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Senior Technical Advisor

Pakistan (Pakistan)

  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Pakistan (Pakistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-04

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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 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 (ENV) and the Department of Energy (ENE). 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. The position is located under the Climate Technology and Innovation Division (EAE/ENE/CTI) which is responsible for supporting Member States with access to and uptake of low-carbon, climate-friendly and clean energy technologies, innovations and entrepreneurship. It focuses on supporting entrepreneurship and facilitating the establishment of climate technology innovation ecosystems. In addition, the Division is responsible for enhancing the use of low-carbon technologies by industry and local communities, thereby contributing to climate mitigation and resilience in recipient countries. In discharging its responsibility, in line with the overall strategy of the Department, the Division cooperates closely with the Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division (EAE/ENE/ESI) and the Energy Technologies and Industrial Applications Division (EAE/ENE/ETI), as well as other relevant organizational departments within UNIDO, in particular with the Department of Environment (EAE/ENV), the Department of Digitization, Technology and Innovation (DTA/DTI) and Department of Agri-Business (DTA/AGR), donors such as the GEF, and other international and national institutions. The Senior Technical Advisor is expected to deliver substantive inputs (a) in work that is innovative; (b) in creating an enabling environment which promote cross functional and cross sectoral networks; (c) in building partnerships which result in advocating and championing UNIDO's programmes and (d) in achieving results which affect UNIDO Programmes and Teams.

PROJECT CONTEXT The primary obstacles to the large-scale deployment of low carbon, climate resilient technologies required access to finance and limited pipeline of investment-ready projects. The large investment flows to achieve the transition at the speed and scale necessary to meet global climate and energy challenges can only be achieved by leveraging the private sector. Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) matches financing with innovative low carbon, climate resilient projects in developing countries and emerging economies with a small public investment through a low-risk, low overhead networking model based on fixed fee project development, transaction advisory services, and investor forums, meeting a need recognized in international development and climate circles. PFAN supports companies for low carbon, climate resilient projects in the areas of upstream technology development and downstream technology deployment. It mobilizes the expertise of private sector companies in financing climate-friendly projects and technologies to screen business plans and select the most economically viable and environmentally and socially beneficial projects. For the entrepreneurs and businesses selected, PFAN provides guidance on economic feasibility, project structure, investment and financing, preparation of the business plan, and introductions to investors. Specifically, PFAN serves three functions: 1. Capacitate entrepreneurs and businesses to develop bankable projects 2. Mitigate investor risk 3. Mainstream investments in low carbon, climate resilient projects for sustainable development PFAN is active in various regions, where it directly responds to the urgent need for capacity building of project proponents as well as investors, and in parallel to the need of market creation to help develop the investment opportunities and stimulate the interest of market participants. In particular, PFAN sources promising and mature projects of significant size (the typical deal size supported by PFAN is 1-50 m USD) and provides highly specialized technical assistance to support the project proponents in developing investment-ready proposals. These proposals are then introduced to prospective sources of finance. PFAN aims to ensure that women and men have equal opportunity to benefit from and participate in its services. Promoting gender equality is not only beneficial from a societal point of view, but also from an economic and impact perspective. PFAN recognizes not only its responsibility, but also the opportunity to engage with more women, more women-led businesses and more gender-focused projects. The main objectives with this regard include: 1) To achieve greater, more sustainable, equitable outcomes and impacts in an efficient and comprehensive manner by empowering women to actively contribute to and benefit from PFAN's network and services. 2) To encourage every project supported by PFAN to be gender-responsive so that women and men's resilience to and ability to address climate change, as well as access to clean energy, are equally enhanced. 3) To increase the pool of women-led and gender-focused projects in the clean energy and climate adaptation sector in order to reduce the gender gap of climate change-exacerbated social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities. The PFAN – Senior Technical Advisor Advisor in Pakistan will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and the team members of the Division and as part of the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) Programme Management Unit (PMU), in close coordination with the PFAN Global Coordinator and other members of the Network, as well as with REEEP as executing partner of PFAN. The UNIDO Performance Management System reinforces collaboration within one’s team as well as among cross-functional teams. The incumbent will collaborate with colleagues within as well as outside the Department and as applicable with UNIDO colleagues worldwide, and backup team members as needed. 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.

Main Functions

Management & Implementation of PFAN Pakistan Private Sector Energy (PPSE) in Pakistan: - Together with the PFAN Project Manager, Global Coordinator, USAID and the PFAN Pakistan Advisory Board develop and articulate a coherent and compelling vision / strategy for PFAN - Pakistan Private Sector Energy (PPSE) in Pakistan (building on and developing the foundations contained in the proposal agreed with USAID); - Management, Oversight & Coordination of the Output Leads and Communication / M&E Lead; - Principal liaison & focal point of contact with USAID; coordination with other USAID activities; - PFAN’s delegated senior representative in Pakistan (“Face of PFAN”); extended member of PFAN Management Unit; - Management and coordination of day to day activities; coordination & alignment with PFAN global activities; - Coordination with UNIDO Field Office in Pakistan & other UNIDO programmatic activities; - High level representation of PFAN to Pakistani authorities & agencies and other key stakeholders; - Trouble Shooting. Network Management & Business Development: - Synthesis and interpretation of Market Scoping; identification and prioritisation of high potential sectors within guidelines / framework set out in USAID PPSE proposal; - Senior level support of coordination and implementation of Outputs 1, 2 & 3: direct involvement in support of project initiation, initial project evaluation and prioritisation; - Development and oversight of a coherent and robust network strategy and infrastructure / framework for network advisors, network partners and investment partners, public sector and other related institutions and stakeholders; - Setting and agreement of network, project origination and project development targets (in consultation with PMU and Output Leads); - Prioritisation of network activities to meet strategic and operational targets in line with allocated resources. Investment Facilitation: - Senior level support for Output 2: direct provision and / or coordination of investment facilitation services to high profile, mission critical “buy side” and “sell side” mandates; - Establishment and development of high-level quality relationships to key larger investment institutions and institutional / multilateral actors; - Leadership, strategic and thematic guidance of investigation, development and potential establishment of envisaged Pakistan Tipping Point Fund - Identification and development of opportunities for deployment of PFAN capital market strategies / approach for transaction bundling and development of new funding instruments. General Outreach & Communications: - Guidance and oversight of the overall communications strategy for the whole Programme; - Representation of PFAN and USAID in Pakistan; - Representing PFAN / the PMU and USAID to donors and other stakeholders in the country; - Organization and implementation of PFAN events and outreach activities (including Investor Fora, Workshops, Trainings, Roadshows etc.); - Development and dissemination of appropriate collateral to support Programme Activity. Programme Administration & Reporting: - Overall responsibility for the programme’s timely provision of the required M&E inputs into the various PFAN reporting systems: Climate Invest, Sales Force, Quarterly Reports and ad hoc management and progress reports as required from time to time; - Day to day operational reports and updates to the PFAN Project Manager, Global Coordinator and USAID as required; - On-going administration and oversight of all programme and network activities.

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 level degree in economics, business administration, environmental science, engineering or other relevant discipline with exposure to climate technology and innovation is required.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of other official language(s) of the United Nations, an asset.

Computer Skills

Field of Expertise

• A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive professional experience in the field of low carbon, climate resilient projects in developing countries, preferably with experience in climate finance and business development is required. • Experience in the needs, conditions and problems in emerging markets, particularly in Pakistan is desirable. • Ability to work effectively in highly decentralized, multi-cultural teams is desirable. UNIDO eligible Professional level applicants are required to have served at least one year in their current post. Candidates from non-represented member states are encouraged to apply.

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

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