Artificial Intelligence and Data Policy Specialist

Artificial Intelligence and Data Policy Specialist 2

Website unglobalpulse UN Global Pulse

Deadline: 17 July 2020

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Under the supervision of senior management of UN Global Pulse, the consultant will perform the following duties:

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of AI and data governance projects across Africa;
  • Support scaling up of existing initiatives and identify relevant opportunities for Global Pulse’s engagement in the AI and data governance space in the region;
  • Ensure timely delivery of reports on ongoing AI and data governance projects to UN Global Pulse senior management;
  • Provide technical inputs to and support governments in the development of policy instruments on AI and data governance in the Global South region;
  • Manage a small project team distributed across Ghana and Uganda;
  • Expand and maintain a network of stakeholders on AI and data from public, private sector and civil society organizations in Ghana and Uganda;
  • Support the representation of UN Global Pulse on AI and data governance related projects in the Africa region by participating in discussions with stakeholders;
  • Manage organization of events, working groups, and other advocacy related events related to the AI and data policy work in the Africa region;
  • Develop a system to ensure knowledge transfer and capacity building within the Pulse Lab Network;
  • Provide technical inputs to various Pulse Network related documents and reports in the area of work, including policy papers;
  • Work closely with the policy team in Pulse Lab New York and the senior management of Pulse Lab Kampala, ensuring alignment of policy work and priorities across Pulse Labs.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Computer Sciences, International Relations, Law, or other relevant fields.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree  plus additional (2) two years may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.


  • Minimum of (5) five years of practical experience in data privacy, data protection, data governance or artificial intelligence ethics related matters in Africa is required;
  • Experience in drafting written materials, producing reports, and meeting summaries is required
  • Experience in event organization and meeting facilitation is required;
  • At least (2) two years of project management experience in the field of data and AI governance or data and AI innovation is desired;
  • Experience in providing policy advice on digital development and digital transformation is highly desirable;
  • Experience in public speaking and active participation in data privacy, data protection, AI ethics working groups and consultations representing an organization is highly desirable;
  • Working knowledge of data and AI applications for social good is highly desirable;
  • Technical expertise in the area of AI or data science or related technical fields, including data innovation for social good is an asset;Research experience in AI and data related studies and/or global development is highly desirable.
  • Experience working with an international organization and/or other public sector institution in Africa is an asset;

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