Post Level: L3

Vacancy Announcement



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



26 September 2019

Fixed Term (200 series)


17 October 2019

Organizational Context

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. UNIDOs 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 Organizations 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 UNIDOs 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 Programme Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC) is responsible and accountable for providing technical cooperation services to enhance the capabilities of developing countries and economies in transition to promote ISID in the areas covered by five departments: Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration; Department of Agri-Business; Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation; Department of Environment; and Department of Energy.

The Industrial Development Expert works under the overall guidance of the Director, Department of Environment and the Chief of the Industrial Resource Efficiency (IRE) Division; the direct supervision of the Project Manager; and in close collaboration with the colleagues to support the coordination and efficient implementation of the EU4Environment program.

The Industrial Development Expert is expected to deliver: (a) work that contains in-depth analyses contributing to results achieved by the Department; (b) in creating an enabling environment for team work which is catalytic to achieving results; (c) in building relationships which contributes to partnerships resulting in strategic collaborations and (d) in achieving results within a professional team.


The European Union for Environment (EU4Environment) initiative aims to bring a higher level of environmental well-being for citizens in the Eastern Neighbourhood while also enabling the six partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) to grasp opportunities of greener economic growth and preservation of their natural capital. The EU4Enviroment Programme is to be managed and implemented jointly by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), World Bank Group (WBG), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in close cooperation with the donor, the European Commissions Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

Under Result 2 activities will focus on strengthening incentives and building capacity for sustaining positive trends in resource and energy efficiency. UNIDO will implement directly Output 2.1 Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production among SMEs scaled up and Output 2.2 EU Concepts and tools related to Single Market for Green Products promoted.

The UNIDO Staff Performance Management System reinforces the collaboration within formal units as well as among cross-functional teams. In this context, the incumbent collaborates with his/her supervisor and colleagues, in the country as well as in the Eastern Partnership region and in headquarters.

Staff -members are subject to the authority of the Director-General and in this context all staff are expected to serve in any assignment and duty station as determined by the needs of the Organization.

Main Functions

As a team member, whether on a divisional, cross-functional or cross sectoral level, the incumbent shall carry out the following activities to achieve the objectives of the EU4Environment program, results of the Division and the outcomes of Department.

- Development of the work plan and budget for the project duration, as well as a detailed yearly action plan and budget.
- Preparation of analytical reports to donor and UNIDO, as required in the Description of the Action (DoA; i.e. project document); including gathering and incorporation of information from UN implementing partners to submit consolidated annual and progress reports to the donor.
- Coordinate project synergies with the programme implementing partners, in particular with the UN agencies under the scope of the UN Agency-to-UN Agency implementation Agreements.
- Participate in the programme Regional Assembly (i.e. steering committee meetings); including preparation of UNIDO updates to inform the Assembly and the preparation of meeting reports for both UNIDOs records and consolidation by OECD in their coordination role, as per DoA.
- Plan in detail project activities at regional and national level, including preparation of Terms of Reference for National Implementing Partners (NIPs), and national/international experts for all six countries as per UNIDO rules and regulations and donor requirements. Identify, assess and recommend potential bidders and candidates for selection.
- Review proposals submitted as part of RFx for NIP(s), and provide input on negotiating conditions for contractual arrangements with institutions in accordance with UNIDO rules, interests and donor conditions.
- Monitor implementation of the project activities by NIPs, national coordinators, and national and international experts in line with terms of reference and agreed work plans. Develop and update a monitoring tool tracking progress against indicators and targets. Conduct monitoring missions to countries, as needed.
- Supervise and maintain regular communication with the NIPs, national coordinators and national experts to ensure that the assigned tasks are delivered on time, at the right level of quality and within the allocated budget.
- Exchange information relevant for project implementation with Government officials, representatives of multilateral/ bilateral agencies, and key national stakeholders.
- Assure communication and visibility (C&V) for the UNIDO outputs in relevant media and follow up with UN partners to ensure C&V actions as part of Results 1 and 2, in close coordination with the UNIDO-project communication specialist.
- Identify possibilities for project co-financing at country and regional levels and formulate relevant project proposals for potential funding.
- Represent the project at relevant technical international fora, presenting activities and results, as needed.
- Perform any other duties as deemed necessary for the effective management and coordination of the project, including in-house coordination with Procurement, Human Resources and Finance offices.
- Performs other related duties and assignments as required by the Project Manager, Chief of the Division or Director of the Department.

Core Competencies

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.
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 level degree in Economics, Environmental Management, Engineering, with a specialization in resource efficiency and/or economic benefits of environmental interventions or closely related field.


Fluency in English and working knowledge of Russian required. Working knowledge of other official language(s) of the United Nations, an asset.

Field of Expertise

A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience, including some at the international level, involving technical cooperation in developing countries in the fields of resource efficiency, eco-design, upcycling/recycling, or another field demonstrably linked to resource efficiency. Particular focus on materials and water use, waste management and practices in the manufacturing process is desirable. Experience in all phases of the Project Cycle. Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries.

NOTE: Eligible internal UNIDO applicants are required to have served at least one year in his or her current post. However, the seniority-in-grade requirements for applying for higher level positions, as per paragraphs 18 and 78 of the HRMF, have been waived.

In the cases of internal applicants, comparable qualifications and experience in UNIDO may be considered to take into account the potential of candidates.

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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