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Programme Associate


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Accra
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-21


Mission and objectives

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 UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, 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. 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 Associate at the UNIDO Ghana Country Office is critical in facilitating the development and implementation of a cohesive programme that effectively engages with the private sector, development partners, and government agencies. This position is pivotal in supporting UNIDO’s mission of promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Ghana.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Country Representative of UNIDO Ghana Country Office, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Coordinate day-to-day activities at the UNIDO Ghana Country Office as required by the Country Representative; • Support the office in the development of strategies to support Ghana’s efforts towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development, this may include support to key industrial policy areas of the Ministry of Trade and Industry - automotive, textile, agro industry, etc.; • Support the office to follow policy and technical dialogue in the energy and environment sectors. • Establish and maintain close partnerships with counterparts in government and other organizations including JICA for the planning, formulation, and implementation of new and ongoing projects; • Assist in the organization of events, media outreach, briefings, information products, and other materials for the office to increase visibility in Ghana’s industry sector; • Support the implementation of new and/or ongoing projects according to the UN Volunteer’s skills and interests; • Participate in the private sector working group of development partners and provide analysis on programs managed by development partners in Ghana and contribute to the dialogue for effective coordination, knowledge exchange and partnerships; and • Participate in UN-system joint coordination initiatives.

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