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Young Professional - Focus on Environmental Management, Engineering and/or Economics


  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Junior level - P-1, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Economics
    • Environment
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Requisition ID: 1965 
Grade : P1 
Country: Austria 
Duty Station : Vienna 
Category: Professional and Higher 
Type of job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: Staff-Full-time
Minimum Annual salary: 57,880 USD USD 
Application deadline: 30-Apr-2023  

Vacancy Announcement




The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is looking for young, dynamic and highly motivated individuals who have a dream to be of service to others through an international organization with such a mandate. Applicants shall not be more than 30 years of age at the time of their application. While technical qualifications remain the priority, UNIDO would also like to improve the diversity of our workforce and therefore welcomes for this position, female candidates from the following countries: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gabon, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iraq, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Yemen.


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 SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET) is responsible for developing, based on existing and to-be-developed capacities and service modules, innovative services aimed at strengthening the existing technical cooperation portfolio to meet the current global challenges and attract more funding and new donors, as well as engaging in more and new partnerships with Member States, development partners and the private sector. The Directorate also ensures internal coordination and integration of technical cooperation services at UNIDO and monitoring of the quality and impact thereof.


The Directorate houses the Divisions of Coordination and Integration Support (IET/CIS), Quality, Impact and Accountability (IET/QUA), Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development (IET/AGR), Innovative Finance and International Financial Institutions (IET/IFI), Fair Production, Sustainability Standards and Trade (IET/PST), Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and Climate and Technology Partnerships (CTP). The Directorate also ensures close coordination and collaboration among the Divisions and relevant entities in the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO) and the Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS).


The position is located under the Division of Climate and Technology Partnerships (IET/CTP). The focus of the Division of Climate and Technology Partnerships (IET/CTP) is to identify, design, negotiate and coordinate innovative partnerships and support the elaboration and initiation of joint technical cooperation programmes and actions. The Division coordinates UNIDO’s Global Partnership for Hydrogen in Industry and its related green hydrogen programme; and represents UNIDO in relevant high-level policy discussions and fora. Furthermore, the Division facilitates knowledge management and exchange, supports UNIDO’s global forum activities associated to climate and technology innovation.


The Young Professional is expected to: (a) deliver work requiring basic conceptual comprehension; (b) assist in creating an enabling environment for supportive exposure and growth; (c) assist in building relationships which contribute to information acquisition and (d) achieve results that provide basic substantive baselines. He/she will work under the overall guidance of the Chief of CTP. The work plan will be prepared jointly by the direct supervisor, Director/Chief and the YPO, and will be updated periodically. Guidance will be provided on daily work outputs which are monitored against tasks assigned and actually achieved. 


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 and colleagues, within as well as outside the unit. Within the formal teams, the incumbent may be expected to backstop other team members as required.


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.


II.    Main Responsibilities


Programme Development:  Proposes and contributes to the development and formulation and fundraising for technical cooperation projects/programmes in the area of climate and technology partnerships in line with the guidelines and procedures governing the delivery of UNIDO services, and obtains internal approval.


Programme Implementation: Participates in gathering data, analysing information, tracking status and rectifying actions related to ongoing projects and in the provision of projects/programme implementation services ensuring that assigned inputs are delivered on time at the right level of quality and within the allocated budget. Therefore, assists in the preparation of the necessary inputs (consultant job descriptions, terms of reference, training arrangements, equipment specifications, etc.), monitors progress in implementation, including missions to the project site, takes part in oversight meetings in the field and at headquarters, and assists the Evaluation Group in its evaluations of projects/programmes. Compiles information and data relevant to further develop UNIDO’s Climate and Technology Partnerships, among others, related to global voluntary carbon markets and mechanisms.


Funds Mobilization: Cooperates with other divisions in-house in mobilizing the funds necessary for project and programme implementation.


Global Forum Function: Cooperates with team members to organize and run UNIDO global forum activities (conferences, seminars, expert group meetings, etc.). Contributes to the preparation of technical papers or other inputs for external seminars, conferences, expert group meetings, etc. Prepares UNIDO publications and other information dissemination aids and tools. Keeps abreast of technical and economic developments in the area of specialization of the Branch, through close contacts with specialized institutions and industry representatives, following the technical press, market developments and trends.


Other Special Projects: Performs other special projects and assignments as required by the office and also beneficial for the development of the experience of the Assistant Industrial Development Officer.


III.    Core Values and 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.


IV.       Minimum Organizational Requirements 


Advanced university degree in Environmental Management, Engineering, Economics or other field relevant to UNIDO’s mandate, is required



  • A minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience is required. Work experience involving technical cooperation in developing countries, is desirable; 
  • Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, is desirable;
  • Experience in all phases of the Project Cycle, is desirable;
  • Expertise in climate technologies, policies and/or systems as well as voluntary carbon markets and mechanisms gained through studies or through work in the public or private sector is required


Language Skills: 
Fluency in written and spoken English and excellent drafting skills are required. Fluency in or working knowledge of other official language(s) of the United Nations is desirable.


NOTE: UNIDO professional level applicants are required to have served at least one year in their current position, if applying for a higher-level position. However, the seniority-in-grade requirements for applying for higher level positions, as per paragraphs 18 and 78 of the HRMF, have been waived.


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.


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.


Visit the UNIDO web site for details on how to apply:

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


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