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Executive Senior Innovation Advisor
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||12-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNDP’s Strategic Plan, 2018-2021 sets out a vision for UNDP to help countries achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shocks. UNDP’s Strategic Plan highlights the key role innovation needs to play for the organization and the larger development system to successfully address the global challenges of the present and future. UNDP has invested in various transformation initiatives that promote a culture of innovation, testing alternative ways to transform the organization’s work and address development challenges facing Member State countries.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP is seeking to engage an Executive Senior Innovation Advisor with experience in sustainable development and ISO innovation standards to help elevate and capture UNDP’s innovation work. Leveraging its innovation experience, the selected bidder will be expected to:
(1) Assess the feasibility of building an innovation management system in UNDP, using ISO guidance
a. Develop UNDP’s understanding of the new ISO/FDIS 56002 on innovation management (currently under development), through executive training
b. Conduct an assessment of UNDP’s innovation management and processes, identifying existing good practices and gaps.
c. Recommend a strategy for UNDP to implement ISO guidance, including identifying areas for improvement and resources/capacities needed
(2) Work with UNDP to broker new partnerships with academic institutions and capture UNDP’s best practices on innovation and transformation
a. Identify and engage with business schools and academia to showcase UNDP’s work as a learning tool for academia, UN and other international organizations
b. Document and develop a case study on UNDP’s innovation work, using ISO guidance as a framework
(3) Provide high quality innovation advice to the Administrator and senior leadership on innovation and transformation
Activities may be taken on directly or relying on the administrative and professional support of the entity the bidder is engaged by/belongs to/manages. The technical offer should clearly delineate what inputs these entities would be expected to have and indicate how such support and inputs would reflect positively on the outputs. If the bidder selects this, UNDP is prepared to consider entering into a Reimbursable Loan Agreement with the entity.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Duration of work
The assignment is expected to be completed over a 6-month period, within which a total of up to 80 working days will be undertaken by the selected bidder (not including dates for travel).
The work will be conducted over a total of at least three missions to UNDP’s Headquarters in New York and at least one field mission to a Regional Hub or Country Office, each approximately three days in duration, as well as approximately 68 days of desk work for preparation of materials, briefing notes, targeted research, case studies and recommendations.
This is a home-based assignment. Travel will be required to UNDP’s headquarters, as well as to one or more UNDP offices, either in its Regional Centers of in programme countries. Interested individuals should note that while travel plans will be determined at a later date based on the assessment, it is possible that they will include countries affected by crisis and fragility.
Required Skills and Experience
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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.