Blockchain Technology in Humanitarian Response (Pilot Research Design) Intern – Oxfam Australia

Title: Blockchain Technology in Humanitarian Response (Pilot Research Design) Intern
Recommended Disciplines:  Master of International Development Practice
Project Title: Pilot research design development to examine effectiveness of blockchain technology to scale cash transfer programs in developing context 
Intake: Semester 2  (start early-mid July)
Duration: 3 days per week (3 months)
Location: Carlton

Oxfam is one of the world’s leading providers of humanitarian aid in emergencies. The aim of Oxfam’s humanitarian response is to ensure that all women, men and children affected by conflict or natural disasters are protected from violence and receive the humanitarian aid that they need.  Oxfam responds to such need directly, but also supports national governments and local partner organisations to respond in emergencies.

Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) is a recommended practice, based on lessons learned, studies and evaluations globally.  It is efficient, empowering and effective in delivering aid to those affected by humanitarian crisis. With the increasing uptake of CTP by key humanitarian actors, there is a need for improved, harmonized tracking and monitoring of cash transfers, reduction in duplication and delivery delays, accountability using a single-platform cash delivery. Blockchain technology has the potential to increase speed of delivery, transparency and tracking of financial or other asset transfers.  Oxfam Australia is currently undertaking a feasibility study on the use of cash transfers, including the use of blockchain technology to scale CTP in the Pacific region. Plans are underway to launch a comprehensive evidence review to draw from existing experiences and lessons.  On this basis, Oxfam plans to pilot test use of blockchain technology in humanitarian response in the Pacific region.

To support this pilot study, Oxfam is seeking an appropriately qualified intern, currently enrolled in or has recently completed the Master of International Development Practice, with skills on quantitative statistical research methods, and with special interest in the issues of using innovative Information Technology (blockchain) in developing context.

Duties:

  • Working with Josh Hallwright to establish a project timeline.
  • Hold regular weekly meetings to provide a brief summary on the progress update.
  • Hold induction meetings and follow-up interviews with key Oxlab team members.

Key skills required:

  • A strong interest and understanding of the international development context, with particular interest in use of innovative technological approaches (e.g. blockchain technology) to achieve greater impact in humanitarian context.
  • High level project management and initiative
  • Research and policy analysis skills
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with regular supervision as required
  • Ability to engage with individuals from different social, cultural, economic and political backgrounds.

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