Partner Expert

What is the Partner Experts Programme?

Partner Experts (PEs) are qualified experts who are provided to UNIDO under bilateral agreements between partner institutions and UNIDO at no direct cost to UNIDO. The programme aims to expand our partnership with member states, donors and partner institutions in contributing valuable human capital to the Organization. The programme offers challenging projects and assignments in different areas of UNIDO’s activities.

Impact for Sponsors

The PE Programme gives donor Member States or partner institutions a unique opportunity to sponsor their qualified experts to gain valuable international experience working in UNIDO. PEs would be in a position to promote specific projects in the global development sector which are mutually beneficial to both parties. It is also envisioned that PEs are highly qualified subject-matter experts who can share their expertise with a wider audience as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities. UNIDO highly values its partnerships with member states, donors and partner institutions sponsoring PEs.

Key impact for Partner Experts

  • Opportunity to collaborate with peers in the field of international development cooperation and management and promote specific mutually beneficial projects in the global development sector;
  • Working in a diverse and multi-cultural environment;
  • Being exposed to the work of specialized organizations of the United Nations;
  • Become part of UNIDO’s resource pool of talents;
  • PEs are trusted to provide specialized professional input in the areas of UNIDO's business.

General requirements

Education Experience Languages
Advanced university degree in a relevant field Relevant work experience required for the specific assignment. Fluency in English. Working knowledge of another UN official language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) is highly desirable.
PhD is considered an asset.
In certain specialized technical areas of expertise, a first level university degree or an advanced technical college diploma may be acceptable provided it is combined with a substantial number of years of professional hands-on experience that is directly relevant to the expertise required for the specific assignment.

What is the programme's duration?

The duration of a PE assignment is for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 24 months. PEs shall have a relationship to UNIDO as an independent contractor and are thus not staff members of UNIDO. Their relationship to UNIDO is established by an individual service agreement. The sponsoring entity provides the full range of the PE’s remuneration, entitlements including their social security and travel to and from their country to the duty station.

How can a PE Donor Agreement be secured?

A sponsoring entity wishing to participate in the PE programme shall conclude a Memorandum of Agreement with UNIDO. For further information please email:

Download the UNIDO PE Programme Brochure

Other Resources:

PE Agreement Template
Framework for the PE Programme