Senior Analyst (Innovation Scaling)

Website unglobalpulse UN Global Pulse

Deadline to apply: 31 March 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

Global Pulse is recruiting a ‘Senior Analyst – Innovation Scaling’, to be based in UN Global Pulse Finland (Helsinki).

Helping to shape a ‘next-generation UN’, the Innovation Scaling team at UNGP Finland was established to explore pathways and frameworks to take innovations to scale.  As UNGP’s innovation agenda gradually takes form, there is an urgent need to develop key internal capacities and processes which will ‘prime’ UN innovation to achieve scale and thereby, greater impact.

Starting with a primarily ‘experimentation-only’ portfolio, UNGP now wishes to develop:

  1. Working across UN agencies, needs-driven and clearly outlined experiments which are scalable by UN partners for sustainable impact and systemic change; and
  2. To accelerate the delivery of the Secretary-General´s ‘Our Common Agenda’ commitments, tested innovations with clear scaling pathways which support UN priorities. This is achieved through framing the concept of optimal scaling through evidence-based learning, literature reviews, best practice, interviews and observations.

The role will work with contributors and collaborators from within and from outside the UN.  The incumbent will elicit research questions from stakeholders and contribute to the planning and implementation of sensing and scanning activities.  Using wide data sets and working with a diverse range of people and organisations, the role will identify trends and patterns from which it will develop insights and products which support decision making.  This role will complement capacity building efforts to develop a cross UNGP network approach to scaling innovations.

The incumbent will drive forward the innovation scaling work portfolio and solicit and channel sound and customized technical advice to a wide range of projects and work portfolios within the UNGP network and beyond. The role will promote learning and knowledge management across the UN and its development partners.  It will support the design of the innovation scaling offer for the wider UNGP network and the UN system, in line Our Common Agenda commitments and ‘UN 2.0’.

Occasional travel and field missions may be required, as conditions allow.

Under the direct supervision of the Innovation Scaling Lead, the incumbent will execute the following duties:

  1. Management support and coordination.
  2. Technical support, research, analysis and knowledge creation.
  3. Capacity development and partnership mobilization.
  4. Monitoring, reporting and communication.

Qualifications and Experience



  • Advanced university degree (Master´s or equivalent) preferably in international development, social sciences, or another relevant discipline is required.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor´s degree) and an additional two (2) years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.



  • At least two (2) years of relevant work experience in project, or programme or product management, particularly in one or more of the following areas: innovation or international development or research, or other related fields.


The following experience is desirable. Candidates who do not have experience in these areas are welcome to apply:

  • Experience working in the humanitarian or development sectors, including experience in international organisations or government contexts or sub-government entities, such as think tanks or innovation accelerators.
  • Experience in coordination and management across multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience in working with UN organizations.
  • Understanding of project management and coordination practices in a UN context.
  • Experience in delivering high-quality research, analysis preferably in both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • Experience in communicating research insights through accessible multimedia formats.
  • Ability to coordinate multi-stakeholder projects, including with government, universities, UN organisations, NGOs, and the private sector.
  • Experience working with agile project management and portfolio management.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English (write, read, speak) is required.
  • Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an asset.
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