Urban Innovation & Creative Sector Designer UNDP Jobs

UNDP is the United Nations largest agency with a mandate to eradicate poverty, through sustainable and inclusive human development.

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

General Overview

Description of assignment title: Urban Innovation & Creative Sector Designer

Assignment country: Nigeria

Expected start date: 06/14/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 17. Partnerships for the goals

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNDP

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Lagos

Job Description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Head of UNDP Lagos and Chief Innovation Officer (ai) or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteers will:

• Explore opportunities for solving urbanization challenges in collaboration with creatives, entrepreneurs, and startups.

• Initiate and sustain regular engagement with creative sector actors in Nigeria – identifying opportunities for partnership with UNDP.

• Support efforts to design avenues and pathways for incubating and accelerating creative sector start-ups, venture builders, and talent pipelines across strategic value chains.

• As a sub-set to the Lean Innovation Facility, the working with key team identifies entry points for supporting urban innovators, creative sector startups especially those leveraging tech and digital for transformation.

• Nurture partnerships with community of startups, entrepreneurs, creatives building solutions to address urban challenges.

• Establish platforms / learning communities, festivals and urban sensing, creative sector engagements.

• Nurture partnerships for structuring blended financing instruments, sharing best practices and experiences, skilling, and talent capacity development, building an enabling regulatory environment, tackling other challenges of creative economy.

Eligibility criteria

·        Age: 27 - 80

·        Nationality: Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

·        3 years of experience in Social sciences, Arts, Design or related field.

• At least 2 years of professional experience working with or within the creative sector economy / industries in Nigeria and Africa; urban growth sectors

• Experience legal aspects related to copyright law, IP working with venture builders within the creative sectors – including accelerators, incubators & co-working, and design labs.

• Experience in incubating, building creative sector enterprises, start-ups, or business in any specific sector in Nigeria or Africa.

• Experience in designing creative sector development programmes.

• Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills.

• Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing.

• Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development.

• Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel.

• Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment.

• Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.

• Have affinity with or interest in volunteerism as a mechanism for sustainable development, and the UN System.


Area(s) of expertise

Arts and design, Development programmes, Information technology

NB: Driving license is required.


English, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social sciences, Arts, Urban development, Creative Sector Enterprises, Innovation and Youth Empowerment or related field

Competencies and values

• Accountability

• Adaptability and flexibility

• Creativity

• Judgement and decision-making

• Planning and organising

• Professionalism

• Self-management

Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should follow the link below to submit CV and application letter.

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Application Deadline: Not Specified


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