Local Area 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.



12 July 2019

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-When Act. Employeed

30 July 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.

The position is located under the Standards and Quality Infrastructure Division (PTC/TII/SQI) an integral part of the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (PTC/TII).

The Standards and Quality Infrastructure Division (TII/SQI) is responsible for providing services to strengthen national capacities to establish the legal and institutional frameworks for standards and conformity assessment. Specifically, the Division provides policy guidance and institutional capacity-building interventions related to standards, metrology, testing, inspection, certification and accreditation, which are needed to participate effectively in the multilateral trading system. The demonstration of market compliance enables exporters to reduce the cost of compliance and facilitate access to global markets. Assistance is also provided to strengthen consumer authorities and consumer associations in developing countries.

PROJECT CONTEXT (Myanmar Project ID 180023, USD)

The SECO-UN Cluster project was signed between the Governments of the Union of Myanmar through the Ministry of Commerce (Myanmar Trade Promotion Organisation), the Government of Switzerland (Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO), the implementing UN agencies, and UNOPS. The project is financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). UNOPS is the trust fund manager and also provides coordination support to the project. Participating UN agencies are UNCTAD (lead agency), ITC, and UNIDO. The Government of the Union of Myanmar, through is relevant line ministries (Ministries of Commerce (lead), Hotel and Tourism, Agriculture, Industry, and Education), is the implementing partner. The project is well aligned with national development priorities as articulated in the Medium-Term Programme 2016-2021 (MTP), and also draws from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, it is implemented within the framework of the Myanmar Delivering as One, draft UNDAF 2018-2022.

The project was formulated with three main objectives; i) to support horticulture farmers with the Inle Lake region of the Shan State to increase production capacity and quality of products; ii) to improve sustainable tourism development, management and promotion within the context of establishing value chains for the Inle Lake region; and iii) to enhance the livelihoods of the local beneficiary communities through income generation and employment creation, thus contributing to poverty reduction.
The project document was developed following consultations with Government officials, private Sector representatives and development partners (including UNIDO and ILO offices in Yangon, as well as the Swiss Embassy) in Myanmar with respect to the feasibility analysis. The Myanmar project also draws on lesson learnt and achievements from similar SECO-UN Trade Cluster projects implemented in Lao PDR and Tanzania.

The project envisages two main outcomes:
- Outcome 1: Farmers in Inle Lake area have enhanced quantity and quality horticulture supply capacity meeting international safety standards and certification.
- Outcome 2: Inle Lake area tourism has increased contribution towards to national economic development ensuring inclusive and sustainable practices.

The project will be implemented in the region broadly surrounding Inle Lake, Taunggyi District, and Southern Shan State. The area was selected following consultations with Government officials, representatives of private associations, and development partners. Inle Lake region has significant potential in terms of both horticulture development and tourism demands. About 70% of the population of the region rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Tourism is also growing because of several attractions. UNIDO is the lead agency for Outcome 1 (above) and will work closely with local implementation partners (IP) such as cluster/ national associations or value chain operators, as well as with relevant MOALI departments, to improve the quality and safety of products along the three value chains. The International Trade Centre (ITC) is responsible for achieving Outcome 2.

The SECO-UN Trade Cluster project started in June 2018. A project coordinator under UNOPS has been fielded in Taunggyi. The inception phase ended in May 2019, with a Stakeholders Validation workshop that allowed finalizing the project internal logic, the components strategies, and the work plans over the next 3 years. During the implementation phase, UNIDO will mobilize the services of a national technical advisor. In addition, two local implementation coordinators will be associated to the UNIDO component.

The horticulture component of the project is supporting the tea, ginger, and avocado value chain (Output 1), as well as functions of the quality infrastructure (Output 2 on laboratories, certification, and standards). For Output 1, the project will sub-contract most of the delivery of capacity building to local value chain players, to the Myanmar Tea and Avocado associations, and to development organizations (agriculture, management, food safety, etc.). In parallel to these subcontracts, UNIDO team will organize events, workshops, consultation and other field activities to build up linkages with the tourism industry, promote the use of GAP and quality standards, and facilitate market connections. Activities for Output 2 will mostly include technical assistance interventions prepared by the technical advisor as well as meetings and events with the project stakeholders.

Duty Station: Taunggyi, Myanmar
Approximate Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension).

Main Functions

Under the overall supervision of the National Technical Advisor and the UNIDO Project Manager at HQ, and working with the other project stakeholders, the Local Area Coordinator is expected to identify, facilitate, coordinate, monitor, and report on the activities being implemented in Southern Shan State. Similarly, the Local Area Coordinator must maintain close work relationships or share information with the concerned Government offices (such as DOA Southern Shan State), with the MFFVP, with the ILO Vision Zero Fund project, and with all sub-contractors.

The Local Area Coordinator will carry out the following duties:

- Assist in gathering relevant information/ documentation about ongoing projects on horticulture; in particular tea, avocado and ginger;

- Attend the meetings, workshops, gatherings organized by other stakeholders in the area (projects, NGO, DOA, cluster associations, etc.) and report on these;

- Reach out to the project partners (sub-contractors) and beneficiaries, and prepare and share with them timely and appropriate information;

- Assist in the sub-contracting process with the preparation and diffusion of calls for proposal, targeted information sessions to partners, guidance to prepare proposals, evaluation of proposals, initial orientation;

- Once the sub-contracts are in place, liaise with partners, to review their work plan;

- Travel intensively within the project area to provide advice and assistance to the sub-contractors when needed to strengthen their capacities (training-of-trainers (TOT), management, etc.);

- Prepare and facilitate events and meetings related to business linkages, promotion and other activities, including their logistics aspects (venue rental, catering, invitations, etc.)

- Monitor progress and verify the efficiency of capacity building activities organized by sub-contractors;

- Contribute to preparing project information documents, including translation;

- Produce interim and end-of-mission report as requested by UNIDO;

- Facilitate UNIDO field missions (IE & HQ).

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


Completed secondary education. Formal secretarial/clerical training or equivalent desirable. Credit towards total working experience may be considered on a year by-year-basis, up to maximum of four years, for a first university degree or an advanced technical college diploma in a field relevant to the post.


Fluency in written and spoken English; Knowledge and/or working knowledge of other languages used in the Shan State is also required.

Permanent residence in Taunggyi would be preferable

Field of Expertise

- A minimum of 8 years of relevant practical experience;
- Proficient knowledge of local value chains; recent experience in Ginger value chain is required;
- Proven competence, achievement record, and special knowledge of capacity building for rural communities;
- Practical experience in the field of trade and private sector development, value chains and capacity building at local and/or national levels, including experience coordinating activities within technical cooperation projects.
- Knowledge and experience of work with UN constituents or by default, with international Donors; knowledge of UN procedures would be an asset

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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