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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 please quote “Partnership for innovative ICT development”. Send your proposal to
Deadline for the Application is 15 January 2015 at 5:00 PM.
Only shortlisted proposalswill be contacted for interview

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