Chief Technical Advisor (Quality Infrastructure)

Post Level: ISA-Senior Specialist

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Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.



11 May 2022

Individual Service Agreement


26 May 2022

Organizational Context

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 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 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, 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. 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. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business (DTA), headed by a Managing Director, coordinates and mainstreams the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in its technical cooperation, strategic, normative activities aiming at fostering the inclusive and sustainable development in the era of 4IR. The Directorate creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverables in the areas of trade, investment, technology innovation and agro-industry and agri-business. The Directorate comprises the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR).

Within the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation, the Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS) seeks to build national and regional quality infrastructure systems needed to provide internationally recognized services, including strengthening institutional capacities (i.e. metrology, standardization and accreditation); building conformity assessment capacities (testing, inspection, certification, calibration, etc.); supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of new technologies and standards for smart production and thus participate in global value chains; trade facilitation and promoting quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers.


Timor-Leste’s economy lacks sufficient domestic access to conformity assessment services for food safety and quality controls that facilitate compliance and demonstration of compliance with technical regulations, voluntary standards, and market requirements. Its underdeveloped quality infrastructure (QI) system lacks the competence and capacity required to provide confidence to buyers, users and regulators that products, processes and services are compliant, which is inhibiting integration of its value chains into regional and global trading systems. In particular, the standardization and metrological pillars of NQI are fundamental and catalytical for putting the country on a path of non-oil based, export-led economic growth.

In view of the challenges of QI development, the Government of Timor-Leste and UNIDO joined hands to institute the QI regulatory framework and strengthen the technical competence, capability, and capacity of the QI institutions to develop technical regulations and standards and offer calibration, testing, and legal metrology verification services responsive to the food & beverage (F&B) sector and, laterally, the building & construction (B&C) and retail sectors. This will have direct benefits for Timor-Leste’s F&B sector, particularly for the coffee value chain and indirect benefits for allied sectors in terms of increased competitiveness, and long-term benefits for Timor-Leste citizens, residents, and visitors in terms of improved consumer safety and product quality. It will support Timor-Leste’s efforts to sustainably grow its agrarian economy for economic development.

Overall objective (impact): The QI system operates in line with international practices and is responsive to national and relevant destination market regulations to facilitate Timor-Leste’s integration into the international trading system.

Specific objective (outcome): The QI regulatory framework and technical service providers facilitate compliance of the F&B sector with quality and food safety-related technical regulations and standards to foster market access and integration into global value chains.

Output 1: QI coordination mechanism and regulatory framework proposed
- Sub-Output 1.1: A coordination mechanism for the QI proposed – e.g. National Quality Council
- Sub-Output 1.2: National standards formulated
- Sub-Output 1.3: Technical regulations formulated

Output 2: Technical assistance, to increase the scope of market-ready calibration, testing, and (legal metrology) verification services delivered
- Sub-Output 2.1: Technical consultancy, training, and equipment delivered for the documentational & operational readiness of IQTL’s calibration services for the market
- Sub-Output 2.2: Technical consultancy and training provided to enhance testing capabilities on quality and food safety at MAP and MS, such as microbiological, toxicological and MRL analysis
- Sub-Output 2.3: Technical consultancy, training, and instruments delivered for the documentational & operational readiness of AIFAESA’s legal metrology verification service under the purview of IQTL’s legal metrology system

DUTY STATION: Dili, Timor-Leste
DURATION: 6 months, with possibility of extension

Main Functions

The CTA, competent in Standards, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SQAM) fields, shall, under the overall strategic guidance of UNIDO’s DTA/DTI/QIS Project Manager (PM), spearhead the technical implementation of the project with the support of the project management unit (PMU). S/he is accountable for the achievement of project outputs and addressing related bottlenecks within the project’s ambit. Specifically, s/he will have the following main responsibilities:

1. Execute inception phase-related QI diagnostic and stakeholder engagement activities, considering government commitment (in view of assuring political sustainability), absorptive capacity of beneficiaries, project scalability, conformity assessment needs of the selected sector, and complementarity of interventions.

2. Lead project planning and implementation in close concert with MTCI.

3. Shape public dialogue and related coordination on QI development in Timor-Leste.

4. Spearhead technical implementation in line with the approved project workplan.

5. Administer overall guidance of the project management unit (PMU), including strategic steering, corporate reporting, monitoring & evaluation, and project coordination.

Core Competencies

Core Values
WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.

Key Competencies
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

Minimum Requirements


Advanced university degree in industrial engineering, physics, science or other relevant field with a specialization in metrology is required.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency/Working knowledge of Portuguese is desirable.

Field of Expertise

• A minimum of seven (7) years professional/expert experience in the field of quality infrastructure (QI), including some in leading/managing a team at international level is required.
• Technical knowledge of metrology is required.
• Experience in implementing international technical cooperation projects in QI development, particularly in a Southeast Asian context is desirable.
• Experience in coordinating/implementing complex technical cooperation projects in developing countries is desirable.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.

Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

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.

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

Chief Technical Advisor (Quality Infrastructure)

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