United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Job Recruitment (4 Positions)

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations.

Headquartered in New York City, the status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. The organization operates in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

1) Job Title: Administration Assistant

Job ID: 30706
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – ADMINISTRATION
Grade: SB2
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background    

  • Under the guidance of the Country Representative, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of, finance, general administration, human resources, procurement, and logistical services support to IFAD ICO and operations consistent with UN rules and regulations.
  • He/She supports the ICO in fostering effective collaboration within the teams, at headquarters and with other UN agencies, promoting a client-oriented approach and ensuring optimal performance and efficient delivery of services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Efficient administrative support
  • Budget management
  • Support to supply and assets management
  • Logistical support

Ensures implementation of operational strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Full compliance of activities with IFAD rules, regulations, policies and strategies;
  • Provision of inputs to IFAD’s business processes mapping and internal standard operating procedures (SOPs);
  • Provision of inputs to the plan;

Ensures effective and efficient functioning of the IFAD office, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Organization and coordination human resources related activities including support on recruitment activities;
  • Coordination of admin arrangements;
  • Performing Travel Administrator, preparation of POs, travel and other administrative functions.  
  • Provide routine Administrative & logistical support to the all units/staff on all matters related to general office administration, transport, protocol/visas applications, duty free privileges & custom clearances for office goods and for staff personal effects.
  • Management of up-to-date accounting system/records to ensure timely, accurate and reliable monthly financial reporting;
  • Monitor expenditure levels under the approved Cost Plan/Quarterly Financial Authorizations and prepare monthly reconciliations with FAO/UNDP charges for all payments/expenditures.

Ensures effective administrative and logistical support, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Administrative support to conferences, workshops, retreats;
  • Maintenance of the filing system ensuring safekeeping of confidential materials;
  • Extraction of data from various sources;
  • Support with protocol matters, registration of staff, coordination with local authorities, on space and other administrative matters

Provides support to office maintenance and assets management, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Ensure that office inventory database is updated on regular basis and that both the financial and physical status of all office Non-Expendable Properties is regularly reported
  • Maintenance of records on assets management;
  • Maintenance of files and records relevant to office maintenance;

Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the IFAD office, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Training of staff on UN rules and regulations and related procedures;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice

Impact of Results:

  • The key results have an impact on the efficiency of the IFAD office. Accurate presentation of information strengthens the capacity of the IFAD office and promotes the image of UN as an effective contributor to the development of the country.

Competencies
Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies
Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to perform a variety of standard specialized and non-specialized tasks and work processes that are fully documented, researched, recorded and reported;
  • Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust discrepancies, identify and resolve operational problems;
  • Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
  • Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems;

Leadership and Self-Management:

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Secondary education is required.
  • Certification in Administration, University Degree in Business or Public Administration is desirable, but it is not a requirement.

Experience:

  • Up to 4 years of relevant professional experience in business, public administration, Human Resources, logistics, programme support service or other related area is required.
  • Good knowledge on Administration/Operations is required. Experience working with the UN or other international organizations is desirable.   
  • Experience in using UN ERP system (Umoja) in the area of travel and procurement is highly desirable.
  • Good computer skills (Windows, MS Word, Excel/Spread sheets, the internet/Web) is required.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English language and national language of the duty station.

Application Closing Date
1st June, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

2) Job Title: Head of Experimentation

Job ID: 30202
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – EXPERIMENTATION
Grade: NOB
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background

  • The UNDP Strategic Plan embraces the complexity of development and commits the organization to helping countries find faster, more durable solutions to achieve Agenda 2030. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and rising inequalities pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • UNDP has begun incubating a number of strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring UNDP is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver a new generation of solutions in line with the challenges the world faces.  One such key strategic initiatives is the UNDP Accelerator Lab Network which operates as part of UNDP’s sustainable development offering.

