United Nations Foundation

  • Associate, Principles for Digital Development, Insights & Impact, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)

    Job Location US-DC
    Regular Full-Time
  • 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 Associate, Principles for Digital Development will be an employee of the UN Foundation.


    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 (T4D) 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 (Digital Principles). As steward, DIAL fosters and catalyzes dialog, curates and creates learnings where needed, and facilitates a process by which the Digital Principles can be best shared and strengthened through collective voice and inputs.


    To meet the objectives of DIAL’s work and the Principles for Digital Development, DIAL is seeking an Associate, Principles for Digital Development. This Associate will support the Digital Principles program, including contract management, stakeholder engagement, and providing thoughtful input into the development of new content for the Digital Principles program.

    Working Relationships

    The Associate, Principles for Digital Development will report to the Manager, Principles for Digital Development for overall guidance, work planning and performance reviews.


    • Collaborate with the Manager, Principles for Digital Development by providing project management support, contributing to the contract procurement process, managing vendors and deliverable timelines, and overseeing the work of interns/Fellows as needed.
    • Engage with external stakeholders by responding in a timely manner to inquiries, presenting Digital Principles content and presentations at briefings and external events, co-facilitating workshops, and overseeing communications with endorsers. 
    • Contribute to strategy, planning, and implementation of an “activation plan” to increase engagement by Digital Principles endorsers and encourage deeper adoption. Engage directly with endorsing organizations, responding to their questions or needs.
    • Contribute to the creation of new Digital Principles content, including writing blog posts on current topics in the technology for development sector, drafting how-to guides, and working with endorsers to write case studies.
    • Manage the Digital Principles website, including uploading new content and modifying web pages as necessary. Provide input into the Digital Principles website refresh and manage day-to-day interactions with vendor delivering the refresh, responding to their questions and providing thoughtful feedback in a timely manner.
    • Contribute to the design of communications campaigns around events, workshops, public engagements, and the testing and publication of new Digital Principles materials and tools, working with the DIAL Communications team
    • Work with the Manager, Principles for Digital Development to design and execute high-profile events (online and in person), including communications around them.
    • Work with the Online Community Manager, Principles for Digital Development to coordinate virtual convenings and webinars of stakeholders on the Digital Principles Forum.
    • Other related tasks as needed.

    Selection Criteria

    • At least three years’ relevant experience working with an international NGO, preferably in the technology sector
    • Bachelor’s degree required, ideally in political science, international relations, international development, business, communications, non-profit management, information communication technology, or other related fields. Master’s degree preferred.
    • Familiarity and interest in current trends in digital development and the ICT4D sector.
    • Passion for the mission and purpose of the Principles for Digital Development and DIAL.
    • Strategic thinker who enjoys being a thought partner and collaborator on new projects, with the ability to design and own projects from beginning to end.
    • Demonstrated experience designing, managing, and delivering projects with minimal supervision.
    • Relevant experience with event design and support.
    • Excellent writing skills and innovative approaches to communicate technically complex materials.
    • Demonstrated experience in maintaining websites and social media channels. Familiarity with the following:
      • Open source CMS: WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal
      • Enterprise CMS: AdobeCQ5, Ektron, Sitecore or similar
      • HTML experience; CSS and additional coding skills helpful
      • Knowledgeable on use of recording equipment for both videos and podcasts
      • Multimedia production, design, and editing using Adobe CS6, Lightroom or MediaValet (or similar), and Final Cut Pro or Dreamweaver
    • Team player with ability to work independently when needed, who can own and deliver on assigned activities with little direction.
    • Detail-oriented and results-driven.
    • English fluency at native level required.
    • Must be based in Washington, DC.
    • Ascribe to DIAL’s values of Commitment, Collaboration, Empowerment, Courage and Thoughtful Action.
    • Ability and willingness to travel internationally
    • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
    • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

    Benefits & Compensation

    For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

    • A choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP with HSA),
      dental insurance,
    • vision discounts,
    • flexible spending accounts,
    • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution,
    • group term and supplemental life insurance,
    • short-term disability,
    • long-term disability,
    • health club discounts,
    • commuter benefits, and
    • employee assistance program. 

    Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of parental leave.

    Other Information

    Please submit application by Friday, October 12 at 5 pm EST. 


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