Project Associate

Post Level: ISA-Junior Specialist


Vacancy Announcement

VACANCY  ANNOUNCEMENT
TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL

INTERNAL/EXTERNAL

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

VA2021_ISA_EXT_071

Austria

26 April 2021

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-Regular

17 May 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 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. 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), 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)

This position is within the Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS), which seeks to build national and regional quality infrastructure systems needed to provide internationally recognized services, including strengthening institutional capacities (i.e. metrology, standardization and accreditation); building conformity assessment capacities (testing, inspection, certification, calibration, etc.); supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of new technologies and standards for smart production and thus participate in global value chains; trade facilitation and promoting quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers.


PROJECT CONTEXT

As part of the Global Market Access Programme (GMAP), the overall objective of the country project for Colombia is to facilitate market access for producers and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) through strengthening their quality and standards compliance capacity, thus contributing to fostering Colombia’s inclusive and sustainable development for enhanced competitiveness.
The project will pursue three outcomes, thus responding to the main compliance challenges identified in the country in alignment with the outcomes of the GMAP:
Outcome 1: Enhanced technical competence and sustainability of the national quality infrastructure system for services supporting the shrimp and tilapia aquaculture VC.
Outcome 2: Enhanced MSME capacity to comply with international standards and technical regulations relevant to the shrimp and tilapia aquaculture VC.
Outcome 3: Strengthened culture for quality along the shrimp and tilapia aquaculture VC.

DUTY STATION: Vienna, Austria (HQ)
DURATION: 6 months, with possibility of extension

Main Functions


Under the close supervision of the Project Manager at Headquarters, and working with the project team in the Field, the Project Associate (PA) 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 the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Colombia for the GMAP Colombia project:
- Compiling general background information from readily available sources, on economic and social factors for the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Colombia: 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;
- 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;
- Maintaining institutional memories or other documentation systems to record project/programme, history and ongoing activities;
- 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;

- Drafting reports, ad-hoc assignments and research activities, as required;
- Arranging briefings, tours, and related activities for visitors, missions and fellowship holders;

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



Education

Advanced university degree science, business administration, economics, other relevant discipline with a specialization in trade, project management, SME development.


Languages

Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish is required.


Field of Expertise

At least one year of relevant professional experience in area relevant for recruiting DTI Department required developing practical appreciation of the context of technical cooperation activities. Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries. Ability to research and analyse information. Ability to write in a clear and concise manner. Ability to work effectively in multi-cultural teams.

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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