Deputy Chief Technical Advisor

Post Level: ISA-Senior Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



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



31 October 2018

Individual Service Agreement


21 November 2018

Organizational Context

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. Its mission is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the recently adopted 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. UNIDOs mandate in SDG-9, calls for the need to "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation". Accordingly, the Organizations programmatic focus is structured in three thematic priorities:
* Creating shared prosperity * Advancing economic competitiveness * Safeguarding the environment.
UNIDO delivers its services through the following four complementary and mutually supportive core functions: (a) technical cooperation activities; (b) analytical and policy advisory services; (c ) standard- setting and compliance and (d) convening and partnership role. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Programme Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC) of UNIDO is responsible for providing technical cooperation services on technological and economic issues in the following areas covered by five departments: Department of Partnerships and Results Monitoring (PRM); Department of Agri-Business Development (AGR); Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII); Department of Energy (ENE) and Department of Environment (ENV).
The Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII) supports countries in their efforts to develop through trade, investment and innovation the potential of the manufacturing sector to drive socio-economic progress. The Department is responsible for assisting countries to strengthen competitiveness in global markets through capacity-building in quality, environmental sustainability, and social accountability requirements in accordance with international management system standards and private sector requirements. It supports the establishment of linkages between producers/processors in developing countries and local, regional and global value chains (retailer, manufacturers) by developing capacities in the area of product quality.
This position is located under the Standards and Quality Infrastructure Division (PTC/TII/SQI) which seeks to build up the national and regional quality infrastructure systems needed to provide internationally recognized quality services, including guidance on quality policies and good governance strategies; evaluation and modernization of technical regulation regimes (including policy and legislation development, market surveillance and import inspection system development); strengthening capacities of national and regional quality systems (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 standards, be more competitive and thus participate in global value chains; trade facilitation (incl. via E-commerce) and promoting quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers.
It is responsible for providing services to strengthen national capacities to establish the legal and institutional frameworks for robust quality infrastructure (QI) systems. UNIDOs interventions in this respect span from policy and governance advice to the development of quality infrastructure institutions and conformity assessment services, including the support of the private sector in achieving compliance with international standards. A demand-driven quality culture together with a quality infrastructure system and its conformity assessment services, support economic operators (in particular SMEs), to achieve and prove conformity with market requirements, compete on international markets and connect to global value chains. The Division also helps strengthen consumer authorities and consumer associations in developing countries.

Project Context
This position is being funded by the currently ongoing West Africa Quality System (WAQS) Programme and the successor intervention, the West Africa Competitiveness and Quality Infrastructure Project (WACQIP). With the objective of assuring technically sound and smooth implementation of these two projects, a Project Management Unit (PMU) has been established which is located at the Commission of ECOWAS in Abuja/Nigeria and headed by the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA).

West Africa Quality System (WAQS) Programme
The West Africa Quality System (WAQS) Programme, funded to the tune of EUR 12 million by the European Union (EU), supports the implementation of the regional quality policy of ECOWAS aiming at establishing a framework for the development and operation of suitable, relevant, efficient and effective quality infrastructures to facilitate intra-regional and international trade, protect the consumer and the environment, and promote sustainable economic development.
The Programme covers the following four specific objectives:
- Specific objective 1: Relevant actors in countries covered by the programme make use of the regional quality infrastructure and harmonized legal framework.
- Specific objective 2: Private sector has access to strategically prioritized and harmonized standards for facilitated regional and international trade.
- Specific objective 3: Private and public sectors have access to a network of accredited and competitive conformity assessment services provided in the region.
- Specific objective 4: A culture of quality is entrenched in private sector operators.
The Project is represented in each country by a national institution, designated by the Ministry in charge of quality, which acts as Programme National Focal Point (NFP). A "National Technical Coordination Unit is set up therein, which is dedicated to the daily implementation of the project activities, under the overall coordination of the CTA.

West Africa Competitiveness and Quality Infrastructure Project (WACQIP)
To facilitate industrialisation in the region, ECOWAS regional industrial strategy has identified strategic interventions. The proposed actions under the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACP), funded by the European Union (EU) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) of the Regional Indicative Programme (RIP), intend to cover interventions pertaining to the development of sustainable value chains, micro-, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) and facilitating a platform for dialogue on industrialisation between state and private sector, including enhancing the capacity of Member States to develop and implement industrial development policies along value chains.
The programme will put an emphasis on value chains in line with priorities at regional and national levels that have high potentials of industrialisation and job creation.
The programme aims to support selected value chains at national and regional levels to promote transformation, better access to regional and international markets, taking into account social and environmental issues. The support will also cover the implementation and operationalization of the regional policy framework for the development of the value chains set in the regional industrial strategy.
With a specific objective of improving the performance and growth of selected priority value chains the programme will specifically help to: (i) develop value chains, improve competitiveness of MSMEs, strengthen the supporting intermediate organisations and create better regional linkages among selected products value chain actors (ii) improve the business environment in line with the West African agenda and support capacities at national and regional levels.
To achieve these objectives, the Programme will be implemented through a national component in each concerned country by selected agencies and a regional component by UNIDO and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
The specific objectives of the Programme are:
1. To improve the performance, growth and contribution to industry, regional trade and exports of selected value chains and
2. To improve the climate for business at national and regional levels.
The regional component of this programme, and specifically UNIDOs interventions under this West Africa Competitiveness and Quality Infrastructure Project (WACQIP), will benefit from earlier initiatives conducted by UNIDO, EU and ECOWAS, as well as other implementing agencies in the region. The regional project implemented by UNIDO complements other regional development initiatives and national projects under the 11th EDF programme, contributing towards the overall objective of strengthening the competitiveness of West Africa and enhancing the countries integration into the regional and international trading system.
Within the framework of the WACP, UNIDOs activities will specifically contribute to Output 1.4 Regional quality infrastructure system is strengthened, with a view to promote environmental issues under specific objective 1, and Output 2.2 Regional policy and framework to improve industrial competitiveness harmonised, formulated and monitored under specific objective 2.
The deputy-CTA will be providing advisory services to the project counterpart, the Industry & Private Sector Promotion Department of the ECOWAS Commission.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager based at UNIDO Headquarters, the deputy CTA will work in close cooperation with the counterpart institution, and will assist and support the Chief Technical Adviser who is responsible for the overall technical management of the two above-mentioned projects.