US:

  • We are building the largest and fastest learning global network on development challenges. We have already set up 60 labs in 78 countries) embedded within UNDP’s global architecture and country platforms. We are now recruiting for a second cohort of 30 labs to be based in UNDP around the world. We use the power of the crowd, machine learning and distributed decision making to support partners to understand problems, develop new solutions, promote more inclusive decision making, and provide better oversight of what is done. We identify grassroots solutions and stretch their potential to accelerate development.
  • We apply experimentation closely with government partners to grow this as a mode of operating to reduce costs of large-scale public sector reforms. Experimentation helps us learn whether particular assumptions are accurate before deploying solutions at scale, especially in the rapidly evolving contexts that often dominate development progress.
  • The Accelerator Labs will be comprised of a core team with niche capabilities that focus on exploration, experimentation and grassroots innovation. Within the first 6-8 months of the Lab fully functioning, each member of the Core team will take the lead on one of the following  functions:
    • Coordination
    • Training
    • Communications

The Core team of the Accelerator lab will have capabilities in:

  • Experimentation: Instituting rapid learning about emerging challenges through design and running of a portfolio of experiments that is coherent with the type of challenges that are part of UNDP’s strategic plan, and
  • Mapping Solutions: Ethnographic methods and immersion in community dynamics, identification of and work with lead users, and implications of bottom up solutions for the policy design
  • Exploration: The exploration function focuses on discovery and sensemaking of emerging trends, implications for systemic impacts and risks, and their potential for accelerating progress toward SDGs.  Its work feeds into the portfolio of experiments ensuring its coherence with the emerging risks and opportunities and connects local dynamics and solutions into the broader national and international ecosystem of potential funders, partners, and allies thereby increasing the chances for acceleration.  While critical for the functioning of the Accelerator Lab, the exploration function will also service the Country Office as determined and agreed with the UNDP senior management.

You:

  • You are capable and excited about starting, designing and managing activities, direct engagement with local communities and collaboration across global networks.  You are driven by learning new things, figuring out how they work and translating them across sectors.   You tell stories of emergent solutions and you gravitate to solving global development challenges.
  • You have a natural inclination to interdisciplinarity, cross cultural mindset and cross sectoral experience with the cosmopolitan attraction for diversity.  You are driven by a strong sense of purpose and commitment to make change happen and a keen eye to identify emerging opportunities and ‘at the edge’ trends.  You are open to discovery and exploration, capable of articulating insights and ideas through visual thinking, open to serendipity and discovery yet are pragmatic and constructive working with public sector authorities.
  • You are comfortable with ambiquity, capable of zooming out for context and zooming in for content and execution- sharp in pursuit of objectives, fast at adapting and changing course when needed.  You have superb compentencies in program and portfolio management, are at ease with decision-making processes and dynamics of different models of governance.  
  • You are curious, a natural strategic thinker and a talented do-er.  You understand systems, the good, the bad and the ugly, and are capable of working within bureaucracies to make change, leverage technology to extend, enhance and multiply exploration, discovery and execution.  You are digitally savy, you hack tools, and you are keen to be a part of a large global organization exhibiting United Nations values.

Duties and Responsibilities
Experiment portfolio design:

  • Works with UNDP and partners in mapping the context and nature of development challenges, with a particular focus on understanding systemic issues beyond traditional silos and classifications and identifying drivers of change, and levers for intervention
  • Mapping systems and assets, identifying levers and logic for intervention, building hypotheses of change that are a fit to the system level challenges identified  
  • Identify logic against which to asses fit and coherence of the individual portfolios with the frontier challenges on which they are meant to generate learning
  • Together with UNDP and development partners, coordinate portfolios of experiments to target multiple domains of complex problems.

