Head, Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology - United Nations, India, Deadline: Jun-19-2016

Posting Title:Head, Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology
Duty Station:NEW DELHI
Posting Period:21 April 2016 - 19 June 2016
Job Opening Number:59559
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Special Notice
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. Staff of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy and are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note. 

ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) is an ESCAP regional institute. The objectives of the Centre are to assist Members and Associate Members of ESCAP through strengthening their capabilities to develop and manage national innovation systems; develop, transfer, adapt and apply technology; improve the terms of transfer of technology; and identify and promote the development and transfer of technologies relevant to the region. The mission of the Centre will be reoriented to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a focus on the transfer of technologies for sustainable development which are relevant to the Asian and Pacific region.

The incumbent will report to the Executive Secretary. The incumbent is also expected to cooperate with and work closely with the Director, ESCAP Subregional Office for South and Southwest Asia, which is co-located with APCTT and shares common services.
The Head of APCTT will be responsible for the following duties:

•Expands and develops APCTT as a regional centre of excellence for generating and sharing information and knowledge, including best practices, on issues related to strengthening capacities for technology transfer and science, technology and innovation (STI). Contributes to improving the capacity of member States to develop and implement policies for more effective technology transfer and better STI infrastructure, as well as to access and utilize appropriate technologies for sustainable development, in particular technologies supporting sustainable development such as renewable energy.

•Plans, manages, supervises, implements and evaluates the work programme of the Centre under his/her responsibility in cooperation with relevant organizations, donors and partners; ensures that substantive work programme activities are carried out in a timely fashion and that all outputs produced by the Centre meet required standards to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

•Promotes regional networking and cooperation among relevant national agencies and organizations active in the field of technology transfer and innovation, particularly related to sustainable technologies.

•Provides leadership and improves the Centre’s capability and contribution to high quality research on issues related to technology transfer and innovation; manages the collection, analysis and dissemination of latest information and best practices on technology development in the Centre’s priority areas, through the Centre’s websites and publication of a regular flagship publication containing high quality and informative articles and research findings related to technology transfer and innovation.

•Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars, workshops and similar consultations and group training activities that disseminate best practices in the area of management of technology transfer and innovation.

•Oversees and manages the expansion, strengthening, and consolidation of online databases and information sources on technology transfer and innovation for similar purposes.

•Organizes the annual Governing Council session and prepare the annual report and other required documentation as well as required documentation for the Committee on Trade and Investment and the Commission and other ESCAP bodies as appropriate.

•Represents APCTT and ESCAP in international, regional or national meetings and provide programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue related to technology transfer and innovation, and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

•Mobilizes resources on as wide a basis as possible, including from the private sector where possible and in accordance with UN practices, principles and guidelines.

•Liaises with relevant senior officials of Member States and ensure requests by Member States from ESCAP/APCTT for advice and/or assistance on issues and policies related to technology transfer and innovation.

•Collaborates with the ESCAP secretariat on the formulation of the strategic framework, the programme of work and the budget of the Centre and participates in the formulation of ESCAP’s overall programme of work.

•Manages the Centre’s human and financial resources and carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Centre, 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, interview and evaluation of candidates for job openings; ensure collaboration with relevant UN offices for administrative support purposes.

•Recruits staff for the Centre taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values; manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.

•Maintains close working relations with the host Government and Governments of ESCAP Member States as well as with other ESCAP regional institutions and agencies relevant to the work programme of the Centre (e.g., UNIDO, UNDP, UN India Country Team) to foster partnerships and to promote and facilitate technical cooperation; forge synergies with the work of other ESCAP regional institutions and subregional offices working in technology-related areas.

•Coordinates all planning, programming and implementation of activities with offices at ESCAP headquarters, as appropriate.

•Attends to various administrative matters and perform other related duties as required.

•Collaborates closely with the Sub-Regional Offices and the regional institutes of ESCAP on the formulation and implementation of the programme of work.
Proven technical expertise and knowledge of issues related to the management of technology transfer and innovation with focus on environmentally sound technologies (including renewable energy, climate-friendly and sustainable technologies). Solid understanding of issues related to SME development within the context of wider economic and social development. Solid understanding and knowledge of issues related to the development of national and sub-national innovation systems. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Knowledge of development economics. 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. 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.

Planning & Organizing: 
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

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.

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.

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant field of engineering, science and technology, management or a related area. Ph.D degree in any of the above fields is desirable. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in policy, innovation, engineering, science, development economics or other related area. Hands on experience in working with business and industry is required. Research and analysis in the above fields as demonstrated through authored publications is desirable. Experience in leading and managing a sizable work unit is required. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks required. Experience in project or programme planning (preferably in projects related to technology transfer, innovation or sustainable technology), analysis and/or budgeting is required. Work experience at the international level is highly desirable. Experience in resource mobilization is an asset. Experience in development economics is highly desirable. Experience in the use of statistical and database applications is desirable. Experience in the Asia-Pacific regional is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
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