Structure

Policymaking Organs

UNIDO has two policymaking organs: the General Conference and the Industrial Development Board. The Programme and Budget Committee is a subsidiary organ of the Industrial Development Board.

General Conference (GC):
The General Conference determines the guiding principles and policies of the Organization and approves the budget and work programme. Every four years, the Conference appoints the Director General. It also elects the members of the Industrial Development Board and of the Programme and Budget Committee. The Conference meets every two years.

Industrial Development Board (IDB):
The Board has 53 members, elected for a four-year term on a rotational basis. It reviews the implementation of the work programme, the regular and operational budgets and makes recommendations to the Conference on policy matters, including the appointment of the Director General. The Board meets once a year.

Programme and Budget Committee (PBC):
The Committee consists of 27 members, elected for a two-year term. It is a subsidiary organ of the Board which provides assistance in the preparation and examination of the work programme, the budget and other financial matters. The Committee meets once a year.

UNIDO currently has 167 Member States.

Organizational structure

organigram

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL (ODG)

The Office of the Director General (ODG) shall include the position of Chief of Cabinet as well as the Office of Strategic Planning, Coordination and Quality Monitoring (ODG/SPQ), the Office of Legal Affairs (ODG/LEG) and the Office of Independent Evaluation and Internal Oversight (ODG/IEO).

Director General (DG)

The UNIDO Constitution stipulates that the Director General is the chief administrative officer of UNIDO and is accountable to its policymaking organs – the General Conference, the Industrial Development Board and its subsidiary organ, the Programme and Budget Committee. Subject to the directives of these policymaking organs, the Director General has the overall responsibility and authority to direct the work of the Organization. The current Director General is LI Yong (People's Republic of China).

Chief of Cabinet


The Chief of Cabinet (ODG/ODG) is responsible for providing substantive support to the Director General in both his strategic and day-to-day management of UNIDO. For the effective discharge of these responsibilities, the Chief of Cabinet gives guidance to the various organizational entities in the Office of Director General. The Chief of Cabinet also acts as the focal point for the promotion and UNIDO-wide adoption of a coherent and consistent approach to results-based management (RBM) in all areas of the Organization’s activities.

Office of Strategic Planning, Coordination and Quality Monitoring (ODG/SPQ)


Under the overall direction of the Director General and working in close collaboration with all organizational entities within UNIDO, the Office of Strategic Planning, Coordination and Quality Monitoring (ODG/SPQ) is responsible for collaborating closely with the Chief of Cabinet and the relevant organizational entities to provide guidance and support on the strategies, policies and priorities of the Organization, and for ensuring the effective positioning of the Organization and its mandate of ISID in the global development agenda.


The Office shall also oversee, from a corporate perspective, that UNIDO’s programmes and projects correctly address the stated objectives of the Organization, especially with regard to the implementation of ISID at project level, and for ensuring the quality of projects and programmes during implementation. In particular, the Office provides support to the Organization’s RBM framework by overseeing the portfolio review, and contributes to the Organization’s risk management system by identifying projects at risk and ensuring that adequate corrective measures are taken promptly. In this context, the Office also supports the effective delivery of UNIDO’s services by ensuring the consistent application of established quality standards in the formulation and implementation of the Organization’s programmes and projects.

Strategic Planning and Coordination Division (ODG/SPQ/SPC)


The Strategic Planning and Coordination Division (ODG/SPQ/SPC) provides analytical support to the Director General on issues related to international development cooperation; coordinates the preparation of UNIDO’s strategic documents and major reports as well as supports the Chief of Cabinet in his function of managing the UNIDO Secretariat for the Executive Board.

Quality Monitoring Division (ODG/SPQ/QUA)


The Quality Monitoring Division (ODG/SPQ/QUA) covers the key functions of providing advisory services, providing support to the Chief of Cabinet in managing the UNIDO Secretariat of the Executive Board for issues related to the approval and monitoring of programmes and projects, and designing, in collaboration with the Department of Human Resources Management (CMO/HRM), training programmes on RBM and the effective application of the logical framework (LogFrame) approach to programme and project management.

Office of Legal Affairs (ODG/LEG)


The Office of Legal Affairs (ODG/LEG) assists the Organization in achieving its goals by ensuring that all its activities and programmes are in accordance with the external and internal aspects of the Organization’s legal framework. The core function of the Office consists in the provision of sound and impartial legal advice and expert legal assistance in order to promote and develop the rule of law in all aspects of UNIDO’s activities, as well as to defend the Organization’s rights, positions and interests in contractual or litigation matters.

