Project Specialist

Post Level: ISA-Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



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



12 January 2022

Individual Service Agreement


01 February 2022

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 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, 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. 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 responsibility of the Department of Energy (EAE/ENE) is to assist Member States in the transition to a sustainable energy future under the overarching mandate of ISID, through the application of renewable energy for productive uses, adoption of the efficient use of energy by industry and the introduction of low-carbon technologies and processes. In transitioning to a sustainable energy future, the challenges of addressing energy poverty and climate change become an integral part of the Department activities.

This position is located in the Energy Technologies and Industrial Applications Division (EAE/ENE/ETI), which is responsible for supporting Member States with technology transfer and localization of low-carbon energy technologies and their applications towards achieving the ISID. It focuses on facilitating localization and adoption of energy technologies in frontier markets and their applications in industry for productive uses.


As part of the decarbonization of industrial sector in member states, UNIDO is expanding its bioenergy activities in the areas of waste to energy in agro-industries and supporting the development of bioenergy industries. Currently, UNIDO is implementing a number of projects mostly funded by GEF as well as EU resources.

GEF-5 Tanzania: 140077
“Promotion of waste-to-energy (WTE) applications in agro-industries of Tanzania”

UNIDO is executing some energy-related projects in Tanzania including the approved GEF-5 funded project to promote waste to energy technologies in the agro-industrial sector. Also, the energy team is currently implementing a project under the GEF-6 cycle to promote bioethanol as clean alternate fuel for cooking. In addition, the energy component of the 1 UN joint programme is also being executed by the team.

The project promotes the use of WTE technologies, more specifically, the application of biomass and biogas technologies, in agro-industries. This area was selected due to their rapid scaling up and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction potential. These are in line with GEF-5 climate change focal area strategic programme CCM-3: Promoting the investment in RE technologies.
The East Africa (a group of 9 countries including Tanzania) Ministerial Consultation meeting, held from 18-20 January 2011 and organized by GEF Secretariat, came up with WTE as one of the priority areas to be considered for East African countries. In line with that, the expected outcomes of the project include human and institutional capacity development and the increased investments for WTE technologies.
The following four project components were developed, in addition to the project management component, to achieve the project objectives:
1. Capacity development and knowledge management: To be achieved through improved awareness, knowledge and capacity on waste-to-energy technologies in the country.
2. Creation of financing facility: To be achieved through established financing facility and increased involvement of financing institutions in WTE projects
3. Demonstration of WTE technologies: To be achieved through increased use of WTE technologies for industrial applications
4. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E): To be achieved through effectiveness of the outputs assessed, corrective actions were taken and experience documented.

GEF-5 Lao PDR: 140057
“Reducing of Green House Gas (GHG) emission in the Industrial Sector through Pelletization Technology”

UNIDO is currently implementing a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project that aims at promoting the utilization of solid biofuel as an alternative to coal and traditional biomass consumption in industries using thermal application. The project will employ a two-pronged strategy removing technological barriers for both producers and end users on one hand, and improving policies to expedite investments in the production and use of solid biofuels. The proposed intervention will support the transfer of wood pellet and other solid biomass technologies incorporate standardization (following ISO 170225) for co-firing through pilot project demonstration and develop strategies to promote sustainable wood pellet production and use as a part of green industry policy including greenhouse gases emission reduction in Laotian industries.

DUTY STATION: UNIDO Headquarters (Vienna, Austria)
DURATION: 1 year, with possibility of extension

Main Functions

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, assists in appraising, adjusting and presenting project proposals, and monitoring programme execution, identifying problems and utilizing information as an input to corrective actions to promote effective project management. Develops and administers technical cooperation projects by:

- Analyze economic, social and political factors which affect a sectoral or regional development programme in relation to relevant resolutions of the Organization's governing body and the Organization's policies and priorities; reflect conclusions reached in sectoral or regional development plans, project proposals and formulations, and in the management coordination of ongoing development activities;

- Analyze development needs and appraise the suitability of proposed programmes and projects in meeting these needs; recommend project approval to the Organization;

- Identify particular development project possibilities in relation to expressed governmental needs and the known capabilities and resources available to the Organization, assess the relative feasibility and impact of proposed projects in country and regional plans;

- Introduce into the project formulation process newly developed modalities, policies and practices, as well as alternative methods for independent evaluation of projects and proposals which are designed to improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Organization's project and programme planning and delivery processes;

- Guide, coordinate and integrate the drafting of project proposals and justify them in terms of regional and sectoral development objectives;

- Expedite and endorse submission according to funding institution procedures of all required operational documents for approved projects;

- Provide technical advice, guide and orient the efforts and contributions of consultants, project personnel, donors, institutions and governments towards the achievement of project objectives;

- Assess the degree of execution of technical assistance project activities and resources; identify problems and resource and financial deficiencies, and initiate and propose corrective or alternative actions.

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 or other relevant discipline with specialization in energy technologies, renewable energy or bioenergy is required


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

Field of Expertise

At least seven (7) years of professional experience in technical cooperation project management or portfolio project management including some exposure at the international level, is required.
Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, is required.
Project development or implementation experience with GEF/GCF funded and other multilateral donors such as EU etc., is highly 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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