United Nations Development Programme Head of Experimentation Jobs in Nigeria

United Nations Development Programme Head of Experimentation Jobs in Nigeria


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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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

    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

    For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Development Programme Head of Experimentation Jobs in Nigeria

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