Office of Evaluation and Internal Oversight (ODG/EIO)


The Office of Evaluation and Internal Oversight (ODG/EIO) is responsible for providing the Director General, and management at large, with independent, objective assurance, advice and evaluation designed to add value to and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of UNIDO’s operations, internal control framework, risk management, RBM and governance processes. It provides evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful, enabling the timely incorporation of findings, recommendations and lessons learned into the decision-making processes at organization-wide, programme and project level. The Office also assesses that UNIDO’s programmes and projects as well as thematic areas correctly address the stated objectives of the Organization, especially the implementation of the corporate strategy of ISID through PCPs.


The Office undertakes fact-findings in cases of alleged irregularity, wrongdoing, waste of resources and/or violation of UNIDO’s regulations, rules and procedures with a view to safeguarding the Organization’s interests and to ensure accountability. It also acts as the focal point within UNIDO for the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) of the United Nations system. The functions of the Office are guided by the EIO Charter and the Evaluation Policy.

Independent Evaluation Division (ODG/EIO/IED)


The Independent Evaluation Division (ODG/EIO/IED) is responsible for the independent evaluation function of the Organization and supports learning, continuous improvement and accountability, and provides factual information about results and practices that feed into programmatic and strategic decision-making processes.

Internal Oversight Division (ODG/EIO/IOD)


The Internal Oversight Division (ODG/EIO/IOD) is responsible for the independent, objective assurance and advice designed to add value to and improve UNIDO’s operations as well as emphasize transparency.

Directorate of External Relations and Policy Research (EPR)


The Directorate, headed by the Managing Director and Deputy to the Director General provides guidance on the Organization’s external relations and advocacy with its Member States and other stakeholders and partners in the United Nations system, the broader development community, civil society and academia. In addition, the Directorate oversees the Organization’s policy research and statistics activities and the Organization’s normative contribution to Member States and global development community in achieving the SDGs.

UNIDO Liaison Offices: Brussels (EPR/BRO), Geneva (EPR/GVO) and New York (EPR/NYO)


The main responsibility of these offices is to ensure the effective promotion and representation of UNIDO in Brussels, Geneva and New York. As such, they maintain close contact and communication with missions of Member States in their respective locations; raise awareness of and support for UNIDO’s programmes and activities; represent UNIDO in meetings of intergovernmental and inter-agency bodies; promote partnerships and cooperation with United Nations system organizations, civil society and the private sector and in the case of the Brussels Office also enhance cooperation with the European Union; and report on major trends and developments of strategic importance for the work of the Organization.

Department of External Relations (EPR/ETR)


Working in close collaboration with all organizational entities within UNIDO, the Department of External Relations (EPR/ETR) serves as the main channel of communication and interaction between Member States and the UNIDO Secretariat. It provides substantive, technical and logistical support to the policymaking organs, its subsidiary organs, as well as their inter-sessional working groups. The Department establishes, maintains, coordinates and monitors the Organization’s official contacts with Member States and non-Member States, regional groups, and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) / NGOs, and establishes and maintains strategic and policy level relations with donors, and is responsible for the identification of potential funding opportunities for technical cooperation and related activities of UNIDO from all sources as well as preparation, management and safekeeping of funding agreements. It identifies and pursues strategic opportunities for UNIDO to work with Member States and non-Member States in cooperation with other organizational entities. It also performs external relations functions, protocol duties and provides support services to the Vienna Chapter of G-77 and China. The Department also aims to further enhance UNIDO’s visibility and strengthen the Organization’s position within the international development system via targeted and strategic advocacy and communication measures.

Policymaking Organs Secretariat (EPR/ETR/PMO)


The Policymaking Organs Secretariat (EPR/ETR/PMO) is responsible for providing advisory and secretariat services to all sessions of the policymaking organs, the General Conference, the Industrial Development Board and its subsidiary organ, the Programme and Budget Committee, as well as other subsidiary bodies and working groups established by those organs. It acts as focal point for liaison with Member States, non-Member States, regional groups, IGOs and NGOs.

