, gauge interest for collaboration and areas of common concern, support exchange, networking, and community building;

  • Validate and build out the recommendations from insight reports on digital sexuality education based on discussions with youth, digital groups, and stakeholder;

  • Map the larger eco-system of DSE stakeholders and engage them to bring in their perspectives, their support and opportunities for moving the field forward (e.g. bloggers, vloggers, instagrammers; social media influencers; search engines; academia; youth networks; sex educators; SRH service providers; anime designers; soap scriptwriters; etc.);

  • Investigate areas of common concern for collaboration and support the development of communities of

  • practice (CoP) on various / appropriate platforms around identified topics (e.g. AI chatbots for CSE-SRH and the challenges of safeguarding, content quality assurance, analytics and impact metrics);

  • Explore the opportunity/feasibility of employing blockchain for the use-case of community-based certification (‘trusted source’ badge) to help children differentiate evidence-based information from misinformation and to enable search optimization for trustworthy content;

  • Conceptualize and organize a convening of DSE actors and stakeholder around areas for collaboration in early 2020, to broker new alliances, support emerging initiatives, and co-create solutions to common concerns;

  • Document insights and develop a range of knowledge products on digital CSE for different audience types;

  • Perform other related tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Supply Chain Innovation Intern
Sep
25
11:00 AM11:00
WFP

Supply Chain Innovation Intern

WFP Tanzania is implementing its Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2017-2021. The CSP envisions the following under Strategic Objective 5 (SO5): INNOVATION; WFP and its partners in Tanzania and beyond are facilitated to foster, test, refine and scale up innovation that contributes to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. 

The internship is to support the SO5 field innovation hub launched in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in May 2017 in collaboration with the WFP Innovation Accelerator. The hub serves as a sandbox for piloting and scaling up innovation ideas supported by the WFP Innovation Accelerator and identify relevant locally designed innovations.

 

In 2019, the WFP field innovation hub has started to execute its new innovation strategy, with two main pillars: 1) continue working with national and international pilot projects and build 2) a set of interventions to activate and strengthen the local innovation eco-system together with local partners (entrepreneur support schemes, mentoring, innovation events, business services, community management). Complementing these two pillars the Hub also seeks to 3) support CO operations to continuously improve through innovation.

This internship is linked to the third pillar and specifically targeted at innovations related to Supply Chain.

For more information, please click here.

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Business Support Assistant - Innovation Accelerator
Sep
27
11:30 AM11:30
WFP

Business Support Assistant - Innovation Accelerator

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency fighting hunger. WFP reaches more than 80 million people every day - delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with smallholder farmers, communities and governments to improve nutrition and build resilience.
The WFP Innovation Accelerator has been named one of the top 10 innovative companies 2017 by FastCompany for operating a real startup accelerator to disrupt global hunger at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
It identifies, supports and scales high potential solutions to hunger worldwide - both WFP innovators and external start-ups with $50-100K cash, hands-on support and access to WFP's global operations in developing countries in a 3-6 month Sprint Programme. The most promising innovations are supported in scaling further. For more information visit: http://innovation.wfp.org and Global Innovation Challenge for Zero Hunger.

Job Purpose

Based in Munich, Germany, we are currently a team of 32 innovators, with over 20 different nationalities and a diverse background, as serial entrepreneurs, management and human-centered design (HCD) consultants focused on building businesses or experts in developing country innovation. Lean start-up and human-centered design approaches are at the core of everything we do.
We have built partnerships with leading innovation organisations such as Singularity University, XPRIZE, the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). Several private sector partners and high-net-worth individuals support WFP in their work in disrupting global hunger, such as Google and others.
We support the next-level innovation for WFP’s operations, such as Building Blocks, using blockchain technology for e-wallets for people receiving cash-transfers; EMPACT, connecting refugees to online work after a 12 week training H2Grow (Hydroponics), helps refugees grow food in desert areas or camps; Farm to Market Alliance – an alliance between WFP and 7 private sector entities purchasing food from smallholder farmers and providing credit, and agricultural inputs as for-profit business model, or new startups that could help make a difference to end hunger.
As Accelerator team, we support other entrepreneurs (could be WFP innovators or external startups, NGOs, companies) to take their innovations to the next level – either getting ideas to the first proof of concept or already implemented solutions to the next scale-up.
Most of the team is based in Munich, Germany and some colleagues are based in locations such as Ethiopia, Lebanon and Tanzania.
The monthly net base salary for this role will be EUR 2.765,75 and includes annual leave accruing at 2.5 days per month and basic health insurance.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Director: Technical Cooperation Division
Oct
1
9:30 AM09:30

Director: Technical Cooperation Division

Under the overall supervision of the Secretary-General, the incumbent will provide strategic leadership and effective planning, execution and monitoring of the Organization's technical cooperation work. The incumbent will ensure that the human and budgetary resources of the Division are managed in an efficient and effective manner.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Fellowship: Machine Learning Specialist for Speech Recognition
Sep
15
9:30 AM09:30

Fellowship: Machine Learning Specialist for Speech Recognition

The position is located in the Advanced Technology Applications Center (ATAC) of the Global Database Division, Global Infrastructure Sector. The Section is responsible for providing support in machine learning applications to other database sections, to other WIPO Divisions and other external entities. The Section has developed its own machine learning tools for WIPO and for other international organizations: automatic translation tool (WIPO Translate), image similarity for trademarks and speech-to-text. ATAC wishes to continue exploring the applicability of Machine Learning to other activities. A first application for voice recognition has been developed in-house, using open source software such as Returnn and Kaldi.

