UNESCO Request for Proposals for Competency Framework for Civil Services for Digital Transformation

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From: Sibal, Prateek <p.s...@unesco.org>
Sent: Tuesday, 09 November 2021 13:07

Subject: UNESCO Request for Proposals for Competency Framework for Civil Services for Digital Transformation


Dear Open for Good Alliance members, 


We wanted to reach out to you regarding a Request for Proposals that we have launched on Competency Framework for Civil Services for Digital Transformation, including AI within the framework of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, particularly its Working Group on AI Capacity Building. Please also find a short note for your information below.


We would appreciate if you could share the call with any researchers/groups who may be interested to apply. Please find the Request for Proposal for Artificial Intelligence Capacity Building Report and Digital Transformation Competency Framework at: https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/154526


Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.


Warm regards,







AI and Digital Transformation enabling lifelong learning and education for Civil Servants: Digital technologies like AI can augment human decision-making and productivity to expand opportunities for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  In this context, public policy can be a mediating force that builds a multistakeholder-shaped enabling environment for AI and digital transformations to be leveraged for people, peace, prosperity and the planet. 


Public servants need to address the discrepancy between speed of technological developments versus the slowness of inclusive policy- and regulation- development processes. The challenges of digital era governance require a new set of skills and competencies from civil services to ensure that digital transformation and regulatory initiatives are in line latest knowledge. UNESCO is currently collaborating with the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development to initiate capacity-building efforts in the area of digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for civil servants in the Global South with the objective to support life-long learning for civil servants. A Competency Framework for Civil Services for Digital Transformation, including AI, can contribute to trustworthy use of AI and emerging technologies aligned to inclusive Sustainable Development Goals. It will be context-sensitive and adaptable for use to support capacity building for civil services across different ministries and levels of government, depending on the context of the country. Such a framework will be followed by design of curriculum and educational programmes at the master's level for universities and institutes training future civil servants.  




Prateek Sibal (He/Him)

Programme Specialist

Digital Innovation and Transformation

Communication and Information Sector 

UNESCO, Paris, France


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