UN Head of Experimentation Job Careers – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Title:        Head of Experimentation
Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global development network.
UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and
resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice,
training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with
increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
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
  • Management of prototype experiments for sustainable development
  • 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
  • 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 warranted.
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
  • 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
  • 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;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal applicant for the United Nations UNDP Head of
    Experimentation job placement should hold a Master’s degree in Social
    Science, International Development, Science, Engineering, Design (eg.
    industrial or architecture), Psychology or a related area
  • At least four years of professional experience in development
    programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement
    (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization
  • Proven ability to design experiments, validate hypotheses and test
  • 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

  • Innovation: Ability
    to make new and useful ideas work Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and
    challenges convention purposefully
  • Leadership: 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
  • Communication: Ability
    to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 4: Synthesizes information
    to communicate independent analysis
  • Delivery: Ability
    to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 4: Meets goals
    and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
UNDP is committed to
achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with
disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated
with the strictest confidence.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations
Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to
Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job
requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 22nd May 2019
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