The incumbent is responsible for exploring the use of speech recognition in the context of WIPO meetings. WIPO hosts several meetings (~ 150 every year) and needs to have the written transcript of each conference (at least for the English language). Since 2011 the transcripts are provided by an external company. The audios and the transcripts have been archived. WIPO began to explore the use of machine learning to make use of this training data and experiment with training our own speech recognition software. The proof-of-concept has been successful and WIPO needs now to improve the tool (adding new languages, improve quality, adding new functionalities etc).

WIPO has six official languages (Arabic, Spanish, English, French, Russian and Chinese), some audio and transcripts are available in each of these languages, however the more prominent language is English (the project will start with this language). It should be noted that WIPO has at disposal a large amount of training data (~ 3600 hours). 

The incumbent will work on this new project; take responsibility for gathering the data (audio, transcript and meta-data), explore various speech recognition techniques to apply on this data, define a roadmap, and, if feasible, build a first running prototype. 

The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the machine learning researcher, in close collaboration with the rest of the ATAC team. 

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

(a) Collect all the data that can be useful for training a model:

  • Audio files: analyze current format(s), and propose a standard way to store and retrieve data

  • Transcripts: analyze current formats, defined a standard for storing and retrieving the texts, link the texts with corresponding audio and meta data

  • Meta-data: during conferences some additional data is recorded: date/time/meeting/speaker’s country etc. This information might be valuable for the machine learning process

(b) Study the current state of the art technology, evaluate the pros and cons of various methods, define a strategy for experimenting with one (few) technology(ies) in our context.

(c) Design a machine learning algorithm, define carefully the data training set, develop cleaning and filter methods on the data, perform quantitative and qualitative analysis. Note that the available transcripts of speeches might be of medium quality.

(d) Explore existing tools for aligning audio and transcripts (transcript synchronization).

(e) Collaborate with the conference division to define possible areas of application of the speech recognition tool (automatic transcription, automatic subtitling, possibility to index audio with corresponding text in a search engine …).

(f) (if feasible) Develop new proof of concept prototype(s) to demonstrate the applicability and pertinence of speech recognition (including for non-English languages).

(g) Advise the team (and the conference division stakeholders) on ways to enrich the collected data for machine learning. Explore the usage of external resources that could be used to improve the machine learning models (publically available audio/text corpora).

(h) Study the feasibility to integrate automatic direct speech recognition (“live captioning”).

(i) Study the extension of the project towards applications in automatic direct speech translation (speech-to-translated-text).

(j) Improve the segmentation module for “live captioning”.

(k) Explore different techniques to perform speaker change detection / diarization.

(l) Participate in the integration of speech-to-text software in WIPO environment (Arbor Media)

(m) Perform other related tasks as required.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Programme Management Officer (P3 and P4)
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Programme Management Officer (P3 and P4)

This position is located in the Innovation Cell, within the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA at Headquarters. The Programme Officer will report to the Director of the Policy and Mediation Division.

The Innovation Cell is a recently established entity which builds on the commitments of the Secretary-General’s Strategy for New Technologies. It will serve as a catalyst for innovation, experimentation and exploration with regard to data, new technologies and new methodologies within DPPA, and will also be available as a resource for the wider peace and security pillar.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Identifies, initiates and promotes innovation to make DPPA working methods and operations more effective and efficient.

  • Develops, implements and evaluates assigned innovation programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.

  • Performs assignments, in collaboration with clients, by planning and facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.

  • Researches, analyzes and presents information related to innovation approaches gathered from diverse sources.

  • Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.

  • Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.

  • Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

  • Identifies partners and creates synergies to promote the introduction of technologies and innovative practices in DPPA operations.

  • Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.

  • Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.

  • Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

  • Performs other duties as required.

For more information and to apply, please click here (P4) and here (P3).

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Geospatial Information Officer
Aug
27
4:00 AM04:00

Geospatial Information Officer

This position is located in Juba, in the Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technology Section (GITTS) of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Chief Geospatial Information Officer reports to the Chief of Section.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief, Geospatial Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Takes responsibility for the strategic planning, implementation and management of all geospatial information related matters within the mission.

  • Manages the Geospatial Information Office. Leads and directs a team of Geospatial Information Staff (civilian and military) in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment.

  • Undertakes programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.

  • Coordinates the timely preparation, maintenance and provision of geospatial information and maps in support of the mission’s operations; Oversees the collection, processing, evaluation and dissemination of geospatial data; Supervises geospatial/terrain analysis studies and prediction of the effects of terrain, weather and situation on the mission’s operations; Monitors and ensures quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures on all products generated and disseminated by the Unit, including geospatial data and maps.

  • Provides substantive support to the Section Chief in the strategic planning, implementation and management of all geospatial information related matters; Assists the Chief in managing the Section, performing OIC duties and provides policy support, proposals and options on programmatic/administrative tasks including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting and staff recruitment.

  • Coordinates with counterparts in other offices of the mission, UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the host nation on collection and sharing of geospatial data; Undertakes the timely exchange of geospatial information between the mission and the Geospatial Information Section of the Office of Information and Communications Technology in UNHQ; Undertakes day-to-day geospatial operation matters between the mission and the Geospatial Information Section of the UN Global Service Centre (UNGSC).

  • Develops and conducts geospatial information training and education programmes for mission staff; Participates in mission start-up and other field work as required; Manages task force team and projects;

  • Performs other duties as required.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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 Senior Economist & Head of ICT Data and Analytics Division
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00
ITU

Senior Economist & Head of ICT Data and Analytics Division

The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is responsible for the organization and coordination of the work of the Telecommunication Development Sector of the Union (the Union has three functional sectors: Standardization, Radiocommunication and Development) which deals mainly with development policies, strategies, programming, as well as technical cooperation activities (expert missions, training programmes, field projects, seminars, etc.).

Organization Unit:
Within the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the ITU and in close collaboration with the Deputy to the Director and the ITU Regional Offices, the Projects and Knowledge Management Department (PKM) is responsible for assisting ITU Member States and ITU-D Sector Members strengthen the institutional and organizational capability to adapt to the rapidly changing telecommunication/ICT environment through capacity building. The Department also provides administrative and technical support in the formulation of project proposals and implementation of projects, project monitoring and evaluation including the management of the ICT Development Fund (ICT-DF) to support the implementation of projects. The Department produces and disseminates timely statistical and analytical data on the Telecommunication/ICT Sector and the Information Society. The Department is also responsible for providing concentrated assistance to least developed countries, Small Island developing states and landlocked developed countries. In addition, PKM implements activities and projects in the domain of emergency telecommunications, e-waste management, and climate change. The Department is also responsible for making contribution to and following-up the work of ITU-D Study Groups for issues related to the responsibilities of the Department.

Duties / Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief, Projects and Knowledge Management Department (PKM) of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), the Senior Economist & Head of ICT Data and Analytics Division performs the following duties:

  • Develops a strategic vision for ITU's work on ICT measurement in the context of the Union's overall objectives, taking into account Member States' needs, and ICT and data analysis developments, including in the area of big data.

  • Leads and manages the Division, and its staff and financial resources; sets objectives and priorities, determines budgetary requirements; provides guidance on the goals, direction, and timing of the Division's work; provides regular and constructive feedback on performance to motivate staff and contribute to their professional development.

  • Manages the Division's technical assistance activities, including the preparation of training materials, guidelines, and other tools to be used to improve statistical and analytical capacity in countries; ensures the delivery of training to developing countries.

  • Conceptualizes, supervises, coordinates and contributes to the Division's research and analytical work and reports, including the application of quantitative tools for data analysis and interpretation, and the development of global ICT trends, forecasts, and projections; directs and contributes to the production and publication of the Measuring the Information Society Report and the ICT Development Index.

  • Builds consensus between different stakeholder groups and views.

  • Keeps abreast of the emergence and development of new ICT technologies and developments and trends in data and big data analysis; analyses and evaluates their impact on the future of ICT indicators and data and makes proposals for their inclusions into ICT statistical data collections and analytical reports; leads in developing methodologies and uses of big data for statistical analysis and interpretation; coordinates phasing out low-priority activities.

  • Designs, supervises and coordinates the statistical information/analysis service which covers data collection techniques, such as surveys and questionnaires, acceptable quality control, assumption and data verification practices, statistical analysis and modeling techniques according to established statistical procedures, and the development/maintenance of up-to-date databases and software for the production of critical information to support ITU's monitoring work.

  • Plans and coordinates the organization of the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium, ITU's key global forum on ICT statistics.

  • Formulates, implements and evaluates the work programme activities, including cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary and outreach activities; this responsibility includes identify and reaching out to build new partnerships and to enhance collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, including from the private and public sector.

  • Contributes to the design of the communications and publication/dissemination strategy for the Division and ensures the dissemination and promotion of ITU's statistics and reports with a view to position the ITU as a top-level reference in the area.

  • Contributes to the preparation and implementation of fundraising strategies for supporting and developing the activities of the Division; promotes work programme activities so as to raise complementary grant/voluntary contribution funding.

  • Collaborates and coordinates with United Nations specialized agencies, Regional Telecommunication Organizations, and other stakeholders in the exchange of information, guidelines, definitions and best practices, and coordinates with ITU Regional Offices in activities related to data collection and processing. Provides technical advice, assistance and/or training to countries for the establishment of national telecommunication/ICT statistical data collection and dissemination systems, including databases and related tools.

  • Represents the ITU at high-level technical and inter-agency meetings in the Division's fields of activities.

  • Performs other related duties as may be required by BDT management.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Head of Innovation Services
Aug
19
5:30 PM17:30
WFP

Head of Innovation Services

The Head of Innovation Services will be in charge of the build-up and leadership of new accelerator programmes for external partners/clients, reporting directly to the Head of the Innovation Accelerator.
Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead the delivery of new accelerator programmes (‘innovation services) for a portfolio of external partners/clients, ranging from business development, overall management to client handling;

  • Management of a 10+ person innovation services team (internal and external) responsible for delivering to each client, including consultants delivering to bootcamps, sprints and workshops, and relevant business support staff such as communications, administration and partnerships.

  • Provide input and advice into strategy for Innovation Services as a whole, including regular review of strategy and ensuring compliance with WFP policies in operations including facets such as the use of vendors and sub-contractors, partnerships, contracts and reporting.

  • Lead into the impact assessment, developing and monitoring the theory of change of why/how innovation services are helping with client objectives.

  • Working with project managers and team members to provide oversight for the development and growth of a support community and alumni from which we can engage experts, mentors and partners for all clients.

  • Working closely with other members of the Innovation Accelerator team to maintain a strong single team as we collectively undergo considerable growth.

  • Support the Head of the Accelerator with any other activities and tasks as required

The Head of Innovation Services will be managing multiple client relationships in multi-year agreements and managing multiple teams to deliver design sprint “bootcamps”, venture advisory support and consulting on teams transitioning to scale.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Innovations Advisor
Aug
19
5:30 AM05:30

Innovations Advisor

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Director, the consultant will execute the following duties:

  • Coordinate the development, testing and deployment of technology tools based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to advance sustainable development and humanitarian assistance with partner agencies in the Global South (including locations categorized as E hardship category by the International Civil Service Commission);

  • Coordinate the implementation of data innovation projects by Global Pulse and partners, including design, implementation at pilot and large scale with partners in different countries (including locations categorized as hardship duty stations by the International Civil Service Commission);

  • Provide technical inputs for policy formulation towards building a regulatory environment for sustainable access and use of digital data and AI to advance the SDGs;

  • Support the definition and adoption of ethical frameworks and application of common set of principles regarding for the use of big data and for good at national, regional and global levels;

  • Build and maintain strong networks with experts, participants of relevant communities of practice, civil society, private sector, academia, UN country offices and HQ and Member states to support driving the big data for development, AI for good and data philanthropy movements;

  • Maintain a dialogue with stakeholders working on frontier technologies and support outreach of Global Pulse and advocate for the use of big data and AI for good with production of knowledge products, dissemination of project outputs, presentation at conferences and workshops, representing UN Global Pulse at international relevant forums;

  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts to advance Global Pulse’s strategy with identification of funding opportunities, supporting definition of new proposals and maintaining dialogue with potential donors.

