Innovation Officer

Job Description
Title:Innovation Officer
Job ID:21715
Practice Area – Job Family:Capacity Development – INNOVATION
Vacancy End Date:15/03/2019(Midnight New York, USA)
Duty Station:Beijing, China
Education & Work Experience:I-Master’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience
Languages:Required:Chinese, English
Vacancy Type:FTA Local
Posting Type:External
Bureau:Asia & the Pacific
Contract Duration:1 Year with possibility for extension

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Assistant Country Director in charge of Communication, Innovation and Partnership, the Innovation Analyst will be responsible for the strategic design and implementation of innovation and communication strategies, providing technical guidance as well as partnership building and management, and resource mobilisation under the innovation portfolio

The Innovation Analyst maintains a working relationship with the Regional Innovation Adviser. The Innovation Analyst works in close collaboration with the Sustainable Development Programme, Global Partnership, South-South Cooperation and Operations teams, staff of other UN Agencies, UNDP Innovation staff (Regional Innovation Adviser and HQ) ensuring successful UNDP Innovation strategy implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Support the  planning and design of internal and external strategies on innovation for development 

Conduct of innovation needs assessments for CO (projects, country programme and corporate change initiatives, etc) and map the context/ development challenges, with a particular focus on understanding systemic issues beyond traditional silos/classifications and identifying drivers of change for intervention.
Ensure horizon scanning to map local trends, developments, players, under the radar solutions, and future challenges in the areas of programmatic interest and for support to the Regional Innovation Center
Analysis of requirements and synthesis of proposals for elaboration of the CO innovation strategy based on corporate strategic priorities and the UNDP HQ innovation guidelines.
Facilitate the provision of technical advisory services to innovate the programme and policy portfolios of the CO, leveraging technology and product innovation to respond to SDG-related challenges both in China and abroad and showcase the tech/product advancements for further international positioning of national innovative capacity
Facilitate and provide advisory services to programme and operations colleagues on the design and conduction of experiments and development of prototypes. Design engaging and meaningful methods for reflection on learning from experiments
Support the design of a portfolio of experiments on programmatic area of interest of the government (national, local) jointly with the Regional Innovation Center
Generate new ideas and approaches and identify entry points through working extensively with the programme and policy teams, conduct analytical research best practices and propose new & more effective ways of doing things
2. Ensures the implementation of the CO innovation strategy and plan

Effective implementation of the CO innovation strategy and plan.
Serve as the portfolio manager of the CO innovation efforts, managing innovation proposals, selecting eligible CO projects for support, overseeing the work-out-loud component, managing financial resources allocated and provide regular updates to the Senior Management
Provide facilitation of the employment of next generation knowledge sharing and techniques absorption within the CO including artificial intelligence, behavior insight, blockchain, challenge prizes, collective intelligence, Internet of Things
Provide capacity building training for UN/UNDP staff, partner staff, government counterparts and other end users in the country in the use of innovation products and processes
Provide support on regional innovation strategy/action plan upon request
Liaise with innovation focal points from other countries offices on joint innovation efforts
3. Provides support to CO’s Partnership and Resource Mobilization efforts

Map and engage key players in China’s technology ecosystem, understand it needs and opportunities and start strategic partnership conversation with the most able and interested ones
Provide advice on partnership building and resource mobilization for innovation and communication, fostering and managing relationships of partners in line with the CO guidelines and compliances
Analyze potential partners for innovation for the CO, scan the market and approaches potential new partners, develops an extensive network with organizations, private sectors, academia striving for innovation in China
4. Provides support to CO’s communication efforts

Provide advice to the design and formulation of communications and advocacy strategies and action plans
Provide advice to programme teams to ensure alignment with the corporate publications policy
Provide advice on the rolling out of media events such as press conferences/media briefings, interviews, campaigns, etc.
Work out loud and oversee the organization of publicity/outreach for the CO programme (such as media workshops, press briefings, blog, social media, etc.), knowledge-sharing events and promotional opportunities.
Implement managerial tasks related to communications work when backing up the team leader

5. Facilitation of knowledge building and management

Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities
Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice
Liaise with the Regional Innovation Center and the UNDP’s Accelerator Lab network and share learnings and insights from the country-specific experience. Provision of trainings for UNDP staff on internal and external innovation for development
Professional growth through active learning.

Competencies and Selection Criteria Description of Competency at Level Required

(For more comprehensive descriptions please see the competency inventory)

In this section list all core competencies as well as the most relevant technical/functional competencies the role will require along with the appropriate level.  A Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through the following link:

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
Technical/Functional Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through

and hiring managers are encouraged to familiarize themselves for more information


Competency Definition

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

Competency Definition

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

Competency Definition

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

Competency Definition

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

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s degree in media relations, journalism, publishing

Up to 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy.
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems
Experience and knowledge in social innovation approaches
Ability to design experiments, validate hypotheses and test prototypes
Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and national language of the duty station. Other official language of the UN will be desirable

All female and male candidates are equally encouraged to apply.
Only applicants submitted through the link( could be considered