Management of tests and experiments for sustainable development challenges:

  • Collaborate with UNDP colleagues and stakeholders on the design of experiments across to validate the hypotheses and test the effectiveness of identified prototypes, including (but not limit to) defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and coordinating experimental protocols
  • Develop a framework to capture the learning from the experiments in such a way that it favours critical reflection and rapid adaptation over static reporting
  • Provide technical guidance for experiment design, roll-out and validation based on the experiment conditions, resources available, and requirements
  • Proactively manage risks within experiments including those related to ethics and privacy
  • Examine the results from the testing of prototypes and translate them into proposals informing programmatic decisions on next steps and implications for improvement, spin offs and scaling-up, where warrented.

Working out Loud:

  • Proactively use blog and social media to share findings from the experiments and portfolio implementation
  • Help UNDP and partners disseminate insights from Accelerator lab experiments via social media platforms as a way to regularly reflect and engage with external audiences.
  • Liaise with UNDP’s global Accelerator Lab network and share learnings and insights from the country-specific experience
  • Jointly with the CO, support lab partners to develop an emerging pipeline of new initiatives, support other activities related to the design and operation of the Lab
  • Design and deliver engaging and meaningful methods for reflection on learning from experiments
  • Proactively use blog posts and social media to share insights, attract partners and help position Accelerator Lab at the forefront of the exploration of new trends.  
  • Lead other activities related to the design and operations of the Accelerator Lab

Organizational learning and interface with the core business of UNDP:

  • Help embed a portfolio logic in clients’ work including the existing UNDP Country Programme (as determined and agreed with the senior management)
  • Working with clients to encourage reflection and capturing of insights from individual experiments, as they related to the overall portfolio logic
  • Work together with your Accelerator Lab colleagues and experts to codify and advance the Accelerator Lab practice and portfolio design in particular.
  • Provide technical consultation and training for national partners and the CO  through various phases including asset mapping, developing a strategic portfolio logic, experiment design, prototype testing, and evaluation;
  • Design and deliver engaging and meaningful methods for reflection on learning from experiments
  • Lead other activities related to the design and operations of the Accelerator Lab.

Competencies
Core Innovation:

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Models independent thinking and action

Communication:

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery:

  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
  • Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional
Innovation:

  • Ability to manage organizational resources and deployment in pursuit of innovation approaches and initiatives.
  • Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Master’s degree in Social Science, International Development, Environmental Science, Transition or Complexity Science, Engineering, Design (e.g. industrial or service design, architecture, urban planning), Psychology or a related area and minimum of 2 years of professional experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization

OR

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, International Development, Environment Science, Engineering, Design (e.g. industrial or service design, architecture, urban planning), Psychology or related area and minimum of 4 years of professional experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization

 Experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to design experiments, validate hypotheses and test prototypes;
  • Professional experience in development programming or policy and social innovation.
  • Experience in following areas is desirable but not necessary:
  • Proven professional knowledge and experience in social innovation approaches such as Systems Thinking, Behavioral Insights, Qualitative and Quantitative User Research, Co-creation, Prototyping, Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Data Empowerment, and Collective Intelligence
  • Demonstrated ability to work with clients to help surface unarticulated needs
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a portfolio logic to experiments
  • Demonstrated ability in running co-design sessions and capacity-building in experimental design, lean iteration and impact evaluation.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Application Closing Date
26th May, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

3) Job Title: Head of Exploration

Job ID: 30197
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – SOLUTIONS MAPPING
Grade: NOB
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background    

  • The UNDP Strategic Plan embraces the complexity of development and commits the organization to helping countries find faster, more durable solutions to achieve Agenda 2030. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and rising inequalities pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • UNDP has begun incubating a number of strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring UNDP is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver a new generation of solutions in line with the challenges the world faces.  One such key strategic initiatives is the UNDP Accelerator Lab Network which operates as part of UNDP’s sustainable development offering.

