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  • Posted on: 5 May, 2016 Deadline: 19 May, 2016
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  • 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.

    Director of Laboratory Accreditation, SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)

     

    Vacancy Announcement No.: VA2016_ISA_EXT_000046
    Duration: 120 days over a period of Six months
    Report: CEO
    Reporting to this position: Program staff and Contract Assessors
    Type of Appointment: Individual Service Agreement
    Employment Fraction: NonStaff-When Act. Employeed

    Description
    The Director of Laboratory Accreditation will report to the CEO and supervise Lead Assessors, Program Support Staff in the management of laboratory Accreditation programme.

    Main Functions

    • Reporting to the CEO and the NQIP CTA, under the overall leadership of the UNIDO Project Manager, the Director of Laboratory Accreditation implements the program and its processes to accredit laboratories in conformance with NiNAS policies and procedures, ISO/IEC 17011 and relevant ILAC documents, to meet annual business plans and budgets.
    • The position requires the effective supervision of staff and contract assessors, to ensure that training and competency requirements are met and maintained.
    • The Director will manage client relations; assist in marketing and communications efforts; and, oversee complaints resolution to a satisfactory outcome.
    • The Director, other NINAS Directors and CEO, form the Executive management team which develops strategic goals and objectives, business plans and budgets for approval by the Board of Directors.
    • 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 Executive Director provides direction and enabling to the Board as it carries out its governance functions.
    • The Director of Laboratory Accreditation will carry out the specific activities below to provide the following deliverables:

    Strategic Thinking:

    • Develop business plans to implement a strategy as directed by the CEO and Board.
    • Review drafted pricing strategy for accreditation services.
    • Build goals and objectives that foster program growth and program sustainability.
    • Work with the CEO to develop the NiNAS business strategy so that it is clearly defined, with considerations such as number of accredited clients, the targeted technical areas for accreditation services and the focus of the type of CABs with time horizons.
    • Support the CEO in maintaining effective communications with the Board of Trustees.
    • Work with the CEO to produce a Business Intelligence (BI) report.
    • Provide input to the CEO for regular (as determined by the BOT) reports containing analysis of the threats to NiNAS sustainability and the measures to be taken to mitigate those threats.
    • Collect and analyze evaluation information that measures the success of the program’s efforts in respect to the business plan; refine or change programs in response to that information.

    Operational Management:

    • Ensure the Program operates in conformance to ISO / IEC 17011 and other international standards and guides that apply to the operation of the accreditation program.
    • Ensure on-going compliance by staff and assessors with management system policies and procedures through both formal and informal monitoring and review of performance.
    • Ensure the Program has the right resources and competencies to meet the scope of accreditation services provided.
    • Ensure the application of the organization’s quality management system.

    Financial Management:

    • Prepare annual business plans, budgets and work within those parameters.
    • Ensure the program meets its revenue targets.

    Human Resource Management:

    • Effectively supervise, train and mentor personnel.
    • Recommend membership to the Accreditation Advisory Committee.
    • Appoint members of the Technical Advisory Committee to the Program.

    Marketing and Public Relations:

    • Liaise and maintain positive relationships with large and small commercial clients, government regulators, consumer groups, NGO’s; feedback, both positive and negative is solicited from accredited organizations and applicants following assessments and audits.
    • Manage customer relationships and deal with complaints.

    Program Effectiveness:

    • Undergo staff training as outlined in the NiNAS Training requirements for the Director of Laboratory Accreditation position.
    • Oversee the design, delivery, and quality of the Laboratory Accreditation Program and assist the CEO with maintaining conformance to IAF_ILAC A series documents and ISO/IEC 17011.
    • Stay abreast of current trends related to the standards and conformity assessment issues from AFRAC, ILAC, ISO-CASCO and implements updates as necessary.
    • 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
    • Conflict resolution.

    Minimum Requirements
    Education:

    • University - Master's degree or equivalent, Engineering - Science or Business Administration

    UNIDO Languages:

    • English (Fluent), Ability to communicate in French is an asset.

    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 - some knowledge of metrology (optional).

    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.
    • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management.
    • Hours may be long and irregular.
    • Convey 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:

    • 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.

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    Chief Executive Officer, SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)

     

    Vacancy Announcement No.: VA2016_ISA_EXT_000047 
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    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.
    • 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 Description and update as needed.
    • 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.

    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
    Education:

    • 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.

    Method of Application

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    Note

    • 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.

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