Head of Exploration (Accelerator Labs, 60 positions, Varying deadlines depending on country)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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As head of exploration, you are doing discovery and sensemaking of emerging trends and uncovering the implications of those trends for systemic impacts. You’re considering the risks of these emerging trends as well as their potential for accelerating progress towards the social and environmental challenges that are priorities for your country. You’re deeply curious and, through your networks, you find unusual solutions, people, and partners that can tie into Lab’s work.

The Head of Exploration has four main areas of work:

Identify, visualize and communicate emerging development trends, data, technologies and issues with a particular focus on the edges and “below the radar screen” events, opportunities and players, and systemically map their impacts on economy, environment, society, and livelihoods of the poorest

Together with the Accelerator lab team, map and assess local solutions and define pathways for their scale up in policies or markets

Identify new sources of evidence and insights, analyze and visualize patterns in unstructured sources of data, present new insights in accessible and comprehensive ways to enable sensemaking and analysis

Proactively explore and identify the new methods/approaches and frontier knowledge to tackle development challenges, collaborate with the Experimentation lead to turn these into learning options for addressing specific policy issues in the country

Contribute to the formulation of the Accelerator Lab service lines to the UNDP Country Programme based on findings from horizon scanning, systems’ mapping, and local knowledge