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Project Specialist/Advisor

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-17

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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 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 Directorate of Environment and Energy (EAE) 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). The Department of Energy in the Directorate of Environment and Energy, (EAE/ENE) assists Member States in the transition to a sustainable energy future under the overarching mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, through the application of renewable energy for productive uses, adoption of the efficient use of energy by industry and the introduction of low carbon technologies and processes. In transitioning to a sustainable energy future, the challenges of addressing energy poverty and climate change become an integral part of the Department activities. This position is located under the Energy Technologies and Industrial Applications Division (EAE/ENE/ETI) which is responsible for supporting Member States with technology transfer and localization of low-carbon energy technologies and their applications towards achieving the ISID. It focuses on facilitating localization and adoption of energy technologies in frontier markets and their applications in industry for productive uses. The Consultant will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Project Manager in the Energy Technologies and Industrial Applications Division (EAE/ENE/ETI).

PROJECT CONTEXT Project ID 190320: Supporting the establishment and development of the International Hydrogen Energy Centre Hydrogen, the most abundant chemical element in the universe, offers a way to decarbonize energy, especially for industries, as well as to diversify the economy. The current advancements in its production through electrolysis and related technologies including fuel cells as well as its versatile characteristics offer holistic solutions to reduce global GHG emissions. Hydrogen supports a true paradigm shift in the area of more efficient energy storage, especially for renewable energy at industrial scale. While the technology is maturing, the policy and regulatory framework, safety codes and standards harmonization remains insufficient throughout the world. Therefore, partnerships between the public and private sector as well as academia is crucial. The establishment of the International Hydrogen Energy Centre (IHEC) in China can play a strategic role to help the development of the hydrogen energy industry not only in China but also globally by attracting international R&D funding and promoting south- south, triangular and regional cooperation, with the involvement of developing countries, i.e. Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America where UNIDO has a well ramified network of regional offices, centres and industrial projects. The IHEC establishment and development aims to build capacity, disseminate knowledge and advance research in the area of hydrogen. This project will develop a hydrogen economy roadmap as well as strengthen international cooperation with international organizations, such as the IEA. The outcome of is more cost effective, efficient and widespread global use of hydrogen technology promoted by establishment of the International Hydrogen Energy Centre (IHEC) in China, with more specifically the project is structured in three technical outputs: Output 1: Support setting up the International Hydrogen Energy Centre (IHEC). Output 2: Facilitate hydrogen energy technology research and development. Output 3: Promote demonstration of hydrogen energy application, plus Output 4: Monitoring, evaluation and coordination including donor participation. Duty Station: Austria / Vienna Approximate duration: 12months

Main Functions

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, assists in appraising, adjusting and presenting project proposals, and monitoring programme execution, identifying problems and utilizing information as an input to corrective actions to promote effective project management. Develops and administers technical cooperation projects by: - Analyze economic, social and political factors which affect a sectoral or regional development programme in relation to relevant resolutions of the Organization's governing body and the Organization's policies and priorities; reflect conclusions reached in sectoral or regional development plans, project proposals and formulations, and in the management coordination of ongoing development activities; - Analyze development needs and appraise the suitability of proposed programmes and projects in meeting these needs; recommend project approval to the Organization; - Identify particular development project possibilities in relation to expressed governmental needs and the known capabilities and resources available to the Organization, assess the relative feasibility and impact of proposed projects in country and regional plans; - Introduce into the project formulation process newly developed modalities, policies and practices, as well as alternative methods for independent evaluation of projects and proposals which are designed to improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Organization's project and programme planning and delivery processes; - Guide, coordinate and integrate the drafting of project proposals and justify them in terms of regional and sectoral development objectives; - Expedite and endorse submission according to funding institution procedures of all required operational documents for approved projects; - Provide technical advice, guide and orient the efforts and contributions of consultants, project personnel, donors, institutions and governments towards the achievement of project objectives; - Assess the degree of execution of technical assistance project activities and resources; identify problems and resource and financial deficiencies, and initiate and propose corrective or alternative actions.

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 engineering, sciences, economics, business administration, international relations or other relevant discipline with specialization in hydrogen energy technology research and renewable energies is required.


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

Computer Skills

Field of Expertise

- At least seven (7) years of professional experience in technical cooperation project management or portfolio project management including some exposure at the international level, is required. Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, is desirable. - Experience in giving advice and recommendations on policies, regulations and technical guidelines. - Working experience on project implementation in China, as well as understanding of social-economic and political situation in the country, will be an advantage. - Substantive knowledge of energy development issues; wide experience and knowledge in national environment priorities and climate change issues, including UN system priorities. - Analysing specific hydrogen policy, economic and social data, distilling, and synthesizing information relevant to the projects. Formulating and presenting green hydrogen development roadmap. - Experience in organizing technical workshops and EGM meetings. - Experience in managing stakeholder consultations and analysis of environmental issues is an advantage. - Ability to research and analyse information, make linkages with the strategic vison of the Organization and recommend solutions. - 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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