- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
- Learn Continuously LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
- Adapt with Agility LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
- Act with Determination LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
- Engage and Partner LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making
- People Management (Insert below standard sentence if the position has direct reports.) UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.
- Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
- Business Direction and Strategy System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
- Business Development Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need
- Digital and Innovation Story Telling: Ability to empathise with people's perceptions, motivations, feelings and mental models and craft narratives to build an emotive argument for change accordingly; Ability to present data, insights or information in compelling ways to mobilise resources, talent or action; Ability to choose media and channels that is fit for purpose to reach specific target audiences.
- Digital and Innovation Data Analysis: Ability to extract, analyse and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making
- Digital and Innovation Collective Intelligence Design: Ability to design, lead or manage processes that help a collective to become smarter together by bringing together diverse groups of people, data, and technology; Ability to define and articulate why and how collective intelligence can add value to development programming (understanding problems; finding solutions; decision making and mobilising action; monitoring progress in real time, learning and adapting); Being able to integrate different types of data (realtime, ‘ground-truth’ and novel data) to unlock fresh insights. Understand guidelines and principles around data privacy, ethics and protection.
- Increase diversity of inputs - and look beyond the 'usual suspects', ability to navigate and manage a variety of actors, appreciate the diversity in perspectives, opinions, expertise
- Ability to facilitate platforms or sessions where people can contribute by providing their views and ideas independently and freely.
- Being people-centred: ensure people understand and can determine how their data is used. Feed back inputs and insights to empower people, don’t extract data.
- Professional experience in development programming or policy and social innovation;
- Demonstrated capacity in horizon scanning;
- Demonstrated capacity in data analysis and visualization.
- Proficiency in written and spoken English.
- 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;
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