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.
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.