Job opportunity at PNUD Cameroon: Head of Experimentation - Accelerator Labs Cameroon

 

Job opportunity at PNUD Cameroon: Head of Experimentation - Accelerator Labs Cameroon
Job opportunity at PNUD Cameroon: Head of Experimentation - Accelerator Labs Cameroon

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

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
  • Together with UNDP and development partners, coordinate portfolios of experiments to target multiple domains of complex problems.

Management of tests and 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 warranted.

Working out loud:

  • Proactively use blog and social media to share findings from the experiments and 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 UNDP CMR 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 and interface with 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
  • Work together with your Accelerator Lab colleagues and experts to codify and advance the Accelerator Lab practice and portfolio design in particular.
  • 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;
  • Design and deliver engaging and meaningful methods for reflection on learning from experiments
  • Lead other activities related to the design and operations of the Accelerator Lab

COMPETENCIES:

Core Competencies

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

Technical / Functional Competencies

Innovation

  • Ability to manage organizational resources and deployment in pursuit of innovation approaches and initiatives

RECRUITMENT QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Social Science, International Development, Environmental Science, Transition or Complexity Science, Engineering, Design (e.g. industrial or service design, architecture, urban planning), Psychology or a related;
  • In lieu of a Masters' degree, a Bachelor’s degree in will be considered.

Experience:

  • 2 years  (with Masters degree) and 4 years (with Bachelor degree) of professional relevant experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization 
  • Demonstrated and relevant ability to design experiments, validate hypotheses and test prototypes;
  • Professional and relevant experience in development programming or policy and social innovation, with key achievements / results.

Experience in following areas is desirable but not mandatory (will be considered as advantages or assets)

  • Proven professional knowledge and experience in social innovation approaches such as Systems Thinking, Behavioral Insights, Qualitative and Quantitative User Research, Co-creation, Prototyping, Lean Startup, Design Thinking, 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. French knowledge will be a strong asset

Other

* The Accelerator Labs will be comprised of a core team with niche capabilities that focus on exploration, experimentation and grassroots innovation. Within the first 6-8 months of the Lab fully functioning, each member of the Core team will take the lead on one of the following functions:

1) Coordination

2) Training

3) Communications

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