The UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 embraces the complexity of development and commits the organization to helping countries find faster, more durable solutions to achieve Agenda 2030. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and rising inequalities pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNDP has begun incubating a number of strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring UNDP is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver a new generation of solutions in line with the challenges the world faces. One such key strategic initiatives is the Country Accelerator Lab Network. The initiative is a recognition that increasingly interrelated development challenges require going beyond business as usual and single point, linear and silver bullet responses in development. Instead, they call for an interdisciplinary approaches and non-linear solutions that crowd in the collective efforts of variety of partners and tap into local insights and the knowledge of people closest to the problem and the solutions. The initiative is also a recognition and an investment in the emerging momentum among a growing number of UNDP Country Offices around joining together disruptive, cutting edge methodologies with contextual, country-based insights and expertise to accelerate impact and progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP is building the largest and fastest learning global network of Accelerator Labs (initially setting up 60 labs in 60 countries) embedded within UNDP’s global architecture and country platforms. The new offering builds on the latest thinking from the fields of complexity science, lead user innovation and collective intelligence to accelerate development impact.
Our network will surface and reinforce locally sourced solutions at scale while mobilizing a wide and dynamic partnership of actors contributing knowledge, resources and experience. The idea is to transform our collective approach by introducing new protocols, backed by evidence and practice, which accelerate the testing and dissemination of solutions within and across countries. This will enable the global community to collectively learn from local knowledge and ingenuity at a speed and at a scale that our societies and planet require. This will be achieved by:
- Building on locally-sourced solutions, finding things that work and expanding on them;
- Rapid testing and iteration to implement what works and go beyond the obvious solutions;
- Combining the best understanding, ideas and expertise to generate collective knowledge;
- Accelerating progress by bringing expertise, creativity and collective intelligence to bear.
The Accelerator Lab will undertake i) external facing interventions addressing priority development challenges, and ii) internally facing experiments to embed new ways of doing development within the existing UNDP portfolio.
UNDP Angola is looking for a qualified consultant for six months who is open to discovery and exploration, capable of articulating insights and ideas through visual thinking, 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. Due to the process related work, the consultant will be played on monthly base after presentation of the assigned and agreed deliverable to be submitted.
Duties and Responsibilities
- 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;
- Design and develop the ToR for establishment of the CO challenge prize on sustainable development;
- 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;
- 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);
- Design of ‘things and tools’ needed to successful scale indigenous knowledge, lead user solutions, turning its insights into systemic change;
- Ensure that collective intelligence is integrated into UNDP programmes.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Development and Operational Effectiveness;
- Ability to plan and organize work programme ;
- Organizational and presentation skills;
- Ability to work with minimum supervision;
- Strong IT skills;
- Management and Leadership;
- Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback;
- Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
- 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;
- Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Behavioral psychology, Environment (Climate change, biodiversity and Design, Communications or related field.
Experience and competencies:
- 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;
- 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;
- Knowledge and willingness to follow and document ethnographic evidence and honor expertise in usual places
- Fluency in Portuguese and working knowledge of English required.
The selection of consultant will be aimed at maximizing the overall qualities in the following areas:
- 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 ; – max points: 15;
- Professional experience in development programming or policy and social innovation. – max points: 20;
- Proven professional knowledge and experience in approaches such as Ethnography, behavioral insights, Qualitative and Quantitative User Research, service journeys or human centered design – max points: 15;
- Master’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Behavioral psychology, Environment (Climate change, biodiversity and , Design, Communications or related field; : 10;
- Fluency in Portuguese and working knowledge of English– max points: 10;
- Knowledge and willingness to follow and document ethnographic evidence and honor expertise in usual places – max points: 10;
- Methodology approach to work – Max. points: 20
Recommended Presentation of Proposal:
- Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability;
- CV and or Personal History Form (P11 form );
- Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment;.
Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price and all other travel related costs (such as flight ticket, per diem, etc), supported by a breakdown of costs. If an applicant is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the applicant must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
Criteria for Evaluation of Proposal: Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the educational background and experience on similar assignments will be weighted at 70% and the price proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring. The applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score that has also accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.