  • Contribute to the overarching strategy and direction of UN Global Pulse and support the implementation of activities and programmes of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Consultant - Feasibility Study and Strategy for the establishment of the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab in Mauritius (multiple positions)
Aug
19
4:30 AM04:30

Consultant - Feasibility Study and Strategy for the establishment of the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab in Mauritius (multiple positions)

The Government of Mauritius is exploring to partner in establishing a UN Technology Lab (UNITIL) with the UN Secretariat Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT) (www.until.un.org) to invent, incubate and accelerate technology-based products and services that address key identified thematic areas:  SDG 14 – Life Below Water, SDG 13 – Climate Action, SDG 4 – Quality Education, SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities.  

UNTIL Mauritius will create a platform for collaborative problem solving in partnership with UN and its agencies, the Government of Mauritius, Private Sector, Academia and Civil Society. It will provide support in four different dimensions:

  1. Improving the enabling environment (e.g. better policy and regulatory space for innovation);

  2. Developing skills (innovation methods, learning behaviors, outcome-focus, action-orientation, technology innovation), including   understanding what makes local solutions work and reverse engineering them into different contexts to ensure scale and spread;

  3. Design, development of proto types, testing and market application of digital solutions;

  4. Improving internationalization for Mauritius-designed digital solutions; and

  5. Recommendations on public-private partnerships in making UNTIL Lab financially autonomous in the medium and long-run

The UNTIL Lab in Mauritius will be integral part of the global UNTIL network that is operational in Finland, Egypt, India and Malaysia with several additional countries like Germany, Rwanda and Thailand expected to become operational in 2019-2020.

UNTIL also expects to share knowledge and concrete software solutions with other African countries through South-South Cooperation and make Mauritius as a landing pad and platform for Africa in technologically connecting with Asia, Australasia and Europe through the global UNTIL network.

UNDP Office in Mauritius is therefore seeking the services of (1) International Consultant for the Elaboration of a Feasibility Study and Strategy for the establishment of the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) Mauritius. 

Key results expected include:

  • Completion of a detailed feasibility study on UNTIL Mauritius potential deliverables

  • Establishment of a strategy for a 3 years operations horizon ready to be endorsed by the UNTIL Mauritius Advisory Panel

  • Initiation of the administrative operationalization of the UNTIL Mauritius lab

  • Recommendations on public-private partnerships in making UNTIL Lab financially autonomous in the medium and long-run

For more information and to apply for international positions, please click here, for national positions, please click here.

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Digital technology and Innovation in Humanitarian Cash Transfers
Aug
13
8:30 AM08:30

Digital technology and Innovation in Humanitarian Cash Transfers

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, hope

In line with the HCT Scale up plan and building on existing UNICEF cash transfer activities, UNICEF seeks an individual to evaluate the existing work done by UNICEF both in innovation space and cash transfers activities in diverse situations, identify the bottlenecks and evaluate where innovative digital financial services, such as cryptocurrencies could offer a solution, all while considering the regulatory environments and risks. The work would focus on a few jurisdictions but develop insights into larger trends.

Based on UNICEF's global humanitarian assistance strategy and digital strategy, the consultant will work with Treasury and Structured Finance Services, in coordination with other internal stakeholders such as the Office of Innovation, to conduct a series of activities to better understand how the organization can improve the effectiveness and impact of humanitarian cash transfers through the use of distributed ledger technology, including blockchain or any relevant cryptocurrencies in order to have a bigger, faster and more cost-effective impact on the lives of poor people.

How can you make a difference?

  1. The consultant will document UNICEF cash transfer modalities and evaluate where there are opportunities for UNICEF to use blockchain or other relevant cryptocurrencies to best position UNICEF for digital payments transformation taking into consideration UNICEF's global presence.

  • The individual will apply his/her expertise in digital innovation, the assessment of UNICEF's existing digital innovation initiatives, information technology, and input from stakeholder interviews to build the case for the recommendations.

  1. The individual will provide 2 design concepts to illustrate the vision reflected in the recommendations.

  2. Recommendations for managing and regulating risks necessary to underpin successful transformation through digital technologies.

It is widely acknowledged that the most effective way to significantly expand unbanked population's access to formal financial services is through digital means.  The consultant is expected to explore digital technologies, including blockchain and other relevant cryptocurrencies, and their potential application to the humanitarian sector along with their use cases and recommendations for implementation.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Blockchain Developer
Aug
8
12:00 PM12:00

Blockchain Developer

You’ll 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:

  1. Technical Build: 

    • Contribute to the development and deployment of various blockchain related prototypes (note that our team is platform agnostic, and therefore prototypes may be built on various platforms)

    • Contribute to prototypes developed in conjunction with partners (within the UN and externally)

    • Manage the technical environments of such prototypes

  2. Technical Advisory:

    • Act as an advisor to the blockchain startups that UNICEF Ventures invest in, assist the teams in working through challenges, refer to them to additional resources, or act as a connector to mentors

    • Participate in ideation and design of blockchain prototypes. This may include, requirements gathering, architectural design, and technology roadmap

  3. Ecosystem engagement:

    • Engage internally with the blockchain lead, as well as other developers

    • Collaborate with external partners on prototypes or learning

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Data Visualization Specialist
Aug
4
5:30 PM17:30
WFP

Data Visualization Specialist

The Regional Monitoring team is providing technical support and oversight to 17 countries during their implementation of the Country Strategic Plans (CSP). The team guides and ensures that the CSP Monitoring, Review and Evaluation plans will provide the most relevant and strategic information toward achieving expected results, while being compliant with WFP corporate monitoring and evaluation requirements.

