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Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem Researcher (multiple positions)

Deadline: 6 April 2019, midnight CET

Every day there are advances in new technologies and intelligent systems. They offer new opportunities for global development and humanitarian efforts. But every day another privacy and ethical risk also becomes a reality. And every day digital divides widen.


Global Pulse proposes to support countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with the initiation of a project to develop and implement national Artificial Intelligence strategies.


Do you have work or research experience in AI policies and frameworks? Investment in AI? Are you interested in Artificial Intelligence Innovations for the SDGs? National AI strategies in Africa? Ethical and responsible use of AI in Africa?


We are seeking one or more consultants to map out the AI and big data ecosystems of Ghana and Uganda. The mapping exercise will inform us on:


  • the use and creation of state-of-the-art AI technologies

  • local start-ups and industry presence

  • the work and priorities of academic institutions

  • government initiatives relating to AI

  • national economic priorities

  • local capabilities and capacities

  • existing policies and legal frameworks relevant to AI


We are looking for candidates with their ear to the ground and their fingers on the pulse of technology and innovation in Africa, and with work or research experience in AI policies and frameworks. Candidates with relevant in-country experience in Ghana and Uganda are strongly encouraged to apply. We expect candidates who are eager to learn with us and who are enthusiastic about helping pave the way for better and more inclusive AI in Africa.


If this role is a good fit for you (or someone you know), you can submit your application here. If you have questions or need further information, please contact us at


Head Of Office

Vacancy End Date: 11 March 2019 (Midnight New York, USA)

Duty Station: Jakarta, Indonesia

Education & Work Experience: I-Master's Level Degree, 10 years experience

Languages: English, Indonesian

Grade: NOD

Vacancy Type: FTA Local

Contract Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension 


UN Global Pulse is looking for a Head of Office to manage the activities of Pulse Lab Jakarta. The ideal candidate will be a supportive manager to a highly capable team, a creative thinker, an enabler of innovation and a multi-tasker. The role is diverse and can go from liaising with government officials at the highest level, to negotiating data partnerships to connecting data science to development planning. The Head of Office will work closely with all stakeholders, including Government, national institutions, UN partners, donors, civil society, academia, private sector etc, to successfully drive the overall success of Pulse Lab Jakarta. The position also entails interface with coordination forums like the UN Country Team as well as regularly briefing UN and Government focal points on the project. 

Apply here

Data Scientist 

Vacancy End Date: 11 March 2019 (Midnight New York, USA)

Duty Station: Jakarta, Indonesia

Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor's Level Degree, 7 years experience

Languages: English, Indonesian

Grade: P3

Vacancy Type: TA International

Contract Duration: 31 December 2019


Pulse Lab Jakarta is looking for a data scientist. Under the supervision of the Head of Office, and working closely with the global research team, the Data Engineer and Research Project Officer, the Data Scientist will apply data mining and deep learning techniques, among others, to create actionable insights from a broad range of structured and unstructured data, to which Pulse Lab Jakarta has access.  The Data Scientist will be responsible for the acquisition, analysis and visualization of data from a variety of sources in order to i) help understand emerging human vulnerabilities to socio-economic shocks, ii) detect and highlight patterns that could indicate how people are coping with emerging hardship, and iii) gather evidence of changes in behavior and perception correlated with public sector policies and programmes.  

Apply here


Thanks for your interest in Global Pulse. Aside from applying to advertised vacancies, here are several other ways to express interest in getting involved:


Pulse Lab Kampala is pleased to announce new internship opportunities!   We invite you to explore the opportunities of working with our Lab in Kampala. Please click here for more details and information on how to apply. 


Pulse Lab Jakarta is pleased to announce an exciting new Internship Programme! The internship aimed at Indonesian nationals, but a small number of international interns are also accepted. Please click here for more details and information on how to apply.


Global Pulse has a Fellowship Program for current Masters, PhD students or postdoctoral researchers to work with us on their own research question. Global Pulse hosts fellows in New York. The Pulse Labs in Kampala and Jakarta also host fellows. We actively open Fellowship vacancies a few times a year, but you can submit a research question and CV for consideration to with the subject line "Research Fellow Inquiry."


We welcome experienced data science and data engineers to email a CV for future consideration at

We welcome interested data privacy professionals to email a CV for future consideration at

Due to the high volume of interest, regretfully, all messages will not be responded to individually.


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development by mobilizing volunteers who serve on-site or online, advocating for volunteerism globally and encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming. Sign-up on UNV Online Volunteering service to support Global Pulse or other UN agencies and NGOs over the Internet. You can follow UNV on Twitter @unvolunteers or create an alert to receive a notification when an online volunteering opportunity matching your interest is available. Data scientists, data privacy professionals and data engineers are highly encouraged to do so as demand for such expertise is rapidly growing. Should you wish to volunteer on-site, you can also register your profile in UNV’s roster that is used to fill UN agencies volunteer requests.