UNDP Head of Experimentation Jobs in Tanzania

UNDP Head of Experimentation Jobs in Tanzania

  • UNDP
  • Head of Experimentation
    Job ID:21166
    Practice Area - Job Family
  • Management - ACCELERATOR LAB, Capacity
  • Development - ACCELERATOR LAB

    Duty Station
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
    Education & Work Experience
  • G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 4 year(s) experience, I-Master's Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience
  • English
  • Swahili
    Vacancy Type
  • FTA Local
    Posting Type
  • External
    Contract Duration
  • 1 Year with possibility for extension


    The UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 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 Country Accelerator Lab Network. The initiative is a recognition that increasingly interrelated development challenges require going beyond business as usual and single point, linear and silver bullet responses in development.

    Instead, they call for an interdisciplinary approaches and non-linear solutions that crowd in the collective efforts of variety of partners and tap into local insights and the knowledge of people closest to the problem and the solutions.

    The initiative is also a recognition and an investment in the emerging momentum among a growing number of UNDP Country Offices around joining together disruptive, cutting edge methodologies with contextual, country-based insights and expertise to accelerate impact and progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • 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 interdisciplinary, cross cultural mindset and cross sect-oral 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 ambiguity, 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 competencies in program and portfolio management, are at ease with decision-making processes and dynamics of different models of governance.

    Duties and Responsibilities
  • Experiment portfolio design
    Works with UNDP and partners to lead 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 assess fit and coherence of the individual portfolios with the frontier challenges on which they are meant to generate learning
  • Management of prototype experiments for sustainable development challenges
  • Lead 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 programmatic decisions on next steps and implications for improvement, spin offs and scaling-up where warranted.
  • Working out Loud
  • Proactively use blog and social media to share findings from the 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 , working out loud and grafting experimentation onto 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
  • 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;



  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
    Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully


  • Ability to persuade others to follow
    Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

    People Management

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 4: Models independent thinking and action


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services



  • Ability to manage organizational resources and deployment in pursuit of innovation approaches and initiatives
  • Level 5: 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


  • Master’s degree in Social Science, International Development, Science, Engineering, Design 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, Science, Engineering, Design 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;

  • Professional experience in development programming or policy and social innovation;
  • Proven professional knowledge and experience in social innovation approaches such as Design Thinking, behavioral insights,
  • Qualitative and Quantitative User Research, Experiment Design & Validation, 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;
  • Demonstrate ability to design experiments, validate hypotheses and test prototypes;
  • Demonstrated ability in running co-design sessions and capacity-building in experimental design, lean iteration and impact evaluation;

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • The Accelerator Labs will be comprised of a core team with niche capabilities that focus on exploration, experimentation and ethnography.
  • 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

    How to Apply
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 13th March 2019
  • Applicant information about UNDP rosters
  • Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Head of Experimentation Jobs in Tanzania

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