UNDP Head of Solution Mapping Jobs in Tanzania

UNDP Head of Solution Mapping Jobs in Tanzania

  • UNDP
  • Head of Solution Mapping
    Job ID;21169
    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
    Languages Required:
  • 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.

    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;
  • Translation of ethnographic and field research findings into learning and action for the acceleration 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 collective intelligence for sustainable development.
  • Convene the processes of solution intake, assessment and designing prototypes for diffusion
  • Designing and implementing methodology for in taking indigenous knowledge and local solutions, consolidating, screening and further describing incoming ideas;
  • Designing a criteria/metrics for assessing consolidating incoming local solutions;
  • Conducting field research to determine best methods fo making solutions transferable;
  • Testing the solutions and potential ideas in real life context to understand potential channels of spreading (including identifying private and public sector venues for uptake);
    Analysis of system level issues that local solutions address (and dont address, therefore exposing gaps);
  • Design of ‘things and tools’ needed to successful scale indigenous knowledge, lead user solutions, turning its insights into systemic change;
  • Ensure that collective intelligence is integrated into UNDP programmes.
  • Undertake cultural and behavioral analyses for the accelerator lab portfolio 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 .
  • Work out loud and Organizational Learning
    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;
  • Help embed solutions mapping lead user methodology within the CO portfolio, design and provide trainings that include various methodologies and steps to identify and work with lead users.



  • 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 Anthropology, Sociology, Behavioral psychology, Economics, Business, Design, 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, 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;

  • Professional experience in development programming or policy and social innovation;
  • Proven professional knowledge and experience in approaches such as Ethnography, behavioral insights, Qualitative and
  • Quantitative User Research, service journeys or human centered design;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with partners to help surface inarticulate needs;
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake field research in remote communities;
  • Demonstrate ability to work in participatory methods, follow the lead of people as experts in their own sustainable development;
  • Proven ability to design ethical frameworks for managing public sector experiments;
  • Knowledge and willingness to follow and document ethnographic evidence and honor expertise in usual places;

  • 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

    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.

    Workforce diversity

  • UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply.
  • All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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  • Interested candidates should apply online by 13th March 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Head of Solution Mapping Jobs in Tanzania

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