Strategic Relations and Resource Mobilization Division (EPR/ETR/SRM)


The Strategic Relations and Resource Mobilization Division (EPR/ETR/SRM) is responsible for engaging with donors at a strategic and policy level to promote enhanced relations between relevant public and private sector entities and UNIDO. It is also responsible for strengthening and maintaining the relationship with Member States. To this end, the Division acquires a thorough understanding of the policies and priorities of these countries, identifies relevant counterparts and potential partners with shared areas of interest, and promotes and guides the development and growth of strategic cooperation opportunities and programmes with them. The Division is also responsible for identifying potential funding opportunities for technical cooperation and related activities of UNIDO from all sources, and for coordinating the preparation and management of related funding agreements as well as facilitating periodic joint reviews with the respective donors and other partners.

Advocacy and Media Relations Division (EPR/ETR/AMR)


The Advocacy and Media Relations Division (EPR/ETR/AMR) is responsible for enhancing UNIDO’s visibility and strengthening the Organization’s position within the international development system via targeted and strategic advocacy and communication measures. The Division promotes UNIDO’s role and achievement of the ISID mandate and contribution to SDGs, in particular SDG-9. It also draws on all relevant public information and advocacy techniques, engages proactively with the international media, produces strategic communication material, including multimedia and works to effectively position UNIDO on the internet, and on social media, and at high-profile international events. The Division is also responsible for developing and implementing UNIDO’s corporate communications, advocacy and media relations strategy.

Department of Policy Research and Statistics (EPR/PRS)


The Department of Policy Research and Statistics (EPR/PRS) is responsible for increasing understanding of development policies and programmes by providing intellectual leadership and analytical services to UNIDO and the wider development community. The Department develops and provides policy advice to Member States, based on evidence emerging from thematic, regional, country and sectoral analyses of industrial development and processes of structural change. In close cooperation with other relevant organizational entities and knowledge institutions around the world, the Department develops UNIDO’s research programme, advocates ISID as the main approach to create employment, reduce poverty and combat climate change, forges strategic partnerships to enhance UNIDO’s own expertise, and strengthens the capacity of Member States in related areas, including statistics. The Department is also responsible for the compilation, storage and dissemination of worldwide industrial statistics. The Department comprises the Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division and the Statistics Division.

Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division (EPR/PRS/RPA)


The Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division (EPR/PRS/RPA) conducts integrated applied economic research on themes related to UNIDO’s mandate at the international, regional, country and sector level, and disseminates the findings thereof. On this basis, it provides strategic and specific industrial policy advice to Member States to accelerate industrial development. The Division also supports Member States in the identification, design, implementation and evaluation of policies that aim at expanding and diversifying their productive capacity, and advocates for sustainable industrialization strategies at the global, regional and national level. In discharging these responsibilities, it implements projects and collaborates closely with other relevant organizational entities of UNIDO, including those providing technical cooperation services.

Statistics Division (EPR/PRS/STA)


The Statistics Division (EPR/PRS/STA) is responsible for the compilation, storage and dissemination of worldwide industrial statistics that are internationally comparable in terms of data quality and statistical definition.

Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC)


The Directorate, headed by a Managing Director, is responsible and accountable for providing technical cooperation services to enhance the capabilities of developing countries and economies in transition to promote ISID.

Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration (PTC/PPF)


The Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration (PTC/PPF) acts as the strategic office of the Managing Director of the Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC). It leads the overall coordination of UNIDO’s rollout of the PCP strategy. It coordinates UNIDO partnerships with industrial enterprises, DFIs, and multilateral funds.


In close collaboration with all organizational entities within UNIDO, the Department maintains effective interaction with Member States in its five regions of coverage (Africa, the Arab Region, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean), and provides strategic analysis and advice to support the development of UNIDO’s regional and country programmes in these regions, with special emphasis on Least Developed Countries (LDCs).


The Department coordinates regional and country-level activities towards United Nations system-wide coherence and maintains a dialogue with the relevant UNDG bodies on these matters to ensure that UNIDO’s ISID mandate is adequately reflected in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and in the work of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT). These activities take place in close coordination with the UNIDO Liaison Office in New York (EPR/NYO) and the Office of Strategic Planning, Coordination and Quality Monitoring (ODG/SPQ) who address these issues at the strategic inter-agency level.


The Department identifies the development needs and emerging development patterns of individual countries and regions through field networks, including donor priorities and lessons learned from technical cooperation management, and formulates strategic responses. The Department also monitors substantive progress of the UNIDO country portfolios, including ongoing PCPs and CPs and coordinates the Headquarters-Field network integration.


Additionally, the Department exercises the responsibility for the effective coordination of the UNIDO field security and related issues.


For the effective discharge of these responsibilities, the Department comprises the Regional Divisions and oversees the network of UNIDO Field Offices.

