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Terms of Reference for an Internship in the Trade Capacity-building Branch of the Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division (PTC/TCB)

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Duration: 3-6 w/m

Duty Station: UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna

Organizational Context: The responsibility of the Branch is to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to develop their capacity to trade and integrate into global value chains through effective participation in the rules-based global trading system. These countries often face constraints arising from the lack of competitive productive supply capacity of tradable goods, which meet quality, health, safety, environmental, sustainability and consumer protection requirements of targeted markets. They also frequently lack the capacity to implement the multilateral trading system provisions for imported and exported products, in particular the WTO agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). The absence of a capacity to establish compliance with market requirements and the lack of internationally accepted local proof of such compliance restricts the ability of developing countries to exploit trade opportunities and access markets. The Branch therefore seeks to meet two related development objectives: first, to strengthen the capacity of countries, productive sectors and suppliers to produce goods that meet requirements set by foreign buyers and markets; and second to build up the national and regional quality infrastructure needed to provide internationally recognized quality assurance services, including for the development of standards and technical regulations, the establishment of product testing facilities and calibration laboratories, the creation of quality management systems and product traceability, management system certification, inspection and accreditation mechanisms, and the development of systems for ensuring food safety and consumer protection. In carrying out its work, the Branch cooperates closely with other organizational units of UNIDO responsible for strengthening the productive sectors of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Tasks: Under the overall guidance of the Branch Director and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, the intern will perform the following tasks:

1. Research the national capacities of developing countries and countries with economies in transition and study ways to develop the required quality, standards, measurement (metrology), testing, inspection and accreditation infrastructure;

2. Analyze the assistance rendered to developing countries and countries with economies in transition in the development of competitive productive sectors and their integration into global and regional value chains;

3. Assist in global forum and normative activities addressing the constraints of developing countries and countries with economies in transition in accessing international and South-South value chains;

4. Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification requirements:

a.) Minimum academic background and/or field of specialisation required: first-level university degree in International Business, International Trade or a related field and enrolment in a higher-level university programme.

b.) Computer literacy: Microsoft Windows, proficient use of processing tools such as Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is required.

c.) Language skills: Fluency in English required, good knowledge of another official UN working language desirable.

d.) Core values: integrity; professionalism; respect for diversity.

e.) Core competencies: results orientation and accountability; planning and organizing; communication and trust; team orientation; client orientation; organizational development and innovation.

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Please read the General Information and Conditions very carefully, as incomplete applications cannot be considered.

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