Duty station: Regional Technical Coordination Unit (RTCU), Abuja, Nigeria, with mission(s) to ECOWAS countries and Mauritania
Duration: EOD: As soon as possible; COB: 30 June 2019

Main Functions

1.1. Follow the established coherent system of information covering each activity of the project, including project Key Performance Indicators (KPI) (institutions and enterprises).
1.2. Participate and facilitate in the internal and external reviews and provide inputs for final evaluation of the project.
1.3. Provide day-to-day operational and results based management of the project including project planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation defining resource requirements, review/oversight of project's implementation.
1.4. Coordinate and supervise human and institutional capacity development activities under the project implementation.
1.5. Supervise, coordinate and participate in the evaluation of the work of the project staff, including national technical coordination units and consultants, and prepare progress and final project reports in a timely manner.
1.6. Monitor the overall performance and progress of the project in the field and keep the CTA informed of the progress of the project on a regular basis; assist the CTA in preparing briefing notes for the UNIDO Representative, the EU Delegation and/or members of the Steering Committee as well as reports.
1.7. Monitor the implementation of the projects visibility/marketing strategy and UNIDO intervention including the pre-validation of promotional material.
1.8. Prepare Terms of Reference (TOR) for international and national expertise required for the project and supervise national and international consultants as well as consultation missions.
1.9. Assist in the elaboration of requests/tenders for procurement and logistics.
1.10. Ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the financial, administrative, and technical management of the project and ensure permanent support and general follow-up of project activities, in accordance with UNIDO rules and regulations.
1.11. Prepare regular and annual reports (narrative and financial) for the programme according to donor specifications and UNIDO requirements and prepare the final project report.
1.12. Support other related duties and assignments as required by the CTA or the project manager.

2.1. Select and record lessons learned from the implementation of project activities, networking with project partners and beneficiaries to help achieve objectives of the project.
2.2. Facilitate the use of global, regional and national knowledge networks to share project results including project publications, conference proceedings, and other related requests.
2.3. Maintain the roster of institutions and consultants to support capacity development activities.

3.1. Provide technical support to project beneficiaries and involved institutions in appropriate domains of competence, mainly standardisation, metrology, accreditation, conformity assessment and quality promotion; in particular assist in establishing and building capacity of the future staff of the ECOWAS Quality Agency (ECOWAQ).
3.2. Provide specific technical advisory support to the Commissioner of Industry & Private Sector Promotion at ECOWAS when required by the CTA, e.g. preparing technical notes, preparing and attending meetings etc.
3.3. Provide technical training/support to above mentioned institutions at the level of senior and middle management on best-practice management principles to ensure optimal use of project inputs and improved absorption capacity.

4.1. Ensure and report on synergies with Programmes conducted by other organizations or institutions.
4.2. Assist in promoting dialogue and good practices in the focus areas of the project among different stakeholders.
4.3. Brief, in consultation with the CTA, interested donors, foreign missions on the activities of the project.
4.4. Help with the preparation of all meetings and proceedings of the project Steering Committee and follow up on the implementation of decisions taken.
4.5. Facilitate dissemination of good practices and experience of NQI and its role in regional integration in West Africa.

Core Competencies

INTEGRITY: To work honestly, openly, impartially and in accordance with the values of the United Nations.
PROFESSIONALISM: To work in a competent, committed and calm manner.
RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY: To work effectively, respectfully and inclusively with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives.
RESULTS ORIENTATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY: To be accountable and responsible for achieving results and meeting performance standards.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: To plan, organize and manage work effectively and efficiently.
COMMUNICATION AND TRUST: To communicate effectively and build trust.
TEAM ORIENTATION: To cooperate at various levels.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: To be responsive towards those to whom services are provided internally and externally.
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION: To realize continuous improvement, support innovation, share knowledge and skills and learn from others.

Minimum Requirements


Master's degree or equivalent

in Engineering, Sciences, Economics or Business Administration or other relevant discipline. A specialization in quality management is an asset.


English - Fluent # French - Fluent # Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Field of Expertise

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive professional experience in the field of quality infrastructure upgrading (i.e. quality policy, standards development, metrology, conformity assessment and accreditation capabilities). Experience in other areas of institutional and human resource development and knowledge management would be an asset. Advanced knowledge of the MS office package (excel, word and PowerPoint). Familiarity with international relations and work experience in international setting in developing countries specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as experience in project management, including designing, managing implementing, and reporting to donors. Experience in implementing multi-country/regional technical assistance projects is a strong asset. Acquaintance with the WAQSP itself or quality infrastructure development in a similar regional setting will be valued

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.

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