Industrial Development Officer
Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.
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.
The Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business (DTA), headed by a Managing Director, 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 creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverables in the areas of trade, investment, technology innovation and agro-industry and agri-business. The Directorate comprises the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR). This position is located in the Department of Agri-Business (DTA/AGR). The Department Agri-Business 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 department provides support for the development of agri-business corridors in developing countries in collaboration with International Financial Institutions. The Department drives the Organization’s mandates of creating shared prosperity and advancing economic competitiveness. It supports initiatives to build human capital and raise total factor productivity through focused vocational training and industrial skills development activities. With its programmes, the Department addresses the root causes of migration and helps alleviate migration pressures at the origin. Agro-Industries and Skills Development Division (DTA/AGR/AIS) 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 technical skills development to provide their populations with sustainable livelihoods.
The Industrial Development Officer works under the overall guidance of the Director, Department of Agri-Business; the direct supervision of the Chief of the Division; and in close collaboration with the colleagues to support the mandate of the Division. The Industrial Development Officer 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 cross-functional 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.
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 in the area of agri-business development, in line with the guidelines and procedures governing the delivery of UNIDO services. - Obtains internal approvals for each part of the project or programme as needed. More specifically, in the areas of non-food value chains development, vocational training, creative industries, agro mechanization including digitalization for agriculture. - Identifies options to promote creative industries, industrial design and industrial innovation in policies, strategies and programmes. - 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. - Prepares the necessary inputs (consultant job descriptions, terms of reference, training arrangements, equipment specifications, etc.), monitors progress in implementation, including missions to the project sites. - Takes part in oversight meetings in the field and at headquarters and assists the Evaluation Group in its evaluations of projects/programmes. - Funds Mobilization: - Under the supervision of the Chief of the Division, cooperates with other units in-house in mobilizing the funds necessary for project and programme implementation. Typical funding partners for this type of activities include multilateral and bilateral donors. Special emphasis will also be paid to the cooperation with International Finance Institutions or Regional Development Banks. - 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.
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. 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.
Advanced university level degree in Industrial Design, Creative Arts, Engineering, Economics, or a field of direct relevance to the mandate of the Division.
Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency or working knowledge of other official language(s) of the United Nations, would be an asset.
Field of Expertise
A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience, including two (2) at the international level, involving technical cooperation in developing countries, in particular in creative industries, cultural and heritage products development, is required. Experience in all phases of the Project Cycle is desirable. Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, is 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 waived. In the cases of internal applicants, comparable qualifications and experience in UNIDO may be considered to take into account the potential of candidates.