US:

  • We are building the largest and fastest learning global network on development challenges. We have already set up 60 labs in 78 countries) embedded within UNDP’s global architecture and country platforms. We are now recruiting for a second cohort of 30 labs to be based in UNDP around the world. We use the power of the crowd, machine learning and distributed decision making to support partners to understand problems, develop new solutions, promote more inclusive decision making, and provide better oversight of what is done.
  • We identify grassroots solutions and stretch their potential to accelerate development.  We apply experimentation closely with government partners to grow this as a mode of operating to reduce costs of large-scale public sector reforms. Experimentation helps us learn whether particular assumptions are accurate before deploying solutions at scale, especially in the rapidly evolving contexts that often dominate development progress.
  • The Accelerator Labs will be comprised of a core team with niche capabilities that focus on exploration, experimentation and grassroots innovation. Within the first 6-8 months of the Lab fully functioning, each member of the Core team will take the lead on one of the following functions:
    • Coordination
    • Training
    • Communications

The Core team of the Accelerator lab will have capabilities in:

  • Experimentation:  Instituting rapid learning about emerging challenges through design and running of a portfolio of experiments that is coherent with the type of challenges that are part of UNDP’s strategic plan, and
  • Mapping Solutions: Ethnographic methods and immersion in community dynamics, identification of and work with lead users, and implications of bottom up solutions for the policy design
  • Exploration: The exploration function focuses on discovery and sensemaking of emerging trends, implications for systemic impacts and risks, and their potential for accelerating progress toward SDGs.  Its work feeds into the portfolio of experiments ensuring its coherence with the emerging risks and opportunities and connects local dynamics and solutions into the broader national and international ecosystem of potential funders, partners, and allies thereby increasing the chances for acceleration.  While critical for the functioning of the Accelerator Lab, the exploration function will also service the Country Office as determined and agreed with the UNDP senior management.

You:

  • You are capable and excited about starting, designing and managing activities, direct engagement with local communities and collaboration across global networks.  You are driven by learning new things, figuring out how they work and translating them across sectors.   You tell stories of emergent solutions and you gravitate to solving global development challenges.
  • You have a natural inclination to interdisciplinarity, cross cultural mindset and cross sectoral experience with the cosmopolitan attraction for diversity.  You are driven by a strong sense of purpose and commitment to make change happen and a keen eye to identify emerging opportunities and ‘at the edge’ trends.  You are open to discovery and exploration, capable of articulating insights and ideas through visual thinking, open to serendipity and discovery yet are pragmatic and constructive working with public sector authorities.
  • You are comfortable with ambiquity, capable of zooming out for context and zooming in for content and execution- sharp in pursuit of objectives, fast at adapting and changing course when needed.  You have superb compentencies in program and portfolio management, are at ease with decision-making processes and dynamics of different models of governance.  
  • You are curious, a natural strategic thinker and a talented do-er.  You understand systems, the good, the bad and the ugly, and are capable of working within bureaucracies to make change, leverage technology to extend, enhance and multiply exploration, discovery and execution.  You are digitally savy, you hack tools, and you are keen to be a part of a large global organization exhibiting United Nations values.

Duties and Responsibilities
Horizon scanning and intelligence for the Accelerator Lab:

  • Identify, visualize and communicate emerging development trends, data, technologies and issues with a particular focus on the edges and “below the radar screen” events, opportunities and players, and systemically map their impacts on  economy, environment, society, and livelihoods of the poorest.
  • Identify new sources of evidence and insights, analyze and visualize patterns in unstructured sources of data, present new insights in accessible and comprehensive ways to enable sensemaking and analysis
  • Proactively explore and identify the new methods/approaches and frontier knowledge to tackle development challenges, collaborate with the Experimentation lead to turn these into learning options for addressing specific policy issues in the country
  • Provide technical guidance for horizon scanning, foresight and data analysis for colleagues and partners.
  • Contribute to the formulation of the Accelerator Lab service lines to the UNDP Country Programme based on findings from horizon scanning, systems’ mapping, and local knowledge

Tapping into new data sources:

