REDAA is hiring a consultant to explore AI

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How can artificial intelligence (AI) help organisations practising or supporting research-to-action for locally led nature restoration?

The REDAA Community has shown an increasing interest in AI and related technologies, and how these can support locally led restoration. We need to know how to harness the opportunities they present and avoid or mitigate any negative effects of AI.

To help us develop a shared understanding of these new technologies, IIED is seeking a consultant with appropriate expertise to analyse these issues and offer the REDAA programme, and others engaged with locally led nature restoration initiatives, some actionable options. Topics to explore might include:

  • Text and writing in research, project proposals or advocacy 
  • Speech and sound/acoustics or visual images and 3D signals development, recognition and use
  • Structured data, dataset development and use, and linking different sorts of data
  • Use of the above in information extraction, question answering, sentiment analysis, image captioning, object recognition, instruction following, communicating, translation between languages, predicting, reducing barriers, elevating collective local voice, monitoring, assessing and evaluating
  • Equity, gender equality and social inclusion, and ethical issues in the above
  • Nature and climate impacts – positive and negative – of the above 

The consultant will undertake this work by reviewing and analysing available information; identifying, interviewing and discussing with key people; and presenting the analysis in a report with actionable options. The assignment will be conducted from mid August to mid October 2024.

Read the terms of reference

Proposals and CVs should be submitted by email, with ‘Proposal on AI and REDAA’ in the email subject line, to no later than 5pm BST on 22 July 2024.