Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.
Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Statistical activities are mainly composed of providing statistical, analytical and data services to the member-states; monitoring of progress towards SDG through compiling internationally agreed indicators and extending technical assistance to build national statistical capacity of the member-states.
The Department of Policy Research and Statistics (EPR/PRS) is responsible for increasing understanding of development policies and programmes by providing intellectual leadership and analytical services to UNIDO and the wider development community. The Department develops and provides policy advice to Member States, based on evidence emerging from thematic, regional, country and sectoral analyses of industrial development and processes of structural change. In close cooperation with other relevant organizational entities and knowledge institutions around the world, the Department develops UNIDO’s research programme, advocates ISID as the main approach to create employment, reduce poverty and combat climate change, forges strategic partnerships to enhance UNIDO’s own expertise, and strengthens the capacity of Member States in related areas, including statistics. The Department is also responsible for the compilation, storage and dissemination of worldwide industrial statistics. The Department comprises the Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division and the Statistics Division.
The Statistics Division (EPR/PRS/STA) is responsible for the compilation, storage and dissemination of worldwide industrial statistics that are internationally comparable in terms of data quality and statistical definition.
Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Department of Policy Research and Statistics and the direct supervision of the Chief Statistician, the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical leadership and supervision in the areas of data management and data processing systems relating to the statistical programme of UNIDO. This includes the following functions: