Support with mapping rural social protection programmes that leverage digital innovation (during and pre-COVID)

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The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation Head Quarters (FAO HQ) are collaborating to produce a research report on digital innovations in delivering social protection in rural areas world-wide, providing lessons from COVID-19 and challenges, risks, prospects, and promises for the post-pandemic recovery phase. The objectives of this report are to: -Assess the achievements, shortcomings, and risks of digitalising social protection services for improving social protection performance in rural areas along each step of its delivery chain. -Document how digital social protection innovations can affect the delivery chain with examples/case studies from different regions, including pre-COVID19 and COVID-19 innovations. -Highlight advantages, risks, and trade-offs in terms of increasing efficiency in social protection delivery, preventing fraud and duplication, safeguarding data protection and privacy, and potential for reinforcing exclusion; and -Put forward lessons and implications of the COVID-19 digital leapfrogging for the sake of strengthening social protection delivery systems so that they may become more resilient, agile, responsive, comprehensive, and inclusive.

The IPC-IG is looking for online volunteers to support the mapping of social protection programmes for which rural populations are eligible and that have innovated digitally. This mapping will include interventions that were implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also prior to its onset. Programmes from all low- and middle-income regions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Near East) will be mapped. The mapping conducted by the UNV will be used by the Research Team to select case studies to be analysed more in-depth in the research report. The mapping of such programmes entails the following activities: i) Desk research of programme design, coverage, adequacy and digitalisation. Potential sources include government websites and documents, UN agency publications, national statistics institutes and the manuals of the respective social protection programmes. ii) Summarising the information encountered in tables provided by the Research Team. iii) Additional desk research necessary to understand specific details about certain programmes during the case study selection process. This may include more details about the digitalisation of the programme, data privacy regulations or other aspects of programme design and operationalisation. The online volunteer will work remotely at a time and location of their convenience, subject to the deadlines set. Also, she or he will receive a certificate of appreciation for their contributions and can be acknowledged in the final publication of documents, if applicable.

Mandatory: Fluency in English; Academic or professional experience in research in social protection, social sciences, political science, economics, international law, development studies, digital innovation and/or social innovation, or other related areas; Good writing skills; Independent internet and laptop access.

Highly Desirable: Fluency in languages spoken in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, or the Near East; Knowledge of social protection; Knowledge of digital and/or social innovation; Knowledge of rural development; Relevant master degree

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