 To ensure effective programming, it is essential that monitoring and evaluation (M&E) ensures risks are mitigated and decision makers can adjust programme based on findings coming in through M&E systems. However, the systems used in collecting data, use and visualization of findings are not yet consistent across the organization.

Job Purpose

WFP seeks to build its capacity to centrally receive, store, process and analyse digital operational data for the purpose of promoting accountability, controls and efficiencies across its programmes and use data to better inform WFP’s programme design through the analysis of data collected from humanitarian operations.

Particularly for this position, the regional M&E officer (data scientist) will focus on monitoring data visualization by developing and standardizing insightful Tableau dashboards to best leverage M&E data both within Country Offices and across the region. The position includes also knowledge management and capacity building of M&E staff on data visualization.

Accountabilities  

  • Produce and manage the standardization of regional M&E dashboards and reporting templates in Tableau ensuring dashboards respond to the analytics & data visualization needs of M&E.

  • Structure and maintain centralized platforms to store relevant M&E data, standard operational procedures documents and best practices from the region.

  • Engage with HQ to develop strategies for standardizing data points and analytical approaches particularly Programme Monitoring, the Tableau Platform Manager and Data Programme.

  • Work with Monitoring team analysts to establish the systematic processing, analysis & visualization/reporting of regional M&E data from beneficiaries, service providers, staff and partners.

  • Support overall systems coherence and functionality for WFP’s relevant M&E corporate and non-corporate systems and processes.

  • Ensure standard operating procedures are in place to ensure the quality and integrity of quantitative & qualitative data as well as processes.

  • Work with medium/large Country Offices to train/recruit local data analysts to perform selected analysis and visualization tasks in-country.

  • Work closely with business units to identify and report issues and use data to propose solutions for follow-up and effective decision making.

  • Support and coordinate technology, platform, data dictionary and visual analytics standards for Monitoring and Evaluation activities across the RBC region.

  • Provide trainings in COs or in RBC on data processing, analysis and/or visualization, as needed.

  • Support the implementation of guidelines and tools to facilitate the implementation of data processing, data analysis and data visualization guidelines both at RB and field level.

  • Any other duties as required.

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Forecast-based Financing
Jul
31
5:30 PM17:30
WFP

Forecast-based Financing

The job holder reports to Programme Policy Officer/ Activity Manager 4, with overall supervision of the SO Manager/Head of Programme.

At this level, job holder is responsible for technical work including the planning, implementation and co-ordination of activities that require thorough understanding of programme/project context, issues and ability to apply a range of guidelines/practices. The job holder will independently handle a wide range of specialized programme or policy support activities and may be involved in analytical work. Work performed typically has a substantial impact affecting other parts of the programme.

The job holder demonstrate initiative in the identification and resolution of a wide range of issues/problems, and effectively handle unforeseen situations. The job holder may act as technical focal points in the area of vulnerability assessment and analysis. The job holder’s set objectives, resolve wide-ranging issues and unforeseen problems, supervise and coach a team of support staff within an area of responsibility.

Job Purpose

To provide support to policy and programme activities in the implementation of forecast-based financing. To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet the operation needs of Philippines Country Strategic Plan (CSP).

Accountabilities

Within the assigned unit and delegated authority, the Senior Programme Associate (Forecast-based financing) will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Contribute towards the implementation of the forecast-based financing project in ten provinces throughout the Philippines in coordination with national government, provincial government, UN and civil society organizations

  2. Provide project management support, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures

  3. Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained

  4. Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.

  5. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders

  6. Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration and to monitor ongoing projects

  7. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships towards the institutionalization of the forecast-based financing approach in the Philippine government

  8. Support capacity building of partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives

  9. Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries

  10. Perform other related duties as required

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Internship - Public Information
Jul
31
2:30 PM14:30

Internship - Public Information

The Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management is looking for a talented graphic design intern. Are you passionate about design and ready to support and shape the United Nation’s internal and external communication efforts? Apply for this exciting vacancy in a vibrant, international work environment.

Responsibilities

The Intern will support the development and implementation of a communications plan and approach for the Department of Management, Strategy, Policy and Compliance. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Designing visual content of the Department’s communication with internal and external stakeholders, using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign

  • Designing posters, banners, fliers, infographics and other communications materials following the Department’s visual identity

  • Photo research for printed and online material

  • Helping with the maintenance and value additions to our internal and external websites

  • Provide overall Graphic Design support to the team.

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Head of Research
Jul
31
9:30 AM09:30

Head of Research

The United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) is a research institute at the intersections of information and communication technology (ICTs) and sustainable development. UNU-CS conducts UN policy-relevant research and generates solutions, addressing key issues expressed in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through high-impact innovations and frontier technologies. Through its research, UNU-CS encourages data-driven and evidence-based actions and policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. UNU-CS is situated in Macau Special Administrative Region (S.A.R), China, and it is the only UN entity in the city. The Pearl River Delta, which embraces Macau, Hongkong, and Guangdong Province, is considered an emerging Silicon Valley due to its booming economy and technological innovations. The strategic location provides an exciting opportunity for researchers and experts to maximize impact of their work. More info can be found at https://cs.unu.edu

Head of Research

UNU-CS is seeking a Head of Research to invigorate and expand research programmes at the institute, under the supervision of the Institute Director. The ideal candidate is a mid- to late- career academic in the field of information and communication technologies for development (ICTD), human-computer interaction (HCI), data science, communications, or related fields. The selected candidate is expected to work full-time in Macau for the duration of the contract.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Institute Director, the Head of Research will perform the following responsibilities:

  1. Developing a resilient and high-quality research team within the institute

  2. Institute research fundraising strategies

  3. Research quality assurance

  4. Supporting the Director in developing and implementing the Institute Strategic Plan 2020-2024

  5. Increasing the institute’s visibility

  6. Individual research and fundraising 

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Web GIS Developer
Jul
29
5:30 PM17:30
WFP

Web GIS Developer

The Emergency Preparedness and Support Response Division (OSE) is responsible for enhancing the World Food Programme’s (WFP) preparedness and response capacity in emergencies, including early warning, preparedness planning, crisis support and information management.

