Consultant on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence Job at UNESCO in Paris (75)
Parent Sector : Bioethics and Ethics of Science Section / Social and Human Sciences Sector
Duty Station: Paris
Job Family: Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Type of contract : Non Staff
Duration of contract : 6 Months (preferably starting January 2021 until July 2021)
Recruitment open to : External candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 12-JAN-2021
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
In November 2019, the 40th General Conference of UNESCO requested the Director-General to start the process of preparing a draft Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, for possible adoption by its 41st session at the end of 2021. Consequently, an Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) was established to elaborate a first draft of the Recommendation. A multi-stakeholder consultation process was also conducted involving (i) a public online consultation; (ii) eleven regional and sub-regional virtual consultations; and (iii) open, multi-stakeholder, and citizen deliberation workshops organized by partners. These consultations generated over 50,000 comments and involved more than 1,500 participants worldwide. On this basis, the AHEG concluded its work in September 2020, and a first draft of the Recommendation was sent to Member States for written comments and observations by the end of December 2020. For the remainder of 2020 until the end of 2021, the focus will be on the intergovernmental process and negotiation on the draft text of the Recommendation for possible adoption by the General Conference.
It is envisaged that the Recommendation, to be effective, would need to be accompanied by strong policy and capacity building support in its implementation and transformation into legal frameworks, and AI specific practices in the public and private sector. As such, UNESCO will be bringing its multidisciplinary competences to assist Member States in fulfilling the provisions outlined in the Recommendation once adopted. The Recommendation will also provide a solid foundation for the entire UN system in its collective response to the ethical challenges posed by AI technologies in various fields, with UNESCO playing a leading role in this area.
The UNESCO Bioethics and Ethics of Science Section hereby invites qualified individuals to express their interest for the position of consultant responsible for supporting the Section in its work related to the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, including conducting research and analysis on developments, initiatives and policies related to the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence.
A. Terms of Reference
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences (ADG/SHS), guidance from the Director of Partnerships and Outreach and Director of Policies and Programmes, and direct supervision of the Chief of the Bioethics and Ethics of Science Section, the incumbent shall provide thematic support to the Bioethics and Ethics of Science Section in its work related to the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, including:
1. Conducting fact finding on the ethical, legal and social implications of artificial intelligence, including adjacent domains of digital economy, data governance, innovation and respective legal frameworks at the international, regional and national levels;
2. Conducting research and analysis on relevant existing and new developments, initiatives and policies related to the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence, including adjacent domains of digital economy, data governance, innovation and respective legal frameworks at the international, regional and national levels;
3. Conducting other research and analysis related to the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence as necessary;
4. Drafting policy briefs, blog posts, and other relevant materials based on conducted research and analysis;
5. Contributing to the preparation of funding proposals for projects to be established as part of the work on the Recommendation, based on conducted research and analysis;
6. Contributing to the preparation of interventions in public fora, such as conferences, panels and others;
7. Participating in the meetings of the Bioethics and Ethics of Science Section, the Focal Points Working Group on the Ethics of AI, and the UNESCO AI Task Team as necessary, including providing updates on the progress of the work done;
8. Contributing to additional tasks related to the preparation of research materials as necessary.
Monthly progress reports on policy briefs, blog posts, funding proposals, and other relevant materials based on conducted research and analysis on the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence.
Final report on the tasks completed by the end of the assignment (tentatively end of July 2021), as well as all files created for the purposes of the assignment.
C. Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) or equivalent professional qualifications in artificial intelligence governance, ethics of science and technology, society and technology, law, social and human sciences, political science or relevant fields.
At least 5 years of experience in research and analysis;
Good understanding of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, or the broader AI ecosystem (i.e. Internet of Things, big data, etc.), and related ethical, legal and social implications;
Experience with intergovernmental organizations would be an asset.
Excellent knowledge (written and oral) of English;
Working knowledge of French will be an asset.
Competencies and skills
Excellent analytical and drafting skills;
Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and able to exchange information on complex issues;
Strong problem-solving skills;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in multicultural environment with external and internal partners;
Excellent organization and planning skills, including the ability to organize own work priorities and deadlines. Discretion and maturity of judgement are required;
Ability to work under pressure;
Solid computer skills including advanced knowledge of office software such as Word and Excel.
D. Application procedure
Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now”, then download and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information:
A statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment;
A written proposal comprising:
An approach and methodology for the assignment in line with the terms of reference;
The amount to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted in US dollars on a monthly basis for a 6-month period (full-time working).
Upon completing the Word file with all the requested information above, upload the file at the “My Employment History Form / My Documents” section of the online application form. Only applications with the above requested information will be considered.
Complete the rest of the required sections of the online application form (please make sure to include a list of relevant publications), and submit the application.
E. Reference document
Preliminary report on the first draft of the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Company Location: Paris (75)