  • Set up partnerships with private sector companies including mobile network operators among others to gain access to anonymized data sets that can be used for sustainable development.
  • Demonstrate through exploratory tests the utility of new data sources for UNDP’s development work
  • Create partnerships for analyses of real time and other data to better inform decisions and policies
  • Design and deliver workshops, tools, or platforms that tap into the collective intelligence of communities and mobilise action.
  • Proactively manage risks with using data and technology, including those related to ethics and privacy
  • Transform unstructured data sets into insights for UNDP and partners

Working out loud:

  • Share findings from the exploration on future trends, new methodologies/approaches, potential partnership,and others within UNDP and with partners;
  • Proactively use blog posts and social media to share insights, attract partners and help position Accelerator Lab at the forefront of the exploration of new trends.  
  • Liaise with UNDP’s global Accelerator Lab network and share learnings and insights from the country-specific experience
  • Jointly with the CO, support lab partners to develop an emerging pipeline of new initiatives, support other activities related to the design and operation of the Lab

Organizational learning and interface with the core business of UNDP:

  • Set up tools and partnerships to ransform information into actionable intelligence
  • Design and deliver horizon scanning trainings for partners and UNDP, help embed horizon scanning and attention to the ‘edge’ activities in the CO and with the partners
  • Work together with your Accelerator Lab colleagues and experts to codify and advance the Accelerator Lab practice and exploration in particular.
  • Organize and implement knowledge sharing and network events;
  • Lead other activities related to the design and operations of the Accelerator Lab
  • Design and deliver engaging and meaningful methods for reflection on learning from explorations.

Competencies
Core:
Innovation:

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas.
  • Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.

Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others.

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Models independent thinking and action.

Communication:

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis.

Delivery:

  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
  • Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services.

Technical / Functional:
Innovation:

  • Ability to manage organizational resources and deployment in pursuit of innovation approaches and initiatives.
  • Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Master’s degree in Social sciences, Data Science, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, Business Intelligence, or related field and minimum of 2 years of professional experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization

Or

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social sciences, Data Science, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, Business Intelligence, or related field and minimum of 4 years of professional experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization

Experience:

  • Professional experience in development programming or policy and social innovation;
  • Demonstrated capacity in horizon scanning;
  • Demonstrated capacity in data analysis and visualization.

Experience in the following areas is desirable but not necessary:

  • Proven professional knowledge and experience in social innovation approaches such as Systems Thinking, Ethnography, Crowdsourcing, Collective Intelligence Design, Citizen Science, Positive Deviance, Social Network Analysis, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
  • Professional experience in partnership building and engagement (public and private sector)
  • Demonstrated capacity to use open data, mobile data, geospatial data, drone & satellite data, citizen data for informing policy-making, strategic planning, or programme design.
  • Proven professional knowledge and experience in at least one of the following: Future thinking and Foresight, Design Research, and Systems Mapping;
  • Key awareness of key global and regional trends;
  • Demonstrated access to networks of edge innovators.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Application Closing Date
26th May, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

4) Job Title: Head of Solutions Mapping

Job ID: 30200
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – SOLUTIONS MAPPING
Grade: NOB
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: Common System
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Background    

  • The UNDP Strategic Plan embraces the complexity of development and commits the organization to helping countries find faster, more durable solutions to achieve Agenda 2030. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and rising inequalities pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • UNDP has begun incubating a number of strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring UNDP is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver a new generation of solutions in line with the challenges the world faces.  One such key strategic initiatives is the UNDP Accelerator Lab Network which operates as part of UNDP’s sustainable development offering.

