Project Associate (2 positions)
Post Level: ISA-Junior Specialist
TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL
Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.
16 February 2021
Individual Service Agreement
09 March 2021
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), 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).
The two (2) positions will be located under the Department of Agri-Business (DTA/AGR). DTA/AGR provides a range of technical cooperation services to assist developing countries add value to the output of their agricultural sector and generate employment opportunities in off-farm activities for rural communities, thereby contributing to increased food security and a sustainable reduction of poverty. The department provides support for the development of agri-business corridors in developing countries in collaboration with International Financial Institutions. The Department drives the Organization’s mandates of creating shared prosperity and advancing economic competitiveness. It supports initiatives to build human capital and raise total factor productivity through focused vocational training and industrial skills development activities. With its programmes, the Department addresses the root causes of migration and helps alleviate migration pressures at the origin.
The Sustainable Food Systems Division (DTA/AGR/SFS) promotes ISID through the promotion of food systems that deliver food and nutrition security without compromising economic, social, and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for future generations. The Division is responsible for identifying, developing and managing programmes to improve the competitiveness of the food and agribusiness sectors through access to support services, finance, markets and trade opportunities. The Division contributes to the capacity-building of food systems support institutions and skill development
agencies through its advisory and convening activities.
1. Inclusive and sustainable agriculture and agribusiness in eastern Sudan (SAP ID: 190352)
The project builds on the results of the UNIDO project “fostering inclusive economic growth in Kassala State through agro-value chain development and access to financial services.” The project is financed by the Italian Government and had been carried out from 2018 to 2020, and it aims to create sustainable job opportunities and improve access to renewable energy sources in Kassala State, adding the some focus will also be placed on women and youth.
The following three strategic components are focus areas for the achievement of the project
i. value-chain integration and entrepreneurship development;
ii. improvement of local partners technical, financial market and managerial capacity;
iii. access to renewable energy technologies for productive use through access to finance), the project intends to create sustainable job opportunities and foster inclusive economic growth in rural areas reaching 3,000 beneficiaries over a time-span of 36 months. Main partners of the initiative are public institutions, local producers’ associations and the private sector.
Output 1: Improved capacities entrepreneurs and value-chains integrated into formal sector
Output 2: Smallholder farmers’ access to the market, bargaining power as well as access to financial services is improved
Output 3: Financing schemes for access to renewable energy technologies for productive use established
2. Agricultural Value Chains Resilience Support Project (PARFA), Senegal (SAP ID: 150071)
The PARFA will address barriers to bring about transformational change and an alternative scenario to agricultural development and increased food production through a three-pronged approach that i) engages all stakeholders through strengthening institutional frameworks for sustainability and resilience; ii) acts to scale-up, diversify and adapt practices that will achieve large-scale transformation of agro-ecosystems; and iii) tracks impacts on ecosystem services, resilience and food security in agro-ecosystems in target geographies, including beyond the effects of the specific child projects themselves.
Expected results include:
- The introduction of multi-stakeholder platforms that focus on dealing with environmental degradation and climate variability.
- The improvement of resilience of the agricultural value chains.
- The establishment of an effective mechanism for monitoring and evaluating environmental impact and food security.
DUTY STATION: Vienna, Austria
DURATION: 1 year (with possibility of extension)
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:
- 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, including 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.
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.
Advanced university degree in engineering, sciences, economics, business administration, international relations or another relevant discipline in agri-business.
1. For project 190352, Senegal: Fluency in written and spoken English and French is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
2. For project 150071, Sudan: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language, especially French, is an asset.
Field of Expertise
At least one year of relevant professional experience and developing practical application 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.