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Fellow, DIAL

Position Overview

DIAL is seeking three (3) Fellows to begin in 2021. The Fellow should be ready to contribute to research, policy development, advocacy, monitoring evaluation, and learning work across DIAL. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) following up on specific project-level M&E needs (such as surveys and data analysis), conducting research on specific digital development topics across DIAL programs, and drafting communications materials in support of a shared learning agenda.

The Fellow will be based within the Insights and Outreach (I&O) team but will support various DIAL programming areas across the organization, based on team needs and the skills and experience of the Fellow. This is a part-time position and Fellows will be expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week (with flexibility of up to 29 hours per week) over a 10-week period. Candidates should clearly specify their anticipated start date in their cover letter, as well as their expected time commitment and any barriers related to their availability.

Please note: Given challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Foundation offices remain closed until further notice. The Fellow will be expected to work remotely during normally scheduled work hours (agreed upon with their supervisor) and supply their own laptop and Internet connection. Candidates from across the globe are welcome to apply, but if based outside of the U.S, you must be authorized to work in the United States without need for work sponsorship.

Essential Functions

  • Research topics relevant to digital development and present findings in various formats (reports, social media, etc.).
  • Develop content as an input for DIAL research agenda and communications channels (blog posts, social media).
  • Stay up-to-date on development, technology, and data for development news and provide these insights and updates to the relevant DIAL team on a regular basis.
  • Lead research projects to answer key learning questions.
  • Help monitor secondary data sources for important updates to areas of interest to DIAL (e.g., access rates, gender issues, regulatory changes, etc.).
  • Additional support tasks as needed.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program or have recently graduated from a graduate degree program.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in ICT and digital services in developing markets is strongly preferred.
  • Strong research skills and excellent analytical ability.
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely and communicate technically complex materials.
  • Be responsible, flexible, hard-working, and committed to the mission of DIAL.
  • Be fun, friendly, and collaborative.
  • Must be available to work part-time at least 15 hours per week over a 10-week period (possibility to extend), with flexibility up to 29 hours per week.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States without work sponsorship.
  • Must have a personal laptop computer and access to the Internet.
  • Ability to work remotely and flexibly with an international team.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory, and additional languages are a plus.

*Please note this is a remote position*

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