About the Digital Impact Alliance
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.
NGOs operating in key African and Asian markets face persistent time and cost barriers when provisioning their services on mobile network operators’ (MNOs’) voice, SMS, USSD and mobile internet channels. The presence of multiple MNOs in a given market, means that NGOs needing to provide services nationally require multiple negotiations and technical integrations with MNO partners who tend to place low priority on the relatively low-revenue segments NGOs tend to serve. The many, relatively small, uncoordinated requests from individual NGO deployments also makes it difficult to arrange volume pricing from providers.
DIAL hypothesizes that there is significant opportunity in addressing the above challenges through the support of efforts to pool NGO demand of network channels, and in doing so negotiate service rates and other elements of service provision across organizations, within countries (or, where relevant, across countries). Pooled procurement, combined with innovative risk financing, has been shown to result in improved economics and scaled adoption of other development goods and services, particularly in the global health sector. Applying similar principles and economies of scale to the digital services market could lead to lower costs and faster service provisioning, and greater reach for the NGO sector, while benefiting the mobile sector with a new pipeline of untapped commercial demand.
To this end, DIAL is pursuing two related initiatives – 1) Demand Forecasting : to develop a sophisticated demand forecasting tool that is able to size the overall mobile demand arising from the NGO sector by country, use case and sector, and 2) Digital Procurement Strategy: to research, develop and test collective procurement and financing strategies that will allow the NGO sector to leverage the size of the aggregate demand to negotiate with the mobile sector in a coordinated fashion, and in doing so realize improvements in cost and service provision.
About the Role
DIAL is seeking a Director (Procurement Strategy) to design, drive and manage an exciting program of work that will test strategies and convene actors to work on new models to aggregate demand and pool procurement for digital tools used to deliver the SDGs. The project will focus in FY19 on mobile network asset procurement on behalf of the international development sector, but will expand to software and other digital assets in the future. S/He will have extensive understanding of innovative procurement practices, ideally with experience of technology procurement within the international development sector. S/He will have extensive background working in the commercial technology sector and/or in international development. S/he will have a strong quantitative background and will either have participated in developing pricing / packaging strategies or technology procurement strategies. S/he will be a strong collaborator with a track record of bringing together diverse stakeholders to achieve a common outcome.
The Director will have the following key areas of responsibility:
Procurement / Financing Strategy
Industry Engagement / Collaboration
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.
Role can be based globally from any place with access to an international airport. Some preference for candidates based near technology centers or Washington, DC. Expectation of 20% travel including both domestic and international.