Operations Integration Division (PTC/PPF/OID)


The Operations Integration Division (PTC/PPF/OID) facilitates the integration of the technical operations of UNIDO at all levels. It coordinates in particular the identification, monitoring and communication of PCPs, in collaboration with respective PCP Programme Managers and with the support of the Regional Divisions.

Partnerships Coordination Division (PTC/PPF/PCD)


The Partnerships Coordination Division (PTC/PPF/PCD) promotes strategic partnerships in the context of CPs/PCPs and technical cooperation projects. It designs, negotiates and coordinates partnerships with DFIs, businesses and industry-related organizations, and partnerships with multilateral funds focused on environmental issues and sustainable industrialization. The Division articulates the corporate strategy for partnerships, identifies potential partners and facilitates the negotiations around the scope and terms of the partnership as a service to the technical departments, acting as a one-stop-shop.

Regional Divisions - Africa (PTC/PPF/AFR), Arab Region (PTC/PPF/ARB), Asia and the Pacific (PTC/PPF/ASP), Europe and Central Asia (PTC/PPF/EUR) and Latin American and the Caribbean (PTC/PPF/LAC)


The Regional Divisions are responsible for determining regional strategies and programmatic priorities for UNIDO’s services, and ensuring that UNIDO responds to the specific needs and requirements of Member States. The five Divisions cover Africa, the Arab Region, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Particular attention is given to the special developmental needs of LDCs in these regions.

Field Offices


The Field Offices are responsible for representing UNIDO in their host countries and promoting the Organization as an effective partner for development, and for this purpose maintain close contact with all local stakeholders at the country and regional levels as appropriate, including government institutions and international entities. They are further responsible for identifying national development and donor funding priorities in the countries and regions of coverage, and to support the formulation and monitoring of technical cooperation projects and programmes, in collaboration with the relevant technical departments and other appropriate organizational entities. The Field Offices are also responsible for coordinating and reporting on UNIDO activities in their countries of coverage, and providing inputs into the development of regional strategies and policies. The UNIDO field network comprises Regional Hubs, Regional Offices and Country Offices.

Department of Agri-Business (PTC/AGR)


The Department of Agri-Business (PTC/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 conceptual framework is that of agri-business value chains: comprehensive analyses offer a rigorous base for the deployment of specialized services targeting the weaker links of the chain: agricultural mechanization, modern processing technologies, packaging of perishable products, the promotion of food safety in the processing and regulatory environment; and interventions to improve competitiveness and productivity.


The Department drives the Organization’s mandate of creating shared prosperity. To this end, it supports initiatives to build human capital and raise total factor productivity through focused vocational training and industrial skills development activities. Based on its experience in post-crisis and human security programmes and projects, the Department responds to complex emergencies through activities that contribute to socio-economic security both at national and local level, such as restoring and upgrading local productive capacities; building and strengthening institutions; and honing the resilience of the most vulnerable, including youth and women. The Department cooperates closely with other organizational entities of UNIDO, and in particular with the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (PTC/TII) in the provision of its services. With its programmes the Department addresses the root causes of migration and helps alleviate migration pressures at the origin.

Food Systems and Nutrition Division (PTC/AGR/FSN)


The Food Systems and Nutrition Division (PTC/AGR/FSN) promotes ISID through the promotion of sustainable 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 agro-food processing sector (meat, milk, fish, fruits and vegetables, sugar, cereals and pulses, tubers, as well as Novel Foods) through access to support services, markets and trade opportunities.
The Division contributes to the capacity-building of food system support institutions and skill development agencies through its advisory and convening activities.

Agro-Industries Technology Division (PTC/AGR/AIT)


The Agro-Industries Technology Division (PTC/AGR/AIT) provides a range of specialized services and knowhow to address the specific needs of Member States in the industrial processing of non-food agricultural produce and provide their populations with sustainable livelihoods.

Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division (PTC/AGR/RJH)


The Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division (PTC/AGR/RJH) provides technical cooperation services to improve livelihoods in rural communities through productive activities. The focus is on business activities among socially and economically marginalized people, including in particular women and youth, in the farm and non-farm sectors including creative industries. Both entrepreneurial and technical human capacities are strengthened and matched with opportunities to produce new and improved marketable products. Knowledge and technology introduced in the rural communities match the absorptive and innovative capabilities of the poor and vulnerable segments of rural society.


