UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (ICPSD) is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) global organization mandated to leverage the role of the private sector in development. The ICPSD was established in Istanbul, Türkiye based on the Partnership Framework Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of Türkiye and the United Nations Development Program in March 2011. The center is one of the six global thematic policy centers of UNDP, supports the private sector and foundations to become transformative partners in development through research, advocacy, facilitation of public-private dialogue and brokering partnerships. ICPSD leads UNDP’s global work on private sector and foundations and supports UNDP’s offices all around the world.  



The ICPSD SDG AI Lab is a joint initiative of UNDP BPPS (Bureau for Policy and Programme Support) team, and it is hosted under UNDP ICPSD. The SDG AI Lab provides research, development, and advisory support through innovative digital solutions in harnessing the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for sustainable development. The Lab aims to strengthen the UNDP’s internal and its partners’ capacities for the increasing demand for digital transformation.

UNDP ICPSD’s SDG AI Lab, UN Technology Bank will jointly implement the ‘Frontier Tech Leaders’ Program for the LDCs (Least Developed Countries) to bridge the digital divide and contribute to the 2030 Agenda of sustainable development. The ‘Frontier Tech Leaders’ Program aims to train the next generation of tech specialists in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to address the challenges facing their communities by developing digital solutions. In this sense, it will inspire youth and provide them with the means for action. With a focus on encouraging young women to pursue education and careers in the field of technology, the Program will contribute to the promotion of gender equality.

The Program has its first country implementation in Djibouti with the participation of 50 young participants and 20 government officials. The Djibouti implementation will start in November 2023. The young participants will benefit from the Machine Learning Bootcamp, local chapter activities, Virtual Digital Business Incubation Program and be a part of global tech leader community. Government officials will benefit from the frontier technology training as well. The Program will create synergies between two beneficiary groups by enabling them to develop solutions for SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) together. 

In this context, the Program Support Fellow will support Frontier Tech Leaders programme’s training and community activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Support Fellow will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:



Duties and responsibilities

% of time


Day-to-Day coordination and implementation to ensure Program delivery in Djibouti

  • Implement program activities based on the relevant project documents and in close coordination with the Frontier Tech Leaders Core Team;
  • Developing comprehensive/detailed project work-plans for Djibouti implementation;
  • Coordination of French speaking experts and service providers;
  • Preparing project progress reports against planned activities and allocated budget lines and reporting to the Frontier Tech Leaders Core Team;
  • Liaising with Djibouti government, UNDP Djibouti Country Office and other relevant stakeholders in Djibouti;
  • Providing logistical and other event support as needed including transcribing and notetaking.



Community Management

  • Onboarding the Frontier Tech Leaders participants & guides and engaging with them throughout the process;
  • Enhancing Frontier Tech Leaders Learning Programmes and Learning Collaboratives by curriculum and timeline planning, moderating the weekly classes and supporting the course guide;
  • Closely monitoring participants’ training activities on Coursera dashboard;
  • Maintaining high levels of trainee/student satisfaction measured by student retention, student satisfaction surveys, student graduation rates, and graduation surveys for the French speaking community;
  • Ensuring the participants engagement with the global community website and chapter community spaces;
  • Managing and running Frontier Tech Leaders Discord spaces in French;
  • Responding to the participant/applicant questions via available channels;
  • Implementing a strategic engagement plan with online, communication, fostering student trust among the French speaking community, and serving as their program coach;
  • Organizing community building events;
  • Collaborating with the Frontier Tech Leaders Core Team to align the French speaking community with the non-French speaking community;
  • Reporting to the Core Team about the progress of the French speaking community;
  • Selecting teaching fellows, volunteer guides for the learning collaboratives;
  • Organizing weekly and monthly meetings with Frontier Tech Leaders teams;
  • Reaching out to the relevant communities, student clubs and maintaining a productive relationship with the global and local frontier tech and AI community.

40 %


Partnerships and Outreach

  • Participating in the production of communication materials in French covering the community and its activities in the form of the blog posts, articles, tweets, and others aligned with the Frontier Tech Leaders Core Team;
  • Contributing to the French speaking developer community branding and communications strategies developments;
  • Assisting in identifying new partnership opportunities towards building stronger community. 

   15 %



  • Supporting other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.

5 %


Competencies and attitude:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays culture, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Excellent with deadlines;
  • Self-driven and open to self-development;
  • Ability to understand the needs and challenges faced by adult learners;
  • Strong attention to detail including skills in record keeping and records management;
  • Genuine interest and commitment to help students achieve their goals;
  • Good operations management skills;
  • Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision;
  • Experience in working with volunteers;
  • An understanding of digital concepts such as artificial intelligence, technologies and experience in those fields will be an asset
  • Experience in or already supported any advocacy activities and/or campaign events, workshops, and knowledge products.
  • Experience working in the UN System would be an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • currently enrolled in a postgraduate program (such as a master's program or higher) or
  • have graduated with a university degree or equivalent studies.

Field of study: computer science, engineering, statistics, economics, finance, business administration, social sciences, public administration, or related areas.

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools.
  • Interest and/or experience in online community platforms, such as Discord.

Language skills:

  • Fluent in French and English with excellent reading and writing skills is required.



The application should contain:

  • Brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post;
  • Current and complete CV in English;
  • Please group all your documents into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Candidates who are selected for must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official document(s) confirming meeting at least one of the educational requirements.


During the time of the fellowship, UNDP will provide a monthly stipend.