ranslators in Languages of English, Lugbara, Rutoro, Ngakarimojong-Pulse Lab - Kampala

Country: Uganda
Language: EN
Number: 2429399
Publication date: 07-06-2017
Source: United Nations Procurement Notices (UNDP)


ranslators in Languages of English, Lugbara, Rutoro, Ngakarimojong-Pulse Lab - Kampala
Procurement Process : RFP - Request for proposal
Office : Uganda Country Office - UGANDA
Deadline : 07-Jun-17
Posted on : 07-Jun-17
Development Area : OTHER
Reference Number : 37950
Link to Atlas Project :
00072037 - Pulse Lab/RC Coordination
Documents :
Annex I - General Terms and Conditions
Annexd II - Financial Template
Overview :

Global Pulse (http://www.unglobalpulse.org/about-new) is an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Big Data. Its vision is a future in which big data is harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of big data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. UN Global Pulse is building a catalytic network of in-country innovation centers, which will test new tools, data and analysis, share what lessons with the global community, mainstream successful approaches for real-time impact monitoring into policymaking. The first Lab has been established in New York (Pulse Lab New York) followed by Jakarta, Indonesia and Kampala, Uganda.

Pulse Lab Kampala (http://www.unglobalpulse.org/kampala) is an inter-agency initiative of the United Nations under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda. The first of its kind in Africa, it brings together researchers from Government, the UN, non-governmental organizations and private sector to explore the utility of new sources of digital “Big Data” (such as social media, mobile data, online information) and real-time analysis techniques for social development monitoring and program planning.

A data revolution is underway in Uganda and in Africa. There is more data now than ever. New technologies are leading to an exponential increase in the volume and types of data available, creating unprecedented possibilities for informing and transforming society and protecting the environment. There is more data produced in the last 2 years than in all of human history. There is a tremendous potential in new technology; indeed, this is the forefront of the data revolution already well underway in in the private sector. The new SDGs agenda will have increased demands – and opportunities- for the use of data. Pulse Lab Kampala supports the UN Country team to tap into the revolution obtaining more and better data to support development work and humanitarian action supporting:

  • Enhance Early Warning: Detection of anomalous trends and patterns of events enables early warning of emerging crises and earlier responses to prevent long-term harm;
  • Real-Time Awareness: An up-to-date picture of trends, hotspots and dynamic changes in population behaviour enhances programme planning and monitoring of implementation and;
  • Rapid Impact Monitoring and Evaluation: Timely feedback on the impact of programmes and policies allows for adaptive course correction and accelerated achievement of results.

In rural areas, where almost 90% of the population lives, radio serves as a vital platform for public discussion, information sharing and news. Pulse Lab Kampala, along with partners and with the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, has developed a prototype that makes it possible to conduct analysis of public discussions on the radio. The tool development is unique and a worldwide innovation, involving the development of speech technology for several indigenous African languages. For the first time people’s voices from public radio broadcasts are accessible to advance the Global Goals.

Pulse Lab Kampala has developed technology (http://radio.unglobalpulse.net/uganda) that is able to identify the times at which there is a public discussion on the radio related to particular development and humanitarian needs.

Under the guidance of the Pulse Lab Kampala Data Science Officer, the role of the Translator is (1) to refine the set of keywords, which define each filter, in order to most effectively match the topics of interest, and (2) to produce a structured summary in English of each filter match.