Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Global development challenges have become increasingly interrelated, requiring us to take interdisciplinary approaches and seek non-linear solutions. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and inequality pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These transformations happening against the background of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are questioning our traditional approaches to development design and delivery. However, concerns and uncertainties abound regarding the impact of the emergence and penetration of AI, automation, and other technologies on labor market, the nature of work, inequality, economic and political structures, growth models, and how public institutions serve people. Though the scope and scale of these concerns are way beyond the purview of any single entity, the innovative and actionable responses could be generated with collective efforts from governments, international organizations, private sector, civic society, academia/think tanks, and other partners.
Given the challenges of the uncertainties raising in the new condition and the lack of mechanism to swiftly and agilely respond to them, a relevance gap between the strategic risks and our existing practice have been observed in UNDP and other governments. Scattered single-point solutions cannot address systemic development challenges and won’t be effective if they are planned in the linear assumptions. We need new ways of exploring and intervening in the world that are coherent with the size and scale of the problems faced by governments. Having a portfolio logic of conducting parallel experiments targeting at complex issues across sectors are important to manage the systemic impacts at scale.
The Royal Thai Government and UNDP RBAP decided to establish the Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) in Bangkok, Thailand, to spearhead institutionalization of the new way of doing development, provide a safe space to test development solutions through a series of policy experiments, and innovative culture that would help the Royal Thai Government, UNDP, other governments in the region, and other partners be on the front-foot in terms of spotting, understanding and integrating new development approaches into its work.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
The consultant is expected to assist the following activities in completing the assignment for Regional Innovation Centre:
RIC team support
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The expected outputs and deliverables are closely linked to the project work plan and the scope of work of the Regional Innovation Centre. They will be reviewed and approved upon the delivered quality by the Head of Regional Innovation Centre and Innovation and Knowledge Management Specialist. The expected areas of prioritized deliverables are:
The consultant will be directly supervised by the Head of Regional Innovation Centre and Innovation and Knowledge Management Specialist. S/he is expected to work closely with the programme team and operation team in UNDP related to the initiatives in RIC and support to advance the broader innovation agenda in UNDP.
Working space, facilities, personnel, project information related to UNDP and RIC, as well as logistical support will be provided as needed throughout the assignment of the contract.
Communication: Communicate effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.
Required Skills and Experience
The following minimum qualifications are required:
Education: Master’s degree or higher in Public Administration, Public Policy, Data Science, Economics, Social Science, Econometrics, or related fields