Programme Analyst at UNDP, Cotonou, Benin


Deadline: 11 June 2019

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Programme Analyst in Cotonou, Benin. The duration of this post is 1 year.

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UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Programme Analyst will perform the following functions-

  • 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.
  • Translation 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

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Applicants must have-

  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, International Development, Science, Engineering, Design (eg. industrial or architecture), Psychology or a related area.
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization.
  • Demonstrate ability to design experiments, validate hypotheses and test prototypes.
  • 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 evaluation.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken French.
  • Knowledge of English would be an asset.
  • Nationality of Benin.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNDP.

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