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Job Opening

Posting Title: Managing Director, Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries, D2
Job Code Title: DIRECTOR, PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT
Department/Office: Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries
Duty Station: Gebze
Posting Period: 07 November 2017 - 21 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-TBLDC-85350-D- (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The post is funded under the extra-budgetary funds. The extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff at the D2 Level and above are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) whose office will be based in Gebze, Turkey. The Director reports to the Secretary-General through the Under-Secretary-General of United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). For more information, please see http://unohrlls.org/technologybank/.

The United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/251 established the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries and adopted its Charter on 23 December 2016.

The objectives of the Technology Bank are :
(a) To strengthen the science, technology and innovation capacity of least developed countries, including the capacity to identify, absorb, develop, integrate and scale up the deployment of technologies and innovations, including indigenous ones, as well as the capacity to address and manage intellectual property rights issues;
(b) To promote the development and implementation of national and regional science, technology and innovation strategies;
(c) To strengthen partnerships among science, technology and innovation-related public entities and with the private sector;
(d) To promote cooperation among all stakeholders involved in science, technology and innovation, including researchers, research institutions and public and private sector entities, within and between least developed countries, as well as with their counterparts in other countries;
(e) To promote and facilitate the identification and utilization of and access to appropriate technologies by the least developed countries, as well as their transfer to the least developed countries, while respecting intellectual property rights and fostering the national and regional capacity of the least developed countries for the effective utilization of technology in order to bring about transformative change.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following.

•Directs and manages the Technology Bank.
•Contributes to the formulation of the Technology Bank’s overall strategies and policies by participating in various the Bank’s Council, preparing documents on policy issues.
•Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes.
•Formulates and implement the substantive work programme of the Technology Bank under his/her supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Technology Bank, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
•Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in annual reports.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Technology Bank maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Technology Bank under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative and resource mobilization tasks necessary for the functioning of the technology Bank, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
•Oversees the recruitment of staff for the Technology Bank taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Technology Bank and across organizational boundaries.
•Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Technology Bank at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Performs other related duties as requested by the Council of the Technology Bank.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows ability to apply rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

•Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in natural or social sciences, engineering, economics, business administration, public administration, international relations, law, political science, or related areas is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget or related field is required. Experience on the Least Developed Countries' socio-economic development is required. Experience in resource mobilization is desirable. Experience in administering science technology and innovation programmes is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this vacancy, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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