Innovation Adviser and Product Manager (Innovations for data and Frontier tech)

Partner UN-Habitat
Job categories Project Management
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5104/27514
Level ICS-11
Department/office MR, AMMMCO, Amman
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration 6 months (with possibility of extension) - Part Time 15 days monthly *6 months = 90 Days
Application period 12-Feb-2024 to 04-Mar-2024

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UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.  Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.  UN-Habitat office in KSA has been working in a number of projects to support the UN-Habitat mandates and to boost the implementation of the NUA and the SDGs especially goal 11 as well as support the implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030 and its different programmes that correspond with the mandate of UN-Habitat. The Saudi Arabia Office is affiliated to The Regional Office of Arab States (ROAS), which is responsible for the implementation of the UN-Habitat Work Programme at Regional and at Country level for all domains of change under the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan (2020-2025). The KSA country programmes and projects is establishing a wide programme to enhance UN-Habitat's capacity of delivery at the country level.

UN-Habitat has been tasked by the Quality-of-Life Program to provide technical and advisory services for the design, development, and promotion of a global Quality of Life Index with a universal, and standardised method that will provide coherence and alignment for all development partners, including the UN system. The project is composed of three different phases over a period of 36 months. 

The project is composed of three outcomes as follows: 

  • Enhanced technical and institutional capacity of participating countries and cities to adapt and use the Global Quality of Life Index as a decision-support system that relies on reliable, timely, and disaggregated data. 

  • Enhanced understanding of local, national and global urban quality of life trends, and challenges that hinder effective implementation of policies/ actions and formulate transformative actions.

  • Enhanced capacity of local and national governments and development partners to adapt, use and report on quality of life urban trends, including through the voluntary local and national review processes using the harmonised Global Urban Monitoring framework. 

Under the supervision of the global coordinator and project manager of the Quality of Life Initiative, in close collaboration with the team members of the Quality of Life Initiative and particularly the Technical Lead of the Index Development, the Innovation Adviser and Product Manager (Innovations for Data and Frontier Tech) will facilitate the process to incorporate and apply technologically innovative solutions and Frontier Tech dimensions to the Quality of Life Initiative and oversee the development of related products. 

 UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.

As an Innovation Adviser and Product Manager for the Initiative, you will be integral to the successful execution of innovative solutions in support of the overall mandate. Your primary focus will be to identify and implement creative solutions that elevate our new product offerings in alignment with UN 2.0 principles. Working closely with cross-functional teams, you will drive a culture of innovation, ensuring that each solution aligns with market trends, addresses customer needs, and outpaces competitor offerings. Your strategic insights and ability to navigate emerging technologies will be crucial in shaping the direction of our project. In this role, you will mentor and guide internal teams, fostering a collaborative environment that encourages outside-the-box thinking while overseeing and managing any external relationship required to ensure a successful delivery of the agreed upon solutions. The Innovation Adviser and Product Manager will ultimately be responsible for leading the conceptualization and development of the Quality-of-Life Index technological applications and online platform, based on internal and external consultations, as well as its functioning with regards to innovative data visualisation, data capture, data analysis, and data storage.

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