The Division fosters the development of an entrepreneurship culture from the grass-root level. It supports local and national institutions set up to provide rural communities with technical and entrepreneurial capacities and contributes to the incubation and development of self-reliant economic activities in rural areas. It strives to integrate vulnerable people in rural areas in local and global value chains. Finally, the Division contributes to human security in countries affected by man-made and natural disasters by helping restore livelihoods and build resilience amongst vulnerable communities. In doing so, it helps stabilize populations and curb rural-to-urban as well as cross-border migrations.

Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (PTC/TII)


The Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (PTC/TII) supports countries in their efforts to develop through trade, investment and innovation the potential of the manufacturing sector to drive socio-economic progress.


Developing countries often face constraints arising from the lack of competitive productive supply capacity of tradable goods, which meet the quality, health, safety, environmental, sustainability and consumer protection requirements of targeted markets. They also frequently lack the capacity to implement the multilateral trading system provisions for imported and exported products. The absence of a capacity to establish compliance with market requirements and the lack of internationally-accepted local proof of compliance restricts the ability of developing countries to exploit trade opportunities and fully participate in the global rule-based trading system.


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 linked to activities for fostering export consortia.
The Department provides technical cooperation and capacity-building services to enhance the contribution of the private sector to ISID. It enables investment, supports science, technology and innovation and facilitates access to appropriate sustainable technologies for developing countries. In view of the global trend towards an increased amalgamation of digitalization and international production, coined as Industry 4.0, the Department places specific emphasis on technology promotion and diffusion in this newly emerging industrial segment. The Department promotes the upgrading of industrial enterprises and supports their integration into national and global value chains through business linkages fostering sustainable sourcing.
In providing these services, the Department cooperates closely with other departments. It also relies on the coordinated deployment of UNIDO’s international network of ITPOs and the Subcontracting and Partnership Exchange Centres (SPXs).

Standards and Quality Infrastructure Division (PTC/TII/SQI)


The Standards and Quality Infrastructure Division (PTC/TII/SQI) 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. UNIDO’s 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.

Investment Promotion Division (PTC/TII/INV)


The Investment Promotion Division (PTC/TII/INV) supports countries in improving their investment and innovation climate by assisting governments and institutions at the national and regional levels to analyse investment and technology needs. Furthermore, the Division strives to enhance the impact of foreign and domestic investments and increase the rate of innovation and technology transfer emanating from these investments.
The Division maintains international platforms and provides direct support for investment and technology promotion and networking. These include regional networks of national investment promotion agencies (IPANets), the Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion (EDIP) programme and the SPX programme.


The Division manages UNIDO’s international network of ITPOs, which provides the platform for linking the Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA) and SPX networks. The ITPOs offer value-added services throughout the entire investment promotion cycle from the identification of partners to ensuring the viability of projects, and complement UNIDO’s capacity-building activities by mobilizing financial and technological resources to scale up development impact.

Business Environment, Cluster and Innovation Division (PTC/TII/BCI)

The Business Environment, Cluster and Innovation Division (PTC/TII/BCI) works with and for the private sector to increase the latter’s contribution to sustainable growth and inclusive development. One of its core competences lies in the promotion of clusters and consortia fostering resilient business alliances and reliable institutional networks that allow firms, including micro and small businesses, to achieve economies of scale and scope, complement capabilities and gain access to additional resources and markets. The competitive advantage generated by joint action creates business opportunities otherwise unattainable to individual firms and triggers employment and productivity growth.


The Division further promotes the effective utilization of innovation for sustainable solutions for inclusive economic development and environmental challenges, particularly in the context of the new industrial revolution and the associated paradigm shift. The Division assists governments and industry to achieve transformative changes and to transfer and deploy technology for entrepreneurship, particularly in the context of Industry 4.0.


The Division seeks, through a combination of advisory and capacity-building services, to strengthen national capacities for the creation and continuous strengthening of a business environment that allows the private sector to make a greater contribution to growth, employment and income generation. It supports the creation and/or strengthening of the institutional infrastructure required for the formulation and implementation of strategies for industry upgrading and restructuring in line with comparative advantage, and for enhancing productivity and competitiveness from a private-sector-led development perspective.


The Division provides its technical cooperation services in close coordination with the other divisions of the Department for Trade, Investment and Innovation (PTC/TII) and cooperates with other relevant technical divisions and organizational entities of UNIDO as appropriate.

Department of Energy (PTC/ENE)


The responsibility of the Department of Energy (PTC/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.


