Project Coordinator - UNIDO Headquarters, Vienna

Post Level: ISA-Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



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



27 August 2019

Individual Service Agreement


17 September 2019

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.

The Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC) is responsible and accountable for providing technical cooperation services to enhance the capabilities of developing countries and economies in transition to promote ISID in the following areas covered by five Departments: Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration; Department of Agri-Business; Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation; Department of Environment; and Department of Energy.

The Department of Environment (PTC/ENV) contributes to inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) by improving the environmental performance, resource productivity and safety of existing, as well as by supporting the creation of new industries providing environmental goods and services. It does so by promoting industrial resource efficiency to strengthen green industry and improve the effective use of natural resources including in particular materials and water.

The Department thereby encourages industrial development for economic growth that is resource efficient as well as protective of the natural environment and human health, and keeps workers, communities and consumers safe.

This position is located under the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division (IRE) which is one of four divisions within the Department of Environment (ENV). The focus of IRE Division is to increase the capacity of industry, government and business environmental services providers as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental entities to scale up and mainstream the adoption of more resource-efficient and cleaner patterns of production. It does this through promotion of recycling, resource recovery and/or environmentally sound treatment and disposal of wastes, waste waters and toxic and/or hazardous chemicals, and also in particular for the sustainable use and management of water and other natural resources used in industrial processes.


Through the Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) Programme IRE has made outstanding contributions towards the identification, development and testing of tools and methods for RECP to the diverse conditions in developing and emerging economies. The Global Eco Industrial Park Programme (GEIPP) is geared to scale up RECP to the level of eco-industrial parks seeking to integrate support at the enterprise and park scales and address critical policy issues. Key benefits for Eco-Industrial Parks include: reducing an industrial parks environmental footprint; promoting efficiency gains; enabling community cohesion; providing better access to finance and technical support; and enhancing business competitiveness. Good international industry practice demonstrates a wide range of economic, environmental, and social benefits from EIPs.

The development objective of GEIPP, which is funded by Switzerland through the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), is to demonstrate the viability and benefits of Eco-Industrial Park approaches in scaling up resource productivity and improving economic, environmental and social performances of businesses and thereby contribute to inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the participating developing and transition economies.

GEIPP is structured into 2 main components:

The country level interventions in component 1 will address country-specific EIP by implementing tailor-made initiatives in the listed 4 countries for potential project activities; Colombia, Egypt, Peru, Ukraine and Vietnam.

- EIP will be incentivized and mainstreamed in relevant policy and regulations leading to an increased role of EIP in environmental, industry and other relevant policies at the national levels in the participating Programme countries.

- EIP opportunities will be identified and implementation started, with environmental (e.g. resource productivity) economic and social benefits achieved by enterprises confirmed.

Component 2 serves as a transversal component in the GEIPP for global knowledge development. The objective of this component is to generate and disseminate knowledge from present and past endeavors, which can be used to tackle the required preconditions for EIP.

It aims to generate and disseminate/transfer knowledge to the various country projects and special country measures within the country level interventions (component 1), to the stakeholders and UNIDO, and to the interested public in general through global dissemination.

- Specific EIP tools will be developed - EIP services delivery will be strengthened - Lessons learnt from EIP interventions will be captured and effectively exchanged - Awareness raising activities on EIP developed.

Duty Station: UNIDO Headquarters, Vienna

Approximate duration: 2 1/2 months (with the possibility of extension)

Main Functions

Under the supervision of the Project Manager of the Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme (GEIPP) SAP ID 170222, assist in appraising, adjusting and presenting project proposals, and monitoring programme implementation, identifying problems and utilizing information as an input to corrective actions to promote effective project management. Develops and administers technical cooperation projects by:

- Locating and analysing specific economic and social data and distilling and synthesizing information relevant to proposed projects;
- Identifying, describing and justifying project possibilities related to a particular project and consistent with approved technical cooperation programmes and ongoing activities;
- Appraising, reviewing and adjusting project proposals to ensure consistency with national, sub regional, regional and sectoral priorities and programmes, and with available resources; formulating and presenting such proposals on the basis of technical and substantive inputs in accordance with required format for final review and approval;
- 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;
- Exchanging information required for project formulation and implementation with government officials in planning, finance, donor input coordination and sectoral functions, as well as with representatives of multilateral and bilateral donor agencies;
- Monitoring and expediting project implementation systematically through discussions and correspondence with technical, substantive and project staff, field visits, analysis of periodic project progress reports, participation in tripartite reviews and mid-term project evaluations; utilizing information obtained as an input to corrective
decision-making and revisions;
- Organizing and conducting briefings and debriefings on projects with special regard for the country, sub regional and regional aspects, resources and development characteristics, with a view to maximizing project performance levels.

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 area relevant to the natural sciences, environmental, chemical or mining engineering or other engineering, specialization in environment or closely related field.


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

Field of Expertise

At least five years of professional experience in technical cooperation project management or portfolio project management 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. Good knowledge about Industrial Parks and international efforts in standardizing eco-industrial parks concepts. 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 - UNIDO Headquarters, Vienna

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