Job Vacancy For Head of Experimentation



Duties and Responsibilities

1.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.

2. Management of prototype 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.

3. Working out Loud:

• Proactively use blog and social media to ahare findings from the 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.

4. Organizational learning, working out loud and grafting experimentation onto 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
• 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;

Competencies

• Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully. Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.
• 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.

Qualification Required & Experience

Education:

• Master’s degree in Social Science, International Development, Science, Engineering, Design (eg. industrial or architecture), 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, Science, Engineering, Design (eg. industrial or architecture), 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:

• Demonstrate 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 Design Thinking, behavioral insights, Qualitative and Quantitative User Research, Experiment Design & Validation, 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.

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

To submit your application, click on the link below and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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Closing Date: 28 February, 2019
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