The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is a global alliance 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 to encourage knowledge sharing, collaboration, and co-investment throughout the ecosystem.
DIAL is funded through a collaboration among the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and hosted within the UN Foundation in Washington, D.C.
The Senior Director, Insights and Impact is a senior leader of the DIAL team. S/he will lead the team that works across DIAL programs to shape DIAL’s strategic thought leadership, contribute and manage knowledge production efforts, and lead our dissemination strategy with partners. S/he will be a thought leader in ICT4D and will have a strong strategic and implementation skills, capable of leading the design and implementation of digital research and tools production across multiple sectors. S/he will have a strong grounding in customer needs of at least two eco-system actors, and have a strong understanding of their perspective on business issues preventing digital technologies going to scale. S/he will identify opportunities and trends relevant for DIAL and its key audiences and stakeholders, developing a strong point of view as to which matter most, working with colleagues to shape DIAL’s strategy. S/he will then lead the team that translate these technical trends into written and visual materials that can be quickly understood and used by both public and private sector audiences, delivering immediate impact and establishing a strong and distinctive voice for DIAL.
All applicants must have a proven track record of leading digital development teams and have the ability to work collegially and efficiently with internal and external colleagues to design, write, and deliver cutting edge and memorable analysis quickly.
DIAL is a donor-funded program hosted within the UN Foundation, and is based in the UN Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office. The incumbent will be an employee of the UN Foundation and will be based in Washington, D.C. All candidates must have prior US work authorization.
The Senior Director, Insights and Impact, DIAL will report to the CEO and lead several teams including Insights team which focuses on providing strategic advice and developing actionable research and tools for our internal teams and the Impact team which focuses on training and dissemination across DIAL. The latter team includes DIAL’s stewardship of the Principles for Digital Development community.
The role will play a cross-functional “coaching” role at DIAL as the facilitator of DIAL’s work in establishing new distribution channels. The role will work closely with teams leading our strategic efforts in shaping demand aggregation and pooled procurement, helping them think through their strategy and suggesting options to move these efforts forward.
This role requires a highly collaborative individual, effective of supporting technical research requested by our Platforms & Services and Data for Development teams, and translating that research into strategic communications for DIAL partnering closely with our Investment Evaluation team and Communications colleagues.
For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:
Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of parental leave.