ICT Policy and Programme Officer

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020

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. ESCAPโ€™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 Training Centre for Information and Communications Technology (APCICT) was inaugurated on 16 June 2006 as a regional institute of ESCAP, and is located in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Centreโ€™s mission is to strengthen the efforts of the member countries of ESCAP to use ICT in their sustainable development through human and institutional capacity building. To meet this objective, APCICTโ€™s work is focused on three inter-related pillars โ€“ Training, Advisory Services, and multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnership. Together they form an integrated approach to ICT human capacity building.

This position is located in APCICT, Incheon, Republic of Korea. The incumbent reports to the Head of APCICT.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of APCICT, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

โ€ข Collaborates and maintains active cooperation with national ministries, agencies and stakeholders.
(a) Assists the Director in mobilizing project funds (including in-kinds) and technical, human and financial resources, ensuring a diversity of donors and partners within the Republic of Korea and beyond,
(b) Coordinates with the Ministry of Science and ICT(MSIT) including its agencies such as NIA, NIPA, KISA and KISDI, relevant national ministries, research institutions, academia, media and other relevant stakeholders within the Republic of Korea
(c) Initiates and coordinates outreach activities within the Republic of Korea

โ€ข Develops, implements and evaluates ICT for development capacity building programmes/projects.
(a) Prepares and reviews various project reports, i.e., concept notes, project proposals, progress reports, and briefing notes
(b) Provides substantive inputs to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
(c) Monitors and analyzes project implementation at all stages.
(d) Coordinates with relevant stakeholders; identifies and tracks follow-up actions
(e) Identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions

โ€ข Assists the Director in providing technical assistance and advisory services on new ICT trends, technologies, policies, emerging issues in the region.
(a) Provides technical assistance and advisory services in the development and implementation of ICT for development capacity building programmes
(b) Reviews and analyzes ICT issues/trends, preparing research activities and studies, and presenting information from diverse sources
(c) Performs consulting assignments by gathering inputs from consultations/discussions with government officials, field experts, academia and other stakeholders in the Republic of Korea and providing advice toward developing courses of action
(d) Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
(e) Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations, facilitating workshops, and making presentations

Competencies

Core competencies:

Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing othersโ€™ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Accountability: 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.


Managerial competencies:

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Masterโ€™s degree or equivalent) in science, information communication and technology, public administration, business administration, management, economics or a related field.
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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience in ICT for development, ICT policy formulation and implementation at the national level and international level is desirable.
Experience working in international organization or governmental organization is desirable.
Experience in resources mobilization or fund management is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Korean is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located. This post is open to Korean nationals only.

Appointment against this post is on a local basis; candidates shall be Korean nationals and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the APCICT office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Korean nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in which case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to travelling and relocating to Korea in the event of an employment offer.

Note to current staff members at the General Service level: Should a current General Service staff member be selected for this post, he/she would need to resign from his/her General Service appointment before receiving a new appointment at the NO level.

Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.

This is a project funded position. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Any extension of appointment is subject to availability of funding, satisfactory performance and continued availability of the post.

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 โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ 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 โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ 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 perpetratorโ€™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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on โ€œManualsโ€ hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTSโ€™ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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