UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 emphasizes the need to innovate – to identify, test, evaluate and scale up novel approaches across UNDP’s subject areas, in programme development, management and review. The Strategic Plan identifies a specific result in the Integrated Results and Resources Framework related to innovation: Percentage of country offices that pilot and/or scale innovative tools and methodologies.”
To achieve these results, the UNDP Innovation Facility works with all parts of the organization to foster skills, iteratively develop methods and tools based on concrete interventions, to identify and share lessons and to remove organizational bottlenecks for innovation.
The UNDP Innovation Facility (IF), hosted in the Development Impact Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), supports initiatives that a) strengthens UNDP’s position as a leading advisor on innovation for development; b) enables national development actors to co-create value; c) increases understanding of the role and value of innovation for development; d) supports social innovators both within the organization and from the broader development community; and finally, e) enhances UNDP’s own performance efficiency through innovative practices.
The Innovation Facility coordinates the allocation, tracking, and reporting of innovation funds and provides substantive support to Country Offices with Regional Portfolio Teams consisting of BPPS staff and Regional Bureaux Representatives.
Under the overall guidance of the Global Advisor for Knowledge Management and Innovation, the primary function of the Consultant is to provide project management and implementation support to the Innovation Facility, to Regional Portfolio Teams and Country Offices; design, track, monitor and report innovation related corporate performance indicators; support the constant upgrade of monitoring and evaluation systems for innovation, in close collaboration with relevant corporate units; support the Global Advisor with support services on innovation for internal clients and with outreach to external partners.
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