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Futures Fellow

Category: Recruitment Consultancy

Job Description

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Job Responsibilities

  • Support the consolidation of UNDP’s recently-established “Future Trends and Signals System” (FTSS), where UNDP staff capture signals of change (political, economic, social, technological, environmental, values) relevant to UNDP’s mission.
  • Receive training on using the system.
  • Scan weekly for signals across various geographies and themes.  Research the background to signals and themes identified as significant.
  • Support sensemaking from the FTSS: grouping and categorizing signals; identifying emerging trends; generating insights and meaning for UNDP.
  • Support and lead weekly “Signals Studios” where UNDP staff meet to discuss the insights they extract from the FTSS, and how they can use them productivel
  • Support collaboration between the S&F team and other parts of UNDP (Regional Bureaus and Country Offices) aimed at embedding futures and foresight in their work (eg workshops to examine their strategy through a foresight lens)   
  • Use various futures methodologies to integrate futures and foresight into UNDP decision-making
  • Help to design and deliver effective communications on futures and foresight throughout UNDP and beyond (eg slides or videos for presentations, written guidance)
  • Help to develop (and possibly deliver) training on futures and foresight for UNDP staff
  • Support follow-up to the UNDP “Signals Spotlight 2023” report
  • Contribute to or lead on other reports, blogs or other resources on foresight for UNDP
  • Support maintenance of the UNDP Futures Portal, a one-stop-shop resource for futures & foresight on the UNDP intranet
  • Help to keep the UNDP Futures Network energetic and active, and to expand beyond UNDP to other UN agencies, external partners etc

Other Educational Qualification

  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s or other advanced degree in social sciences, such as public administration, economics, international relations, political science, futures studies, behavioural science, development studies or a related area; or
  • Completed an advanced degree within the last 3 years
  • Academic (or equivalent professional experience) in futures studies or foresight is desirable.


  • Experience in futures, strategic foresight, or systems thinking and design is highly desirable
  • Experience in disciplines outside of international development will be considered favorably
  • Essential: proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools (e.g., Excel; Teams; PowerPoint; Word)
  • Desirable: familiar with data management tools (e.g., Airtable, Google Sheets/Forms), familiar with Miro and other virtual collaboration tools
  • Design and other digital skills are an advantage (or the ability to learn quickly
  • English proficiency is required
  • Knowledge of another language is an advantage


  • Negotiable

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UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

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Job Summary

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Job Location: New York, United States of America
  • Employment Type: Contractual
  • Experience: At least 1 Year(s)
  • Vacancy: Not Specific
  • Gender: Any
  • Published on:May 22, 2023
  • Application Deadline: June 22, 2023
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