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National Coordinator

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-19

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Only nationals and/or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are eligible to apply. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


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 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 position is located under the Agro-Industries Technology division (PTC/AGR/AIT) an integral part of the Department of Agri-Business Development (PTC/AGR). The Department 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 agribusiness 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. PTC/AGR 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 units of UNIDO, and in particular with the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation in the provision of its services.

PROJECT CONTEXT Based on the results achieved so far by the on-going project TE/ETH/08/008 as well as on the action plans developed and validated by all the relevant stakeholders involved in sector, the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry (MoI) has officially requested to continue with the action plans implementation. Furthermore, the City of Addis Ababa MSEs development Office officially requested to support the cluster development implementation also throughout the support in terms of designing of new working areas for MSEs. The main objective of this present project is to increase the competitiveness and turnover of the Ethiopian MSEs working on leather footwear and products industry through the implementation of the action plans produced (and started to be implemented) by the on-going project. Following the methodology, the natural time for achieving a mature network of small production units supported by assisted by supporting services institutions is taking a range of time between 5 up to 7 years. For this reason, in order to achieve this objective the present project expects to continue to implement the action plans for developing the 3 selected MSEs networks in Addis Ababa (continuing to provide the selected networks with the necessary assistance in implementing the action plans prepared as well as to upgrade local capacities, both at institutional and private sector levels) and for continuing to provide backstopping support activities to the Ethiopian Regions. Duty station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Contract start: 01 February 2020; contract end: 23 November 2020 (with the possibility of extension)

Main Functions

Under this context and in direct supervision of the UNIDO Project Manager, the National Coordinator will contribute to the preparation of the following main activities, performed in collaboration with the Project Manager (HQ) and International Project Coordinator (based in Addis Ababa): 1. Responsible for developing and implementing the work plans for all the leather clusters and networks involved in the project (Kirkos, Merkato, Yeka); 2. National focal point for activities related to the Creative Hub: e.g. agreements with potential partners such us Universities, associations, etc 3. Outline and manage the capacity building initiatives offered to the beneficiaries with the project; She/he will be expected to carry out the below duties/tasks: - Maintain the relationships and act as a focal point for the YEKA-Merkato-Kirkos clusters - Responsible for organizing the data collection and make sure that all the required information is well presented according to the used tools: database, newsletter, reports, etc. - Organize all activities with Regional & Federal officials in the cluster areas: report to the supervisors using the appropriate reporting tools. - Contribute to the realization and inauguration of the Creative Hub: preparatory phase and follow up. Act as the main national focal point for developing a clear strategy for the creative hub (e.g. identification of events and training initiatives). - Represent UNIDO to national conferences or meetings for the establishment of the Creative Hub and improvement of the Cluster Development Approach; - Supporting the PM and International Coordinator to develop the progress and final reports - Facilitate and manage the involvement of strategic local institutional/private stakeholders involving them in project activities. - Ensure coordination with LIDI and monitoring the performance of the EIFCCOS common production line and LOMI machineries - Facilitate the involvement of the selected clusters in other initiatives developed by national or international stakeholders. - Facilitate backward and forward linkages for the selected clusters. Support clusters networks in their participation in fairs and promotional events

Core Competencies

Core Values 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. 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.

Minimum Requirements


Advanced university degree in Economics, Development, Business Administration, or related field. In the absence of an advanced university degree, a first level degree with three years of relevant professional experience (in addition to the technical requirements set out below)


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. # Fluency in written and spoken Amharic is required. The knowledge of other Ethiopian languages is an asset.

Computer Skills

Field of Expertise

A minimum of 3 year of practical experience in the field of SMEs development, with particular emphasis on cluster and value chain development. Familiarity with local institutions is an asset. Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries; previous work experience in UN projects and Ability to use standard office equipment.

<strong>This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal. </strong>

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