Director, Division -- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, GENEVA

Posting Title: Director, Division on Technology and Logistics
Job Code Title: DIRECTOR, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 September 2015 - 17 November 2015
Job Opening Number: 47089

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.
- 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.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the Division on Technology and Logistics.
The mandate of the Division on Technology and Logistics is to strengthen science, technology and innovation, including information and communication technologies; for inclusive development; to support inclusive growth and development through efficient, resilient and sustainable trade logistics services and transit transport systems; and to promote training and capacity-building programmes for local institutions with a view to enhancing the economic development and competitiveness of developing countries and economies in transition.
The Director of Division reports to the Secretary-General (SG) and Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of UNCTAD. 

Responsibilities
Within delegated authority and under the guidance of the Secretary-General (SG) and Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of UNCTAD, the Director of Division on Technology and Logistics will be responsible for the following:

• Manages the work of the Division as an integral part of UNCTAD's programme of work and in close cooperation with other Divisions Organization.
• Directs, manages and provides intellectual leadership to the Division.
• Contributes to the formulation of UNCTAD’s overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the SG and/or DSG of UNCTAD.
• Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
• Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division, including training and technical cooperation activities; ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion; and co-ordinates work in the different areas under the competence of the Division and the organization, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
• Substantively directs and oversees the preparation of flagship reports produced by the Division, as well as other reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies, including UNCTAD bodies and the UN General Assembly.
• Ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards and are delivered within the timeframe decided by the department.
• Is responsible for the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, 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).
• Ensures effective implementation of Results Based Management (RBM) in the programme of work of the division in line with UNCTAD's work programme. 

Competencies
• Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of the implications of technology and logistics for economic development and the relationship with other areas of work of UNCTAD. Expert knowledge and demonstrated ability in analyzing, interpreting, formulating and communicating complex policies and strategies. Demonstrated ability in producing reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Demonstrated professional competence in the management of a diverse team of professionals to produce high quality results with impact while applying relevant policies and guidelines in work situations. Demonstrated capacity to establish strategic partnerships within and outside the organization, to deliver on the programme of work. 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.
• Communication: 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Judgement/Decision-making: 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.
 
Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
 
Work Experience
Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience dealing with economic development issues, including at least 5 years at the international level. Experience in managing and overseeing major programmes of work is required. Experience in the area of technology or information and communication technologies is desirable
 
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
 
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
 
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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