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Industrial Development Expert


  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Lebanon
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Sustainable trade and development
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-26

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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 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 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2018, 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), 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 and the Department of Energy. The Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) contributes to ISID and the implementation of the SDGs, in particular of SDG 9, by greening existing industries and products, as well as by facilitating creation of new green industries and products, and by minimizing resource use along value chains and during the lifetime of products, facilitating uptake of circular economy practices. The Department promotes the concept of circular economy, sustainable design of products with less materials, being easy to maintain and incorporating longevity, industrial resource efficiency to improve the effective use of natural resources including in particular materials and water; assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition to achieve the objectives of and compliance with multilateral environmental agreements; reduces the release of industrial pollutants into the environment; and improves sustainable access to water for productive uses. The Department encourages industrial development for economic growth that is sustainable, resource efficient, beneficial to the climate, and resilient as well as protective of the natural environment and human health, and keeps workers, communities and consumers safe. Its activities serve to improve competitiveness, as well as development of and access to markets, particularly for SMEs. The Department acts as the focal point in UNIDO for various multilateral environmental agreements and multilateral co-operation in the field of the environment: the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer; the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants; and the Minamata Convention on Mercury; as well as other relevant international initiatives and conventions such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and multilateral co-operation in initiatives like the Partnership on Action for Green Economy (PAGE) and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and the Green Industry Platform (GIP). The Department coordinates its service delivery with the services offered by other technical departments, and other relevant organizational entities of UNIDO. This position is located at Beirut, Lebanon and directly coordinated through Industrial Resource Efficiency Division (EAE/ENV/IRE) (and in cooperation with UNIDO field office in the country) which is responsible for supporting capacity development of industry, government, environmental service providers, IGOs and NGOs to scale up and mainstream the production of greener products and adoption of resource-efficient and cleaner patterns of production and circular economy policies and practices that improve profitability of industries while creating social and environmental benefits. Greening of products and industrial processes and introduction of new business models along supply and value chains, as well as the promotion of Eco-Industrial Parks are core activities. The Industrial Development Expert (L3) 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 team in the office/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.

Project/Programme Context The project entitled “Private sector transition to a green and circular economy in Lebanon” (210028), will contribute to a reform, recovery and reconstruction Framework (3RF) for Lebanon. The framework prepared by EU, WB and UN in consultation with government, donor and civil society, following the Beirut explosion in August 2020, aims building back better of Lebanese economy with promoting growth and job creation. The project funded by EU will be executed by UNIDO in collaboration with counterpart Ministry of Industry (MoI) and Ministry of Environment (MoE). Through the project, EU and UNIDO collaborate to strengthen private sector and support “Startups, Micro and Small Enterprises, including women-led enterprises, develop sustainable, socially and gender responsive green and circular economy business models”. UNIDO within the projects MED TESTII and III, contributed significantly to capacity building and identification of barriers, challenges and road map for future growth of industrial sector. Agricultural production in Lebanon is very much limited and perceiving adversity because of Climate Change (CC). Some agro-produces like citrus, grapes, olives, cereals, various other fruits and vegetables are very important resources and its efficient use and further value addition via industrial production is extremely important. Hence Food and Beverage (F&B) is priority sector for value addition and imports minimization. Energy import and power shortage has further constrained the industrial growth in the country. The overall objective of transitioning to green and circular economy, the project embraces Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology (TEST); resource efficient production and sustainable consumption following Circular Economy (C.E.) approach; capacitate for mobilizing investments and use radially available renewable energy resources for the growth of Lebanese F&B industrial sector to generate more jobs and attain Greening economy. While major scope region of such industries covered are scattered around the country, the project also encompass blast affected Beirut region and support on low cost heating alternative. A wide range of stakeholders namely from public sectors (Ministries, governmental authorities etc.), international financing as well as development organizations, private sector organizations and academia are involved to ensure effective deliverable and ownership at a national level for the transition to a green and circular economy in Lebanon.

Main Functions

The Industrial Development Expert works under the overall guidance of the Director, Department of The Department of Environment (EAE/ENV), the Chief of the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division (IRE), under the direct supervision of the Industrial Development Officer (P4) in charge of managing the project; and in close collaboration with the colleagues to support the mandate of the Division. She/he will be responsible for providing technical support to the smooth and timely execution of projects and be accountable for the achievement of project results as/if assigned. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: - Execute and monitor projects/ programme implementation activities and services, ensuring that assigned inputs are high quality, delivered on time and within the allocated budget. - Coordinate the implementation of the project and execute the tasks below: . Supervise and coordinate the work of project consultants, partners and sub-contractors. . Prepare necessary inputs (work plans, consultant job descriptions, terms of reference, training arrangements, equipment specifications, etc.). . Monitor progress and expenditures, preparing financial forecasts and budget revisions, including missions to project sites. . Prepare and participate in oversight meetings in the field and at headquarters and assists the Evaluation Group in its evaluations of projects/programmes. . Coordinate project communication and knowledge management activities. - Manage external relations by maintaining close relationships with all stakeholders involved in the project, including government institutions and international entities, locally based donor institutions, international financial institutions and regional development banks, the private sector, civil society and academia to establish collaborations and synergies. - Support advocacy, communication activities and global forum activities aimed at strengthening public relations, including the preparation of promotional materials, organization of media events, dissemination of information on the project activities through UNIDO/project website and network of UNIDO offices. - In line with the guidelines and procedures governing the technical cooperation activities of UNIDO, contribute to planning funds mobilization strategies and cooperates with other units in-house in mobilizing the funds necessary for project and programme implementation Supporting project specific and/or general fund mobilization activities of the Division. - Perform other related duties and assignments as required.

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 level degree in Environmental Management, Economics, Engineering or another field relevant to Green and Circular Economy, is required


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in or working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable. Fluency in another official language of the United Nations is an asset.

Computer Skills

Field of Expertise

- A minimum of five (5) years of experience, including some at the international level, in project coordination, particularly in the thematic areas of Resource Efficiency and Cleaner production (RECP) is required. - Experience in all phases of the Project Cycle is required. - Knowledge of transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology (TEST) methodology is desirable. - Experience evaluating needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, and in technical cooperation projects, particularly in Lebanon, is desirable. - Experiences including some at the international level, involving technical cooperation in developing countries, in the field of private sector led industrial transition to green and circular economy development is desirable. - Experience in development projects in Lebanon and/or in the region and in the area of transitioning to green entrepreneurship, MSME development and circular economy is desirable. UNIDO professional level applicants are required to have served at least one year in their current position, if applying for a higher-level position. UNIDO General Service applicants are required to be at least at the GS-5 level; to have served in their current position for at least two years; and to have served in UNIDO for at least five years.

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

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