Project Associate

Post Level: ISA-Junior Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



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



17 February 2021

Individual Service Agreement


10 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. he 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 decade. 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), headed by a Managing Director, 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, supporting industries to contribute to climate neutral circular economy, and supporting governments and industries in fulfilling national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements. The Directorate consists of the Department of Environment and the Department of Energy.
The Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) contributes to ISID and the implementation of the SDGs, in particular of SDG 9, by greening existing industries and products, as well as by facilitating creation of new green industries and products, and by minimizing resource use along value chains and during the lifetime of products, facilitating uptake of circular economy practices. The Department acts as the focal point in UNIDO for various multilateral environmental agreements and multilateral co-operation in the field of the environment: the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer; the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants; and the Minamata Convention on Mercury; as well as other relevant international initiatives and conventions.
This position is located under the Montreal Protocol Division (EAE/ENV/MPD), which is responsible for planning, developing and implementing activities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to facilitate compliance with the Montreal Protocol and in particular its Kigali Amendment. The Division supports countries to achieve their nationally determined contributions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement through activities related to the Montreal Protocol and its Kigali Amendment. The services of the Division are focusing in particular on transformative approaches for manufacturing in refrigeration, air conditioning and insulation foam sectors; related working fluids and chemicals; total greenhouse gas emissions caused by related products; their green design to extend their lifetime and reduce further their greenhouse gas emissions; as well as related capacity building and policy support.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty that aims to protect the ozone layer by eliminating the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Established in 1987 under the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, this agreement has been ratified by 197 States (Parties). In 1990, the Parties of the Montreal Protocol established the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) to finance "non-repayable" projects to enable developing countries to meet their commitments under the Protocol.

Under the close supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Associate will work on the following projects, the main activities of which are listed below:

Syria: HCFC Phase-out management plan (stage I, first tranche)

Stage I of the HPMP for the Syrian Arab Republic proposes to address the consumption both in the manufacturing and servicing sectors to meet the 67.5 per cent reduction by 2025. The current tranche will only focus on activities in the refrigeration servicing sector; and the investment project to address consumption in the manufacturing sector, estimated at 74.34 ODP tonnes (equivalent to 81 per cent of the baseline for the manufacturing sector and 55 per cent of the baseline for compliance) will be submitted during the implementation of stage I.

The following activities will be implemented by UNIDO during stage I of the HPMP:

- Procuring equipment and tools for training centres e.g., eight refrigerant identifiers; six sets of leak detectors, vacuum pumps, manifold gauge, recovery machine, training rigs; and five units of flushers for cleaning and degreasing heat exchangers for phasing out of HCFC-141b
- Technical assistance activities for the manufacturing sector to raise awareness about the HCFC phase-out, provide information on available low-GWP alternative technologies and assist manufacturers in selecting alternative technologies

Sudan: Preparation of a HCFC phase-out management plan Stage III

Project activities:
- Consultant(s) to draft the HPMP stage III as an overarching strategy and tranche 1 request. Evaluation of different long-term strategies of technological developments and upgrade of servicing procedures and techniques to follow new developments for sustainable alternatives. Each and all abovementioned reviewing, evaluating, analysing and decision-making activities to be carried out in consultation and, where appropriate with the National Ozone Unit (NOU). Implementing agency to serve to follow the decisions of the NOU and to facilitate and implement the needs of the country.
- Local consultant to conduct surveys, interviews and consultations with key stakeholders including importers, wholesalers, service workshops, end-users, technology providers, training institutes, academia, RAC and consumer associations, NGOs, relevant Government bodies and to draft the non-investment components of the HPMP stage III overarching strategy and tranche 1 request in consultation with the National Ozone Unit (NOU) and the implementing agency.

Oman: Preparation for HPMP Stage III

Project activities:
- Surveys, interviews and consultations with key stakeholders to draft the components of the HPMP stage III overarching strategy/ tranche 1 request in consultation with the NOU and implementing agencies
- Enhancement, capacity building and expertise in the field of application of the gender policy of the Multilateral Fund
- HCFC consumption data in the servicing sector to be updated, as well as an inventory of HCFC-based equipment

Burundi: Preparation of a HCFC phase-out management plan Stage II

Project activities:
- Updating of the inventory of HCFC equipment through surveying end users and importers
- Drafting and finalization of Stage II of the HCFC phase-out management plan

DUTY STATION: UNIDO Headquarters, Vienna.
DURATION: 3 Months

The project associate may work either at UNIDO HQ or remotely from home in the duty station depending on the restrictions imposed by local authorities and/or UNIDO Management. There are currently no foreseen missions to other cities/countries. Should travel be deemed necessary, a travel request would be authorized separately.

Main Functions

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, and working with the project team, the incumbent shall carry out the following activities.

- Selects, organizes and summarizes background information to describe the overall context and background relevant to a project or a sector of technical cooperation activities in a country, assesses the local context for the planning and administration of individual technical cooperation projects;

- Analyses and interprets project background history and documentation, identifies and documents significant project events, decisions and deviations;

- Drafts sections of project documents such as project background and justification;

- Informs experts, consultants and other project participants about logistical arrangements and internal procedures for monitoring and reporting in terms of the immediate objectives of specific projects;

- Monitors specific aspects of project implementation, including completion of project results, contracts, agreements and contact with private partners, and helps to identify potential problems and proposals of actions be taken to expedite delivery of inputs to support the schedule of planned activities;

- Drafts comments on designated aspects of project progress as an input to programme monitoring;

- Provides quantitative and qualitative administrative, financial, managerial and technical support for evaluation reports and monitoring of activities, whenever requested;

- Coordinates the promotion of seminars, workshops and development courses, as well as capacity building and the training of professionals and technical meetings, international and national missions;

- In consultation with the supervisor and team, drafts project revisions, including adjusting individual project budgets;

- Facilitates the conduct of surveys, interviews and consultations with key stakeholders, by reviewing requirements and inputs, and based on the results, assists in drafting the overarching strategy of the HPMP and tranche request;

- When needed, supports the Montreal Protocol Division's global forum activities through suggesting engagement and global outreach activities for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation.

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 engineering, sciences, economics, business administration, international relations, environmental law or other relevant discipline with relevant specialization.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of or fluency in another UN official language is desirable.

Field of Expertise

At least one (1) year of professional experience in international cooperation projects and programmes is required.
Experience evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries is desirable. Experience implementing projects in Africa and the Middle East would is desirable. Experience in the implementation of international cooperation projects for the adoption of multilateral environment agreements is desirable. Experience with UNIDO’s corporate project management systems (SAP) 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.

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