The main strategic focus areas of the Department’s activities are first, to provide integrated energy solutions to industry by promoting energy efficiency; secondly, to deliver renewable energy technologies and systems to promote productive activities as a major contribution to reducing rural poverty; and thirdly, to champion industrial energy perspectives in the global debates about sustainable industrial development and climate change mitigation and adaptation. In addition, the Department acts as the focal point within UNIDO for all strategic energy and climate change partnerships, networks and conventions including UN-Energy, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In discharging its responsibility, the Department cooperates with other relevant departments within UNIDO, in particular with the Department of Environment (PTC/ENV) on resource efficiency, clean technologies, chemicals and Montreal Protocol; the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (PTC/TII) on standards; the Department of Agri-Business (PTC/AGR) on productive uses, and the Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration (PTC/PPF) on strengthening strategic partnerships.

Climate Technology and Innovation Division (PTC/ENE/CTI)

The Climate Technology and Innovation Division (PTC/ENE/CTI) is responsible for supporting Member States with access to and uptake of low-carbon, climate-friendly and clean energy technologies, innovations and entrepreneurship. It focuses on supporting entrepreneurship and facilitating the establishment of climate technology innovation ecosystems. In addition, the Division is responsible for enhancing the use of low-carbon technologies by industry and local communities, thereby contributing to climate mitigations and resilience in recipient countries. In discharging its responsibility, in line with the overall strategy of the Department, the Division cooperates closely with the Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division (PTC/ENE/ESI) and the Climate Policy and Partnerships Division (PTC/ENE/CPP), as well as other relevant organizational departments within UNIDO, in particular with the Department of Environment (PTC/ENV), the Department of Agri-Business (PTC/AGR) and the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (PTC/TII), donors such as the GEF, and other international and national institutions.

Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division (PTC/ENE/ESI)

The Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division (PTC/ENE/ESI) focuses on promoting and developing sustainable energy solutions and infrastructure in business, urban and rural contexts. This focus brings together UNIDO’s historic interventions on the supply side through promoting renewable energy technologies and on the demand side through industrial energy efficiency. By bringing together supply and demand side interventions, the Division is positioning the work of UNIDO at the leading edge of emergent energy systems and paradigms driven by the convergence of key technologies such as distributed generation, digitization and storage technologies as well as climate policies.


The promotion of industry cross-cutting solutions, such as the implementation of energy management systems and standards, and energy systems optimization continues to be one of the core functions of the Division. In addition, the Division supports Member States with the transition to sustainable energy systems for ISID. In discharging its responsibility, in line with the overall strategy of the Department, the Division cooperates closely with other Divisions in the Department, as well as other relevant organizational departments within UNIDO, in particular with the Department of Environment (PTC/ENV) and the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (PTC/TII).

Climate Policy and Partnerships Division (PTC/ENE/CPP)


The Climate Policy and Partnerships Division (PTC/ENE/CPP) is responsible for coordinating policy engagement and dialogues, regional and global partnerships and global forums in the field of sustainable energy and climate change. It positions UNIDO strategically in the global energy and climate change forums and coordinates the global network of regional centers and partnerships. It focuses on promoting programmatic approaches, and coordinates the Department of Energy’s (PTC/ENE) contributions to the PCPs, as well as work related to new and ongoing global and regional programmes, cross-cutting themes, nexus and knowledge management issues. In addition, the Division coordinates work related to global forums such as the Vienna Energy Forum, and UNIDO’s participation in meetings of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other relevant energy and climate conferences and events. In discharging its responsibility, in line with the overall strategy of the Department, the Division cooperates closely with other Divisions in the Department, as well as other relevant organizational departments within UNIDO, in particular with the Department of Environment (PTC/ENV), with the Technology Networks and with the Field Offices.

Department of Environment (PTC/ENV)


The responsibility of the Department of Environment (PTC/ENV) is to contribute to 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 service.


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; assisting developing countries and countries with economies in transition to achieve the objectives of and compliance with multilateral environmental agreements; and working to reduce the release of industrial pollutants in the environment.


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. Its activities serve to improve competitiveness and access to markets, particularly for SMEs.


To this end, the Department acts as the focal point in UNIDO for various multilateral environmental agreements and leads or co-hosts relevant global policy and deployment frameworks such as the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer; and its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants; and the Minamata Convention on Mercury, as well as other relevant international initiatives and conventions such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM); the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP SCP); and the International Resources Panel (IRP). The Department coordinates its service delivery with the services offered by other technical divisions, and by other relevant organizational entities of UNIDO.

