(This is a writeup of: ³what is it, what was good about it, what was bad about it´ by theperson who had the Lab Head job previously who will be leaving for personal reasons inMarch. It is not an official document, but might be useful to see if you are interested inthis job.)
What I Do at UNICEF Kosovo
or the last six months I have been setting up and leading UNICE
Tech4DevInnovations Lab in Kosovo, a lab that works on innovative ideas for Kosovo's benefit.The idea is to do ICT-based (or technology-based) projects working directly with Kosovogovernment institutions that UNICE
already works with, much like UNICE
Tech4DevUnit has done all around the world. In addition, we work with youth-developed projectsthat I will describe in more detail. I will soon be leaving as I have personal commitmentsto which I need to attend. And so, we are looking for someone new« maybe you¶reinterested.
ICT side of the lab (the
currently consists of oneprogrammer and me. The idea here is to use open source tech to build cool solutions for Kosovar problems relevant to UNICE
work. So I (from now, you) lead the process,working with a programmer to do user-centered design around Kosovo institutions'problems. This means soliciting ideas from various UNICE
sections here (people withdeep knowledge of education, health, youth, child protection, etc. issues in Kosovo),working with the relevant government partners to flesh out ideas, identifying the endusers, picking out the right open-source technology to work with, and then project-managing the one-and-a-half person team implementing project. We have done oneproject so far (based on Ushahidi;http://188.8.131.52), there are plenty more coming onboard, and ample room to expand. There is opportunity to grow the team here, and getsome really cool stuff done.
The youth-focused part of the lab (
Youth For Youth)
has a slightly different approachto projects. We solicit innovative projects from young people, help them develop seeds of ideas into implementable ones (like ³I think there is way too much concrete paving in XXarea´
³I would like to do a photo competition, where people can submit photoshoppedpictures of XX, putting trees and parks where they currently are not´), micro-fund them,and help them implement their ideas. We also have once-in-two-weeks ³InnovationsCafes´, where Lab members come hang out, describe their work, and brainstorm newprojects. Its a lot of fun working with people to grow their ideas, although a surprisingamount of work. There is a team of three people from a youth NGO helping us administer this part of the Lab, and all a blast to work with.
inally, I have been participating lots in partnership-building activities. This includesreaching out to the telcos to get us SMS gateways to work with, reaching out touniversity professors to send us interns to work with, reaching out to other youth fundersto co-ordinate, business development organizations for collaborations etc. I alsoparticipate in fundraising, working on administration within UNICE