DPI Safeguards Project Specialist needed to work remotely (from home)

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DPI Safeguards Project Specialist, Home Based, Remote
Closing date: Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Job Identification : 15785

Locations : Home Based

Posting Date : 01/22/2024, 01:32 PM

Apply Before : 02/13/2024, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : IPSA-10

Vacancy Type : International Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Innovation

Bureau : Office of Administrator

Contract Duration : 6 months

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Excellent written and spoken English is required

Desired Languages

Working knowledge of another official UN language is advantageous.

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

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.

Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP is the United Nations’ global development organization on a mission to end poverty, reduce inequality, and build inclusive institutions around the world. Since 2019, UNDP has embarked on an ambitious transformation journey to harness the potential of digital technology for development. The Digital Strategy 2022-2025 lays out UNDP’s vision to create a world in which digital is an empowering force for people and the planet. This work is led and implemented by the Chief Digital Office (CDO), a global team of innovators, digital strategists, and changemakers working to build global and local digital ecosystems that reaches and works for everyone.

Among others, Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) has emerged as an approach to digital transformation that has the potential to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unlike other digital technologies, DPI can be implemented at population scale and could amplify risks that individuals are exposed to such as data security, surveillance, and exclusion of marginalized groups.

UNDP launched the Universal Safeguards for DPI initiative in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology in September 2023. Through a global, collaborative mechanism, the initiative aims to establish safe and inclusive DPI principles, empowering governments to harness DPI’s development potential while mitigating its risks to people.

The Universal Safeguards for DPI initiative includes the following action areas: bringing diverse stakeholders across sectors together to generate insights through convenings; developing a DPI safeguards framework and ongoing knowledge curation; and facilitating the adoption of the safeguards framework in countries. These will be housed within a platform, the DPI Safeguards Action Hub, which manages a community of stakeholders that are actively shaping the initiative. It is envisioned that the framework will be available for consideration by Member States and key societal actors through the Global Digital Compact at the Summit of the Future in September 2024.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP is looking for a DPI Safeguards Project Specialist to lead this effort, working closely with CDO colleagues, the Tech Envoy’s Office (OSET), Governance Team, and knowledge partners. Key areas of responsibilities include project planning and execution, convenings and community engagement, knowledge curation and management, and country implementations.

 Lead the co-design of project activities and milestones with OSET, ensuring the achievement of initiative outcomes on an ambitious timeline through liaising with Programme Team, Advisory Board, and stakeholders and regularly reporting to the Steering Committee
 Collaborate with OSET to organize multi-stakeholder convenings, including identifying target stakeholders, designing sessions and coordinating working groups, and efforts to place initiative before Member States through Global Digital Compact
 Set up and maintain Safeguards Action Hub website and a community of stakeholders actively shaping the Safeguards Initiative
 Create and maintain a knowledge repository of safe and inclusive DPI practices including case studies from in-country implementations through collaborating with knowledge partners, including establishing processes on its contribution, governance and evolution
 Synthesize lessons learn from ongoing DPI implementations in countries including feedback from the Digital ID Governance Framework as inputs for framework development. Test hypotheses with Country Offices throughout the framework development and iteration process.
 Identify suitable country candidates and execute framework lighthouse implementations to build reference cases
 Design training assets and deliver capacity building programmes targeting country stakeholders
 Institutional Arrangement
The DPI Safeguards Project Specialist will report to the DPI Manager, Country Digital Transformation Delivery, in the Chief Digital Office (Executive Office).

Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the Project Manager is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies)

Thematic Area



Digital & Innovation

Data privacy and digital ethics

Knowledge of ethical usage of digital technology and data. Ability to assess ethical implications when using, combining, or sharing data, when building or implementing AI systems. Ability to design privacy protocols to ensure data is protected and used for legitimate purposes without unnecessary privacy risks.

Digital & Innovation

Digital ecosystems

Knowledge of how they work, understanding of the opportunities and challenges for governments and society

Digital & Innovation

Digital inclusion

Knowledge of digital inclusion works, opportunities and challenges for governments and society

Digital & Innovation

Digital public goods

Knowledge of how it works, understanding of the opportunities and challenges for governments and society

Digital & Innovation

User-centric design, research & testing

Knowledge of user-centered design methodologies and ability to apply them practically

Business Management

Partnerships Management

Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Business Development

Collective intelligence design

Ability to bringing together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services and solutions.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements

 Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, development studies, international relations, or a related field
 A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
Min. years of relevant work experience

 A minimum of 5 years of experience in driving digital transformation projects in a public, nonprofit, or development setting 
 Experience interacting with and steering stakeholders across sectors towards a common objective

 Experience providing technical assistance or implementing strategies in developing countries

 Knowledge and experience related to digital rights is strongly desired

Required skills

 Strong understanding of digital technologies and digital rights
 Ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including governments, multilateral organizations, civil society organizations, private sector companies, academia, and donors.
 Ability to capture and synthesize information on an ongoing basis to produce analysis and recommendations
 Excellent project management and execution skills to drive complex and ambiguous topics
 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

 Experience designing co-creation workshops or knowledge generating sessions
 Self-motivated, can work autonomously with little supervision
 High attention to detail

Required Language(s)

 Excellent written and spoken English is required.
 Working knowledge of another official UN language is advantageous.

Professional Certificates



Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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