The Geographical Information System (GIS) Unit within OSE and OSEP is continuously gathering data and updating georeferenced information to ensure that WFP is ready to create detailed cartography as well as spatial analysis of the areas of interest in order to support the humanitarian emergency response.

In order to improve accessibility to geographic information and tools, OSE has developed an infrastructure of geospatial data, which includes a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and an Open Source Web GIS environment.

The GIS developer will support maintenance and further improvement of the Open Source platform and development of other Web GIS application required by the team. He/she will report to the leader of the GIS developments, systems management and innovation team.

ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Implement Web GIS applications using open source technology and ESRI software;

  • Support activities on the development and administration of the WFPGeoNode platform;

  • Maintain and further strengthen the cooperation with the GeoNode community

  • Support the team in the release circles of new versions of the WFP GeoNode platform;

  • Support the migration and test of the WFPGeoNode platform and other applications implemented by the GIS team to the Amazon cloud environment;

  • Design and conduct trainings related to the WFPGeoNode and other GIS tools and projects used by the team;

  • Post content in the GIS page in the WFP Communities platform;

  • Produce documentation, presentations and projects proposals;

  • When needed, attend workshops, conferences and other events on GIS technology, and support in other GIS tasks.

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Web/Database developer
Jul
29
9:30 AM09:30

Web/Database developer

We are looking for experienced developer who can and likes to be involved in the entire software process from idea to production and likes to work on all layers in an application, from back-end to front-end. Under the supervision of the UNGM Development Team Lead and the UNGM Manager, the web/database developer will further develop the United Nations Global Marketplace, referred to as UNGM. The developer will be a part of a dynamic autonomous Agile Scrum team working closely together with the product owner. Emphasis is put on creative problem solving, collaboration with users, and fostering an active knowledge sharing environment.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Develop and test web applications using Asp.net/SQL Server/JavaScript, MVC, Entity Framework and Unit testing

  • Systems Integration using Web API

  • Implement solutions using Agile Scrum

  • Source control

  • Design Patterns

  • Work in an international team with many different nationalities

  • Participate actively as a team member to deliver added value

  • Proactively solicit and discuss user feedback and support and extend applications as needed

  • Perform other related duties as required

  • The personnel is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS

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UN WebBuy Application Architect
Jul
27
9:30 AM09:30

UN WebBuy Application Architect

The UN Web Buy team is part of UNOPS Shared Services Centre (SSC), which provides policy advice, operational support, and transactional services to UNOPS offices, and is responsible for the administrative support to HQ and Copenhagen-based personnel.

UN Web Buy (unwebbuyplus.org) is UNOPS e-commerce solution for the humanitarian and development sector. Through UN Web Buy, partners can access UNOPS procurement services for selected commodities based on Long Term Agreements. The platform went through a complete redesign in 2017 and is constantly being updated with new functionality.

The UN Web Buy team is responsible for the UN Web Buy service and for the development and maintenance of the system. The UN Web Buy operations team is based in Copenhagen, from where it provides global procurement services through the UN Web Buy platform.

This position is the first of three in the system development team, which is being relocated to Bangkok.

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Information Management and Data Science Internship for Crisis Risk Analysis & Early Warning
Jul
26
5:00 PM17:00

Information Management and Data Science Internship for Crisis Risk Analysis & Early Warning

UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2018-2021) recognizes the importance of contextual analysis, crisis prevention and recovery, and the management of multidimensional risks as fundamental for development.  The Crisis Bureau is responsible for UNDP's corporate crisis-related strategies, vision and priorities for crisis prevention, response, and recovery.  The Bureau supports policy and programme development in keys areas including Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Migration and Displacement, Livelihoods and Economic Recovery, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery.

One of the areas of responsibility of UNDP’s Crisis Bureau is to ensure that UNDP is well positioned to anticipate and to respond in the timeliest and most effective manner to crisis, primarily regarding sudden onset crises and complex protracted crises, triggered by natural disasters or armed conflicts alike.  The Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement Team provides crisis risk and early warning support to HQ and to Country Offices (COs) to address their needs in contextual risk analysis, adaptation, early action and—acknowledging unique contextual circumstances as well as unique CO requirements—provide tailored support.

To improve UNDP’s crisis risk analysis capabilities, the Crisis Bureau is exploring the targeted use of data science to harness new and emerging technologies such as machine learning / artificial intelligence and alternative data sources such as social media analytics and satellite imagery analysis, to support forecasting collective risks to human development (including risks of disasters, impact of climate change, risk of violent conflict and social unrest) in order to inform preventive action to mitigate the potential effects of crises on affected populations.

In support of UNDP’s engagement on the use of data science for crisis risk analysis and early warning, the Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement Team is seeking an information management and data science intern to support the organization's early warning capacities, information gathering and management,  and the development of machine learning tools and competencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will provide support to the early warning team in its information management and data science tools development activities, particularly related to the further development and operation of the Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD), which is a data management and visualization platform to track crisis risks.

