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Policy Innovation Associate


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
  • Closing Date:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Office/Unit/Project Description 
To address complex development challenges in Thailand, UNDP and the Royal Thai Government through the Office of National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has initiated the Thailand Policy Lab to introduce innovative approaches to policy-making and public service delivery in Thailand. The Thailand Policy Lab aims to design and test policy process prototypes for developing innovative policy options and recommendations and connect and build capacities of various key stakeholders in Thailand both at the national and sub-national levels to accelerate the impact of innovation in public policy and services and exchange knowledge and experiences. the Thailand Policy Lab is structured around three pillars: policy innovation exploration and experimentation, capacity building on policy innovation and establishing a learning community of innovators.

The guiding objectives of the Thailand Policy Lab are as follow:

  • To foster inclusive and citizen-driven policymaking at national and sub-national levels.
  • To innovate policymaking processes for tackling contemporary challenges.
  • To enhance capacities of the public and private sectors at national and subnational levels to design and implement innovative policies.
  • To build a multi-level sustainable network of policy innovators.
  • To promote Thailand as the leading regional hub for policy innovation.

To support implementation of the activities of the Thailand Policy Lab, UNDP Thailand is looking for a Policy Innovation Associate to support the implementation of the innovation agenda of the Thailand Policy Lab that aligns with the plans of the Royal Thai Government and UNDP in Thailand. He/She will report directly to Head of TPLab and will work closely with the team of UNDP programme and operation teams in Thailand and NESDC, including other government agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector to ensure successful acceleration of innovation to improve public policy and services towards the achievement of the SDGs.

Scope of Work
The Policy Innovation Associate will support and facilitate the coordination and implementation of the following components:

Project Planning and Project Implementation

  • Ensure practical coordination of assigned areas of project activities in order to meet expected results.
  • Support the identification, design, and formulation of new activities to meet the Thailand Policy Lab’s goals and objectives.
  • Assist in activities planning for experimenting with innovative approaches to create practical learning experiences for policymakers in Thailand.
  • Assist in coordinating and preparation work for building the capacities of a cohort of policymakers and government officials on the innovative approaches that the Thailand Policy Lab is exploring and experimenting with.
  • Coordinate logistics and provide substantive support for implementation of activities to build, facilitate, and maintaining connections between innovators, through the creation of platforms, national and local workshops and events that allow innovators and stakeholders in the policymaking ecosystem to connect and create a multi-disciplinary effort to tackle complex issues.
  • Provide support to the process of developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Contribute to knowledge management activities and capturing of lessons learned during project implementation.
  • Contribute to the preparation of high quality summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, project and donor reports, annual reports, situation reports, briefing notes, etc.
  • Draft meeting minutes and maintain documentation of decisions and actions taken on project issues.

Logistics and Project Support

  • Draft terms of reference for procurement of individual consultants and services as necessary.
  • Arrange meetings and appointments with stakeholders and donor(s) as required.
  • Assist with interpretation and translation of documents (in Thai and English) when needed.
  • Support in responding to information requests and inquiries.
  • Other duties relevant to the implementation of the project.
Institutional Arrangement

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of Head of Thailand Policy Lab, the Policy Innovation Associate will provide support in coordinating the policy innovation process, the capacity building and the community of innovators pillars, ensuring high quality, efficient and effective project delivery.



Achieve Results:  LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:  LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:  LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:  LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:  LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:  LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Management - Project Management : Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Business Management -  Partnerships Management : Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Business Management - Operations Management : Ability to effectively plan, organize, and oversee the Organization’s business processes in order to convert its assets into the best results in the most efficient manner. 

Business Management - Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Business Management - Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus on improved performance and demonstrable results

Project Management - Relationship Management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

General (across the functions) - Event Planning and Execution: Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP's overall brand and mandate.

Minimum Qualifications of the Successful NPSA

Min. Education requirements: Thai national with secondary education. Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, social innovation, international relations, political science or other relevant disciplines

Min. years of relevant work experience: Minimum 6 years (or 3 years with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in public sector, private sector, or international organizations.

Required skills

  • Knowledge of innovation landscape and/or public and private sector innovation
  • Experience in coordinating with, and/or working with the public sector
  • Knowledge of public policy process
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Experience in facilitating workshops and training
  • Experience in planning and organizing events
  • Experience in the use of office IT applications and Internet

Required Language(s): Fluency in written and spoken English and Thai

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experiences, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.
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