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Project Associate


  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

​​Requisition ID: 2988 
Grade: ISA-Junior Specialist 
Country: Austria 
Duty Station: Vienna 
Category: International Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: Internal/External
Employment Type: Non-staff Regular

Contract Duration: 2 1/2 months (with the possibility of extension)
Application Deadline: 12-Oct-2023, 11:59 PM (CEST)  


Vacancy Announcement
Female candidates are 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.


The Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS), headed by a Managing Director, oversees the Organization's development of capacities for industrial development as well as industrial policy advice, statistics and research activities and the Organization's normative contribution to Member States and global development community in achieving the SDGs. The Directorate also ensures the application of strategies and interventions for sustainable industrial development related to Environment, Energy, SMEs, Competitiveness and Job creation, as well as Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence. Through coordination in-house and with Member States and industry stakeholders, it ensures that the services provided in these areas contribute toward effective and appropriate technical, business and policy solutions and are focused on results and on realizing any potential for scaling up and positioning UNIDO as a leading platform for industrial development in developing countries and global fora. 

The Directorate houses the technical Divisions of Capacity Development and Industrial Policy Advice (TCS/CAP); Circular Economy and Chemicals Management (TCS/CCM); Decarbonization and Sustainable Energy (TCS/DSE); Montreal Protocol (TCS/MPD); SMEs, Competitiveness and Job Creation (TCS/SME); and Digital Transformation and AI Strategies (TCS/DAS). The Directorate also ensures close coordination and collaboration among the Divisions as well as with relevant entities in the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO) and the Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET). 

The Division of Circular Economy and Chemicals Management (TCS/CCM) contributes to greener and more circular industries and products by minimizing both resource use along value chains and the emission of pollutants to the environment. The Division promotes just transitions to circular economies, reduced release of pollutants into the environment and other green industrial and economic approaches to help Member States to grow economically while simultaneously addressing the three planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. It does so by supporting resource efficiency increases in the manufacturing and use of products along value chains and during the life cycle of the product; by reducing or eliminating the emission of non-fuel-related greenhouse gas emissions; and by assisting in achieving the objectives of and compliance with multilateral environmental agreements. In doing so, its activities further improve competitiveness, as well as the development of and access to markets, particularly for SMEs. This contributes to climate-neutral, resilient, pollution-free industrial development, supporting co-existence that is in harmony with nature.


This position is located under the Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Unit which  is responsible for supporting capacity development to scale up and mainstream the production of sustainable products and adoption of circular and resource-efficient cleaner patterns of consumption and production along value chains, circular economy policies, programmes and practices, including circular business models that improve the profitability of industries while creating social and environmental benefits. In addition, it promotes nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based approaches for inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) that support the co-existence of industries in harmony with nature. In addition, it facilitates the design of sustainable products made with fewer materials, with greater durability, reliability, reparability, reusability and recyclability, and supports the deployment of new business models that improve environmental performance.





The European Union for Environment (EU4Environment) (SAP ID: 170223) initiative aims to bring a higher level of environmental well-being for citizens in the Eastern Neighborhood while also enabling the partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) to grasp opportunities of greener economic growth and preservation of their natural capital. The EU4Enviroment Programme is to be managed and implemented jointly by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), World Bank Group (WBG), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in close cooperation with the donor, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). Further information on the project can be found on the UNIDO Open Data platform at: of the Project Associate’s effort


The project Support to GACERE (SAP ID: 210243) is implemented in order to support the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE), which is an alliance of governments at global level, supported by stakeholders, willing to work together on and advocate for a global just circular economy transition and a more sustainable management of natural resources (material resources included), at the political level and in multilateral fora. Bringing together governments and relevant networks and organisations, the Global Alliance for Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE) will provide the global impetus for initiatives related to the circular economy transition, resource efficiency and  sustainable consumption and production, building on efforts being deployed internationally by countries, as well as international and regional organisations, including the European Union (EU), and in fora such as the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency and the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue. This project, implemented through a joint EU-UNEP-UNIDO partnership, will be delivered on a global level. Further information on the project can be found on the UNIDO Open Data platform at: of the Project Associate’s effort




Under the supervision of the Project Manager, and working with the project team, applies basic theoretical knowledge and administrative skills in supporting and in acquiring a broad understanding of the interrelated administrative and programme/project functions contributing to technical cooperation activities in a particular sector, geographical area or programme/project. The incumbent shall carry out following main duties.


  • Compile general background information from readily available sources, on economic and social factors for an assigned sector, area, country or programme/project: design and draft supporting flow charts, schedules, graphs and tables; coordinate the collection and verification of documents, actions and data with substantive or support units, assemble and edit basic data required for planning and negotiation, in format dictated by agenda or supervisor's instructions, check project documents for clarity, consistency and completeness;


  • Describe progress of ongoing project/s, investigate designated project activities, discuss findings with supervisor to identify implications for the work of the project unit, discuss rationale and context of project activities, consider the alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and problem resolution;


  • Maintain institutional memories or other documentation systems to record project/programme, history and ongoing activities;


  • Assist in monitoring exercises related to the project execution, retrieve substantive information on status of project, outcome, output, key performance indicators (KPIs), risks, etc. from the SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) module;


  • Draft reports, ad-hoc assignments and research activities, as required;


  • Arrange briefings, tours, and related activities for visitors, missions and fellowship holders.



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


Technical and Functional Experience:

At least one (1) year of work experience in area relevant for the recruiting office, including practical application of the context of technical cooperation activities is required.  Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, is desirable.


Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language, particularly French or Spanish is desirable. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another EaP countries’ 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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