Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and
Communication Technology for Development (APCICT)
of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
RAS-090-06-P129-01-V (revised July 2009)
1. General Information
Title: Associate Expert on ICT Capacity Building
Duration: 1 year (with possible extension for another year)
Date required: As soon as possible
Organizational location: APCICT
Duty Station: Incheon, Republic of Korea
Title of the supervisor: Director, UNAPCICT
Content and methodology of the Planning meetings, technical guidance, regular
Supervision: discussions, and feedback on activities
3. Duties, responsibilities and output expectations:
The Associate Expert will report directly to the Director of UNAPCICT while working closely with relevant project managers on expected substantive outputs. Duties and responsibilities of the Associate Expert would include:
Preparation of background notes on regional trends and state-of-the-art on ICT capacity building gaps within the region.
Providing input and support for successful roll-out of the APCICT’s flagship programme entitled “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” by assisting in communication, planning, managing and monitoring ICT capacity building training workshops at the regional and national levels.
Providing input and support for the successful development of a collaborative e-Hub on ICT capacity building training resources for regional stakeholders.
Assist with the collection, documentation and analysis of ICT for development case studies, highlighting good practices and drawing out lessons learned that can be used by policymakers in making informed decisions.
Assist with APCICT Virtual Academy (AVA) implementation.
Contribute to APCICT’s ongoing activities by conducting desk research on different aspects of ICT for development from the Asia-Pacific region including on ICT Capacity building, e-Government, e-Health, e-education, Free and Open Source Software, etc
4. Qualifications and experience
Advanced university degree in Information Technology, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or other related fields.
Strong analytical research skills.
Familiarity with e-learning systems.
Proficiency and excellent communication skills in written and spoken English is essential.
UN competencies: Respect for Diversity, Teamwork, Communication, Creativity, and Commitment to Continuous Learning.
Work experience: Some work experience in ICT for Development related work is preferred.
Other Skills: Knowledge on web/software background is an advantage.
5. Learning Elements
After the assignment, the ASSOCIATE EXPERT will be able to
Gain practical experience in programme development, implementation, and evaluation of the projects on ICT for development.
Develop understanding of the issues surrounding e-learning implementation
Increase understanding of the issues on ICT for development and for capacity building of the countries in the Asian Pacific region.
6. Background Information
APCICT has developed and implemented an extensive work programme and managed increasing demand from members and associate members despite limited human resources. The staff of APCICT is composed of three professional staff members (one director, one senior ICT expert and one programme officer), three non-reimbursable loan experts (NRLs), team of consultants, and three support staff. The lecturers for training programmes have been outsourced and some have been secured through partnerships with relevant government agencies of the Republic of Korea and partner institutions.
The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT) was established and inaugurated on 16 June 2006 in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
The objective of APCICT is to build the capacity of members and associate members of the Commission through training programmes in the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for purposes of socio-economic development. Its functions include: enhancing knowledge and skills in ICT for policymakers and ICT professionals; enhancing the capacity of ICT trainers and ICT training institutions by providing training-of-trainers programmes and exchanges of trainers and experts; providing members and associate members with advisory services on human resources development programmes; and undertaking analytical studies related to human resources development in ICT, including identifying training needs and sharing best practices on human resources development programmes and training methods.
Development on the Centre’s Programmes
The Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme (Academy) is the Centre’s flagship initiative. Regional and sub-regional training of trainers Academy workshops are regularly being held, and the Centre is working in partnership with about a dozen national training institutions to drive the national roll-out of the Academy. It is part of APCICT’s strategy to strengthen ICT capacity at the national level, to ensure local relevance of training content and to use appropriate training methodology in order to maximize its reach and impact through a sustainable Academy programme.
To support the roll-out of the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme, APCICT has been working on a multi-channel content delivery of the Academy via the APCICT Virtual Academy (AVA) to reach a wider audience. AVA is an online distance learning platform for the Academy. It is designed to ensure that all the Academy modules are easily accessible online for download, re-use, customization and localization, and at the same time, minimize disruption to the participants’ work environment by enabling them to study the materials at their own pace.
To enhance the learning and training experience through its integration with UN-APCICT's Virtual Academy, the e-Co Hub are developed by UNAPCICT as a place for online convergence of like-minded individuals and organizations working to strengthen capacities in the use of ICT for development (ICT4D). It seeks to provide knowledge resources on different aspects of ICT4D and make available an interactive space for sharing knowledge and experiences on ICT4D capacity building.
In addition to the above-training programmes, tthe Centre has developed a comprehensive research strategy. APCICT has implemented in 2009 two research series – APCICT Briefing Notes and ICTD Case Study Series.
D. Living Conditions
The Centre is located in Songdo International City, Incheon, Republic of Korea. Information about the living conditions in Incheon can be found at http://english.incheon.go.kr/.