US:

  • We are building the largest and fastest learning global network on development challenges. We have already set up 60 labs in 78 countries) embedded within UNDP’s global architecture and country platforms. We are now recruiting for a second cohort of 30 labs to be based in UNDP around the world. We use the power of the crowd, machine learning and distributed decision making to support partners to understand problems, develop new solutions, promote more inclusive decision making, and provide better oversight of what is done.
  • We identify grassroots solutions and stretch their potential to accelerate development.  We apply experimentation closely with government partners to grow this as a mode of operating to reduce costs of large-scale public sector reforms. Experimentation helps us learn whether particular assumptions are accurate before deploying solutions at scale, especially in the rapidly evolving contexts that often dominate development progress.
  • The Accelerator Labs will be comprised of a core team with niche capabilities that focus on exploration, experimentation and grassroots innovation. Within the first 6-8 months of the Lab fully functioning, each member of the Core team will take the lead on one of the following functions:
    • Coordination
    • Training
    • Communications

The Core team of the Accelerator lab will have capabilities in:

  • Experimentation:  Instituting rapid learning about emerging challenges through design and running of a portfolio of experiments that is coherent with the type of challenges that are part of UNDP’s strategic plan, and
  • Mapping Solutions: Ethnographic methods and immersion in community dynamics, identification of and work with lead users, and implications of bottom up solutions for the policy design
  • Exploration: The exploration function focuses on discovery and sensemaking of emerging trends, implications for systemic impacts and risks, and their potential for accelerating progress toward SDGs.  Its work feeds into the portfolio of experiments ensuring its coherence with the emerging risks and opportunities and connects local dynamics and solutions into the broader national and international ecosystem of potential funders, partners, and allies thereby increasing the chances for acceleration.  While critical for the functioning of the Accelerator Lab, the exploration function will also service the Country Office as determined and agreed with the UNDP senior management.

You:

  • You are capable and excited about starting, designing and managing activities, direct engagement with local communities and collaboration across global networks.  You are driven by learning new things, figuring out how they work and translating them across sectors.   You tell stories of emergent solutions and you gravitate to solving global development challenges.
  • You have a natural inclination to interdisciplinarity, cross cultural mindset and cross sectoral experience with the cosmopolitan attraction for diversity.  You are driven by a strong sense of purpose and commitment to make change happen and a keen eye to identify emerging opportunities and ‘at the edge’ trends.  You are open to discovery and exploration, capable of articulating insights and ideas through visual thinking, open to serendipity and discovery yet are pragmatic and constructive working with public sector authorities.
  • You are comfortable with ambiquity, capable of zooming out for context and zooming in for content and execution- sharp in pursuit of objectives, fast at adapting and changing course when needed.  You have superb compentencies in program and portfolio management, are at ease with decision-making processes and dynamics of different models of governance.  
  • You are curious, a natural strategic thinker and a talented do-er.  You understand systems, the good, the bad and the ugly, and are capable of working within bureaucracies to make change, leverage technology to extend, enhance and multiply exploration, discovery and execution.  You are digitally savy, you hack tools, and you are keen to be a part of a large global organization exhibiting United Nations values.

Duties and Responsibilities
Lead lab efforts in deep community immersion, collective intelligence and solutions mapping:

  • Developing and sustaining positive relationships with a range of local community and citizen groups
  • Identifying and training local volunteers, recruiting Universities and think tanks for sustaining long term community outreach and engagement and identification of lead users, providing training and mentoring
  • Translaton of ethnographic and field research findings into learning and action for the Accelerator Lab activities
  • Design specific field research and participatory methods to focus on the most vulnerable populations and those not usually engaged in public policy debates on development methods
  • Explore, document and increase understanding on emerging methods of tapping into bottom up solutions, lead users and grassroots innovations related to sustainable development
  • Convene a broad range of new partners with UNDP including artists, community organizers and emergent movements to explore areas for collaboration on sustainable development
  • Proactively manage risks with using ethnograpic tools and methods, including those related to ethics and privacy

Convene the processes of solution intake, assessment and designing prototypes for diffusion:

