United Nations Industrial Development Organization: Chief Executive Officer

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6 May, 2016

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United Nations Jobs in Nigeria

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mandate of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition. With this mandate, the Organization carries out two core functions: as a global forum, it generates and disseminates industry-related knowledge; as a technical cooperation agency, it provides technical support, policy advice and implements projects. UNIDO’s vision is a world where economic development is sustainable and economic progress is equitable.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer, SB5 – Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)

Vacancy Announcement No.: VA2016_ISA_EXT_000047
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Duration: 120 days over a period of Six months
Report: Board of Trustees (Directors)
Reporting to this position: NiNAS Directors and Quality Manager
Major Areas of Responsibilities: Organisation Management, Strategic Direction
Type of Appointment: Individual Service Agreement
Employment Fraction: NonStaff-When Act. Employeed

Main Functions

  • Reporting to the CTA, under the overall leadership of the UNIDO Project Manager, the NiNAS Chief Executive Officer serves as chief executive of NiNAS and together with the Board of Trustees (Directors) is responsible for the success of NiNAS.
  • Together, the Board and the Chief Executive Officer assure the legal compliance of NiNAS; its conformance to international policy for accreditation bodies; the development of its staff and their required competencies; a commitment to the organization’s quality policy; and, the sustainability of NiNAS through the effective application of appropriate strategic and business plans.
  • The CEO maintains the relevance of NiNAS to the ECOWAS community, the accomplishment the NiNAS mission and vision, and the accountability of NiNAS to its diverse constituents.
  • The Board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the CEO, who has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board.
  • The Chief Executive Officer provides direction and enabling to the Board as it carries out its governance functions.
  • The Chief Executive Officer will carry out the specific activities below to provide the following deliverables:

Strategic Planning:

  • Create annual operating plans that support the strategic direction set by the Board and correlate with annual operating budgets; submits annual plans to the Board for approval.
  • Work effectively with the Board to define and articulate the organization’s vision and to develop strategies for achieving that vision.
  • Develop a Business Strategy for NiNAS under the direction of the Board of Trustees (BOT).
  • Communicate well to keep the Board fully informed on the condition of NiNAS and on all the important factors influencing it; Identify problems and opportunities and address them; bring those which are appropriate to the Board and/or its committees; and, facilitate discussion and deliberation; make recommendations.
  • Work with the Director of Laboratory Accreditation to produce a NiNAS Business Intelligence (BI) report to be done twice in a year, stating identified and foreseen challenges, opportunities and recommendations for solutions to the board. BI report shall include opportunity cost to NiNAS reputation, financial standing and future earnings.
  • Establish a 360 degree feedback system, e.g. client feedback mechanism. – Monitor the implementation of strategy to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.

Operational Management:

  • Assure the compliance of the organization to applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Determine how such compliance for the identified areas will best be carried out.
  • Provide evidence that demonstrates NiNAS compliance with Nigeria’s CAMA (Companies and Allied Matters Act) provision.
  • Promote a culture that reflects the organization’s values, encourages good performance, and rewards productivity.
  • Oversee a Quality System that meets legal and conformance requirements, and implement plans approved by the Board.
  • Undergo staff training as outlined in the NiNAS Training requirements for the CEO position.
  • Work with the NQIP Lead Expert in Accreditation on the physical set-up of the NiNAS offices including office space, office equipment, etc.
  • Assure conformance to applicable international accreditation policy issued by AFRAC, IAF and ILAC. – Review, authorize and inform the Board on NiNAS applications to AFRAC, ILAC and IAF as applicable.
  • Report to the Board on internal audit results.

Financial Management:

  • Develop an annual budget that supports the strategic plan and submit it for BOT approval.
  • Ensure that staff practices appropriate accounting procedures.
  • Work with the Board of Trustees and other UNIDO personnel to ensure the submission of financing proposals to funding agencies are completed and followed up.

Human Resource Management:

  • Recommend staffing and financing to the Board of Directors; In accordance with Board action, recruit personnel, negotiate professional contracts, and see that appropriate salary structures are developed and maintained.
  • Appoint members and the Chair of the Advisory Committee; Appoints the Chair of the Technical Committees and ensures Committee make-up and performance according to requirements in applicable Terms of Reference.
  • Review Director of Accreditation’s recommendations for Advisory and Technical Committee(s) Chair.
  • Ensure NiNAS HR policy is applied and positions are staffed with individuals that possess the needed competencies.
  • Ensure the NiNAS Gender strategy implementation.
  • Specify accountabilities for personnel and evaluate performance regularly.
  • Review existing NiNAS Job Descriptions and update as needed.

Program Effectiveness:

  • Oversee the design, delivery, and quality of programs and services, specifically on the implementation of the accreditation program for laboratories that meets ILAC requirements.
  • Stay abreast of current trends related to the organization’s products and services and anticipates future trends likely to have an impact on its work.
  • Identify main stakeholder organizations in consideration of the strategic objectives. Contact heads of those organizations and liaise as needed to promote the use of NiNAS services.
  • Prepare Monthly and Final Reports.

Core Competencies
Core values:

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for diversity

Core competencies:

  • Results orientation and accountability
  • Planning and organizing;
  • Communication and trust
  • Team orientation
  • Client orientation

Organizational development and innovation Managerial competencies (as applicable):

  • Strategy and direction, Managing people and performance
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Cconflict resolution.

Minimum Requirements

  • University – Master’s degree or equivalent, Engineering Science, Business Administration

UNIDO Languages:

  • English (Fluent), Fluency in Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo or Pidgin English is desirable.

Field of Expertise:

  • Minimum 10 years experience in organizational management in leadership position in an organization with demonstrated abilities in strategic planning, operation management, financial management, human resource management, marketing and public relations and programme effectiveness.

Physical Demands:

  • This is a high-stress position based on full responsibility for NiNAS operations requiring the handling of detailed, complex concepts and problems, balancing of multiple tasks simultaneously, and making rapid decisions regarding administrative issues.
  • Maintains a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management
  • Hours may be long and irregular.
  • Conveys a professional and positive image and attitude regarding NiNAS and the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.
  • Can involve extensive travel to domestic and international meetings.

Work Environment:

  • Establishes strong and appropriate relationships with Board, committees, volunteers, staff, donors and clients.
  • Requires the development of smooth and constructive relationships with executive colleagues, outside agencies, organizations and individuals
  • Leads by demonstrating commitment to continued professional growth and development.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should apply below


  • This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
  • All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process.
  • Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependants, under the procedures established by the Director General.

Application Deadline  19th May, 2016.

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