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Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-04-22

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Female candidates from all Member States 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 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.

Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business (DTA) of UNIDO 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’s interventions actively identify and combine complementary services from across three Divisions, namely: - Innovation and Digitalization Division (DTA/DTI/IDD) - Investment and Technology Promotion Division (DTA/DTI/ITP) - Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS) Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS) The Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS) seeks to build national and regional quality infrastructure systems needed to provide internationally recognized services, including strengthening institutional capacities (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 new technologies and standards for smart production and thus participate in global value chains; trade facilitation and promoting quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers.

PROJECT CONTEXT As part of the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP), the overall objective of the project is to strengthen the competitiveness of The Gambia and enhance its integration into the regional and international trading systems. To achieve the overall objective, two specific objectives were set 1) to improve the performance, growth and contribution to industry, regional trade and export of selected value chains; 2) to improve the climate for business at national and regional levels. The project will pursue two outputs, each containing sub-outputs: - Output 1: Competitiveness at firm-level is improved, especially through the cluster approach. o Sub-Output 1.1: Increased onion value chain compliance and performance, leading to greater market access. - Output 2: Intermediate organizations of the onion value chain are strengthened and service delivery to MSMEs is improved. o Sub-Output 2.1: Technical capacity and competence of the FSQA, TGSB and the other relevant quality infrastructure institutions and coordination are strengthened. o Sub-Output 2.2: Selected technical capacities of the MoA and related services strengthened in respect of the implementation of food quality and safety standards at primary production. The focus of the intervention will be on strengthening standards compliance capacity of the onion value chain to improve food safety & quality for improved regional market access and on supporting undergirding trade support institutions, including quality infrastructure (QI) institutions, that service the sector. A market-driven, flexible approach will be embedded in project interventions such that other horticultural value chains can benefit from project outputs. The targeted value chains are consistent with the priorities stated in the National Development Plan 2018 – 2021 and it will also contribute to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional industrialization priorities for agro-industries. Duty Station: Vienna, Austria (HQ)

Main Functions

Under the close supervision of the Project Manager, and working with the project team, the Project Associate applies basic theoretical knowledge and administrative skills in supporting and in acquiring a broad understanding of the interrelated administrative and programme/project functions contributing to technical cooperation activities in a particular sector, geographical area or programme/project by: - Compiling general background information from readily available sources, on economic and social factors for an assigned sector, area, country or programme/project: designing and drafting supporting flow charts, schedules, graphs and tables; coordinating the collection and verification of documents, actions and data with substantive or support units assembling and editing basic data required for planning and negotiation, in format dictated by agenda or supervisor's instructions checking project documents for clarity, consistency and completeness; - Describing progress of ongoing project/s, investigating designated project activities, discussing findings with supervisor to identify implications for the work of the project unit, discussing rationale and context of project activities, considering the alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and problem resolution; - Maintaining institutional memories or other documentation systems to record project/programme, history and ongoing activities; - Assisting in monitoring exercises related to the project implementation, retrieving substantive information on status of project, outcome, output, key performance indicators (KPIs), risks, etc. from the SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) module; - Drafting reports, ad-hoc assignments and research activities, as required; - Arranging briefings, tours, and related activities for visitors, missions and fellowship holders.

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 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.

Minimum Requirements


Advanced university degree in science, business administration, economics, other relevant discipline with a specialization in trade, project management, SME development.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language, particularly French, is an asset.

Computer Skills

Field of Expertise

- At least one year of relevant professional experience in area relevant for recruiting DTA/DTI/QIS Division required developing practical appreciation of the context of technical cooperation activities. - Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries. - Ability to research and analyse information. Ability to write in a clear and concise manner. Ability to work effectively in multi-cultural teams. Experience in project management.

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

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