Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, 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 a Regional Institute of ESCAP. It provides support to member States in strengthening their National Innovation Systems including through identification, transfer, adaptation and application of technologies for sustainable development.
APCTT promotes the exchange of experience through the organization of international conferences, workshops, study tours of policy makers. It provides information related to Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and recent trends on technologies through its publications. At the request of the Governments, APCTT provides NIS diagnosis, country level consultations, advisory services, support to creating enabling policy in support of technology-based entrepreneurs.
Another important work of APCTT is to facilitate the identification, transfer, adaptation and application of technologies to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has special technological focus on: renewable energy; agriculture and water; climate change mitigation and adaptation; ICT and other fourth industrial revolution related technologies.
In promoting regional cooperation among the member States in the area of STI policy and technology transfer, APCTT facilitates the creation of international networks on specific technologies and deepens cooperation with technology transfer institutions/ technology business incubators. It collects information from networks members for technologies for sustainable development.
This position is located in the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT). The incumbent reports to the Head of APCTT.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of APCTT, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:
- Serves as focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of various activities of work under the Technology Transfer Programme, including technology advisory services, partnership facilitation, capacity building on technology transfer as well as information dissemination of various technologies for the benefit of technology-based Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs in the ESCAP member countries.
- Assists programme/project managers on the development of project proposals and project documents; liaises with concerned Divisions of ESCAP to facilitate work of programme and seek funding for project implementation from external donors.
- Supports programme/project managers on normative and analytical work in key areas related to the programme to assist in the overall delivery of work of the Centre.
- Assists in the planning and implementation of technical cooperation activities through the establishment and maintenance of a wide range of networks and contacts, including government focal points, industrial federations, research institutions, universities and technology transfer intermediaries in member countries.
- Participates in meetings, consultations and regional dialogues; provides support to the substantive programme of APCTT; and performs necessary follow up actions to assist in the overall implementation.
- Liaises extensively with a variety of organizational units to initiate requests; prepares standard terms of reference for technical consultants; processes and follows-up on administrative actions and assists in resolving issues related to project implementation.
- Maintains and updates technology databases of Technology Transfer Section and APCTT's website and other web-based platforms.
- Performs other project management tasks as assigned.
Knowledge on thematic issues related to the activities of the Centre such as: Science, Technology and Innovation policy; technology transfer and commercialization; new and emerging technologies; and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.
High school diploma or equivalent is required. University or higher degree(s) in Economics or related areas in Science and Technology are highly desirable.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in programme or project administration, implementation of technical cooperation project or related areas is required.
Experience in the areas of Science, Technology and Innovation, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, or support for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises is highly desirable.
Experience in the UN Common System or international organizations is 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 official United Nations language, such as Russian is an advantage.
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
Appointment against this post is on a local basis; candidates shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the APCTT office, irrespective of nationality and length of time the candidate may have been in the country. If no suitable local candidate is identified, candidates located elsewhere may be considered. The candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred in taking the relevant examinations at the duty station, and of any costs related to traveling and relocating to the duty station in the event of an employment offer.
This is a temporary position and will be available for six months initially. If selected, an internal candidate will be on temporary assignment to the post; an external candidate will initially be offered a temporary appointment. Any extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and continued availability of the post.
Must have passed the United Nations Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters.
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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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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