The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is a “think, do, replicate” tank that investigates digital transformation best practice at the national, regional and global level. We combine practical research with evidence-based advocacy to identify which digital efforts work, package them as re-usable solutions and encourage their use.
DIAL is funded through a collaboration among the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and hosted within the UN Foundation in Washington, D.C.
The Senior Director, Insights and Outreach is the main policy leader for the organization and will be the key thought leader shaping our digital research and global engagement efforts for the organization. They oversee DIAL’s policy research, Digital Principles training portfolio and our communities of practice teams. Collectively, this group and our Communications team form the “Insights and Outreach team.” As the main policy leader for the organization, they are expected to be an accomplished public speaker and thought leader as one of the chief spokespersons for the organization. They will partner closely with the CEO and Senior Director, Strategy and Partnerships on external engagement efforts, be a key member of DIAL’s leadership team, and will report directly to the CEO.
The Insights and Outreach (I&O) team works closely with external partners, gathering insights from digital development practitioners, curating replicable models that can be used to achieve policy objectives and engaging with global thought leaders on what is most needed to achieve digital transformation and responsible data use. These insights are then packaged into replicable models and communications products that others can adapt and use.
The Senior Director, Insights and Outreach, will be someone who has a broad depth of knowledge on trends in digital development. From this base of knowledge, they will work with the policy team to develop new research insights consistent with DIAL’s strategy, set up structures for community engagement centered around our stewardship for the Principles for Digital Development, and will engage with policy thought leaders directly in the UN system, donor governments and with national policy makers to advocate for new digital and data practices.
The role requires a seasoned policy leader who has worked extensively on digital development programs and is passionate about scaling digital technology to achieve the SDGs. They will have a proven track record of working in large, complex international development organization managing and inspiring teams. They will be a leads team member and will, with the Director, Communications and the ProOps lead for Insights and Outreach, manage the smooth functioning of the I&O team.
The successful candidate might come from a thinktank, civil society or public sector, or even industry background but will have a strong understanding of the digital development space at the country and/or the global political level. We strongly encourage women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply, as well as candidates with a personal background in low- and middle-income countries.
This position is full-time with benefits based in our Washington, D.C. office, NY office, or London, UK.
Benefits & Compensation
For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:
Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.
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