National Bioethanol Production Expert

Post Level: SB4 - Local Professional (Junior & Mid Level)


Vacancy Announcement

VACANCY  ANNOUNCEMENT
TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL

INTERNAL/EXTERNAL

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

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DRC

26 April 2022

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-When Act. Employed

26 May 2022


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 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, 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. 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 Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business (DTA), headed by a Managing Director, coordinates and mainstreams the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in its technical cooperation, strategic, normative activities aiming at fostering the inclusive and sustainable development in the era of 4IR. The Directorate creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverables in the areas of trade, investment, technology innovation and agro-industry and agri-business. The Directorate comprises the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR).

The Department of Agri-Business (DTA/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 department provides support for the development of agri-business corridors in developing countries in collaboration with International Financial Institutions. The Department drives the Organization’s mandates of creating shared prosperity and advancing economic competitiveness. It supports initiatives to build human capital and raise total factor productivity through focused vocational training and industrial skills development activities. With its programmes, the Department addresses the root causes of migration and helps alleviate migration pressures at the origin.

This position is located under the Agro-Industries and Industrial Skills Development Division (DTA/AGR/AIS), which provides a range of specialized services and knowhow to address the specific needs of Member States in the industrial processing of non-food agricultural produce and technical skills development to provide their populations with sustainable livelihoods.


PROJECT CONTEXT

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in particular, the east of the country, has experienced protracted humanitarian crisis, and yet is deteriorating mainly due to the hostilities and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the civil war, which began in 1996, officially ended in 2003, several armed actors have continued fighting in the east. As a result, over 2.2 million people were newly displaced in the year of 2020, and as of December 2020, the accumulated number of IDPs is more than 5.2 million. Moreover, in the first half of 2021 alone, 2,690 people were reported killed in 1,775 conflict-related events.

Since June 2021, the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic has surged up faster and higher than ever before. South Kivu Province has recorded the second highest COVID-19 cases after the capital of Kinshasa, and the high mortality rate among the patients has been regarded as a serious problem.

The protracted armed actors’ activities and the COVID-19 pandemic caused an increase in the number of victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Moreover, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable women including SGBV survivors reported that their incomes have been significantly dropped or have lost their jobs, while the price of food and other necessities continues to rise sharply.
The project aims to contribute to the promotion of social stabilization in DRC, in particular, South Kivu Province in the east of the country, through directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and empowering vulnerable women. To this end, the project will provide them with income generating opportunities related to production of bioethanol for disinfectant from agricultural products such as sugarcane, which are locally available.

This project is executed by UNIDO in partnership with the University of Tokyo, Panzi Hospital/Foundation, and RITA-Congo (a Japanese NGO).

DUTY STATION: Bukavu, DRC and home-based
DURATION: 126 days

Main Functions


Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager (PM) in the Department of Agri-Business (DTA/AGR) and the direct supervision of Project Coordinator as well as in close coordination with researchers at the University of Tokyo (a project implementing partner), the National Bioethanol Production Expert will carry out the following main duties:

1. Prepare a work plan of bioethanol production from sugarcanes used as disinfectant in close coordination with Project Coordinator and researchers of the University of Tokyo (UT).
2. Provide inputs on the specifications of equipment to be provided to Panzi Hospital for bioethanol production from sugarcanes used as disinfectant.
3. Provide technical inputs to the selection criteria of the equipment and of a vendor prepared by the researchers of the UT and Project Coordinator.
Concrete/measurable outputs to be achieved:
- The work plan prepared.
- The specifications of equipment prepared and completed.
- The selection criteria of the equipment determined.
Location: Home-based

4. Support Project Coordinator in finding an architect/engineer with drawing skills for the refurbishment of the space at Panzi Hospital.
Concrete/measurable outputs to be achieved:
- The space at Panzi Hospital refurbished as scheduled.
Location: Bukavu, DRC or Home-based

