Job Vacancy For Head of Solutions Mapping

Duties and Responsibilities

1. 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 acceleration 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 itapping into collective intelligence for sustainable development

2. Convene the processes of solution intake, assessment and designing prototypes for diffusion

• Designing and implementing methodology for intaking indigenous knowledge and local solutions, consolidating, screening and further describing incoming ideas
• Designing a criteria/metrics for assessing consolidating incoming local solutions
• Conducting field research to determine best methods fo making solutions transferable
• Testing the solutions and potential ideas in real life context to understand potential channels of spreading (including identifying private and public sector venues for uptake)
• Analysis of system level issues that local solutions address (and dont address, therefore exposing gaps)
• Design of ‘things and tools’ needed to successful scale indigenous knowledge, lead user solutions, turning its insights into systemic change
• Ensure that collective intellengence is integrated into UNDP programmes

3. Undertake cultural and behavioral analyses for the accelerator lab portolio of experiments

• Advise on the accelerator lab’s experiment portfolio to ensure experiments are designed based on people’s knowledge, behaviors and peer to peer methods of managing and diffusing knowledge about sustainable development issues.
• Ensure ethics framework is implemented for the lab’s portfolio of experiments
• 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
• Convene a broad range of new partners with UNDP including artists, community organizers and emergent movements to explore areas for collaboration on sustainable development

4. Work out loud and Organizational Learning

• Lead communication efforts and proactively use blog and social media to share findings from field research
• Ensure UNDP’s communication efforts respect privacy and ethics considerations
• Liaise with the broader Accelerator Lab network and the support team to share learnings and insights from the country-specific experience
• Help embed lsolutions mapping ead user methodology within the CO portfolio, design and provide trainings that include various methodologies and steps to identify and work with lead users



• Ability to make new and useful ideas work
• Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully


• Ability to persuade others to follow
• Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management

• Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 4: Models independent thinking and action


• Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis


• Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 4: 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 Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Qualification Required & Experience


• Master’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Behavioral psychology, Design, 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, 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


• Professional experience in development programming or policy and social innovation.
• Proven professional knowledge and experience in approaches such as Ethnography, behavioral insights, Qualitative and Quantitative User Research, service journeys or human centered design
• Demonstrated ability to work with partners to help surface unarticulated needs
• Demonstrated ability to undertake field research in remote communities
• Demonstrate ability to work in participatory methods, follow the lead of people as experts in their own sustainable development
• Proven ability to design ethical frameworks for managing public sector experiments
• Knowledge and willingness to follow and document ethnographic evidence and honor expertise in usual places

Language Requirements:

• Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

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Closing Date: 28 February, 2019
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