International Value Chain and Agro Processing Expert

Post Level: ISA-Specialist

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


South Sudan

02 October 2019

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-When Act. Employeed

16 October 2019

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 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.

At Head Quarter level, the consultancy will be managed by the Agro-Industries Technology Division (PTC/AGR/AIT), which is part of Department of Agribusiness (PTC/AGR). The Division is responsible for technology aspects of agro-based industries in textile, leather, wood and agricultural mechanization. It also leads UNIDOs work in bio-systems engineering with a focus on new technologies in precision systems for irrigation, production and harvesting; new systems for bio-energy production; advanced packaging systems to maximize product quality; recycling agro-products and prevention of emissions to protect the environment; and information technologies to optimize bio-process strategies. Emphasis is placed upon the design of projects and programs to serve engineering needs of the agricultural/biological industries and water resources/environmental engineering needs of various governments, industries and communities, and the support to enhance the required industrial skills for sustainable development.


A global action initiated by the European Union (EU), ZEAT-BEAD, aims at contributing to improved food security and income for rural smallholders in South Sudan. UNIDOs overall objective of its component of the project entitled Enhanced local value addition and strengthening value chains is to contribute to improved food and nutritional security for rural small holders in the Bahr el Ghazal region by enhancing value addition and strengthening value chains. The expected results of the project are: (i) knowledge on potential value addition commodities in target area improved (i) access to value chain technology improved; and (iii) capacity of value chains operators strengthened.

The project was launched in February 2015 and through a market needs assessment, 4 value chains were identified for their production potential, especially in smallholder farming systems, and have been selected as the focus of this project: (i) Sorghum, (ii) Goundnut, (iii) Fishery, (iv) Hides & Skin.

Duty Station: Juba, South Sudan
EOD: 1 November 2019; COB: 31 December 2019 (with possibility of extension)

Main Functions

The Value Chain and Agro Processing Expert will work under the overall guidance and report to the Programme Management Officer / Project Manager (CTA/PM) based in HQ. The expert will work in-close consultation with the UNIDO national project management team based in South Sudan.

The incumbent is expected to undertake a study, assessing the viability of value chain and agro-processing activities implemented by the project with a view to establish the feasibility, potential sustainability and the prolonged impact on the livelihood of larger population it is meant to serve.

The purpose of the study is to develop and finalize an action plan, in the form of a proposal using the EU template, detailing the feasibility and operational initiatives of the Agro-Processing Centers (APCs) implemented by the project. Through this, and given the present context, this study will provide an analysis to determine the feasibility of the current management led by the business owners (operators) who are currently under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. This study will also look at the potential for future activities or scaling up (or not) of the current value chain initiatives across the food security programmes funded by the EU in South Sudan.

Specifically, the incumbent is expected to undertake the following duties and achieve the following results:

- Undertake a thorough analysis of the feasibility, operation viability and measurable outcomes and related outputs, the relationship between financial resources and impact, operational activities and sustainability of the APCs implemented by the project
- Reference recommendations of the joint evaluation of the project throughout the analysis
- Assess the implementation of PPP management of Agro Processing Centres (APCs) in detail as part of the assessment of both slaughter houses and APCs.
- Physical observation, interviews and discussion with stakeholders including the slaughter houses are expected.
- Test assumptions and risks in the project logical framework
- Assess potential for future activities or scaling up (or not) of the current value chain initiatives across the food security programmes funded by the EU in South Sudan.

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 (Master’s or equivalent) in relevant areas such as Agricultural Economics, Development Economics and Agricultural Marketing.


• Fluency in both written and spoken English is required.

Field of Expertise

• At least 5 years of experience in development cooperation;
• Previous experience of carrying out feasibility, evaluations, and project design;
• Previous experience in the food security sector, economic and marketing analysis;
• Considerable knowledge in workings of Public - Private Partnership and the sustainability of the approach in practice;
• Strong analytical and professional writing skill with good understanding of DAC OECD criteria.

Technical Experience (considered an asset):
• Experience in implementing an agro processing activity;
• Experience in proposal development and support;
• Experience in fragile countries and / or humanitarian assistance will be considered an asset;
• Experience working with the United Nations system, international organization or other relevant institution will be considered an asset;
• Experience working with European Union funded projects will be considered an advantage.

General Functional Skills:
• Strong communication (oral and written), facilitation, and analytical skills;
• Ability to work as a member of a team;
• Sound computer proficiency;
• Willingness to travel and spend time working in remote and rural locations of South Sudan as the service may require.

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 Value Chain and Agro Processing Expert

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