SIP Programme Analyst

Location : Islamabad, PAKISTAN
Application Deadline :23-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Short-Term)
Post Level :IPSA-8
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UNDP Pakistan is one of the 3 first UNDP country offices that established ‘Social Innovation Platforms’ (SIP) to prototype new approaches to strengthen local governance, enhance socio-economic development at the subnational level and accelerate SDG localization.

The work on SIP started in 2020 under a regional initative led by the UNDP Regional Hub for Asia-Pacific (BRH) with ALC, a social innovation lab based in Bilbao, Spain. SIP is now implemented in 7 countries in Asia as well as in Europe and soon in other regions.

Building on encouraging results, UNDP wants to accelerate the implementation of Social Innovation Platforms and build capacities to scale SIP regionally and globally, including by codifying the SIP approach, developing tools to train UNDP staffs, track progress, measure impact, and attract investments.

In this context, UNDP Pakistan (Accelerator Lab) and the UNDP Regional Hub (Local Governance team in BRH) recruits a Programme Analyst to support the development of SIP in Pakistan, in other Country Offices in the Asia-Pacific and across UNDP thematic teams at regional and country level.

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implementation of the Leave No One Behind principle. The promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment and inclusion are essential to UNDP’s development approach. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are seen as goals in their own right and are also central to the achievement of UNDPs development mandate.  As such, the initiative is looking to strengthen the integration and mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment in its activities.


Duties and Responsibilities

As part of a team, and with interaction with relevant methodologies around related contract-related deliverables by ALC, the Programme Analyst is expected to perform the following activities and functions:

  • Support Country Offices teams to co-create and integrate SIP approaches in projects and programmes;
  • Support Intelligence, Advocacy and Community Building: Working closely with the A-Lab teams to extracting learnings from the field and developing relevant knowledge products that includes flagaship case study, reports, human interest stories to build visibility and intelligence;
  • Develop tools and processes to track progress, measure impact and communicate changes (perceptions, attitudes and systemic transformations);
  • Support coordination and integration of UNDP teams (at country and regional level) for SIP implementation; including urbanization’
  • Initate or lead knowledge management, training events, communication and the SIP Community of Practice;
  • Lead or contribute to research, concept notes, facilitation of workshops, management of operations (annual work plans and budgets, Long Term Agreements, etc).  
  • Liaise with the gender focal points in the CO and BRH to apply strategic and practical analysis from a gender perspective to the ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment is promoted and mainstreamed in SIP intervention  

Institutional Arrangement

The Programme Analyst will report to Head of the Accelerator Lab (UNDP Pakistan) and to the Regional Governance Advisor (UNDP Regional Hub). The Programme Analyst will work in close collaboration with BRH teams, UNDP country offices and other key parties across thematic areas. Directions and goals will be discussed and agreed between the 3 parties and adjusted as necessary.



Core Competencies

Achieve Results:

  • LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

  • LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

  • LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

  • LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

  • LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

  • LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

  • LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination


Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

Business Development

  • Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Business Development

  • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience?Abilit\ to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Digital & Innovation

  • Behavioural insights: Knowing when it is appropriate to use behavioural insights, having theoretical knowledge and basic understanding of principles of human behaviour;

Digital & Innovation

  • Co-creation: Ability to design and facilitate  a process that enables a diverse group of stakeholders to solve a common problem, develop a practice, or create knowledge together.

Digital & Innovation

  • Systems thinking & transformation: Ability to explore challenges from multiple perspectives by zooming in and out, with a focus on relationships and flows rather than individual elements; understand how certain dynamics and conditions are driving and influencing an issue.

Gender Equality and women’s empowerment

  • Co-creation: Ability to apply gender lens  and ensure the gendered gaps are addressed through gender inclusion. Explore opportunities to promote  gender equality and women’s empowerment within the scope of work and liase with national partners to advance the gender agenda.


Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Education requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in development, international relations, social sciences, innovation, communication or related fields. 

Minimum years of relevant work experience 

  • Relevant work experience on innovation for development. If candidate has only Bachelor’s degree, 2 years of relevant experience is required.

Required skills 

  • Proven experience on innovation for development, sense-making, co-creation or impact measurement
  • Excellent writing and editing skills 

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Knowledge of local governance, SDG localization and portfolio development;
  • Solid analytical, communication and drafting skills;
  • Experience developing digital products and websites
  • Gender knowledge and awareness will be an asset. 

Required Language(s) 

  • English

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