Technical Associate Expert

Post Level: ISA-Junior Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



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



25 October 2018

Individual Service Agreement


15 November 2018

Organizational Context

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.

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 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 Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII) supports countries in their efforts to develop through trade, investment and innovation the potential of the manufacturing sector to drive socio-economic progress. The Department is responsible for assisting countries to strengthen competitiveness in global markets through capacity-building in quality, environmental sustainability, and social accountability requirements in accordance with international management system standards and private sector requirements. It supports the establishment of linkages between producers/processors in developing countries and local, regional and global value chains (retailer, manufacturers) by developing capacities in the area of product quality.

This position is located under the Standards and Quality Infrastructure Division (PTC/TII/SQI) which seeks to build up the national and regional quality infrastructure systems needed to provide internationally recognized quality services, including guidance on quality policies and good governance strategies; evaluation and modernization of technical regulation regimes (including policy and legislation development, market surveillance and import inspection system development); strengthening capacities of national and regional quality systems (i.e. metrology, standardization and accreditation); building conformity assessment capacities (testing, inspection, certification, calibration, etc.); supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of standards, be more competitive and thus participate in global value chains; trade facilitation (incl. via E-commerce) and promoting quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers.

It is responsible for providing services to strengthen national capacities to establish the legal and institutional frameworks for robust quality infrastructure (QI) systems. UNIDOs interventions in this respect span from policy and governance advice to the development of quality infrastructure institutions and conformity assessment services, including the support of the private sector in achieving compliance with international standards. A demand-driven quality culture together with a quality infrastructure system and its conformity assessment services, support economic operators (in particular SMEs), to achieve and prove conformity with market requirements, compete on international markets and connect to global value chains. The Division also helps strengthen consumer authorities and consumer associations in developing countries.


To facilitate industrialisation in the region, ECOWAS regional industrial strategy has identified strategic interventions. The proposed actions under the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACP), funded by the European Union (EU) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) of the Regional Indicative Programme (RIP), intend to cover interventions pertaining to the development of sustainable value chains, micro-, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) and facilitating a platform for dialogue on industrialisation between state and private sector, including enhancing the capacity of Member States to develop and implement industrial development policies along value chains.

The programme will put an emphasis on value chains in line with priorities at regional and national levels, that have high potentials of industrialisation and job creation.

The programme aims to support selected value chains at national and regional levels to promote transformation, better access to regional and international markets, taking into account social and environmental issues. The support will also cover the implementation and operationalization of the regional policy framework for the development of the value chains set in the regional industrial strategy.

With a specific objective of improving the performance and growth of selected priority value chains the programme will specifically help to: (i) develop value chains, improve competitiveness of MSMEs, strengthen the supporting intermediate organisations and create better regional linkages among selected products value chain actors (ii) improve the business environment in line with the West African agenda and support capacities at national and regional levels.

To achieve these objectives, the Programme will be implemented through a national component in each concerned country by selected agencies and a regional component by UNIDO and the International Trade Centre (ITC).

The specific objectives of the Programme are:

1. To improve the performance, growth and contribution to industry, regional trade and exports of selected value chains and

2. To improve the climate for business at national and regional levels.

The regional component of this programme, and specifically UNIDOs interventions under this West Africa Competitiveness and Quality Infrastructure Project (WACQIP), will benefit from earlier initiatives conducted by UNIDO, EU and ECOWAS, as well as other implementing agencies in the region. The regional project implemented by UNIDO complements other regional development initiatives and national projects under the 11th EDF programme, contributing towards the overall objective of strengthening the competitiveness of West Africa and enhancing the countries integration into the regional and international trading system.

Within the framework of the WACP, UNIDOs activities will specifically contribute to Output 1.4 Regional quality infrastructure system is strengthened, with a view to promote environmental issues under specific objective 1, and Output 2.2 Regional policy and framework to improve industrial competitiveness harmonised, formulated and monitored under specific objective 2.

Duty Station: Abuja, Nigeria (Regional Technical Coordination Unit)

Approximate duration: 1 year (Nov 2018 - Oct 2019 - with the possibility of extension)

Main Functions

The Technical Associate Expert will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) of the WACQIP and perform the following tasks:

Project monitoring & evaluation

1. Support the CTA in his day-to-day operational work, specifically in the follow up of the project activities (recommendations, updating of work plans, etc.);

2. Collect baseline data and document the status of the project covering all outputs of the project intervention, including gender mainstreaming aspects;

3. In liaison with the HQ in Vienna, monitor the implementation of the project budget and report regularly. Ensure use of adequate budget lines in recommendations;

4. Ensure timely collection and analysis of data (qualitative, quantitative; regional, national, including budget) for drafting of progress and final report;

5. Assist the CTA in managing the relationship with the other implementing partners of the Programme at both regional and national level (of which ITC). Ensure smooth and timely coordination of activities;

6. Monitor the implementation of the project work plan and keep the Programme management unit informed on the progress on a regular basis; facilitate regular feedback to ECOWAS coordination unit;

7. Undertake missions at the request of the CTA in the member states covered by the project;

8. Participate in and facilitate the internal and external reviews (mid-term and final) and provide inputs for evaluation of the project, ensure inclusion of gender-related aspects;

9. Coordinate the production of visibility/ marketing material for the project and the interaction with ECOWAS Communication team;

10. Prepare self-evaluation of the project at the specific objective level for regular dissemination;

11. Support the preparation of bi-annual and annual progress reports for the project according to donor specifications and UNIDO requirements;

12. Prepare inputs for briefing project partners, donor and relevant stakeholders, based on project impact and experiences;

13. Record lessons learned from the implementation of project activities, networking with project partners and beneficiaries to help achieve objectives of the project;

14. Towards the end of the project, carry out project impact analysis within the region;

15. Carry out any other assignment as requested by the CTA or the PM in relation with the project;


16. Prepare reports on progress of activities undertaken & prepare a final report covering the activities and the results of assignment.

Core Competencies

INTEGRITY: To work honestly, openly, impartially and in accordance with the values of the United Nations.
PROFESSIONALISM: To work in a competent, committed and calm manner.
RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY: To work effectively, respectfully and inclusively with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives.
RESULTS ORIENTATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY: To be accountable and responsible for achieving results and meeting performance standards.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: To plan, organize and manage work effectively and efficiently.
COMMUNICATION AND TRUST: To communicate effectively and build trust.
TEAM ORIENTATION: To cooperate at various levels.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: To be responsive towards those to whom services are provided internally and externally.
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION: To realize continuous improvement, support innovation, share knowledge and skills and learn from others.

Minimum Requirements


Advanced university degree in engineering, sciences, international development, management/Business Administration or equivalent; Knowledge in quality, value chain development or SME competiveness is an asset.


Fluency in French and English. Knowledge of Portuguese is a plus.

Field of Expertise

- At least three years of experience, preferably in the field of trade capacity building or private sector development;
- Understanding of developing countries needs and priorities is of paramount importance;
- Exposure to implementation and/or monitoring of international cooperation projects are important assets;
- Knowledge of UNIDO / UNDP procedures is a key asset;
- Proven computer skills, particularly in the use of office applications;
- Ability to work with in multicultural teams and maintain good and stimulating working relationships;
- Good organizational and management skills;
- Experience in African countries, particularly West Africa, is an important advantage.

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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