Investment and Technology Promotion Coordinator

Post Level: SB3 - Local support

Vacancy Announcement



Only nationals and/or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are eligible to apply. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.



29 April 2019

Individual Service Agreement


28 May 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 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 Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division (PTC) of UNIDO is responsible for providing technical cooperation services on technological and economic issues in the following areas covered by five departments: the Department of Agri-Business, the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Environment, and the Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration. The mandate of the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII) is to support countries in their efforts to develop the potential of the manufacturing sector to drive socio-economic progress through trade, investment and innovation.

The Investment Promotion Division under the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation supports countries in improving their investment and innovation climate by assisting governments and institutions at the national and regional levels to analyse investment and technology needs. Furthermore, the Division strives to enhance the impact of foreign and domestic investments and increase the rate of innovation and technology transfer. The Division maintains international platforms and provides direct support for investment and technology promotion and networking.

The Division manages UNIDOs international network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs), which are located in Seoul, the Republic of Korea; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Bonn, Germany; Lagos, Nigeria; Manama, Bahrain; Moscow, the Russian Federation; Rome, Italy; and Tokyo, Japan.


The objective of the Advisory Programme is to support developing countries and economies in transition in attracting green and responsible investments, trades, and technologies in support of their sustainable industrial development and economic growth. To achieve this goal, the Advisory Programme intends to capitalize on the know-how and expertise of UNIDO ITPO Korea by strengthening its outreach and service capacity in line with its mandate for Cambodia. The programme will be implemented by assigning a Coordinator to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Coordinator will act as a gateway to investment and technology cooperation opportunities between Cambodia and Korea.

Many developing countries and economies in transition experience enormous difficulties in attracting investment partners and in accessing innovative products and technologies to pursue sustainable industrial development and economic growth. In many cases, the problem stems from insufficient information of local enterprises on international market trends, technology sources, best practices and appropriate foreign investors as well as inadequate access to support services for identification, formulation, promotion and negotiation of investment projects and technology transfer. On the other hand, there is also a relatively low interest of international investor community to invest in developing countries, due to lack of awareness of investment climate, business environment, legal framework and investment/technology partnership opportunities which are absolutely necessary for a potential investor.

Developing countries and economies in transition face additional difficulties, when they try to induce investment and technology transfer from countries like Korea due to language barriers, geographical distance and technological gaps.

The above-mentioned problems and difficulties represent the challenges that the constituents of the international community, including UNIDO and Korea, could solve by utilizing expertise and resources that each constituent possesses for sustainable development of developing countries and economies in transition.

The Advisory Programme aims at addressing these challenges through providing support and advisory services to the business community in Cambodia and to Korean enterprises to facilitate their investment promotional efforts, technology absorption and opportunities for international industrial cooperation.

Duty Station: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Main Functions

The Coordinator on Investment and Technology Promotion will be responsible for the implementation of the project in Cambodia and the achievement of the projects objectives, results, and impacts, under the overall supervision of the Head of UNIDO ITPO Korea. The incumbent shall be in charge of the following duties and assignments:

1. Identify and list up the investment, trade, and technology transfer opportunities in Cambodia to be promoted in Korea
2. Hold regular meetings/seminars/forums with local IPAs and Korean stakeholders residing in Cambodia including the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Cambodia to exchange updated investment, trade, and technology related information, establishing contact and continuously managing communication with them
3. Provide consultancy services for Korean enterprises, based on thorough research on investment/trade climate, administrative procedures, legal framework, and any other relevant information of Cambodian business environment
4. Organize delegation programmes to Korea for the purpose of investment, trade, and technology promotion
5. Facilitate visits of Korean enterprises to Cambodia by preparing business meetings, factory visits, logistics, and other match-making supports in cooperation with UNIDO ITPO Korea.
6. Provide support for business matchmaking meetings between Korean and Cambodian enterprises and continuously follow-up the business performance throughout the project cycle identification, appraisal and implementation.
7. Perform other related activities entrusted by UNIDO, for the attainment of the project objectives.

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


Completed secondary education. Credit towards total working experience may be considered on a year-by-year-basis, up to a maximum of four years for a first university degree, or equivalent diploma, in a field relevant to the post.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of Khmer/Korean language is desirable.

Field of Expertise

- A minimum of eight years of working experience in the field of foreign investment, trade, and/or technology promotion activities
- Sufficient business network and knowledge of the country and of the neighbouring countries
- Proven skills in identifying and resolving problems autonomously and in managing projects with high responsibility
- Very good oral and written communication skills in English, including strong interpersonal skills
- Proven ability to work harmoniously in a team and ability to work in multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
- Knowledge and/or experience on Korean business culture and practices

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.

Investment and Technology Promotion Coordinator

Complete the personal history form and apply to this job now.

Apply now
Notice to applicants:

UNIDO does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. If you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregards it. Vacant positions within UNIDO are advertised on the official UNIDO website. Should you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNIDO and requesting payment of a fee, please contact: