Project Specialist (Value Chain Development)

Post Level: ISA-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_034

Austria

31 March 2021

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-Regular

21 April 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).

This position is 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.


Project Context:

190011: Agricultural in South Sudan presents an ideal foundation for economic growth, yet youth often do not have the knowledge or means to add value to agricultural goods, create enterprises around such work and scale-up businesses. In collaboration with UNDP, the project aims to empower youth in five targeted locations – Bor, Jubek, Rumbek, Torit and Yambio – through nurturing their entrepreneurial culture and market-linked skills and enhance their employability and productive engagement in economic activities. The project also seeks to increase the productivity and labour-absorptive capacities of agriculture and natural resource-linked value chains and private sector enterprises with a focus on young men and women. Over 8,000 urban and rural young people will benefit from vocational, entrepreneurship, market-linked and soft skills training, provision of small and micro enterprise start-up kits, job and employment creation through the development of inclusive value chains and private sector enterprises.

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

Main Functions


Under the supervision of the Project Manager in the Sustainable Food Systems Divisions, the project specialist provides professional inputs to promote effective project implementation through 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, particularly:

- Analysing 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; reflecting conclusions reached in sectoral or regional development plans, project proposals and formulations, and in the management coordination of ongoing development activities;
- Analysing development needs and appraising the suitability of proposed programmes and projects in meeting these needs, recommending project approval to the Organization;
- Identifying particular development project possibilities in relation to expressed governmental needs and the known capabilities and resources available to the Organization, assessing the relative feasibility and impact of proposed projects in country and regional plans;
- Introducing 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;
- Guiding, coordinating and integrating the drafting of project proposals and justifying them in terms of regional and sectoral development objectives;
- Expediting and endorsing submission according to funding institution procedures of all required operational documents for approved projects;
- Providing technical advice, guiding and orienting the efforts and contributions of consultants, project personnel, donors, institutions and governments towards the achievement of project objectives;
- Assessing the degree of implementation of technical assistance project activities and resources; identifying problems and resource and financial deficiencies, and initiating and proposing 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



Education

Advanced university degree in agriculture, agronomy, project management, busines administration, international relations, or another area relevant to agricultural value chain or agribusiness development.


Languages

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 related to agricultural value chains or portfolio project management including some exposure at the international level is required. Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries. Ability to research and analyze information, make linkages with the strategic vision of the Organization 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 Specialist (Value Chain Development)

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