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Head of Solutions Mapping


  • UNDP Tripoli Libya (map)

You are capable and excited about starting, design and managing activities, direct engagement with local communities and collaboration across global networks. You are driven by learning new things, figuring out how they work and translating them across sectors. You tell stories of emergent solutions and you gravitate to solving global development challenges.

You have a natural inclination to interdisciplinarity, cross cultural mindset and cross sectoral experience with the cosmopolitan attraction for diversity.  You are driven by a strong sense of purpose and commitment to make change happen and a keen eye to identify emerging opportunities and ‘at the edge’ trends. You are open to discovery and exploration, capable of articulating insights and ideas through visual thinking, open to serendipity and discovery yet are pragmatic and constructive working with public sector authorities. You are comfortable with ambiquity, capable of zooming out for context and zooming in for content and execution- sharp in pursuit of objectives, fast at adapting and changing course when needed. You have superb compentencies in program and portfolio management, are at ease with decision-making processes and dynamics of different models of governance. 

You are curious, quirky and fun, natural strategic thinkers and a talented designer.  You understand systems, the good, the bad and the ugly, and are capable of working within bureaucracies to make change, leverage technology to extend, enhance and multiply exploration, discovery and execution.  You are digitally savy, you hack tools, and you are keen to be a part of a large global organization exhibiting United Nations values

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 tapping into collective intelligence for sustainable development

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

  • Design and implement methodology for intaking indigenous knowledge and local solutions, consolidating, screening and further describing incoming ideas

  • Design criteria/metrics for assessing consolidating incoming local solutions

  • Conduct field research to determine best methods fo making solutions transferable

  • Test the solutions and potential ideas in real life context to understand potential channels of spreading (including identifying private and public sector venues for uptake)

  • Analyse system level issues that local solutions address (and don’t address, therefore exposing gaps)

  • Design of ‘things and tools’ needed to successful scale indigenous knowledge, lead user solutions, turning its insights into systemic change

  • Design methods for integrating collective intellengence into UNDP programmes and engage with programme and project managers to translate ideas into concrete practice

 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 solutions mapping lead user methodology within the CO portfolio, design and provide trainings that include various methodologies and steps to identify and work with lead users

For more information and to apply, please click here.