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International consultant on Application of Blockchain Technology in Public Service Delivery
|Location :||Home based (with one-time travel to Uzbekistan)|
|Application Deadline :||25-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||25 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||during the period November-December 2020|
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.
Improved Public Service Delivery and Enhanced Governance in Rural Uzbekistan" is a joint project conducted by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), funded by the European Union. The overall goal of the project is to improve the quality of life of vulnerable sectors of the population in rural areas – such as women, youth and children, the elderly and people with disabilities – by enhancing their access to public services, and the quality of their provision. Equally, the project aims to strengthen citizen participation in the decision-making processes at the local level and increase their access to information, effectively increasing the transparency of the local governance system.
In accordance with the Activity 1.7 of project: “Prototyping blockchain-based solutions in public service delivery. A policy paper will be produced on how to introduce blockchain technologies to public service delivery. Research will be conducted to explore the opportunities for distributed ledger technologies in the transformation of selected public services, to be provided in pilot regions, for ensuring integrity, trust and transparency of service-related data and associated transactions; for example, in land registries, business registries, notary services, etc. This policy paper is expected to provide real life insights into the viability of such technologies, as well as to identify the legal and policy implications of rolling out distributed-ledger technologies in the country. In addition to research and feasibility studies, analysis, prototyping blockchain-based solution in public service delivery will be undertaken. To this end, local and international consultants (technical writers, business analysts and blockchain experts) will be recruited, servers & IT equipment for piloting blockchain solutions will be procured.”
The UN in Uzbekistan (namely, UNDP, UNICEF and UNODC) joined forces, with support from the UN Development Coordination Office, to explore how blockchain can limit corruption in national public and private sectors and chose two areas of focus: School certificates and Land cadaster. The UN team created a web service for the Ministry of Public Education (MPE) to create digital records of the issued certificates and a private blockchain to make sure that the records in the data based are not manipulated through the publicly accessible service for online certification. At the moment, the web service is integrated with the private blockchain deployed on the MPE servers and running preliminary tests within the agency itself. UN team along with the state cadaster committee, developed a demo blockchain application that prevents the unauthorized manipulation of the real estate data in the central government database. Citizens are also able to verify their property records online through a public portal making the agency’s activity more transparent. The blockchain app is being deployed in the committee’s servers and is undergoing internal tests. The next is to pilot the implementation of the blockchain system with real data. To advance these applications beyond the pilot stage, UN team is working with national partners to establish an enabling institutional and regulatory framework.
Government and policy makers in public service delivery require a deep understanding of blockchain technology in order to develop policy and regulatory frameworks. Dissemination of information between government and innovators is crucial to determining the most appropriate regulatory framework and supporting innovation in public service delivery. This should include: government consultation with the blockchain industry (particularly start-ups) to ensure that they understand and adhere to regulations in Public service delivery system; blockchain industry members communicating the regulatory challenges that are preventing them from succeeding; and, educating government and the broader community so that they may understand the blockchain industry.
According to a Presidential Decree signed July 3, 2018 “On measures to develop the digital economy in the Republic of Uzbekistan”, from 2021 blockchain will be incorporated into Uzbekistan’s government transactions to improve public services and ensure transparency and accountability, blockchain technologies and platforms were identified as key factors in the development of the digital economy, and the government was instructed to create an enabling environment for the implementation of blockchain solutions.
The International consultant on Application of Blockchain Technology will support the Project Team in the development of Analytical paper on the introduction of blockchain technology to Public Services Delivery system of Uzbekistan.
The project provides its support in the formation of the “Unified Electronic Archive of Civil Status Records” IS based on the use of blockchain technology. Also, due to the creation and implementation of a single electronic archive of civil status records, it will be possible to control the actions of civil registry offices, coordination of work and informational exchange between them, as well as simplify the mechanism of interaction between government bodies.
Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager and in close cooperation with the Task manager on Public Services Delivery Legislation and ICT Associate the International consultant will perform the following functions in order to produce the expected outputs. He/she will support the project team in all aspects of the introduction of blockchain technology to public services and public administration reform, sequencing of interventions, monitoring and evaluation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Analysis of data on current changes public services delivery system:
Required Skills and Experience
Years of experience: