Project Associate

Post Level: ISA-Junior Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.



04 December 2018

Individual Service Agreement


18 December 2018

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.

UNIDO and the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are the main propelling institutions behind GMIS, which will last ten years and will be composed by five biannual summits. The first summit took place in March 2017 in Abu Dhabi. It convened over 3,000 manufacturing leaders (including several Ministers from different countries and CEOs of the biggest manufacturing firms) to create a platform to harness the potential of manufacturing by discussing transformational ideas aimed to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

The location of the next GMIS, in 2019, will be held in Russia and preparatory activities have already begun to mobilize partners and sponsors. In order to attract a wide variety of industrial stakeholders, GMIS needs a massive media and promotion effort. Thus the priority activities focus on a promotion campaign of roadshow events based on the importance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for UNIDO member states.

Typically, these roadshows assemble 75-100 high-level manufacturing leaders across government, the private sector and civil society, including the top 50 Manufacturing firms of the hosting country. The roadshows serve as a catalyst for
senior-level initial discussion on the trends, challenges and potential solutions for the manufacturing sector; for making
suggestions for topics to be included during summit deliberations; and for exploring what industry stakeholders can contribute to the summit. It is expected that attendees interest in participating in the summit will increase as a result of the roadshows.

Duty Station: UNIDO HQ, Vienna
Duration: 6 months, (1 January to 30 June 2019)

Main Functions

Under the close supervision of the Project Manager, and working with the project team, applies basic theoretical
knowledge and administrative skills in supporting and in acquiring a broad understanding of the interrelated
administrative and programme/project functions contributing to technical cooperation activities in a particular sector,
geographical area or programme/project by:

1. Compiling general background information from readily available sources, on economic and social factors for an assigned sector, area, country or programme/project: designing and drafting supporting flow charts, schedules, graphs and tables; coordinating the collection and verification of documents, actions and data with substantive or support units assembling and editing basic data required for planning and negotiation, in format dictated by agenda or supervisor's instructions checking project documents for clarity, consistency and completeness;

2. Describing progress of ongoing project/s, investigating designated project activities, discussing findings with supervisor to identify implications for the work of the project unit, discussing rationale and context of project activities, considering the alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and problem resolution;

3. Maintaining institutional memories or other documentation systems to record project/programme, history and ongoing activities;

4. Assisting in monitoring exercises related to the project implementation, retrieving substantive information on status of project, outcome, output, key performance indicators (KPIs), risks, etc. from the SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) module;

5. Drafting reports, ad-hoc assignments and research activities, as required;

6. Arranging briefings, tours, and related activities for visitors, missions and fellowship holders.

Core Competencies

Core values:
1. Integrity
2. Professionalism
3. Respect for diversity

Core competencies:
1. Results orientation and accountability
2. Planning and organizing
3. Communication and trust
4. Team orientation
5. Client orientation
6. Organizational development and innovation

Minimum Requirements


Advanced University degree in International Relations, Public Management, Political Science, International Development or related area.


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

Field of Expertise

At least one (1) year of experience and proven organizational skills in event preparation and capacity building activities at an international level for different targeted beneficiaries (private and public sector representatives and civil society representatives);
Experience in the organization and management of events is highly desirable; good knowledge of industrial development and manufacturing related issues are an asset;
Good knowledge of UN processes and operations; Excellent management and communication skills; research, social media, IT and drafting skills in English would constitute distinct assets

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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