Information management and tools development support may include:

  • Identifying additional data sources and manage data flows that support crisis risk analysis by engaging in data modeling and database development;

  • Supporting the collection, management, and publishing of documents, data, information, and digital content, using UNDP’s content management systems;

  • Developing customized applications and tools to strengthen CRD data collection, analysis and visualization capabilities;

  • Support the development of training material for the Global Crisis Risk Dashboard

  • Developing customized CRDs that offer country- or issue-based tracking and analysis by designing and developing visual interfaces, human-computer interaction modeling, and usability testing;

  • Researching innovative forms of acquiring data for early warning, particularly in context where data is scarce;

  • Contributing new ideas for improving the CRD in terms of the early warning data, and in terms of how the dashboard is used for effective crisis risk analysis;

  • Other related duties as may be assigned by the Early Warning Programme Specialist.

Machine learning / artificial intelligence tools development support may include:

  • Identifying new use cases for Machine Learning via Crisis Risk Dashboard applications

  • Supporting the development of machine learning models applying structured and unstructured learning including but not limited to regressions, random forest models, clustering models, sentiment analysis, NLP (natural language processing) and Topic Modelling

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GIS Developer Consultant
Jul
24
5:55 PM17:55
WFP

GIS Developer Consultant

The Emergency Preparedness and Support Response Division (OSE) is responsible for enhancing the World Food Programme’s (WFP) preparedness and response capacity in emergencies, including early warning, preparedness planning, crisis support and information management.

The Geographical Information System (GIS) Unit within OSE and OSEP is continuously gathering data and updating georeferenced information to ensure that WFP is ready to create detailed cartography as well as spatial analysis of the areas of interest in order to support the humanitarian emergency response.

In order to improve accessibility to geographic information and tools, OSE has developed an infrastructure of geospatial data, which includes a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and an Open Source Web GIS platform, It develops WEB GIS applications for various divisions in WFP and it provides guidance for adoption of standard geographic references in WFP’s corporate systems as part of the GeoEnabler project.

The GIS developer will be responsible of maintaining and further improve a Web GIS platform implemented by the GIS team for the Logistics Cluster and He will provide support for the rollout of the GIS infrastructure in country offices and regional bureaux.

He will report to the supervisor of the pillar within the GIS team that takes care of GIS developments, databases administration and innovation.

ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintain and further improve web and mobile applications implemented for the Logistics Cluster Preparedness Platform (LGPP) project;

  • Support rollout of the LGPP in priority countries for the Logistics Cluster and deliver training on its use;

  • Liaise with the TEC department and other divisions in WFP for the integration of geospatial data into corporate systems and websites;

  • Contribute to the administration of the WFP’s and the LogCluster’s organizational accounts in ArcGIS Online;

  • Support Country Offices and Regional Bureaus with the implementation of Spatial data Infrastructures (SDI);

  • Customize Web GIS applications implemented with ESRI technology and/or liaise with external partners for their implementation;

  • Test migration of the Spatial Data Infrastructure and ArcGIS based apps to the WFP’s cloud environment in Amazon;

  • Create a workflow for validation of edits on logistics datasets received from GIS staff in the field or cooperating partners through the Logistics Cluster Preparedness platform;

  • Content related to the GIS infrastructure and the LGPP is posted in the GIS page in the WFP internal social network (WFP Communities);

  • When needed, represent WFP at geospatial events, workshops and summits

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Development Coordination Officer: Partnerships & Development Finance (several positions)
Jul
24
10:30 AM10:30

Development Coordination Officer: Partnerships & Development Finance (several positions)

The UN Development Operations Coordination Office (UN DOCO) is the UN Office at the forefront of coordinating a collaborative contribution to the UN development system, towards its achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The position is located in the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) of the Integrated Office of the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG), Resident Coordinator (RC) and Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) (henceforth the Integrated Office) for Central African Republic (CAR), and reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and Head of the RCO.

Within delegated authority, the Development Coordination Officer (Partnerships and Development Finance) will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

  1. Assists with the provision of substantive support for strategic planning for and coordination of UN Country Team (UNCT) partnerships

  2. Guides joint resource mobilization for the UNDAF/UNSF

  3. Plans and facilitates substantive support on financing for accelerating the achievement of the SDGs

  4. Conducts knowledge management and capacity development activities

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Innovation Services Lead
Jul
22
10:30 AM10:30
WFP

Innovation Services Lead

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We are currently seeking to fill an Innovation Services Lead intern position in our Innovation Accelerator (INCA), Innovation and Change Management Division, based in Munich, Germany.

More information: http://innovation.wfp.org and a video of our Innovation Bootcamp from us and from Google.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Support Innovation Accelerator managerial and operative tasks, oversight of service delivery across a key client account/s and related service lines, including taking lead roles in running bootcamps, workshops, advisory “sprint” support to innovation teams and other emerging offerings suited to client needs;

  • Management of a 10+ person innovation services team (internal and external) responsible for delivering to each client, including consultants delivering to bootcamps, sprints and workshops, and relevant business support staff such as communications, administration and partnerships.

  • Input into strategy and operations for Innovation Services as a whole, including regular review of strategy and ensuring compliance with WFP policies in operations including facets such as the use of vendors and sub-contractors, partnerships, contracts and reporting.

  • Input into the impact assessment, developing and monitoring the theory of change of why/how innovation services are helping with client objectives.

  • Working with other innovation service leads to provide oversight for the development and growth of a support community and alumni from which we can engage experts, mentors and partners for all clients.

  • Working closely with other members of the Innovation Accelerator team to maintain a strong single team as we collectively undergo considerable growth.

  • Support the Head of Innovation Services and the Head of the Accelerator with any other activities and tasks as required

The Innovation Services lead will be managing client relationships in multi-year agreements and managing a team to deliver design sprint “bootcamps”, venture advisory support and consulting on teams transitioning to scale. Over time, the Innovation Services leads will work with WFP leadership to refine strategy and operationally deliver innovation services and consolidate WFP’s leadership position in innovation.

