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Consultancy: Policy Guidance for AI and Child Rights

Under the supervision of, and in collaboration with, the Policy Specialist - Digital Connectivity, OGIP, the Consultant will produce a policy guidance on AI and Child Rights. In order for the guidance to be practical and usable, it could include the following sections (to be agreed with the Consultant):

  • Introduction (goals of the guidance, how it was developed, intended audience, how to use the document, etc.)

  • Definitions and key concepts

  • What we know about the AI landscape (key findings from the UNICEF analysis of national AI strategies and ethical guidelines)

  • Step 1: Status check on whether an AI policy/national strategy protects the rights of children (including indicators of an AI policy/national strategy which protects children’s rights and a self-review tool)

  • Step 2: Mapping the AI ecosystem and estimating AI maturity (including AI landscape mapping to estimate AI use in a country/organization/company and its impact on children, AI stakeholder mapping (e.g. government, industry/startups, civil society, academia, training bodies) to identify the critical stakeholders in AI, AI legal and regulatory (hard and “soft” laws) mapping, AI maturity model to identify the country’s/organization’s/company’s stage in the AI journey (from no activity to fully developed policy, funding, industry support, etc.))

  • Step 3: Developing or revising an AI policy or strategy that protects and fulfils children's rights (including introduction to AI principles, based on the CIFAR 8 policy categories present policy recommendations including “good” examples from the UNICEF AI policy review, provide model provisions to be included in AI strategies)

  • Step 4: Moving from policy to practice (including policy implementation toolkit, best practices / case studies, national reports on AI deployment).

  • A short checklist for each audience should also be included with the guidance

The guidance should also include links to external resources.

Please note that following discussions with UNICEF, the structure of the guidance described above may be adjusted in order to accommodate emerging/unplanned insights during the research and interview process. 

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