  • Design and implement methods for sensing and building on indigenous knowledge and local solutions, consolidating, screening and describing incoming  
  • Design criteria for consolidating incoming local solutions
  • Conduct field research to determine best methods fo making solutions transferable, design methods to test and stretch ideas for their applicability and diffusion as part of a portfolio approach.
  • Test the solutions and potential ideas in real life context to understand potential channels of spreading (including identifying private and public sector venues for uptake)
  • Analyse system level issues that local solutions address (and those that they don’t address, therefore creating insights on the gaps)
  • Design ‘things and tools’ needed to successful scale indigenous knowledge, lead user solutions, turning its insights into systemic change.
  • Advise on the accelerator lab’s experiment portfolio to ensure experiments are designed based on people’s knowledge, behaviors and peer to peer methods of managing and diffusing knowledge about sustainable development issues.
  • Design methods for integrating collective intellengence into UNDP programmes and engage with programme and project managers to translate ideas into concrete practice
  • Undertake cultural and behavioral analyses for the accelerator lab portolio of experiments
  • Advise on the accelerator lab’s experiment portfolio to ensure experiments are designed based on people’s knowledge, behaviors and peer to peer methods of managing and diffusing knowledge about sustainable development issues.
  • Ensure ethics framework is implemented for the lab’s portfolio of experiments
  • Design methods to test accelerator ideas for their applicability and diffusion
  • Integrate cultural norms, peer to peer methods and behaviorial insights into technology based experiments
  • Convene a broad range of new partners with UNDP including artists, community organizers and emergent movements to explore areas for collaboration on sustainable development

Working out loud and Organizational Learning:

  • Lead communication efforts and proactively use blog and social media to share findings from field research
  • Ensure UNDP’s communication efforts respect privacy and ethics considerations
  • Liaise with the broader Accelerator Lab network and the support team to share learnings and insights from the country-specific experience
  • Jointly with the CO, support lab partners to develop an emerging pipeline of new initiatives, support other activities related to the design and operation of the Lab
  • Proactively use blog posts and social media to share insights, attract partners and help position Accelerator Lab at the forefront of the exploration of new trends.   

Advocacy, Organizational learning and interface with the core business of UNDP:

  • Help embed solutions mapping  and lead user methodology within the CO portfolio, design and provide trainings that include various methodologies and steps to identify and work with lead users
  • Provide technical consultation and training for national partners and the CO  through various phases including asset mapping, developing a strategic portfolio logic, experiment design, prototype testing, and evaluation;
  • Develop communication and other tools to transform field research into actionaable intelligence
  • Work together with your Accelerator Lab colleagues and experts to codify and advance the Accelerator Lab practice and solutions mapping in particular.
  • Lead other activities related to the design and operations of the Accelerator Lab
  • Design and deliver engaging and meaningful methods for reflection on learning from field research and grassroots innovation.

Competencies
Core:
Innovation:

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Models independent thinking and action

Communication:

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery:

  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
  • Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional:
Innovation:

  • Ability to manage organizational resources and deployment in pursuit of innovation approaches and initiatives.
  • Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Master’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Behavioral Psychology, Design, Architecture, Communications or related field and minimum of 2 years of professional experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization

Or

  • Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Behavioral Psychology, Design, Architecture, Communications or related field and minimum of 4 years of professional experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization

Experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to undertake field research in remote communities and document ethnographic evidence and honor expertise in unusual places
  • Demonstrate ability to work in participatory methods, follow the lead of people as experts in their own sustainable development

Experience in following areas is desirable but not necessary:

  • Professional experience in development programming or policy and social innovation.
  • Proven professional knowledge and experience in approaches such as Ethnography, Systems Thinking, Behavioral Insights, Co-creation, Qualitative and Quantitative User Research, Positive Deviance, Community Asset Mapping, Service Design or Human Centered Design
  • Demonstrated ability to work with partners to help surface unarticulated needs
  • Proven ability to design ethical frameworks for managing public sector experiments

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English. 

Application Closing Date
26th May, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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