Head of Exploraiton

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 10 July 2019
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 27 July 2019

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  • 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. 
  • Together with the Accelerator lab team, map and assess local solutions and define pathways for their scale up in policies or markets
  • 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
  • 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 
  • Map potential partners across the public and private sectors with versatile expertise to strengthen the Lab’s capacities for acceleration thereby expanding the Lab’s distributed network both nationally and internationally  
  • Explore the diversification of funding and investment sources through proactively mapping potential partners and building value proposition for their investment in the Lab and its portfolio of experiments  
  • Collaborate with programme / project managers and CO senior management to anticipate the emerging needs, shape the demand from the clients and support the CO to develop a pipeline of emerging projects responding to those
  • Contribute insights and provide input to the programme managers and CO senior managemnte to coordinate targeted partnership and communicationactivities for relevant projects / initiatives
  • Support identification of future skills required for the Accelerator Lab, the Country Programme and Lab’s clients   
  • 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 
  • Organize and implement knowledge sharing and network events;
  • Lead other activities related to the design and operations of the Accelerator Lab
  • Share findings from the exploration on future trends, new methodologies/approaches, potential partnership, funding opportunities, 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. 
  • Experimentation (instituting rapid learning about emerging challenges through design and running of a portfolio of experiments that is coherent with the type of challenges UNDP COs are mandated to address), and 
  • Ethnography: deep 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.  Its work feeds into the portfolio of experiments ensuring its coherence with the emerging risks and opportunities (direct collaboration with the Experimentation Lead), and connects local dynamics and solutions (link with the Ethnography Lead) into the broader national and international ecosystem of potential funders, partners, and allies thereby increasing the chances for acceleration.  While critical for the functioning of the Accelerator Lab, the exploration function will also service the Country Office as determined and agreed with the UNDP senior management.

 

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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