Stockholm Convention Division (PTC/ENV/SCD)


The Stockholm Convention Division (PTC/ENV/SCD) is responsible for supporting developing countries and countries with economies in transition to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and related industrial development aspects.

Industrial Resource Efficiency Division (PTC/ENV/IRE)


The Industrial Resource Efficiency Division (PTC/ENV/IRE) is responsible for increasing the capacity of industry, government and business environmental service providers as well as IGOs and NGOs to scale up and mainstream the adoption of resource-efficient and cleaner patterns of production. This is achieved through 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.

Montreal Protocol Division (PTC/ENV/MPD)


The Montreal Protocol Division (PTC/ENV/MPD) is responsible for planning, developing and implementing national phase-out plans and sector phase-out plans for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to ensure compliance with the Montreal Protocol, to support governments in their related functions, and to create or promote appropriate sustainable industrial technologies to be utilized within these plans.

Emerging Compliance Regimes Division (PTC/ENV/ECR)


The Emerging Compliance Regimes Division (PTC/ENV/ECR) is responsible for activities relating to new and emerging international environmental compliance regimes, and to this end develops new programmatic approaches. In addition, it identifies and explores possibilities for synergies both within the Department but also with other UNIDO technical departments.

Directorate of Corporate Management and Operations (CMO)


The Directorate, headed by a Managing Director, is responsible and accountable for the management of UNIDO’s human, financial and material resources, ensuring the capacity of the Organization to fulfill its mandate. The Directorate oversees a full range of financial, human resources management, procurements, information technology and general services to meet the needs of the Organization. Additionally, it exercises the responsibility for the ethics function in the Organization. The Directorate also provides guidance on security and safety matters and ensures the overall coordination of UNIDO’s response in this regard.

Department of Human Resources Management (CMO/HRM)


The Department of Human Resources Management (CMO/HRM) is responsible for ensuring that the Organization has at its disposal the human capital required to deliver its mandate and achieve business and strategic goals. To this end, the Department designs and implements modern human resources management policies and tools, which allow the Organization to attract the best talent, help its staff develop and grow professionally in jobs and through continued learning, and keep them engaged and motivated throughout the employment cycle to contribute their best. The Department delivers a broad range of services covering UNIDO’s human capital through a partnership model with the Department’s Professional staff acting as business partners for relevant parts of the Organization. The Department oversees the functions of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. The Department is further responsible for carrying out statutory functions in accordance with the provisions of the staff regulations and rules of the Organization, the regulations of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) and policy issuances covering other categories of UNIDO human capital, including management of security-related entitlements for all UNIDO personnel at Headquarters and in the Field.

Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Office (CMO/HRM/GEW)


Under the overall direction of the Gender Mainstreaming Steering Board (GMSB) and the supervision of the Director of the Department of Human Resources Management (CMO/HRM), the Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Office (CMO/HRM/GEW) is responsible for the implementation of the provisions of the policy on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women promulgated in UNIDO/DGB/(M).110/Rev.2.


Talent Planning, Acquisition and Development Division (CMO/HRM/PAD)


The Talent Planning, Acquisition and Development Division (CMO/HRM/PAD) promotes and implements strategic organizational policies aimed at improving the planning, acquisition, development, engagement, motivation and retention of the human resources required for the Organization's mandate. In this respect, the services of the Division cover staff members, Individual Service Agreement (ISA) holders and other personnel.

Employee Services, Relations and Policies Division (CMO/HRM/SRP)


The Employee Services, Relations and Policies Division (CMO/HRM/SRP) provides statutory services to staff members employed under the staff regulations and rules as well as the administration of employees under technical cooperation projects and programmes. The Division also manages the Organization’s due process, including measures to promote and maintain effective staff/management relations.

Department of Finance (CMO/FIN)


The Department of Finance (CMO/FIN) enables the Organization to achieve its business and strategic goals through the provision of financial services, including financial control functions at UNIDO Headquarters and in the Field. Aiming to ensure and maintain the financial integrity of the Organization, the Department develops, maintains and operates policies, systems and tools to facilitate the effective management of the financial resources at the disposal of the Organization. The services provided include budgeting, financial control, financial planning, management of both budgetary and extra-budgetary financial resources; cash management and treasury operations; determination, management and reporting of assessed contributions; receipts and disbursements of funds, including payroll operation for Headquarters and Field staff; financial management of technical cooperation services; and accounting and reporting for both budgetary and extra-budgetary activities of the Organization. It reviews and implements improvements to the ERP processes to improve efficiency and internal operations. In addition, the Department acts as the focal point for interaction with the external auditors and operates the audit support system. It also liaises with Member States, policymaking organs and other strategic partners on financial matters.

