In January 2014, UNICEF has set up a cross-sectoral Global Innovation Centre. The vision of the newly established Global Innovation Centre is enabling exponential change in reducing inequities and achieving programme effectiveness and results for children. It focuses on innovations that benefit the most deprived people, and the areas with the highest level of inequity, specifically focusing on technologies, tools and solutions that can be deployed and used in remote areas and by people who do not have access to feature technology.
UNICEF´s Innovation Centre focuses on development and global scale of generic solutions, and in close collaboration with UNICEF Country Offices supports the set-up and roll-out of those innovations, specifically in the following main areas:
- Real-time information: Development and scale-up of innovations to provide realtime information to UNICEF programs and increase transparency and accountability.
- Access to information and Quality Learning: Development and scale-up innovative solutions to provide improved access to information and quality education.
- Youth engagement: Scale-up of U-Report and partnerships to promote youth engagement
- Increasingly Education and Health-focused programme teams within Country Offices globally have been interested in leveraging digital resources to improve access to information and learning outcomes.
Since January 2016 UNICEF Innovation Centre is working with Foundation for Learning Equality to develop Kolibri, a new digital content system that will produce a global, scalable solution for access to information and quality learning. Kolibri will build on UNICEF´s past experience with digital content platforms, such as the U-Portal, and combine it with FLE´s KA-Lite system, to become a more flexible system that supports formal and informal learning, provides offline access to content packages specifically targeting the needs of learners and teachers in contexts with limited infrastructure.
Pilot testing of the new Kolibri system has just started and will continue throughout the next months. Innovation Centre is therefore seeking to engage a volunteer that can help carry out various software testing and content editing tasks from a user perspective during the ongoing software development and pilot phase.
Purpose of the appointment:
To support the Innovation Centre and work as a pilot tester and digital content editor during the ongoing development of the Kolibri software.
- Support the testing of the new Kolibri software during the ongoing development cycles, including uploading and curating various types of digital content (audio, video and text content) and share feedback around user experience and / or any software issues to be fixed
- Help migrate content from the former U-Portal system to the new Kolibri platform (including content transfer, curation and categorization based on school curriculum).
- Support the pilot deployment and testing of the new Kolibri software in selected school environments and share feedback around user experience and any software issues.
Qualifications and Education:
- Bachelor degree in Education, Communication, Journalism, or a related field.
- Experience working with digital platforms.
- Excellent documentation and reporting skills.
- Good computer skills, including office and web applications.
- Good communication and collaboration skills.
- Fluency in English, both verbal and written.
- Ability to travel within Uganda.
- Residence in Kampala for duration of the work.
- ONLY Ugandan Nationals will be considered.
- Any work covered under this volunteer position will be unpaid.
- UNICEF accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the volunteer or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during the internship.
- Volunteers have to demonstrate a proof of medical insurance prior to the beginning of the work.
- In case the volunteer may be requested to travel to the field for pilot testing and deployment sessions, standard DSA for upcountry travel will be provided. All such travel has to be pre-authorized by the supervisor.
- Any other expenses, including any other travel, accommodation, general living expenses, health and travel insurance will be the responsibility of the volunteer.
Lab. Volunteer is expected to bring his/her own laptop.
How to apply:
Interested and suitable candidates are requested to send their applications with Subject “Volunteer Digital Content Editor” to: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 14 April 2016.
Applications must include the following:
- Cover letter.
Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Applicants must clearly indicate the position applied for and use this order to name file attachments: Firstname_Lastname followed by document e.g. Gold_Mukasa_CV or Gold_Mukasa_CoverLetter.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.