- Coordinate and provide technical support to CO innovation agenda by horizon scanning of the future trends in social, economic and environmental development;
- Proactively explore and identify approaches taken by the government and other innovation ecosystem actors to capitalize on the emerging opportunities for building resilience and readiness to the new challenges, like climate change, people movement, urban isolation, etc.
- Identify opportunities for new partnerships and resource mobilization through mapping diverse set of partners for development of institutional, resource, capacity and strategic connections and expanding distributed network of UNDP;
- Maintain healthy relationships with the partners, especially, national innovation ecosystem of Rustavi Innovation Hub, Public Service Development Agency (PSDA) Innovation ServiceLab and Policy Planning Unit of the Administration of the Government of Georgia through communication and coordination;
- Liaise with the regional and HQ innovation outlets and other country offices as necessary.
- Contribute to knowledge management through documenting and hands- on sharing of in-house experiential learning; proactively explore the future skills for national ecosystem actors, as well as internally for Georgia CO through extensive networking for identifying the latest knowledge offerings and learning opportunities for ecosystem actors and internally;
- Regularly produce blogs and contribute to building other outreach materials targeting divers groups of actors;
- Whenever appropriate, represent the Country Office in the UNDP global innovation network for information sharing and leverage experiences of innovation colleagues in other Country Offices as well as regionally.
- Provide technical support in building an in-house innovation accelerator lab driven by the Innovation Team, and linked with the national innovation ecosystem of Rustavi Innovation Hub, PSDA Service Lab and Policy Planning Unit of the Administration of the Government of Georgia;
- Examine diverse operational models for adopting the best fit for the local context;
- Bring on board and develop new skillset through Innovation Team among CO programme, operations and projects;
- Conduct regular reviews of existing UNDP projects to find opportunities for micro-testing innovative solutions for potential systemic scale up of the successful trials.
- Locally sourced solutions for potential expansion;
- Conducting rapid testing and iteration to implement successful pilots beyond obvious solutions;
- Combining the best understanding, ideas and expertise in generating collective knowledge;
- Accelerating progress by capitalising on expertise, creativity and collective intelligence.
- Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work;
- Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow;
- People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;
- Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform;
- Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
- Building Strategic Partnerships;
- Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing;
- Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise;
- Promoting Organizational Change and Development.
- Master's degree in social policy, public policy, development studies or a related area.
- 5 years’ experience in managing social innovation projects in the development context at the country and regional levels; experience of the development of new knowledge and competencies among organisation staff related to collective knowledge building, data and analyses, alternative strategic visioning, etc.
- Proficiency in English and Georgian;
- Working knowledge of other UN language desirable.
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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension