Project Coordinator (Food Safety Expert)

Post Level: ISA-Specialist


Vacancy Announcement

VACANCY  ANNOUNCEMENT
TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL

EXTERNAL

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

VA2021_ISA_EXT_023

Austria

15 February 2021

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-Regular

09 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 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 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 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 position 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.


DUTY STATION: Vienna, Austria
DURATION: 12 months



Main Functions


Under the supervision of the Chief of the Sustainable Food Systems Division (DTA/AGR/SFS) Division, the expert assists with the implementation of different initiatives in the areas of food systems and contributes to the development of technical documentations. The Food Systems Expert technically contributes, develops and administers technical cooperation projects in food systems by:

- Supporting the collection of information required for project formulation, contributing to the design of technical assistance initiatives in sustainable food systems, and assisting in the internal and official approval processes of the interventions;

- Contributing to the global fora activities of the Division by conducting reports on UNIDO activities and developing presentation materials;

- Supporting the development of internal strategic documents and assisting in the reporting to the UNIDO Member States on the activities undertaken by the Division;

- Under the overall guidance of the Chief and in collaboration with the project field teams and UNIDO Representatives, technically lead and administratively monitor the implementation of ongoing projects, including the development of administrative documents required for the satisfactory outcomes of interventions;

- Developing schedules, arrangements and methods for the management of the implementation of individual project/s, in consultation with project personnel, technical, substantive and administrative service units;

- Revising and contributing to technical documentations developed by technical experts and project staff based on the Division’s mandate in sustainable food systems;

- Overseeing the activities related to the reporting of projects based on the requirements of donors and UNIDO.

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 in food science, agricultural or industrial engineering, economics, or other relevant disciplines with specialization in food systems.


Languages

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


Field of Expertise

At least five years of professional experience in technical cooperation project management or portfolio project management in food systems, including some exposure at the international level. Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries. Ability to research and analyse information independently and recommend solutions. 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.

Project Coordinator (Food Safety Expert)

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