Technology Innovation Officer

Valencia, Spain
Apply by 31 May 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 17 May 2018

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Department of Field Support is responsible for the delivery of services that satisfy the requirements of the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support (DPKO/DFS) missions as well as Special Political Missions (SPMs).

The Information and Communications Technology Division of DFS has implemented a range of civilian and military field technologies to address the requirements of peacekeeping operations that have been identified as strategic enablers to make peacekeeping more effective and efficient. The Information and Communications Technology Division of DFS suggests and facilitates the introduction of innovation and modern technologies to support mandate implementation in UN Field Missions.

Functional Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Senior UNOPS Programme Manager, the incumbent for this post will be placed in the UN Department of Field Support and will report to the Technology Innovation and Strategic Partnership Officer in New York and work with the Chief Technology Development, Design & Planning Section and his team.

The Technology Innovation Officer initiates and promotes technology innovations, integrating military and civilian technologies and expertise, in support of making UN peace operations more effective and efficient; and creates synergies that emphasise on enhanced operational performance, impact and capacities through the introduction of modern technology to UN peacekeeping and field missions.

The Technology Innovation Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Contribute to the development of innovation frameworks, best practices and technology roadmaps
  • Liaise with the ICTD Strategic Partnerships & Technology Innovation officer and colleagues of the UN Department of Field Support, Information & Communications Technology Division and UN Field Missions Field Technology Sections.
  • Liaise with the academic community to build partnership and collaboration to assess and apply modern technologies in UN field missions.
  • Contribute in liaising with the industry and adhere to the UN procurement rules with the technology sector, vendors, industry, research & development entities and other partners with a view to assess and apply of modern technologies in UN field missions.
  • Deliver business results from innovation and lead the measurement and analysis of innovation results.
  • Contribute to field technology innovation strategy and monitor innovation metrics and measures.
  • Identify disruptive threats and opportunities based on trends and shape.
  • Apply strategy and cultivate and sponsor breakthrough innovation initiatives.
  • Follow the strategic innovation agenda and link with the operational and tactical innovation delivery components at the UN Regional/Global Service Centre
  • Contribute to create and nurture a culture conducive to innovation and develop innovation roles, talents, and career paths.
  • Actively follow technology developments and identify technology trends and solutions with respect to military requirements for peacekeeping operations
  • Perform other duties as required.
Impact of Results

The result of work of the Technology Innovation Officer impacts directly on delivery of services that satisfy the requirements of the Department as well as the performance of the services implemented in the DFS/DPKO field missions and headquarters. It will also ensure proper processes and methodologies are followed and implemented according to the latest of the industry standards. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring activities for all global locations are in line with the overall business targets and UN policies, rules and regulations.







Competencies

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Education/Experience/Language requirements
Education:
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Information Technology, Sciences, Engineering, or in a field related to the post description is required. A Bachelor’s Degree with an additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of Master’s Degree.
  • Graduation from a military staff/war college is desirable.
Experience:

Required:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of civilian and military technology with at least three (3) years at managerial level.
  • Experience in advanced military communications, intelligence, surveillance and cyber defence technologies.
  • Experience as a military officer, having served in the field of communications and information technology.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in establishing and implementing technology based programs / projects.
  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience in negotiating complex contracts and other agreements.
  • Experience in producing policy guidelines documents

Desirable:

  • Experience in drafting diplomatic and similar formal correspondence
  • Experience of working in a multinational environment;
Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.
Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

UNOPS vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and by the efficient and transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.

With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information - Development Group Cluster

Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services

About the Organization

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

UNOPS vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and by the efficient and transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.

Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information - Development Group Cluster

Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services

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