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National Project Coordinator

Dar es Salaam

  • Organization: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Location: Dar es Salaam
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

​Requisition ID: 2842 
Grade: SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior) 
Country: Tanzania, united republic of 
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam 
Category: National Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Application deadline: 19-Oct-2023, 11:59 PM (CEST)  


Vacancy Announcement
Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered eligible.
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) under the overall direction of the Director General, and in close collaboration with all relevant organizational entities within UNIDO, 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, Industrial Policy Advice and Statistics (TCS/CPS); Circular Economy and Environmental Protection (TCS/CEP); Decarbonization and Sustainable Energy (TCS/DSE); 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 Decarbonization and Sustainable Energy (TCS/DSE) under the supervision of the Managing Director of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS), and in close coordination with other organizational entities within UNIDO, assists Member States in the transition to a sustainable energy future through the application of renewable energy solutions for productive uses, adoption of the efficient concepts of energy use by industry and the introduction of low-carbon technologies and processes. In transitioning to a sustainable energy future, the challenges of addressing energy poverty and climate change are an integral part of the Division's activities, as is the dissemination of relevant knowledge and technologies and paths to plan, manage and finance the energy transition. It collaborates closely on relevant and converging issues with the Climate and Technology Partnerships Division (IET/CTP) and analytical and strategic matters with TCS/CPS and ODG/SPU. 

This position is located under the Climate Technologies Innovation Unit (TCS/DSE/CTI) which is responsible for supporting Member States with access to and uptake of low-carbon, climate-friendly and clean energy technologies and innovations promoting those among firms and entrepreneurs. In addition, the Unit is responsible, in close collaboration with other relevant entities in the Organization, for facilitating the transfer of and establishing markets for low-carbon technologies, ensuring wide use by industry and local communities, thereby contributing to climate mitigation and resilience in recipient countries. The Unit positions UNIDO strategically in the global cleantech innovation support and coordinates partnerships with the technology mechanism of the UNFCCC.




SAP ID: 140077

Project Title: Promotion of waste-to-energy (WTE) applications in agro-industries of Tanzania

WBS: 140077-1-02-01; Grant: 200002990


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is implementing a project under the GEF-5 cycle titled “Promotion of waste-to-energy (WTE) applications in agro-industries of Tanzania” aimed at promoting WTE technologies for electricity generation in agro-industries since May 2014. It will reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions resulting from the use of traditional energy and fossil fuel sources in the agro-industries. Tanzania possesses substantial proven technical potential for generating power using WTE particularly in agro-industries. The potential for WTE accounts for about 667MW, of which, only around 21 MW has been developed so far. Wide development of WTE power plant has not been realized, despite its potential and available opportunities. This is due to various reasons including lack of information on potential resources and existing projects, public awareness and participation, knowledge, technology and skill availability, business skills for development and implementation of WTE projects, strong institutional support, private sector participation and local technical capacity for sustainable O&M.

Recently, the project received its final extension for another two years (until October 2025). The new project management team will be tasked to complete the project outcomes that have yet to be implemented which would contribute towards the establishment of a platform for the development of WTE in the country. The project management team will focus on following project outcomes:


  1. Improved human and institutional capacity for continuous development of WTE projects and collaborate with ESAMI to organize WTE training courses for national stakeholders including policymakers, project developers, academia and R&D institutions;


  1. WTE demonstration projects on a private- public partnership (PPP) basis for a cumulative 6.8MWe capacity with the necessary success factors in place; and


  1. Favourably investment environment through creation of incentive scheme/soft loan facility leading to replication of at least 15 MW.


The project is expected to build necessary human and institutional capacities at all levels in order to achieve the expected outputs In the above context, a National Project Coordinator is being recruited to assist with the execution of the ongoing GEF-5 project and identify as well as develop new project opportunities in Tanzania. The NPC, based in Dar-es-Salam, will manage the day-to-day activities of the project management unit (PMU), property and staff, liaise with all stakeholders, and take a proactive role in execution and in new project developments. He/she shall also be responsible for prompt and regular reporting to HQ and the PSC on a monthly basis and update the work plan whenever necessary.




Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager in HQ and close cooperation project team in the field and HQ, the National Project Coordinator will be responsible for the overall coordination/implementation, monitoring/evaluation and reporting of the project.   Specifically, the Project Coordinator will perform the following duties:








Outputs to be achieved

Project Coordination and Implementation


Advise the Project Manager on preparing detailed work plan and budget, design monitoring and evaluation tool for the project activities;


Coordinate the execution of all activities leading to the successful implementation of the project in the country, including implementation, quality control and monitoring of all project activities in the country;


Liaise with government counterparts, provide regular updates, financial reports and troubleshot problems as required;


Attend key meetings related to the project and act as the focal point of the project at national level;


Organize and conduct briefings and debriefings on projects for the country, sub regional aspects, resources and development towards maximizing project performance level;


Coordinate the preparation of ToRs for recruitment of international and national project consultants and contractors;


Supervise the work of the local project team assigned to work on the project and/or to perform ad-hoc activities;


Coordinate the preparation of technical requirements/technical specifications for procurement, including designing of technical requirements, elaboration of relevant questions from tenders, evaluations, etc. ensuring compliance with the relevant UNIDO administrative rules and policies;


Take project initiatives to enhance the success of the programme including partnerships opportunities with private sectors;


Maintain close links with other private sector development initiatives to ensure a consistent and integrated approach;


Coordinate with ESAMI and Arusha Technical College to organize capacity building, workshops, trainings and knowledge management activities.




Project activities, implemented in close collaboration with national counterparts at a high standard and with results- based approach.


Procurement approaches streamlined and according to UNIDO rules and regulations; Tender documents are of high quality and prepared in a timely manner.


National experts guided and empowered so as to produce high quality project outputs and deliverables.


National experts guided and empowered so as to produce high quality project outputs and deliverables.


Procurement approaches streamlined and according to UNIDO rules and regulations; Tender documents are of high quality and prepared in a timely manner.



Effective partnership maintained.



Workshops and trainings conducted (with ESAMI and Arusha Technical College).

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting


Provide inputs for strategic advice in the elaboration of the operational planning and monitoring system for the project;


Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation for the activities of the project using appropriate tools with output verifiable indicators;


Execute the administrative and financial monitoring of the project and its activities;


Coordinate the preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual reporting for the programme according to donor specifications and UNIDO requirements;

Support the preparation of steering committee meetings (SCs) and provides relevant documentation, including reporting, drafting TORs of the Steering Committee based on UNIDO templates and if required act as Secretary of the PSC;


Coordinate the preparation of a final report at the end of the contract comprising all relevant information compiled from the interim reports, conclusions and recommendations;


Lead the coordination and preparation of steering committee meetings (SCs), including preparing ToRs;


Provide regular reports for review by counterparts and Project Manager in HQ:

  1. Monthly monitoring report
  2. Annual Project Information Reports(PIR).



Project monitoring framework drafted. Project log frame revised. Project reporting templates drawn up.




Reports are prepared and submitted as agreed and planned.



Final report prepared and submitted to the PM.




ToRs prepared, the SCs meetings run smoothly.


Meeting minutes template filled in and sent to PMs

following every meeting

(including phone calls

or web based)

Effective liaison with government counterpart established.





Monthly progress reports and PIRs timely submitted.


External Relations


Maintain networks and partnerships with national institutions, private sector, UN project partners;


Coordinate the dissemination of project knowledge to the wider public by proposing examples of best practices and success stories, as well as replicable strategies and approaches.




Partnerships with project partners are strengthened.


Communications strategy completed and success stories and lessons learned disseminated through identified appropriate media.

Final phase


Prepare a consolidated final report of the programme/project in close consultation with all the stakeholders and submit to UNIDO by the end of the programme/project. 




Final report produced.




Education: Advanced university degree in engineering, sciences, economics, business administration, international relations or other relevant discipline with specialization in renewable energy technologies and systems or any other relevant subjects is requiredA first level university degree or an advanced technical college diploma may be acceptable provided it is combined with a substantial number of years or professional hands-on experience that is directly relevant to the expertise required by the specific assignment.


Technical and Functional Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in coordinating the implementation of development/technical cooperation programmes/projects at national level, is required.
  • Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems of the country or similar country in the region is required.
  • Experience in renewable energy technologies is required.
  • Experience/knowledge of other development agencies donor communities, private sectors, government and relevant institutions in the country, or similar country in the region is desirable.
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to research and analyse information independently and recommend solutions is required.
  • Substantive knowledge of energy development issues in the region, especially Tanzania, is required.
  • Thorough understanding of socio-economic and political situation in Tanzania is required.
  • Very good rapport with relevant government agencies including Ministry of Energy and Minerals and/or GEF operational focal point is desirable.


Languages Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of the local 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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