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Project Administrator


  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-14

​​Requisition ID: 1126 
Grade: ISA-Junior Specialist 
Country: Austria 
Duty Station: Vienna 
Category: International Consultant 
Type of job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular

Duration of Contract: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Application deadline: 14-Oct-2022  


Vacancy Announcement
Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.




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.


This position is located under the Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (ODG/OSC), which leads, promotes, coordinates and supports UNIDO’s South-South and Triangular Cooperation, under the overall direction of the Director General and the Chief of Cabinet, and closely coordinates its work with other organizational entities, especially Office of Strategic Planning, Coordination and Quality Monitoring (ODG/SPQ), Department of External Relations (EPR/ETR) and the Directorate of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Coordination (PFC).





Enhance UNIDO’s South-South and triangular industrial cooperation services to strengthen industrial partnerships among countries of the Global South.


The project aims at supporting the inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) of UNIDO’s Member States in the Global South by providing enhanced services in the areas of South-South and Triangular Industrial Cooperation (SSTIC). The project will further enhance UNIDO’s ability to facilitate partnerships, provide timely responses to Member States’ requests and act as a focal point for sharing adequate solutions for industrial development challenges among countries in the Global South. Further, the project will aim to scale up resource mobilization efforts and explore possibilities for private sector engagement, South-South financing for industrial projects as well as sharing solutions to mitigate the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic among UNIDO’s Member States in the Global South. These activities will be undertaken with the overarching aim of enabling further South-South and triangular partnerships around Southern solutions for industrial development for the achievement of SDG 9.


The purpose of this project is to enhance and scale up UNIDO’s efforts in the area of SSTIC and to support cooperation among its Southern Member States in an evolving Global development landscape.





The incumbent will perform the duties under the overall guidance of the Director, ODG/OSC and under the direct supervision of of the Project Manager, and will be working closely with the project team. The incumbent will administer elements of technical cooperation programme or specific project/s of limited complexity and execute technical cooperation programmes and activities. Main duties are:


  • Select, organize and summarize background information to describe the overall context and background relevant to a project or a sector of technical cooperation activities in a country, assess the local context for the planning and administration of individual technical cooperation projects;


  • Analyze and interpret project background history and documentation; identify, reconstruct and document significant project events, decisions and deviations;


  • Draft sections of project documents such as project background and justification;


  • Inform experts, consultants and other project participants about logistical arrangements and internal procedures for monitoring and reporting in terms of the immediate objectives of specific projects;


  • Monitor specific aspects of project execution and identify problems and proposing that actions be taken to expedite delivery of inputs;


  • Draft comments on designated aspects of project progress as an input to programme monitoring;


  • Draft project revisions, including adjusting individual project budgets, on the basis of changed work plans.





Education: Advanced university degree in engineering, sciences, economics, business administration, international relations or other relevant discipline is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:

At least three (3) years of professional experience in industrial development or economic cooperation is required.

Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries is desirable.

Specific experience in project-cycle management and M&E is required. Experience in South-South and Triangular Cooperation projects is desirable.


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





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.



This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside.
Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.


All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System. Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependents, under the procedures established by the Director General.


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NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.
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