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Position Overview
The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is a new 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.

 

Business Operations

The Business Operations team is the administrative hub for DIAL’s fast moving, global, tech oriented team and ensures a clear alignment among strategy, program operations, financial management, talent management and impact. The Administrative Coordinator will play an important role in fostering sound team management and as assistant to the CEO. If you want to apply your administration skills in an environment that is working to advance an inclusive digital society, then this may be the right fight for you.

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The forthcoming Lancet Series on Gender Equality and Health focuses on the impact of efforts to transform gender norms and address gender inequalities on improved health outcomes and wellbeing of girls, women, boys and men around the world. The guest editor for the Series is Dr. Gary Darmstadt, Professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. The Series is managed by a small secretariat based in Stanford University and will include five papers. The aim of Paper 5 is to issue a call to action to promote gender equality and changes in prevalent gender norms to optimize health outcomes for all. The lead author of the paper, Geeta Rao Gupta, Senior Fellow at U.N. Foundation, will work closely with two co-authors, Caren Grown, Senior Director of the Gender Group at the World Bank and Nandini Oomman, an independent global health specialist, as well as with the lead authors of the other four papers, and the Steering Committee of the Lancet Series, to identify the key recommendations to be included in Paper 5.


The Research Associate for Paper 5 is responsible for conducting rigorous analyses and critical appraisal of evidence across a wide range of subjects including summarizing results, producing reports, and coordinating and developing high profile, time-sensitive documents, presentations, briefings and analyses. The Research Associate will work closely with all authors of Paper 5 as well as interact with stakeholders across the Lancet Series, including members of the Steering Committee and the secretariat, to assist in the design, development and management of specific briefing and analytical projects.

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DIAL Overview

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is a new 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.


Position Overview
The DIAL (Digital Impact Alliance) is looking for a Program Lead for a new program delivering technical assistance and financial support to open source software projects designed for the international development and humanitarian communities. Many such software projects currently exist, but a large number of them are prevented from scaling -- due to poorly-implemented governance, and other basic structures needed for ongoing investment and growth.


DIAL’s new Open Source Center (OSC, or “the Center”), provides a collaborative space for, and professional technical assistance to, these open source projects. The Center assists in the establishment of effective governance, software project management, and contribution models for member projects. It also provides technical, architectural, and programming support for projects; and assists those projects in support, engagement, management of their communities of contributors and implementers. More information about the program is available online: http://osc.dial.community/


DIAL is hiring a Program Lead of the Center. Together with existing Center staff, this role will assist in overall leadership and vision to the program. Its primary responsibility is promoting and recruiting for a collaborative, effective, and successful ecosystem of hosted projects, implementers, and donors. Specifically, this role will:

 

  • In collaboration with the Center’s Director of Community and Director of Technology, and with oversight by the Center’s governance board, manage day-to-day operations of the Center and deliver its services to participating open source projects;
  • Be primarily responsible for ongoing design, implementation, and improvement of Center governance structures and processes, together with participation from key stakeholders;
  • Serve as the primary representative of the project to existing, new, and potential external partners, as well as on boards of other entities;
  • Prepare and refine a long-term program sustainability plan, including identifying sources of revenue and funding for the Center’s core staff and activities, as well as potential collaborative funding processes for participating member projects; and
  • Serve as a sustainability advisor to supported member open source software projects.
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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 will generate evidence of what works through a series of demonstration projects, distill insights and tools to promote scale-up and replication, and provide mechanisms to encourage knowledge sharing, collaboration, and co-investment throughout the ecosystem.

 

The Social Media and Website Associate (SWMA) will be a strategic doer with responsibility for executing on strategies to build online engagement with DIAL and for maintaining all of DIAL’s digital properties including DIAL’s website, multimedia, and social media accounts and content. The SMWA will report to the Director of Communications and collaborate closely with the Communications Manager on day-to-day work to develop online strategy, content and tactics. The SMWA will work closely with other DIAL team members, including Focus Area Directors, Senior Director of Business Operations, on a project-specific basis. The SMWA will coordinate with United Nations Foundation digital production and social media staff to jointly produce and share digital content.

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The Contracts Associate is responsible for the review of contracts and agreements as assigned and serves as a point of contact for all contracting systems, internal processes, and procedures. The Contracts Associate liaises with and provides support to contracting points of contact in other departments/teams, and external partners. Additionally, the Contracts Associate provides administrative and accounting/finance support to the Finance Department.

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Overview: 

 

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is a new global alliance to enable the digital development (ICT4D) ecosystem to deliver greater scale, efficiency, and social impact in service of more inclusive digital economies in emerging markets. Working with partners, DIAL generates evidence of what works through a series of demonstration projects, distills 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 United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C.

 

Investment Evaluation:

 

The Investment Evaluation unit, part of Business Operations, is key to DIAL’s ability to measure and learn from its successes (and failures) and to contribute to the ICT4D sector’s understanding and ability to improve.  DIAL’s approach to Investment Evaluation involves learning from individual investments and projects while also focusing on how these investments as a whole are addressing the challenges of the digital ecosystem and improving lives for underserved populations in emerging markets.  DIAL uses a developmental evaluation approach to ensure adequate learning and support adaptive management.  It also has a Results Framework with a set of indicators to be measured at multiple levels, including the global ecosystem.

