Global Pulse is establishing an innovation hub for real-time monitoring in Kampala. The Lab will function as an open innovation space where policy experts together with UN development practitioners and other partners experiment with new types of data and emerging technologies to evaluate their potential to enhance both public policy decision-making and community resilience. Following the development of useful approaches, Pulse Lab Kampala will support institutional adoption of these innovations into policy and practice.
The Lab Manager will report to the UN Resident Coordinator. The position implies frequent interaction with the following:
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide the overarching strategy, direction and management for Pulse Lab Kampala in line with the overall Global Pulse strategy and goals;
- Provide high level programmatic/technical support and capacity building to local partners as appropriate to build support for the project;
- Ensure inclusion into and demonstrate added value to delivering the United Nations mandate in Uganda;
- Coordinate and network effectively with Government and other stakeholders regarding project planning, monitoring, execution and deliverables;
- Manage a highly skilled team and foster a culture of intellectual curiosity, creativity, collaboration, experimentation, and commitment to embodying the highest ideals of the United Nations;
- Advocate the goals of Global Pulse and the work of Pulse Lab Kampala in relevant forums (e.g. conferences, workshops);
- Ensure adherence to UN guidelines, rules and regulations in financial management and accountability;
- Provide strategic and substantive innovation-related content for high level communications, speeches, publications, and statements;
- Seek private and public funding for Pulse Lab Kampala activities;
- Drive the Big Data for Development and Data Philanthropy movements through Thought Leadership in Uganda and the greater East Africa region;
- Maintain relationships with Pulse labs in other countries, sharing knowledge, ideas and expertise.
- Provide oversight during office set-up process. Required monthly;
- One year Lab implementation plan. Required by the end of the fourth month;
- Six-month big data research project plan based on UN Country Team needs. Required by the end of the fifth month;
- Report on priority public sector (Government) partnerships; need for formal agreements identified. Required by the end of the sixth month;
- Establish Lab advisory bodies (technical & steering). Required by the end of the sixth month;
- Big Data for Development/tech scene events. Required by the end of the sixth month.
- The Lab Manager will report to the UN Resident Coordinator/Global Pulse Director;
- He or she will report on the progress of activities on a weekly basis and this will be done in line with the set deliverables of the assignment;
- The Consultant will be supported with all required equipment and supporting resources to conduct the required assignment.
- Understanding of big data and data analytics;
- Strong leadership skills;
- Ability to effectively lead teams in ambiguous or undefined problem spaces;
- Excellent communication, public speaking and documentation skills;
- Ability to manage and mentor teams in rapidly shifting environment;
- Demonstrated sense of initiative and problem-solving skills;
- Knowledge of utility of data in non-traditional situations;
- Understanding of government partner workflows and agendas.
- Demonstrated administrative management and supervisory skills, including experience working with a culturally diverse staff;
- Excellent ability to interact with senior management and top government officials;
- Proven ability to build and manage internal and external relationships.
Required Skills and Experience
- Masters degree in social sciences, public or business administration, international development, international relations, or a technical field relevant to the work of Global Pulse. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of ten (10) years experience in project or knowledge management, design, and implementation;
- At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in innovation management, project management, management consulting, organizational development, business or public administration management, including three (3) years of which were in a supervisory capacity;
- Understanding of big data and analytics;
- Experience in the technology sector or innovation in the private or public sector highly desirable;
- Experience working in international development an advantage;
- Fluent in English (both oral and written); knowledge of a local language is desirable.
- Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and;
- Highest Combined Score (based on the 70% technical offer and 30% price weight distribution) where the minimum passing score of technical proposal is 70%.
- Relevance of education – 5 points;
- Language skills – 5 points;
- Relevance of experience (professional / work experience)– 30 points;
- Interpretation of the assignment and methodology – 30 points.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
- Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (see Annex II);
- Updated Personal CV highlighting past experience in similar assignments and with 3 professional references with contact details (email and telephone);
- Technical Proposal: suggested outline for technical proposal: The offerors interpretation of the assignment;Approach and methodology for undertaking the assignment.
- Financial proposal (in template provided in Annex II) stating an all-inclusive fixed lumpsum fee for this assignment in Ugandan Shillings or US Dollars, supported by a breakdown of costs. Such total lump sum price must include professional fee, and costs necessary to conduct the assignment such as communication costs, travel etc. The consultant will be paid against the completion of specific, measurable deliverables as identified in this TOR.
- Annex I: Individual Contractor General Terms and Conditions;
- Annex II: Template to Confirmation of Interest and Availability and Submit the Financial Proposal.