5. Coordinate with relevant stakeholders about refurbishment of the space for the equipment to be installed and obtain the required local permissions.
6. Ensure the purchased equipment delivery customs clearance, tax exemption, arrival and installation of equipment at Panzi Hospital in close coordination with Project Coordinator and Panzi Hospital.
7. Ensure that Panzi Hospital is fully prepared to receive the equipment in coordination with the researchers of the UT.
8. Coordinate with the selected vendor to install a plant and other equipment required to produce bioethanol and monitor its installation.
Concrete/measurable outputs to be achieved:
- The space at Panzi Hospital refurbished as scheduled.
- The purchased equipment delivered to Panzi Hospital as scheduled.
- Panzi Hospital fully prepared to receive the equipment.
- The purchased equipment installed at Panzi Hospital as scheduled.
Location: Bukavu, DRC

9. Ensure the purchase of raw materials to produce the bioethanol (e.g. sugarcanes, yeast) for pilot production in coordination with Project Coordinator and Panzi Hospital.
Concrete/measurable outputs to be achieved:
- The raw materials procured as scheduled.
Location: Bukavu and anywhere else in DRC

10. Design and organize a training course related to the production of bioethanol and its packaging in coordination with the researchers of the UT and the vendor(s) of the equipment.
Concrete/measurable outputs to be achieved:
- The training course organized.
Location: Bukavu, DRC or Home-based

11. Ensure that at least twenty (20) selected beneficiaries and Panzi Hospital staff are able to operate the equipment provided by the project in coordination with the researchers of the UT.
12. Coordinate with Panzi Hospital to obtain permission from relevant government authorities for production and sales for the bioethanol.
Concrete/measurable outputs to be achieved:
- At least twenty (20) selected beneficiaries and Panzi Hospital staff trained in operation of the equipment.
- The permission obtained as scheduled.
Location: Bukavu, DRC

13. Regularly report the progress to the Project Manager, Project Coordinator, and the researchers of the UT.
Concrete/measurable outputs to be achieved:
- The Project Manager, Project Coordinator, and the researchers of the UT regularly updated.
Location: Bukavu, DRC and anywhere else in DRC

14. Prepare and submit Back-to-Office Mission Report(s), when required.
Concrete/measurable outputs to be achieved:
- The Back-to-Office Mission Report(s) prepared and submitted to Project Manager and Project Coordinator.
Location: Bukavu, DRC and anywhere else in DRC, home-based

15. Prepare and submit an End-of-Assignment Report.
Concrete/measurable outputs to be achieved:
- The End-of-Assignment Report prepared and submitted to Project Manager and Project Coordinator.
Location: Home-based

16. Any other tasks requested by the Project Manager, Project Coordinator, and the researchers of the UT.
Location: Bukavu, DRC and anywhere else in DRC, home-based

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



Education

Advanced university degree in chemical engineering, bioengineering or other relevant engineering discipline is required.


Languages

Fluency in both written and spoken English and French is required. Fluency or working knowledge of local languages (e.g. Swahili) is desirable. Fluency or working knowledge of Japanese is an asset.


Field of Expertise

• At least three (3) years of professional experience in production of bioethanol/disinfectant from plants (e.g. sugarcanes) is required.
• Basic knowledge of machine maintenance (e.g. replacement of consumables, replenishment of machine oil, etc.) is required.
• Knowledge of computer operation (for recording logbooks, etc. for work management, and for reporting in units of days, weeks, months, etc.) is required.
• Experience in operation of rotating equipment (e.g. pumps, etc.) and basic knowledge of its safety management is desirable.
• Basic knowledge of electrical engineering work is desirable.
• Basic knowledge about sugarcane (composition, quality) is desirable.
• Basic knowledge of material balance and energy balance is desirable.
• Work experience or basic knowledge of alcoholic fermentation is desirable.
• Work experience or basic knowledge of distillation is desirable.

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.

National Bioethanol Production Expert

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