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

Vacancy Announcement No: VA2020_L_EXT_000138 Date of Issuance: 23 December 2020

Post Title and Level: Industrial Development Expert, L3

Duty Station: Austria

Indicative Minimum Net Annual Remuneration:

(for further information on salaries, refer to the International Civil

Service Commission website: http://icsc.un.org/secretariat/


USD 93,028

Type of Appointment: Fixed Term (200 series)

Employment Fraction: Staff-Full-time

Closing Date: 13 January 2021

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. 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.

This position is located in the Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (QIS) in the department of Digitalization,

Technology and Innovation (DTI), in the Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri- Business (DTA) of UNIDO. DTA

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 comprises the Department of

Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR).

The DTI Department is responsible for assisting countries to strengthen competitiveness in global markets through capacitybuilding

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. 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. 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.

The Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS) 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.

The Industrial Development Expert works under the overall guidance of the Director, Department of Digitalization, Technology

and Innovation; the overall supervision of the Chief of the Division and the direct supervision of the UNIDO Programme

Manager; and in close collaboration with the colleagues to support the mandate of the Division to support the implementation

of its objectives.

The Industrial Development Expert is expected to deliver: (a) work that contains in-depth analyses contributing to results

achieved by the Department; (b) in creating an enabling environment for team work which is catalytic to achieving results; (c)

in building relationships which contributes to partnerships resulting in strategic collaborations and (d) in achieving results

within a professional team.

The UNIDO Staff Performance Management System reinforces the collaboration within formal units as well as among crossfunctional

teams. In this context, the incumbent collaborates with his/her supervisor and colleagues, in the country as well as

in the region and in headquarters.

Staff -members are subject to the authority of the Director-General and in this context all staff are expected to serve in any

assignment and duty station as determined by the needs of the Organization.


West Africa Competitiveness Programme - Ghana Component

The overall Project objective is strengthening the export competitiveness of the Ghanaian economy through enhanced valueadded,

low carbon, sustainable production and processing and an increased access to regional and international markets. As

a means, the Project aims to improve the performance and growth of the following value chains: (i) Cassava, (ii) Fruits (mango

and pineapple) and (iii) Cosmetics and personal care products, by improving the quality of their products, exports and its

integration into regional and global value chains. These sectors are in line with the priorities of the Ghanaian Government, and

have a high potential for industrialization and job creation.

The programme aims to: develop value chains, improve competitiveness of MSME’s, strengthen the supporting intermediate

organizations and create better linkages among the selected value chain actors.

It will build on past support of the European Union towards competitiveness related issues; capitalize on lessons learnt and

complement ongoing EU or development partners‘ interventions.

Project for Market Access of Typical Food Products - PAMPAT II

The project is focused on the recognition and institutionalization of the Tunisian sub-sector of local agro-food products in order

to guarantee the sustainability of the results obtained during phase I. At the macro level, Tunisian stakeholders will benefit

from a support to improve the strategic framework for the promotion of local products. At the meso and micro level, the project

will focus on increasing added value and improving access to national and international markets through a value chain and

territorial marketing approach, while promoting public partnerships -private. At the international level, the project will provide

support so that the national competition for local products, which was set up in Tunisia following the Swiss model under

PAMPAT I, can be replicated in other countries with a view to strengthen the international network of local product


The focus countries where the contest will be duplicated are: Egypt and Georgia. Furthermore, knowledge sharing and South-

South Cooperation is foreseen with Morocco and Tunisia.


The Programme is governed by a Technical Coordination Committee (TCC), with the participation of relevant national and

international stakeholders, including private sector, relevant ministries, the representatives of institutions and other business

support organizations, the Value Chain Strategic Committees (VCSCs) and the implementing partners. The TCC will meet

twice a year in Accra, Ghana.

The Programme management and coordination is led by the Programme Manager at UNIDO Headquarters and conducted in

the field by a National Implementation Unit (NIU) in Accra, Ghana. The NIU is led by a National Project Officer as Chief

Technical Advisor and comprises National Technical Experts (NTEs) and support staff.

