Senior International Consultant on Seaweeds Value Chain

Post Level: ISA-Specialist

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


20 May 2020

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NonStaff-When Act. Employeed

10 June 2020

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. 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 Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Directorate (PTC) of UNIDO is responsible for providing technical cooperation services on technological and economic issues.

The Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Directorate (PTC) of UNIDO is responsible for providing technical cooperation services on technological and economic issues.
The Department of Energy (PTC/ENE) assists member countries in the transition to a sustainable energy future under the overarching mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, 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.

The position of International Consultant on Seaweeds Value Chain in this Terms of Reference (ToR) is under the Department of Energy, Climate Technology & Innovations Division (PTC/ENE/CTI), within the project directly managed from the Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration, UNIDO Country Office, Philippines (PTC/FLD/ASP/PHI).

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) have agreed to cooperate in pursuit of the sustainable development objectives of Mindanao and have identified the promotion of renewable energy technologies for productive use, as an initial area for collaboration. The first collaborative project, “Renewable Energy Technology to Increase Value-Added of Seaweeds in Tawi-Tawi (RETS)”, is funded by the European Union and co-financed by several partners including UNIDO, MinDA, Tawi-Tawi Electric Cooperative (TAWELCO), Provincial Government of Tawi- Tawi, Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography (MSU-TCTO), Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), and Association of Isolated Electric Cooperatives Missionary Green Energy Corp. (AIEC-MGE) as a Joint Venture partnership with Island Light and Water Energy Development Corporation (ILAW).

The project aims to increase and extend the availability of electricity service in the Province of Tawi-Tawi, particularly in selected island municipalities that are home to about 15,000 seaweed farmers, through the renewable energy hybridization of the island grids.
The development, construction and commissioning of a solar PV-diesel genset hybrid system in the municipalities of Sitangkai and Sibutu will integrate the assessment and design of appropriate water supply systems. The project will demonstrate the importance of the water-energy nexus. Water is necessary in the processing of raw dried seaweeds and at the same time increases the viability of the RE-hybrid systems by providing and increasing baseload demand.
The project will also explore the application of appropriate decentralized RE systems along the seaweed value chain, particularly in post-harvest processing and facilities.

Efforts to enhance the quality and increase the value of seaweeds produced by the mentioned communities with those of the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi and MAFAR, will be integrated.
The energy component of the project will also be integrated with the plans and programs of the local government to deliver community social and welfare services, thus improving the quality of life in the seaweed farming communities. Electricity is needed to provide adequate water supply infrastructure, to provide water to improve household and community health, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene. Integration of the energy aspect of the action with productive uses and income-generating activities will improve the households’ ability to pay for the energy service and thus contributes to the sustainability of the action.

The project will undertake the following specific work packages:

Work Package 1.a: Renewable energy hybridization of the NPC-SPUG diesel mini-grids;
Work Package 1.b: Development of decentralized renewable energy systems;
Work Package 2: Assessment and design of appropriate water supply systems;
Work Package 3: Support to the plans and programs of LGU and MAFAR to increase seaweeds production and enhance its value; and
Work Package 4: Improvement in the delivery of social and welfare community services with the increased availability of electricity.

The project is implemented for a period of thirty (30) months commencing on 01 February 2019.

The Senior International Consultant on Seaweeds Value Chain is expected to work closely with the RETS Project Management Unit (PMU) and with the MSU-TCTO that has extensive knowledge and experience in the local seaweed industry in Tawi-Tawi and is involved in the production and propagation of seaweed seedling materials, laboratories, land and sea-based nurseries and in improving farming technologies and researches in the seaweed industry. MSU-TCTO has also conducted a value chain analysis for the seaweeds industry in Tawi-Tawi.

Duty station: Home based
Approximate duration: One month over a period of 3 months

Main Functions

The Senior International Consultant on Seaweeds Value Chain will directly report to the UNIDO Country Representative (UCR), while also coordinating with other UNIDO staff at UNIDO headquarters in Vienna and in the field.He/she is expected to perform the following duties:

Develop a seaweed value chain analysis (VCA) according to international standards, for the seaweed industry of Tawi-Tawi (focusing on island municipalities of Sitangkai, Sibutu, Panglima Sugala, Tandubas and Sapa-sapa):
- Review the VCA prepared by MSU-TCTO
- Identify specific data/information required and recommend credible sources and methodology for gathering data and advise MSU-TCTO
- Analyze the data/information received from MSU-TCTO and finalize the VCA
- Specifically, the VCA should identify activities and technologies for post-harvest processing and further beneficial use (i.e. biotechnology) that would add most value and increase competitiveness.

Study potential RE-based solutions towards seaweed value addition, particularly in the island municipalities of Tandubas, Panglima Sugala, and Sapa-sapa.

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 a relevant discipline with a specialization in aquaculture industries and product development.


Fluency in written and spoken English required

Field of Expertise

A minimum of combined 10 years practical experience in the seaweeds or aquaculture products value chain, some of which, preferably acquired at the international level involving technical cooperation in developing countries.
In-depth understanding of the needs, conditions and associated issues on rural aquaculture industries in developing countries, an advantage.
High level of knowledge and connection with players in seaweed production and seaweed product development, preferred.
Proven ability in preparing technically-sound and well-written reports and documents

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.

Senior International Consultant on Seaweeds Value Chain

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