Budget Services Division (CMO/FIN/BUD)


The Budget Services Division (CMO/FIN/BUD) is responsible for budgeting and reporting on regular and operational budget resources as well as providing policy and operational advice on budgetary issues.

Accounts, Payments and Treasury Division (CMO/FIN/APT)


The Accounts, Payments and Treasury Division (CMO/FIN/APT) provides effective and efficient systems for accounting, payroll, invoice processing, travel advance and expense report processing, billing, accounts receivable and payable operations as well as cash and investment management.

Accounts, Payments and Treasury Division (CMO/FIN/APT)


The Accounts, Payments and Treasury Division (CMO/FIN/APT) provides effective and efficient systems for accounting, payroll, invoice processing, travel advance and expense report processing, billing, accounts receivable and payable operations as well as cash and investment management.

Budget Services Division (CMO/FIN/BUD)


The Budget Services Division (CMO/FIN/BUD) is responsible for budgeting and reporting on regular and operational budget resources as well as providing policy and operational advice on budgetary issues.

Financial Management of Technical Cooperation Division (CMO/FIN/FMT)


The Financial Management of Technical Cooperation Division (CMO/FIN/FMT) provides financial management, monitoring, control and reporting of all technical cooperation programmes and activities financed from regular budget and extra-budgetary resources.

Department of Operational Support Services (CMO/OSS)


The Department of Operational Support Services (CMO/OSS) is responsible for providing diverse services in support of all UNIDO activities, both at Headquarters and in the Field, comprising procurement of goods, works and services; maintenance and further development and enhancement of the ERP and IT systems; communications, inventory and records management; archives and registry; and travel, visa, transportation and shipment services. The Department is also responsible for providing buildings management services, for the benefit of all VBOs including administration of the Common Fund for Major Repairs and Replacement as well as Catering Operations. In carrying out these activities, the Department actively supports the implementation of UNIDO’s programmes and projects towards the achievement of the ISID mandate and SDG targets.

Procurement Services Division (CMO/OSS/PRO)


The Procurement Services Division (CMO/OSS/PRO) carries out all procurement and contracting services on behalf of the Organization relating to Headquarters, the Field, and technical cooperation activities. It increases procurement efficiency and effectiveness with the aim to increase technical cooperation delivery; ensures that UNIDO continues to follow best practices in supply chain management and gains recognition as a leader in the field.

General Services and Logistics Division (CMO/OSS/GSL)


The General Services and Logistics Division (CMO/OSS/GSL) includes providing communications, inventory and records management, archives and registry, travel, visa, transportation and shipment services in support of all activities of the Organization, as well as managing catering services at the Vienna International Center (VIC).

Information Technology Services Division (CMO/OSS/ITS)


The Information Technology Services Division (CMO/OSS/ITS) provides secure, reliable, effective and efficient information technology (IT) services to UNIDO, supporting the achievement of strategic objectives and ISID mandate. IT services include the underlying data center and network infrastructure, managed endpoint solutions (including but not limited to desktop computers and laptops) as well as systems for technical cooperation, administration, knowledge management, reporting and analytics, and external relations with Member States, partners and civil society.


The Division is the main actor in the implementation of IT strategies, for setting and enforcing common IT standards and best practices throughout UNIDO and for managing corporate IT services.


The Division will ensure from an operational and technical perspective that systems are implemented in an integrated, sustainable and secure manner following industrial best practices and frameworks, and providing value for the Organization in close cooperation with stakeholders focusing on cost-benefit considerations (tradeoffs) between priorities, cost, consumption, capacity, performance, and risk in pursuit of better business outcomes and overall continuous improvement of the Organization. Furthermore, the Division coordinates a Service Desk which is the single point of contact for IT-related requests for UNIDO workforce.

Buildings Management Services Division (CMO/OSS/BMS)


As part of the common services, on behalf of and financed by the VBOs, the Buildings Management Services Division (CMO/OSS/BMS) of UNIDO is responsible for ensuring the safe and reliable operation, maintenance and repair of the Vienna International Centre (VIC) buildings and associated installations according to the local building codes and standards, and according to the VIC operating license conditions.

UNIDO Staff:

UNIDO employs about 700 staff members at Headquarters and other established offices around the world. Annually, we draw on the services of some 2,500 international and national experts who work on projects worldwide. Approximately 60 per cent of the international and national experts are from developing countries.

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