About DIAL (Digital Impact Alliance)
DIAL is a new global alliance to enable the digital ecosystem to deliver greater scale, efficiency and social impact by creating more inclusive digital economies. Working with partners, DIAL will generate evidence of what works through field-based projects, distil insights and tools to promote scale-up and replication, and provide mechanisms for co-investment throughout the ecosystem. DIAL is hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and the team is based in Washington, D.C.
While millions of low-income and otherwise vulnerable communities remain generally underserved, new data generating technologies such as mobile devices, high-resolution satellite imagery and digital services have become more affordable and mainstream. Nearly 70 percent of the economically bottom fifth of the population in developing countries own a mobile phone – more than have access to electricity or clean water. The proliferation of various forms of digital, geospatial and programmatic services – from mobile operator call data records (CDRs) and satellite imaging to mobile apps and value added services (VAS) delivering health, education and other services over mobile channels – holds the potential to greatly inform social impact initiatives.
A number of private- and development-sector D4D efforts are underway, from elevating the development sector’s use of all types of sectoral data to corporate initiatives that utilize digital data for initiatives that ultimately impact the bottom-line. An ecosystem of organizations is emerging to realize the societal and commercial impact of these opportunities. New techniques and business models for analyzing and drawing insights from multiple and large data sets are becoming more available, enabling new ways of understanding user needs for both commercial and public good uses.
This opportunity combined with its deep technical expertise and an issue-first and partner-first approach, as well as a fundamental understanding of and sensitivity to the commercial needs of partners - positions DIAL as a cutting-edge, agile, neutral, global service provider that can advance the field of D4D.
Principal Architect, Data for Development (D4D)
DIAL is seeking a Principal Architect to join the Data for Development (D4D) team. The Principal Architect will set the vision and the strategic technical roadmap for the Data for Development (D4D) portfolio of investments.
The Principal Architect will support the buildout of the Data & Analytics functions for the D4D team with the strategic intent of pushing the field of D4D forward. The Principal Architect will be responsible for steering our technical and implementation partners and driving our research partners’ agenda and investigations. Working with our technology partners, she will develop the required infrastructural components (technical, commercial) that will match data supply (e.g., MNOs) with data demand (e.g., programmatic partners in public health, agriculture, etc.). She will lead the in-country delivery of these solutions, and enable compliance with regulatory and data protection regimes. She will also drive the development of common data architecture and standards for utilizing telco and digital data for social good. Finally, she will work with partners to develop insights and indicators that can provide accelerated support for decision-making in the public sector.
For full-time employees we offer an excellent range of benefits, including a choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP). Dental insurance, vision discount plan, Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Long-Term Care Insurance, Health Club Discounts, Commuter Benefits, Employee Assistance Program and Warby Parker discounts.
12 Paid holidays, 4 weeks of vacation, 10 sick days, 3 personal days and 8 weeks of parental leave (mother or father). Access to the UNFCU Credit Union, 150% match on our 403b retirement plan, Flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts and discounted Zipcar membership.
This role can be performed remotely within the United States, and the team will consider international applicants living in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa as long-term consultants.