UNDP Accelerator Lab, Solutions Mapping Intern - Khartoum, SUDAN


Location : Khartoum, SUDAN
Application Deadline :01-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Aug-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

The UNDP in Sudan has consistently promoted innovative initiatives since 2014 as an enabler to doing development efficiently and tackle barriers to development pathways. In partnership with the government, private sector, incubators and civil society organizations, Country Office (CO) has undertaken initiatives that applied design thinking, human centered approach, to create solutions on better citizen engagement towards building peace and social cohesion; behavioral insights to understand pathways of radicalization and determine programme response to prevent violent extremism, telecom big data to measure proxy multi- dimensional poverty, crowd sourcing through radios to obtain perceptions on public service delivery, as well as promotion and capacity building of youth on social innovation. These initiatives were conducted within ongoing projects or as test pilots facilitated by the CO Innovation Task Force. 

Sudan is one of the selected country offices amongst 60 countries for the launch of UNDP’s global network of Accelerator Lab in 2019, embedded within UNDP’s global architecture and country platforms. The establishment of the lab will support CO’s objectives and ongoing efforts in applying up to date social and policy innovation concepts, tools and approaches to address most complex and emerging development challenges in the country. Social and policy innovation for UNDP Sudan means pursuing new approaches, ideas and solutions combining multiple disciplines, types of actors and sectors, to put effective capacity and processes at the core of public service delivery and social progress right from initial nudge through scale and systemic change.

In particular, Sudan CO envisions the Accelerator Lab to build on the latest thinking from the fields of complexity science, lead user innovation, collective intelligence and data innovation to co-create solutions and accelerate development impact through improved, efficient and inclusive responses in support of UNDP’s current and upcoming priorities on local governance, economic stabilization and sustainable livelihoods amongst others.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in machine learning process, training A.I. systems to recognize misleading information in news articles and on social media
  • Aid in training computer systems to recognize Arabic language with a focus on the Sudanese dialect and colloquial language
  • Support in assessing and reporting online content and its reliability
  • Contribute to the design and production of a report outlining the truthfulness of online content
  • Assist in the logistics and administrative aspects of projects assigned by supervisor
  • Support other program related activities


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
a. Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
b. Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
c. Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
 

Functional Competencies:
1) Knowledge management and sharing;

2) Understanding of artificial intelligence and machine learning;
3) Development and operational effectiveness;
4) Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills;
5) Ability to extract, interpret, analyze data and present them in a comprehending simple language;

6) Uses Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource;
7) Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
8) Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
with the ability to work under pressure.


Required Skills and Experience

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

  • Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation;

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program. 

Preferred Qualifications, Skills, Experience, Areas of Expertise:

          Education: University degree in I.T., statistics, economics or other relevant disciplines.

          Interest: Interested in understanding the UNDP way of work and programming principles

         Language Requirements: Fluency in both oral and written English and Arabic



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