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Head of Experimentation & Head of Exploration (two posts)
Jul
21
5:30 PM17:30

Head of Experimentation & Head of Exploration (two posts)

The UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 embraces the complexity of development and commits the organization to helping countries find faster, more durable solutions to achieve Agenda 2030. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and rising inequalities pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNDP has begun incubating a number of strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring UNDP is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver a new generation of solutions in line with the challenges the world face. One such key strategic initiatives is the Country Accelerator Lab Network. The initiative is a recognition that increasingly interrelated development challenges require going beyond business as usual and single point, linear and silver bullet responses in development. Instead, they call for interdisciplinary approaches and non-linear solutions that crowd in the collective efforts of variety of partners and tap into local insights and the knowledge of people closest to the problem and the solutions. The initiative is also a recognition and an investment in the emerging momentum among a growing number of UNDP Country Offices around joining together disruptive, cutting edge methodologies with contextual, country-based insights and expertise to accelerate impact and progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. 

We are building the largest and fastest learning global network of Accelerator Labs (initially setting up 60 labs in 60 countries) embedded within UNDP’s global architecture and country platforms. The new offering builds on the latest thinking from the fields of complexity science, lead user innovation and collective intelligence to accelerate development impact.

Our network will surface and reinforce locally sourced solutions at scale while mobilizing a wide and dynamic partnership of actors contributing knowledge, resources and experience. The idea is to transform our collective approach by introducing new protocols, backed by evidence and practice, which accelerate the testing and dissemination of solutions within and across countries. This will enable the global community to collectively learn from local knowledge and ingenuity at a speed and at a scale that our societies and planet require. This will be achieved by:

  • Building on locally-sourced solutions, finding things that work and expanding on them;

  • Rapid testing and iteration to implement what works and go beyond the obvious solutions;

  • Combining the best understanding, ideas and expertise to generate collective knowledge;

  • Accelerating progress by bringing expertise, creativity and collective intelligence to bear.

The Accelerator Lab will undertake i) external facing interventions addressing priority development challenges, and ii) internally facing experiments to embed new ways of doing development within the existing UNDP portfolio. 

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U-Report Manager, Child Survival and Development Section
Jul
5
to Jul 11

U-Report Manager, Child Survival and Development Section

Under the supervision of the the HIV Specialist the consultancy will develop a U-Report strategy, including youth and partnership engagement modalities that directly contribute to LCO programme results, and provide capacity building to partners on RapidPro.”Additionally the consultant will, develop a subsequent sustainability plan for scalability and in collaboration with the Child Protection Specialist and HIV Specialist, develop a response strategy for child protection and sexual and gender based violence.

The office aims to deploy U-Report for dissemination and collection of several distinct layers of information; specifically, to provide:

  • Information from adolescents and young people on availability and access to information and services in their respective communities

  • Information to adolescents and young people on sexual reproductive health & rights, including HIV

  • Information from adolescents and young people on satisfaction with services and site-specific situation analysis indicators building on the social accountability work embarked by the UNICEF Lesotho Country Office

  • Information from the adolescents and young people on their Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviours and Practices (KAP)—as a follow-up to the national KAP Survey on SRH/HIV

  • Provide information from adolescents and young people to inform intervention strategies, and, and advocacy with line ministries. Connect adolescents and young people with local CSOs and partner engagement activities

  • Provide information to adolescents on SRHR,violence against children and HIV& AIDS.

  • Respond to reported cases by using referral mechanisms in place to forward issues to the relevant responder.

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Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) Fellow
Jun
21
to Jun 30

Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) Fellow

The United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) is a research institute at the intersections of information and communication technology (ICTs) and sustainable development. UNU-CS conducts UN policy-relevant research and generates solutions, addressing key issues expressed in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through high-impact innovations and frontier technologies. Through its research, UNU-CS encourages data-driven and evidence-based actions and policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNU-CS is situated in Macau Special Administrative Region (S.A.R), China, and it is the only UN entity in the city. The Pearl River Delta, which embraces Macau, Hong Kong, and Guangdong Province, is considered an emerging Silicon Valley due to its booming economy and technological innovations. The strategic location provides an exciting opportunity for researchers and experts to maximize the impact of their work. More information can be found at https://cs.unu.edu

Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development Fellowship Programme

UNU-CS welcomes recent PhD graduates to join us and co-create exciting research projects together. To this aim, we are establishing a Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) Fellowship programme.

ICTD Fellows will spend one year in residence at UNU-CS in Macau to conduct research in ICTD under the supervision of UNU-CS Principal Researchers and the Head of Research. You will conduct high quality research that can push new frontiers, deepen core research understanding, and/or offer new approaches to long-standing developmental issues in the field of ICTs and sustainable development. Your research outcomes will inform UN policy-making on issues related to ICTs and sustainable development.

The goals of the program are to:

  • contribute to the ICTs and sustainable development research field

  • address global development issues in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • engage academic partners within the UN policy-making process

  • increase our combined research capacity, global reach, and impact

  • keep UNU-CS research abreast of new and emerging scholarship on sustainable development

  • foster an interdisciplinary intellectual community

The selected ICTD Fellows will receive the following benefits:

  • office space in our newly renovated office building, which is part of Macau’s rich cultural heritage

  • free accommodation in UNU-CS’ staff apartment facility in the centre of Macau, a 15 minute walk from the office; you will not pay rent but utilities only (continuous residency is required)

  • economy travel to and from Macau on the first arrival and final departure

  • a stipend, competitive with local market rates

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview, as part of the selection process.

At the end of the fellowship programme, the ICTD Fellows are expected to jointly or independently produce research papers and a UN policy relevant outputs.


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