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Partnership for innovative ICT development

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 94 countries. As part of a global movement for change, we are working together to end world poverty and injustice. We work with thousands of partners in countries around the world, and employ staff in a wide variety of posts. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

Oxfam Cambodia is launching an innovative initiative that aims to leverage aid effectiveness by providing development stakeholders with a collaborative platform, provisionally named Devatar. It intends to assist users (1) in sharing documents and knowledge (geo-referenced);(2) in accessing relevant data in the field; (3) in reflecting on development issues; and (4) in crowd-curating a vast amount of development publications, reports and data.

We are currently seeking to engage Private Firm:

Partnership for innovative ICT development

Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Devatar is viewed as a chance to dramatically increase efficiency of development aid by removing duplication of work, improving development project quality and providing a space for engaging in reflection. Essential elements identified so far for Devatar include: (1) ability to manage vast quantity of knowledge (some held in Devatar, some on the WWW) in a user friendly way; and (2) high quality usability to foster a vibrant community of users and to make information retrieval easy. A corollary of 1) and 2) is the ability of Devatar to provide tools for knowledge exploration (automatic inferences may be of interest in the mid-term).

Focus of the partnership
The above implies the Devatar may need to rely on the latest knowledge engineering and retrieval technologies (web semantics/ontology) and on innovative human-machine interaction. The development approach envisaged relies on agile prototyping. This project could benefit from collaboration with an innovative group of individuals that would act as a full partner to Devatar Project Team, and participate in all aspects of development (not only from a technical standpoint, but also on issue of interactivity, user engagement…).

Nature of the partnership
For a 4-month collaboration, the partner is expected (1) to develop working prototypes of Devatar, (2) to assist with usability scenarios; and (3) to contribute to the overall design of Devatar information gathering and dissemination process.

Partner team main skills are expected to be in semantic web/ontology, web 2.0, app development and usability. Richness of experience and ability to think laterally would be a plus. Skills such as development studies and journalism, together with knowledge of South-East Asia would also be an advantage.

For full details of this project write to [email protected] please quote “Partnership for innovative ICT development”. Send your proposal to [email protected]
Deadline for the Application is 15 January 2015 at 5:00 PM.
Only shortlisted proposalswill be contacted for interview