Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.
UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.
The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States.
The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years.
UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation .
Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.
and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments / Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.
The Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business (DTA), coordinates and mainstreams the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in its technical cooperation, strategic, normative activities aiming at fostering the inclusive and sustainable development in the era of 4IR.
The Directorate creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverables in the areas of trade, investment, technology innovation and agro-industry and agri-business.
The Directorate comprises the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR).
Responding to the growing demand for supporting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in the era of the new industrial revolution, the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTA / DTI) leads the way in addressing opportunities, challenges and risks stemming from the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and its contribution to sustainable socio-economic progress.
The Department is responsible for the strategic coordination of 4IR-related matters with designated focal points in other technical Departments and organizational entities of UNIDO, as appropriate.
In consultation with public and private partners, DTI designs and implements holistic interventions that are tailored to specific country needs.
The position is located in the Innovation & Digitalization Division (DTA / DTI / IDD) under the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTA / DTI).
The division promotes digital transformation and innovation ecosystems building, to advance the economic competitiveness of developing countries by helping them to benefit from the rapid progress of digital and convergent technologies associated to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and ensuring a smooth transition towards cyber-physical industrial systems and a smart society.
The Chief works under the overall guidance of the Managing Director for DTA, the Director of DTA / DTI and in close collaboration with the colleagues to achieve the mandate of the Division.
b) in creating an enabling environment which is catalytic to achieving results; (c) in building partnerships which result in strategic collaborations and (d) in achieving results which are cross-programme and inter-service oriented.
The UNIDO Staff Performance Management System reinforces the collaboration within formal units as well as among cross-functional teams.
In this context, the incumbent collaborates with his / her supervisor and colleagues, in the country as well as in the region and in headquarters.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Director-General and in this context all staff are expected to serve in any assignment and duty station as determined by the needs of the Organization.
Technical Responsibilities :
Leads the teams in the Division to :
Facilitate the exchange of ideas, acquire and disseminate knowledge and expertise and develop effective communication channels between experts, government officials, senior policy-makers, academia and other stakeholders to ease the flow of research findings and solutions to 4IR challenges.
Act as the focal point for the UNIDO Programme on Enterprise Modernization and Innovation Programme, for the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Establishment of a Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism dedicated to LDCs, and the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).
Managerial / Supervisory Responsibilities :
1. Collaborate with senior managers in UNIDO, to form a community of interest, serving as active public relations ambassadors, utilizing all means, both traditional and new approaches to continuously improve the resource mobilization capacity, partnerships and commitment to increasing the visibility and relevance of UNIDO.
2. Align the work programme of the Division with the organizational priorities cascaded from the Director and in this context, formulate, cascade, implement and report on the priorities of the Division.
motivate staff under their supervision and hold them accountable.
4. Ensure appropriate monitoring of results, performance and completion of related reporting and feedback mechanisms.
5. Support the Director on other special projects and assignments.
WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY : work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM : work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY : work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE : cooperate to fully reach our potential and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES : focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently.
We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST : communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE : To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.
Managerial and Leadership Competencies
WE ARE STRATEGIC, DECISIVE, PRINCIPLED AND INSPIRATIONAL : As managers, we are strategic and fair in driving our team’s performance.
As leaders, we are a source of inspiration, stand for norms and standards established in the UN Charter and duty bound to defend these ideals with a principled approach.
WE ARE INCLUSIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE : As managers, we are inclusive in our approach and maintain constructive engagement with all our stakeholders.
As leaders, we embrace all personnel and stakeholders and are accountable mutually within UNIDO, within the system, to beneficiaries and the public and beyond.
WE ARE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL AND TRANSFORMATIONAL : As managers, we go beyond conventional methods to help our organizational units strengthen their own agility and adaptability to change.
As leaders in the UN system, we have a vision which is integrated and engaged across the pillars of Peace and Security, Human Rights and Development.
WE ARE COLLABORATIVE AND CO-CREATIVE : As managers, we foster a team spirit and create meaningful opportunities to hear the voices of those around us, while realizing that only by working together can we accomplish our mission.
As leaders we see the inter-dependency of imperatives of the UN Charter and personally champion a collaborative inter-agency, multi-stakeholders and cross-thinking approach.
Advanced university degree in economics, environmental management, business management, engineering or another field relevant to UNIDO’s mandate.
Fluency in written and oral English is required. Fluency or working knowledge of other official language(s) of the United Nations desirable.
Field of Expertise
A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional experience, including some at the international level, involving technical cooperation in developing countries is required.
Experience in all phases of the Project Cycle is required. Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries is desirable.
NOTE : Eligible internal UNIDO applicants are required to have served at least one year in his or her current post. However, the seniority-in-grade requirements for applying for higher level positions, as per paragraphs 18 and 78 of the HRM Framework, have been waived.