International Project Coordinator

Post Level: ISA-Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



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



20 March 2020

Individual Service Agreement


16 April 2020

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, 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. 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 Department of Agri-Business (PTC/AGR) provides a range of technical cooperation services to assist developing countries add value to the output of their agricultural sector and generate employment opportunities in off-farm activities for rural communities, thereby contributing to increased food security and a sustainable reduction of poverty. The conceptual framework is that of agribusiness value chains: comprehensive analyses offer a rigorous base for the deployment of specialized services targeting the weaker links of the chain: agricultural mechanization, modern processing technologies, packaging of perishable products, the promotion of food safety in the processing and regulatory environment; and interventions to improve competitiveness and productivity.

PTC/AGR drives the Organization’s mandate of creating shared prosperity. To this end, it supports initiatives to build human capital and raise total factor productivity through focused vocational training and industrial skills development activities. Based on its experience in post crisis and human security programmes and projects, the Department responds to complex emergencies through activities that contribute to socio-economic security both at national and local level such as restoring and upgrading local productive capacities; building and strengthening institutions; and honing the resilience of the most vulnerable, including youth and women. The Department cooperates closely with other organizational units of UNIDO, and in particular with the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation in the provision of its services.


Following the official request received from the Provincial Directorate of Science and Technology, Higher and Technical Professional Education of Cabo Delgado Province and the assessment conducted, the present project has been developed with the aim of increasing the smallholders’ livelihood and income generation opportunities in Cabo Delgado Province (general objective). The specific objective is to improve targeted agro-value chains (from sustainable production, processing and marketing) including the Mozambican specialty coffee one (e.g. Coffee Racemosa Loureiro) through improvement of local capacities in adding value to local crops and establishing market linkages. The main outputs of the Project will be achieved through a value chain approach that will implement project activities for a period of three years. Smallholder farmers, with a particular attention to youth and women, will be the main direct beneficiaries of the Project. This project concept has been formulated on a PPP basis and represents an upscaling of the successful partnership established with illycaffè and Ernesto Illy Foundation within the technical assistance project for improving the Ethiopian coffee value chain.

Duty station: Maputo, Mozambique
Start: 1 May 2020, End: 30 November 2020 (with possibility of extension)

Main Functions

Under the supervision of the Project Manager and in coordination with the UNIDO Country Office, the Expert will be working in coordinating the implementation of project’s activities, ensuring the UNIDO HQs with a constant and detailed updating on projects activities and performances. In light of the above, the International Technical Project Coordinator will be expected to:

1) Monitor the activities that are under implementation and/or planned and constantly report to the Project Manager.
2) Hold coordination meetings, data collection, etc., necessary for a successful implementation of the activities, coordination with other development partners, monitoring, etc.
3) Ensure continuous coordination with the Italian Development Cooperation.
4) Establish a governance mechanism with the National Directorate of Planning and International Cooperation under the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
5) Source information and constantly involve local institutions and projects beneficiaries.
6) Guarantee a communication flow with the Focal Points at Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as with the Italian Development and Cooperation Agency.
7) Coordinate the project’s national experts for the definition and completion of the project’s activities, in coordination with the UNIDO HQs guidelines, rules and regulation.
8) Define project initiatives and activities in coordination with the Project Manager.
9) Scout possibilities to replicate and/or upscale the project initiative.
10) Promote the project results among the development partners that are operating in Cabo Delgado Province and in Mozambique, in coordination with the Project Manager.
11) Ensure project timelines and update the PM by submitting ad hoc reports.

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 economy, political science or development studies; Specialization in Rural Development and/or Agronomic studies will be an asset.


Fluency in written and spoken Portuguese and English are required.

Field of Expertise

Minimum of 5 years of practical experience in the field of development cooperation;
Previous experience in project coordination in developing countries with significant level of field exposure;
Sound knowledge of project management activities including project monitoring and evaluation;
Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, and deliver quality reports within a given timeframe;
Planning and coordination skills; strong capacity to manage diverse processes simultaneously; ability to work independently;
Strong ability to manage a tight schedule of deliverables through detailed work-plan design and regular activity monitoring;
Thorough understanding of challenges faced when working in the field; Exposure to field work in Mozambique is considered an asset;
Excellent reporting skills in English are a requirement;
Good interpersonal skills with sensitivity and respect for cultural diversity.

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.

International Project Coordinator

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