United Nations Foundation

  • Consultant: Online Community Management, Principles for Digital Development, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)

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  • Overview

    The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is a global alliance formed to enable the digital ecosystem to deliver greater scale, efficiency, and social impact as it creates more inclusive digital economies in emerging markets.  Working with partners, DIAL generates evidence of what works through a series of demonstration projects, distils insights and tools to promote scale-up and replication, and provides mechanisms for knowledge sharing, collaboration, and co-investment throughout the ecosystem.


    DIAL is a donor-funded program hosted within the UN Foundation and based in the UN Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office.  The consultant can work from DC or remotely.


    One central element of DIAL’s mission is to convene a wide range of actors within the digital development ecosystem and share knowledge, insights and tools across geographies and verticals.  This includes outreach across the Technology for Development community and central actors in the Data for Development field.  As one large part of this effort, DIAL serves as the steward of the Principles for Digital Development. As steward, DIAL fosters and catalyzes dialog, curates and creates learnings where needed, and facilitates a process by which the Principles can be best shared and strengthened through collective voice and inputs.


    To better facilitate knowledge creation, presentation, and dissemination and broaden the reach of DIAL’s work and the Principles for Digital Development, DIAL is seeking an Online Community Manager to work part time.  This Online Community Manager would ensure that the Principals for Digital Development online forum is a welcoming, active and growing online community. They would provide online community management for the Principals for Digital Development community, as well as strategic communications support for DIAL’s products and services.


    Digital Principles Forum Management

    • Coordinate and manage virtual convenings and webinars of stakeholders.
    • Conduct robust outreach to the Principles for Digital Development forum on issues of interest to the community.
    • Contribute to strategy, planning, and implementation to “activate” existing Principles endorsers and encourage deeper adoption, working in conjunction with Manager, Principles for Digital Development.
    • Act as moderator for the online forum community, welcoming new members and fostering group discussion, and monitoring/enforcing a community code of conduct as necessary.
    • Adopt best practices for community management and coordinate a collaborative development of community-specific norms, culture, values, and mission.
    • Engage with community members in a timely fashion, providing encouragement and support.
    • Solicit feedback on community experience with the forum and work continuously to improve community satisfaction and engagement.
    • Encourage a wide reach for the endorsement campaign and promotion system by working closely with DIAL’s Manager, Principles for Digital Development in the design and delivery of that campaign.
    • Monitors and measures success of community engagement and provide regular reports to relevant stakeholders within DIAL.
    • Update, maintain, and improve the community forum, powered by a Discourse platform.
    • Manage and troubleshoot all platform upgrades or updates, as needed.
    • Recommend and implement new community features, as appropriate.

    Internal Support

    • Internal Support: facilitate community conversations to support the work of existing projects within DIAL or by its partners.
    • Provide input into the design, strategy and dissemination of DIAL work products as it pertains to the forum.
    • Provide input into the DIAL website redesign.


    The Consultant, Online Community Management will report to the Manager, Principles for Digital Development for overall guidance, work planning and performance reviews.  His/her work on the Principles for Digital Development will be supervised by the Manager, Principles for Digital Development.


    Selection Criteria

    • Demonstrated excellence for producing intellectual capital and driving community engagement in technology and emerging markets, either in a development or private sector setting.
    • Minimum 3 years’ relevant professional experience, with engagements across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
    • Relevant experience designing, delivering and managing community outreach projects, including in coordination with external vendors.
    • Relevant experience with online community/forum moderation, ideally using the Discourse platform.
    • Strategic thinker who enjoys being a thought partner and collaborator on new ventures.
    • Excellent writing skills and innovative approaches to communicate technically complex materials.
    • Detail-oriented and results-driven.
    • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy. This job will be 50-60% of full-time.
    • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
    • Ascribe to DIAL’s values of Commitment, Collaboration, Empowerment, Courage and Thoughtful Action
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field such as engineering, computer science, international development, business, economics, related subject or relevant experience. 

    Other Information

    Role can either be DC based or remotely.  Remote workers are expected to be available for some of the workday US Eastern Time.


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