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Project Coordinator

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-07

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Organizational Context

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. Its mission is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the recently adopted 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 decade. UNIDO’s mandate in SDG-9, calls for the need to "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation". Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in three thematic priorities: * Creating shared prosperity * Advancing economic competitiveness * Safeguarding the environment. UNIDO delivers its services through the following four complementary and mutually supportive core functions: (a) technical cooperation activities; (b) analytical and policy advisory services; (c ) standard- setting and compliance and (d) convening and partnership role. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices. The Directorate of Environment and Energy (EAE), headed by a Managing Director, aims to integrate and scale-up the energy and environment activities focusing on supporting governments and industries to provide sustainable and resilient soft and hard infrastructure for industrial development, supporting industries to contribute to climate neutral circular economy, and supporting governments and industries in fulfilling national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements.

The Directorate consists of the Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) and the Department of Energy (EAE/ENE). This position is located in the Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division (EAE/ENE/ESI), which focuses on promoting sustainable energy solutions and infrastructure for industrial development. The promotion of industrial decarbonization through crosscutting solutions, such as energy management systems and standards, energy systems optimization, and deployment of renewable energy technologies is one of the core functions of the Division. In addition, the Division supports Member States with the transition to sustainable energy systems for ISID. By bringing together supply and demand side perspectives, the focus of the Division is on system level changes and transformative solutions driven by the convergence of key technologies such as distributed generation, digitization and storage technologies as well as climate policies. The Division focuses on disruptive solutions, being they technological or business models. It is also responsible for coordinating policy engagement and dialogues, at national, regional and global levels, and through pursuing meaningful global partnerships in the field of sustainable energy and climate change. The Division positions UNIDO strategically in the global energy and climate change forums and coordinates the global network of regional centers and partnerships.

PROJECT CONTEXT The three per cent club is initiative that was put forward by the Secretary General’s office as one of the outcomes of the climate summit in 2019. It aims at advancing partnerships between organizations, Government, academia and private sector to work towards an acceleration to a sustained 3% annual improvement in energy efficiency. To achieve that goal, the partners (International Energy Agency (IEA) and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) along with the Energy Efficiency Global Alliance, EBRD, the GEF, UNEP and the Energy Efficiency Accelerators and Hub) will work on raising ambitions on energy efficiency within the NDCs, helping in preparing action plans and matching Governments with the right solution providers. As the convenor of the industrial energy accelerator and a partner of the initiative, UNIDO will work with the three per cent club partners to: (a) Engage new countries to join the Three Percent Club and commit to supporting progress on energy efficiency, (b) support member countries in identifying priorities, raising their awareness of energy efficiency opportunities in various end-use sectors and developing action plans and (c) develop harmonized and enhanced tools for identification of energy efficiency opportunities across various sectors, ensure coordination with various members and tracking progress of the initiative. This work is supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom. Duty station: Vienna Headquarters Approximate duration: 12 months

Main Functions

Under the supervision of the division chief, assist in monitoring the programme implementation identifying problems and utilizing information as an input to corrective actions to promote effective project management. Develops and administers the programme by: - Locating and analyzing specific economic and social data and distilling and synthesizing information relevant to proposed programmes in countries supported through the club; - Identifying, describing and justifying programme possibilities consistent with the approved programme and taking into account the country needs and programme priority; - Appraising, reviewing and adjusting country proposals to ensure consistency with national, sub-regional, regional and sectoral priorities and programmes and with available resources; formulating and presenting such proposals on the basis of technical and substantive inputs in accordinace with required format for final review and approval; - Developing schedules, arrangements and methods for thee management of the implementation of individual project/s in consultation with project personnel, technical, substantive and administrative service units; - Exchanging information required for project formulation and implementation with government officials in planning finance, donor input coordination and sectoral functions, as well as with representatives of multilateral and bilateral donor agencies; - Monitoring and expediting project implementation systematically through discussions and correspondence with technical, substantive and project staff, field visits, analysis of periodic project progress reports, participation in tripartite reviews and mid-term project evaluations; utilizing information obtained as an input to corrective decision-making and revisions; - Organizing and conducting briefings and debriefings on projects with special regard for the country, sub-regional and regional aspects, resources and development characteristics, with a view to maximizing project performance levels.

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 natural sciences, engineering with specialization in renewable energy technologies and systems.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluence and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

Computer Skills

Field of Expertise

At least five years of professional experience in technical cooperation project management or portfolio project management including some exposure at the international level. Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries. Ability to research and analyse information independently and recommend solutions. Ability to write in a clear and concise manner. Ability to work effectively in multi-cultural teams

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

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