United Nations Development Programme Head of Solutions Mapping Jobs in Nigeria

United Nations Development Programme Head of Solutions Mapping Jobs in Nigeria

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 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 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.

  • 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

    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.



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


  • 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


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

  • Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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

  • 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


  • 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

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

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