 

The Investment Evaluation unit oversees these key and interrelated components – developmental evaluation, results framework measurement and management, investment-level M&E, and a Learning Agenda.  The Investment Evaluation (IE) Manager will play an important role in helping create, support and implement the systems, tools, approaches, and culture needed to measure responsibly, learn collaboratively, and demonstrate effectiveness at all levels of DIAL’s work.  This role demands a committed, experienced and monitoring and evaluation professional, with experience in digital services and advanced technological skills and aptitude. 

 

Position Description:

 

The IE Manager supports the Director of Investment Evaluation in enabling the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) to track its progress and impact, share lessons learned and contribute to the wider ICT4D sector.  The evaluation function works across the three key focus areas (platforms and services, data for development, and insights and impact) to develop and implement tools and processes for project management, develop evaluation strategies for individual investments and initiatives, facilitate and extract internal learning and adaptation, and participate in ecosystem-level, organization-wide studies. 

 

Under supervision of the Director of Investment Evaluation, the IE Manager will serve principally in helping design and implement M&E strategies for investments/initiatives, using the latest methods and approaches, and working on data collection and integration across projects and teams and intra-organization.  He or she will also help research and monitor secondary data sources of interest to DIAL’s work, and help promote an overall data-driven approach to DIAL’s work.  The IE Manager may help lead and facilitate internal planning, learning and reflection processes like theory of change and lessons learned, help manage data collection and integration for DIAL’s Results Framework tracker, and provide assistance/insight on DIAL’s overall ecosystem measurement strategies.  Overall, DIAL seeks to implement innovative approaches to monitoring and evaluation, particularly those that support an adaptive, learning context that is transparent and committed to sector-wide sharing, communication, and learning. 

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DIAL is a new 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 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.
 
DIAL is seeking an Fellow ready to contribute to its research and advocacy work. The Fellow would conduct preliminary background research on digital development trends and topics, support the editing and curating of our organization’s content (blog posts, content, website materials) and offer overall support for the knowledge generation work of the organization.

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Overview

DIAL Overview: DIAL is a new, $55 million 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 will generate evidence of what works through a series of demonstration projects, distil insights and tools to promote scale-up and replication, and provide mechanisms to encourage knowledge sharing, collaboration and co-investment throughout the ecosystem.

 

Mobile Network Integration Program:

In emerging markets, many digital services are delivered through core mobile service (CMS) channels—voice, SMS, and USSD. Accessing these services requires relationships and technical integration with mobile network operators (MNOs). Establishing these partnership agreements and delivering the technical integrations can be slow and time-consuming, creating barriers to efficiently and effectively delivering new mobile services at scale.

In this environment, aggregators—companies that establish intermediary relationships and provide integration with multiple MNOs—play a critical role in reducing the barrier to service delivery of new mobile services, providing digital service providers (e.g., NGOs, companies) with a low-friction single-point-of-connection. This enables a faster time to market in any given country.

 

DIAL's Mobile Network Integration Program will reduce the barrier for service providers by incentivizing aggregators to enter new markets and/or making it easier for them to work with aggregators in current markets. We do this by promoting common service and technical standards as well as trialing viable business models that benefit all.

DIAL is seeking a Technical Lead to help support the definition of a common set of CMS service offerings (to be done in conjunction with the team) and then to lead the development and promotion of open technical standards (in the form of common API specifications) that support these common service offerings together with the aggregator and service provider ecosystem.  The Technical Lead will report to the Program Director.  The standards development process will be: driven from a clear understanding of aggregator customer needs, transparent, and open to participation of any and all interested parties. 

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DIAL Overview:

DIAL is a new, $55 million 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 will generate evidence of what works through a series of demonstration projects, distil insights and tools to promote scale-up and replication, and provide mechanisms to encourage knowledge sharing, collaboration and co-investment throughout the ecosystem.

 

Core Mobile Services Aggregator Program:

In emerging markets, many digital services are delivered through core mobile service (CMS) channels—voice, SMS, and USSD. Accessing these services requires relationships and technical integration with mobile network operators (MNOs). Establishing these partnership agreements and delivering the technical integrations can be slow and time-consuming, creating barriers to efficiently and effectively delivering new mobile services at scale.

 

In this environment, aggregators—companies that establish intermediary relationships and provide integration with multiple MNOs—play a critical role in reducing the barrier to service delivery of new mobile services, providing digital service providers (e.g., NGOs, companies) with a low-friction single-point-of-connection. This enables a faster time to market in any given country.DIAL's CMS Aggregator Program will reduce the barrier for service providers by stimulating new aggregators to enter the market. We do this by working across digital service providers to aggregate demand for common technical standards and establishing viable business models that benefit all.

 

DIAL is seeking a Technical Program Manager (TPM) to oversee the design and implementation of the Program. The TPM will report to the Senior Director of Platforms & Services and manage the Core Mobile Services Aggregator Program. 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. All candidates must have prior U.S. work authorization.