Main Functions

As a team member, whether on a divisional, cross-functional or cross-sectoral level, the incumbent shall carry out the following

generic activities to achieve the results of the Division and the outcomes of Department:

- Programme Development: Develops and formulates technical cooperation projects/programmes for the expansion of the

assigned programme/project in line with the guidelines and procedures governing the delivery of UNIDO services, and obtains

internal approval.

- Programme Implementation: Assumes responsibility for the provision of projects/programme implementation services

ensuring that assigned inputs are delivered on time at the right level of quality and within the allocated budget. This will entail

the preparation of the necessary inputs (consultant job descriptions, terms of reference, training arrangements, equipment

specifications, etc.), monitoring progress in implementation, including missions to the project site, as well as taking part in

oversight meetings in the field and at headquarters, and assisting the Evaluation Group in its evaluations of projects/


- Funds Mobilization: Cooperates with other units in-house in mobilizing the funds necessary for project and programme


- Global Forum Function: Assists in the preparation for UNIDO’s global forum activities (conferences, seminars, expert group

meetings, etc.) and in their running. Prepares technical papers or other inputs for external seminars, conferences, expert

group meetings, etc. Prepares UNIDO publications and other information dissemination aids and tools. Keeps abreast of

technical and economic developments in the areas of the Division’s mandate through close contacts with specialized

institutions and industry representatives, following the technical press, market developments and trends.

- Performs other related duties and assignments as required by the Chief of the Division or Director of the Department.

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


Key Competencies

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.

Managerial and Leadership Competencies (as applicable)

WE ARE STRATEGIC, DECISIVE, PRINCIPLED AND INSPIRATIONAL: As managers, we are strategic and fair in driving our

team’s performance. As leaders, we are a source of inspiration, stand for norms and standards established in the UN Charter

and duty bound to defend these ideals with a principled approach.

WE ARE INCLUSIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE: As managers, we are inclusive in our approach and maintain constructive

engagement with all our stakeholders. As leaders, we embrace all personnel and stakeholders and are accountable mutually

within UNIDO, within the system, to beneficiaries and the public and beyond.

WE ARE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL AND TRANSFORMATIONAL: As managers, we go beyond conventional methods to help our

organizational units strengthen their own agility and adaptability to change. As leaders in the UN system, we have a vision which

is integrated and engaged across the pillars of Peace and Security, Human Rights and Development.

WE ARE COLLABORATIVE AND CO-CREATIVE: As managers, we foster a team spirit and create meaningful opportunities to

hear the voices of those around us, while realizing that only by working together can we accomplish our mission. As leaders we

see the inter-dependency of imperatives of the UN Charter and personally champion a collaborative inter-agency, multistakeholders

and cross-thinking approach.

Minimum Requirements


Advanced university level degree in Economics, Management, Engineering or

another field relevant to UNIDO’s mandate.

UNIDO Languages:

- Fluency in written and spoken English and French is required.

- Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.


Field of Expertise:

- A minimum of five years of professional experience in provision of technical assistance in the area of value chains or quality

infrastructure required;
- Knowledge and experience in effective quality management system and quality infrastructure support required;
- A previous experience in supporting small producers and national stakeholders in developing and promoting agro-food value

chains (especially terroir products and Protected Geographical Indications (PGI)) highly desirable;
- Knowledge and concrete experience in clusters and networks policies development, trainings of national stakeholders and

support to SMEs within clusters, preferably in developing countries, would be considered an advantage;
- UN project implementation and field experience highly desirable.

NOTE: Eligible internal UNIDO applicants are required to have served at least one year in his or her current post. However, the

seniority-in-grade requirements for applying for higher level positions, as per paragraphs 18 and 78 of the HRMF, have been


In the cases of internal applicants, comparable qualifications and experience in UNIDO may be considered to take into account

the potential of candidates.


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.

Visit the UNIDO web site for details on how to apply: www.unido.org

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

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