National Project Coordinator

Post Level: SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)

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 February 2021

Individual Service Agreement


04 March 2021

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. 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 Environment and Energy (EAE) aims to integrate and scale-up the energy and environment activities focusing on supporting governments and industries to provide sustainable and resilient soft and hard infrastructure for industrial development. The EAE also supports industries to contribute to climate neutral circular economy and encourages governments and industries in fulfilling national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements The Directorate consists of the Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) and the Department of Energy (EAE/ENE).

This position is located under the Department of Energy (EAE/ENE).

The Expert will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Project Manager in the EAE/ENE/ETI.

The Energy Technologies and Industrial Applications Division (EAE/ENE/ETI) is responsible for supporting Member States with technology transfer and localization of low-carbon energy technologies and their applications towards achieving the ISID. It focuses on facilitating localization and adoption of energy technologies in frontier markets and their applications in industry for productive uses.


Project Title: Reduction of GHG emission through promotion of commercial biogas plants in Cambodia.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) project “Reduction of GHG emission through Promotion of Commercial Biogas Plants”, jointly implemented by the Cambodian Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), aims at promoting investment in biogas based rural electricity enterprises at commercial pig farms for increasing rural electrification in Cambodia. The project intends to utilize biogas as clean energy source to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to:
i) the use of diesel generators at pig farms; and
ii) methane emissions from pig manure. It will also demonstrate and promote biogas-based energy services as a financially viable, reliable, effective and sustainable mechanism to address on-farm animal waste management while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Additional information on the GEF Biogas project can be found at:

The project proposes an innovative solution for solving the low rural electrification rate and waste management by way of livestock waste based electricity generation in Cambodia. It also promotes investments in commercial biogas plant on a private-public partnership (PPP) basis to demonstrate biogas projects for a cumulative of at least 1 MW installed capacity leading to the scaling up of biogas technologies. This project is expected to have a significant impact on the electrification rate of the surrounding communities and farms, which currently depend partially on grid and partially on diesel generators. The excess electricity will help to promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) as well as productive activities.

The project tries to address the lack of locally available capacity and reliable information necessary for commercial biogas investments, and is especially keen on strengthening human and institutional capacities. This is achieved through the establishment of a Biogas Technology and Information Centre (BTIC), which is hosted by the Royal University of Agriculture, to create awareness on climate change and build capacity on commercial biogas power plants. The BTIC plays an important role in supporting development of commercial biogas in the country from demonstration to replication/commercialization in the long-term.

In this context, UNIDO intents to recruit a national project coordinator to ensure the smooth implementation of the project and management of the PMU based in Phnom Penh.

Duty station: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Approximate duration : 12months

Main Functions

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager (PM) in HQ, Vienna and the overall guidance of the UNIDO Country Representative (UCR) in Cambodia, the National Project Coordinator shall be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of project management unit (PMU), coordinate engagements with stakeholders and implementation of the work plan in Cambodia in accordance with UNIDO rules and regulations:

Liaise with the national counterparts, supplier, partners, stakeholders and international consultants for the planning, coordination, management and monitoring of project activities and events;

Develop and update detailed work plan for discussion with counterparts and the PM;

Provide regular reports for review by counterparts and PM, develop annual progress report (PIR) and undertake regular monitoring and facilitate terminal evaluation of the project;

Provide supervision of contracted civil and other installation works at site;
Conduct field visits to build capacity, raise awareness and collate data collection from project sites;

Work closely with counterparts to organize workshops and trainings and field missions;

Monitor and review developments in the area of renewable energy in Cambodia and identify concepts for further development;

Monitor the implementation of the project, incl. field visits;

As PMU the secretariat of the Project Steering committee (PSC) organizes the PSC meetings timely and drafts minutes of meetings;

Take pro-active approach towards developing advocacy material and information to disseminate project results including newsletters, articles, brochures, publications, etc.;

Contribute to PCP Cambodia, in particular through energy related projects and activities;

Undertake any other assignment provided by PM or UCR.

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 economics, agriculture, energy, environment, international relations, law, and/or other related fields.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Fluency in written and spoken in Khmer is required.

Field of Expertise

In addition to experience in analyzing government policies and frameworks, at least 5 years of proven experience in managing sustainable energy projects in Cambodia.
Experience in organizing training and workshops.
Experience in conducting stakeholder consultations would be an asset.
Awareness on gender dimensions of energy and environmental issues would be an advantage. Previous experience in working UN or UNIDO projects will be an added advantage.

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 Project Coordinator

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