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Trade Programme Specialist (NPSA-10)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tashkent
  • Grade: NPSA-10, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UNDP works with partners to address issues related with trade. UNDP projects Aid for Trade in Uzbekistan & CA-phase IV (2018-2023) aim to support the Government of Uzbekistan to enhance national capacities and bringing international expertise to support the country’s WTO accession process, as well as supporting an enabling environment for sustainable and job-rich growth in Uzbekistan, supporting market opportunities for more efficient and competitive producers and processors contributing to sustainable human development.
These intervention support measures include, technical assistance on preparation to the negotiation processes with the WTO Secretariat and expert groups on Uzbekistan’s WTO accession issues, policy advise on addressing the challenges related to its impact to certain industries, increasing the export potential of producers of niche green products and value chains (with focus on gender, women-led businesses), and many other activities.
The outcomes of the project will include equipping MIFT with knowledge and tools to effectively manage the WTO accession process, creation of an enabling environment for sustainable growth and facilitation of market-based solutions to increase the competitiveness of export-oriented producers.
Key partners are Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade, Agency for Promotion of Exports, Center for Economic Research, Institute for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research, Ministry of Agriculture and others.
Duties and Responsibilities
Effective Project Management and Administration
  • Ensures timely and effectively implementation of the activities described in Agreements signed between UNDP and MIFT and others;
  • Leading and overseeing the planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations;
  • Oversees procurement procedures according to UNDP Procurement Architecture, timely delivery to the country;
  • Lead the process of identification and development of data collection tools, protocols and formats for documentation and reporting and provide technical orientation and guidance to national partners;
  • Provide substantive and technical direction to the project team in planning and implementing of the activities; Regularly assesses performance of staff working under his/her supervision;
  • Coaches and guides the Programme staff to ensure delivering of results;
  • Where necessary performs Project Specialist functions in Atlas as per Delegation of Authority assigned by senior management.

Monitoring, Risk Management and Reporting

  • Daily coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the project activities, delivery progress, stock-out risk- assessment and proposed evidence-based solutions;
  • Analyses and identifies possible risks and communicates to supervisor and CO management about any possible risks, proposes solutions and works with partners to prevent and mitigate them;
  • Enlist management solutions to troubleshoot program delivery difficulties and share best practices on program operations that include but are not limited to quantification, procurement, supply and management;
  • Coordinates and undertakes quality of assurance of transfer documents, prepared by the project and signature by both parties;
  • Contributes to timely and appropriate financial and other reporting to the MIFT as per Agreement schedule;
  • Development and dissemination of knowledge products among national partners.

Partnerships and Advocacy

  • Maintains constant and effective communication with key government partners (MIFT, CERR, IFMR, etc.), Country Coordinating Mechanism and where applicable, expert teams and advocates UNDP’s value proposition;
  • Participates and contributes to the joint documents within development partners meetings, Donor Coordinating meetings, UNDAF Results Group on People & Prosperity and other UN agencies’ meeting and other international conferences, workshops, events organized in Uzbekistan, academia and private sector (if needed);
  • Conducts knowledge & experience sharing cooperation within other UNDP projects, CO and national partners;
  • Establishes and communicates with target groups, particularly focusing on women-led enterprises, producers of green niche products and exporters;
  • Preparing information/success stories and UNDP’s value proposition on trade related topics within project implementation.
Core Competencies

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results


Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results


Ability to make an independent judgement based on set criteria and benchmarks -

Ability to anticipate client's upcoming needs and concerns.

Private sector engagement

Ability to identify, conduct outreach, and manage relationships with the private sector

Facilitation of digital innovation

Ability to facilitate groups and individuals through a digital innovation process

Inclusive Growth

Economic Transformation, Policy and Planning

Inclusive Growth

Job/ Employment /Decent work Promotion

Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s degree in the field of International Trade, Economics, Finance and/or other relevant areas.
  • Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field with additional 2 years of experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.
  • Minimum 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of proven experience in development organizations and/or public institutions at national/international level.

Required Skills:

  • Experience in demonstrable project/programme management / development organization
  • Proven experience in working and collaborating with Government
  • Self-development, initiative taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork

Desired Skills:

  • Proven experience in coordination and/or implementation of the projects in the field of trade promotions is desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience in gender mainstreaming is an asset;
  • Strong leadership, managerial and coordination skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate the implementation of large multi-stakeholder projects, including financial and technical aspects.
  • Ability to effectively manage technical and administrative teams, work with a wide range of stakeholders across various sectors and at all levels, to develop durable partnerships with collaborating agencies.
  • Ability to coordinate and supervise multiple Project Implementation Units in their implementation of technical activities in partnership with a variety of stakeholder groups, including community and government.
  • Strong drafting, presentation and reporting skills.
  • Strong computer skills, in the particular mastery of all applications of the MS Office package and internet search.
  • Willingness to travel as appropriate
  • Experience in the electronic control system.


  • Good knowledge of English, fluency in Russian and Uzbek.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the direct supervision of the IG Cluster Lead and in close collaboration with relevant project partners, the Trade Programme Specialist will be responsible for the implementation of the project activities aimed.

Trade Programme Specialist will provide operational and thematic services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. Programme Specialist on trade works in close collaboration with the Government counterparts, project, operations, and Programme staff in the UNDP CO to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery, and undertake day-to- day responsibility for operational and thematic support services for the satisfactory achievement of the project component outputs.

Required Documents

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  • A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  • Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.
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