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UNDP - JPO, Policy Analyst, Innovation


I. Position Information
Title: Junior Professional Officer (JPO), Policy Analyst, Innovation

Main sector of assignment: Governance and human rights

Agency: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Department: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), Global Innovation Team, Global Policy Network

Country and Duty Station: Istanbul, Turkey

Duty Station Status: Family Duty Station

Duration and Type of Assignment: 2 years with possibility of extension for another year Please note that the extension of appointment is subject to yearly review concerning priorities, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance.

Please note that for participants of the JPO-Programme two years work experience are mandatory!

II. Job Purpose and Organizational Context
UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 emphasizes the need to innovate – to identify, test, evaluate and scale up novel approaches across UNDP’s subject areas, in programme development, management and review. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires dedicated investments in innovation by governments, development organizations, private sector players and other emerging development actors. To achieve the 2030 Agenda, UNDP is increasing its efforts to test and scale new approaches to development. A key corporate initiative is the rollout of SDG Acceleration Labs. These Labs build on UNDP’s track record with establishing policy labs in collaboration with partner governments and in supporting integrated policy support for national and local SDG achievement efforts. With partners, UNDP is committed to build a global learning network on emerging development challenges, building upon UNDP’s existing scale, country presence and capacity. In 2019, UNDP will launch a network of 60 Accelerator Labs, networked together.

The SDG Acceleration Labs will first work with partners on the country-level on identifying priority issues, then design agile strategies to accelerate development efforts. These will build primarily on locally sourced solutions and on experimentation to identify and expand what works beyond obvious solutions. The labs will either kick-start or accelerate country-led initiatives that enable national development actors to co-create value and achieve greater impact through designing Collective Intelligence systems and supporting partners with formulating missions that provide guidance for nationally-led innovation efforts. The Labs will be coordinated by a Network Support team with a direct link to the UNDP’s Executive Office.

The Junior Professional Officer post is critical for the rollout of the lab network and for strengthening UNDP’s capacity as a lead integrator for the Sustainable Development Goals. The JPO will make active and lasting contributions to UNDP’s rollout of the SDG Acceleration Labs, with a focus on providing support to global learning, the provision of advisory services to partners and clients in programme countries and by undertaking research, comparative studies and capturing lessons.

The UNDP Regional Hub for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) (based in Istanbul, Turkey) is UNDP’s main knowledge and advisory hub for the countries serviced by UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC). Through its regional programme, the Hub provides advisory support and knowledge management and innovation services to UNDP Country Offices in the ECIS region in the areas of sustainable development, effective democratic governance, energy and resilience, gender, health and development. Through investment in innovation, the RBEC not only acknowledged the fundamental nature of the rapidly changing external environment and the necessity for a commensurate response but ultimately sought to reposition its offering in the region through explicit focus on building certain capabilities (foresight, system’s thinking and integration, collaborative policy making) that would enable Governments to engage more effectively with the SDG agenda.

Based in the Regional Hub in Istanbul, the JPO will report to the Policy Specialist, and work closely with the Senior Advisor to UNDP’s Administrator and other Innovation Advisors in Regional Hubs and UNDP HQ. In line with UNDP rules and regulations, the JPO’s annual performance will be subject to the Performance and Management Development (PMD) process. The PMD will be done by the immediate supervisor, with self-assessment of the JPO.

III. Supervision
Title of Supervisor: Policy Specialist, Innovation; and Senior Advisor, Executive Office

Content and methodology of supervision:
As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
  • Easy access to the supervisor
  • Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Performance Management Document (PMD)
  • If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties

III. Duties and Responsibilities and Output expectations
Under the supervision of the Policy Specialist Innovation, the JPO will be responsible for the following:

1) Research and Analysis for the global learning function of the SDG Acceleration Lab Network (30%)

  • Conduct and compile research on emerging lessons from UNDP’s growing network of SDG Acceleration Labs and from partners pursuing similar work-tracks
  • Collect, analyze and compile data and lessons from UNDP Country Offices to share salient insights with the global team, clients in Country Offices and Labs, and external partners
  • Conduct and support research on emerging ways of implementation and evaluation in SDG Acceleration Labs and among other UNDP innovation initiatives

2) Communications, outreach, and networking (30%)

  • Draft insight papers, blog posts, and other thought pieces that compile emerging lessons from SDG Acceleration Labs
  • Manage, design, develop and disseminate regular outreach products to the global Lab network
  • Create and manage communication and exchange channels for the global SDG Acceleration Lab network and partners
  • Support outreach to change makers in the field of innovation and expand partnership base for UNDP and the SDG Acceleration Lab network

3) Management (30%)

  • Support the core project management functions including the coordination of Project Board meetings, development of relevant briefing materials and project progress reports.
  • Participate in relevant global and regional management meetings on innovation and related to the SDG Acceleration Lab network.
  • Support relationship management with partners. Support operational affairs of the project including procurement, partnership formalization and financial management.

4) Other (10%)

  • Support advisory services on innovation to UNDP Country Offices and SDG Acceleration Labs including the design of relevant learning and training materials.
  • Contribute to the constant evolution of UNDP’s innovation portfolio and the growing SDG Acceleration Lab network.

IV. Competencies and Selection Criteria

Description of Competency at Level Required



Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services



Knowledge of advocacy and change management concepts and principles and the ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Social Innovation
Knowledge of concepts of social innovation and its potential and application for development and the ability to support advisory services for internal clients.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Ability to identify relevant content and to compile findings and respective strategic recommendations in different formats for different internal clients.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Network Management
Ability to efficiently manage a global network of development professionals

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

V. Recruitment Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in the areas of international development, design, social innovation or gender studies, journalism, knowledge management, new media, or related fields.


  • At least two years of relevant professional experience, preferably in the intersection of (social) innovation and development.
  • Experience in either the innovation sector or global development with sufficient knowledge and demonstrated curiosity for the other sector would be an advantage.
  • Experience in working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment
  • Experience and interest in social innovation
  • Experience in knowledge management and organizational learning
  • Experience in research, analysis and writing

Language Requirements:

  • Written and oral fluency in English
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is a strong advantage
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset

Other desirable education, languages and work experience:

  • Long-term commitment to international development is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the UN system is an asset.

VI. Training and Learning
As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:

  • Participation in a two-week long Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course in New York within the first 3 to 6 months of assignment
  • Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA)
  • Other training and learning opportunities, as presented in the UNDP JPO Orientation Programme

In addition, the JPO will benefit from the following specific training and learning modalities/opportunities in the receiving office: a) On-the-job learning, which will enable the JPO to apply concepts such as human-centred design, and lean development in future positions. This on-the-job learning will be reinforced through participation in international conferences and workshops on innovation for development. b) A certification in human-centred design through the IDEO/Acumen course. c) Tailored training on facilitation of knowledge networks and the usage of KM platforms through the Development Impact Group Knowledge Management Team.

VII. Background Information
Information on the receiving office:
The Istanbul Regional Hub hosts a total of 206 personnel of the UN and UNDP, including 98 international and 49 national staff, plus 20 consultants and 31 interns as of November 2018.
The Knowledge and Innovation team the JPO works is led by the Team Leader. It has 7 experts under the team leader in addition to the JPO.

Living conditions at the Duty Station:
Living conditions and security in Istanbul are generally good. Accommodation is ample and medium priced. The international community is both vibrant and diverse.

Smoking/Non-Smoking environment (as applicable): Non-Smoking

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