|Overview : |
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand, in collaboration with the Royal Thai Government and partners, has been implementing projects to accelerate the development and find solutions to persistent development challenges in Thailand for more than 50 years. In line with the Country Programme Document (2017-2021), UNDP works with the Royal Thai government, civil society, the private sector, and the Thai public in support of the country’s achievements of the SDGs.
To promote and advance the SDGs in Thailand, UNDP supports the local innovations to accelerate progress towards the 2030 agenda. Particularly, in the context of COVID-19, the surge of needs for digital public service, tele-working, tele-medicine and digital payment leads to the needs for the country’s digitalization and e-governance for better response at speed and scale. Some countries recorded an increase in the usage of online services such as digital ID and digital signature, due to the spikes in applications for unemployment and other social benefits. Digital tools have also enabled enterprises and communities to mobilize, share ideas and perspectives and create responses to the pandemic, sometimes filling gaps left by governments. At the same time, digital responses by some governments in the region have exposed the risk of privacy and human rights violations and disproportionate surveillance. The pandemic has also accentuated the digital divide and the need for digital applications to incorporate not only privacy and human rights by design, but also accessibility for all, especially those left furthest behind.
Across the region, UNDP is supporting countries to prepare, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic crisis using its integrator and convening role, its global networks, and its mobilization capacity. This includes supporting governments in their digital transformation journey both in the short term (in response to immediate needs emerging from the crisis) and in the long term (accelerating the path towards the adoption of accessible, privacy-respecting and rights-based digital services).
In line with #NextGenUNDP approach and UNDP’s Digital Strategy 2019-2021 together with the initiative of Thailand Accelerator Lab and Thailand Policy Lab, UNDP Thailand Country Office is seeking the services of an Individual Consultant to support on building digital capacities strategy and support the digitalization of public service delivery systems and other digital platforms which can enhance citizen participation and inclusion.
**For Detail Job Description and Application Procedure please see the attached Annex I - Terms of Reference (TOR)
***Interested Applicants are requested to apply throug UNDP Job site