National Consultant - programme coordination

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

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 May 2022

Individual Service Agreement


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).

Responding to the growing demand for supporting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in the era of the new industrial revolution, the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTA/DTI) leads the way in addressing opportunities, challenges and risks stemming from the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and its contribution to sustainable socio-economic progress. The Department is responsible for the strategic coordination of 4IR-related matters with designated focal points in other technical Departments and organizational entities of UNIDO, as appropriate. In consultation with public and private partners, DTI designs and implements holistic interventions that are tailored to specific country needs.

The Department’s interventions actively identify and combine complementary services from across three Divisions, namely:

- Innovation and Digitalization Division (DTA/DTI/IDD)
- Investment and Technology Promotion Division (DTA/DTI/ITP)
- Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS)

The position is located under the Investment and Technology Promotion Division (DTA/DTI/ITP), which harnesses different types of partnerships at corporate, institutional and political level to support developing countries in their endeavor to become attractive investment locations resulting in increased levels of investments (foreign direct investment, impact investments, domestic investments) as well as technology exchange and adoption. The Division expands its Investment and Technology Promotion Network by closely interlinking UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) with investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and international corporate partners.

Duty Station: Moscow, Russia
Duration: 4 months (with possibility of extension and subject to availability of funds)

Project 102080, USD

Project Context

The UNIDO Centre for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation (UNIDO Centre) was established in 1989 within the framework of the Agreement between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Government of the USSR. Today the UNIDO Centre operates on the basis of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and UNIDO of 1992 and Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 513 of July 6, 2008.
The main objective of the UNIDO Centre is to promote international cooperation in the economic, technological, industrial and scientific spheres between Russian enterprises, associations and organizations and firms from developed and developing countries.
The Centre is an integral part of the UNIDO, which carries out operational management of its project activities. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation acts as a coordinating body of the Centre on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation. The Centre is a part of the UNIDO Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation, and is directly subordinate to the Investment and Technology Promotion Division.
The UNIDO Centre’s activities are carried out to benefit federal interests and are aimed at assisting Russian state organizations and private companies in the efficient development of international cooperation, attracting investment resources, technology transfer, as well as expanding and deepening cooperation between the Russian Federation and UNIDO.
The UNIDO CIIC in Russia is a part of UNIDO global network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) aimed to support industrial development and economic growth of developing countries and countries with economies in transition by identifying and mobilizing the technical, financial, managerial and other resources required for the implementation of specific industrial investment and technology projects.

Main Functions

The consultant will work under the supervision of Project Manager and the Director of UNIDO Centre in Russia and in close coordination of his/her actions with project team as well as the UNIDO staff at HQ and in the field. His/her duties shall be performed in accordance with applicable rules and regulations of UNIDO and assigned Job Description.

1. To coordinate interaction with key stakeholders and partners of the CIIC (ITPO) Russia in the context of project implementation, development and extension and provide strategic, logistical and programmatic support to the CIIC Director, Project Manager, the project team and other UNIDO project personnel and staff. To coordinate regular briefings, meetings, visits and events with project stakeholders, Russian federal and local authorities, UNCT members, NGOs, and other relevant entities, and devise action plan for follow-up;
2. To ensure smooth implementation of the project by:
- Conducting interviews, collecting and systematizing data on the activities of the Centre and involved counterparts, summarizing and preparing factual and quantitative data of the analysis for preparation of ITPO Russia Annual Reports in line with ITP Coordination requirements and Progress Reports for Permanent Mission of Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna;
- Facilitating the development and organization of capacity building activities within the project (trainings, seminars, webinars, workshops), including organization of student internships at the Centre in coordination with UNIDO Internship Office;
- Ensuring compliance of all CIIC (ITPO) Russia’s communication outreach activities with the UNIDO Code of Ethics, safety guidelines and other rules and regulations in order to prevent dissemination of fraudulent or inaccurate information on behalf of CIIC (ITPO) Russia.
3. To develop and maintain deep knowledge and familiarity with current and prospective project partners and relevant stakeholders by maintaining the Database of key contacts of CIIC (ITPO) Russia. To expand the network of key interlocutors to build stronger relationships with governmental institutions (Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Trade, etc.), key-decision makers, the private sector, and other relevant entities;
4. To support the Director of CIIC (ITPO) Russia in identification and pursuit of opportunities for outreach, engagement, policy influence and collaboration, by identifying suitable cooperation instruments, taking the lead in establishing and maintaining strategic contacts and following-up proactively on engagement ideas. To assist resource mobilization and partnership building by preparing the background analysis, consultations, and high-level meetings to facilitate implementation of new projects and initiatives.
5. To manage the development of communications products to enhance the project’s visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners and key stakeholders by ensuring required representation of CIIC (ITPO) Russia’s activities (website, Facebook page, monthly bulletins and information at UN in Russia bulletin), providing analysis of the current environment and trends and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development. To contribute written inputs for communications instruments that best inform and influence decision makers.
6. To provide programmatic support the Director of CIIC (ITPO) Russia and the project team in line with CIIC (ITPO) Russia’s Annual Work Programme by preparing analytical materials and reports, travel arrangements (incl. SAP requests and coordination with UNIDO HQ), meeting schedules and activity road maps, drafting comments on designated aspects of project progress as an input to programme monitoring for planned investment and technology promotion activities.
At the end of his/ her assignment, the Consultant will have to submit a short Final Report summarizing activities carried out. All reports must be in English and submitted in electronic format.

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 university degree in business administration, development economics, science, international relations or other relevant discipline is required.


Fluency in written and spoken English and Russian is required. Fluency and/ or working knowledge of another UN official language is desired

Field of Expertise

A minimum of three (3) years of practical experience in the relevant field at a national level is required.
Experience in liaising with key stakeholders, partners and Government institutions in the country is required.
Familiarity/knowledge of other development agencies such as UN organizations, including UNIDO is desirable,
Experience in research, analysis, advocacy/visibility strategy for communication/outreach materials 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 Consultant - programme coordination

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