Title:  National Investment Promotion Country Coordinator

​Requisition ID: 1690 
Grade: SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior) 
Country: Ghana 
Duty Station: Accra 
Category: National Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: Non-staff, Regular
Application deadline: 09-Feb-2023  


Vacancy Announcement

Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered eligible. 
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.


The Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET), headed by a Managing Director, is responsible for the development of innovative UNIDO services in the areas of agro-industry and agribusiness, sustainability standards and fair production, and climate-relevant or climate-improving technologies. It is also, in collaboration with ODG, responsible for developing innovative technical cooperation concepts, identifying new sources and means of finance and entering into new partnerships with a broad range of relevant stakeholders.


The Division of Fair Production, Sustainability Standards and Trade (IET/PST) develops and implements an innovative service package in response to UNIDO's mandate for fair and responsible local industrial production and trade with a particular focus on building the required skills and capacities and foster a conducive business operating environment to ensure that such production and trade are as inclusive as possible, promoting – among others – the development of human capital through vocational training and industrial skills development.


The Sustainability Standards and Responsible Business Unit (IET/PST/SSB) fosters the uptake of sustainability standards in Member States across local, regional and global value supply chains. To this end, it induces responsible investments into sustainable value chains working with multinational corporation (MNC) networks and other platforms such as the UNGC, UNPRI and others to advance socially-minded, gender-responsive and responsible business.


The Unit supports Member States in establishing robust empirical systems and norms at the country and regional level to monitor the contribution of value chains to economic, social and environmental sustainability standards and advances cooperation between firms, institutions and policy actors to advance required reforms. The Unit also supports the transition of public and private procurement and consumption patterns to become greener and more socially balanced and incentivizes supply chains to become investment ready.





The Project (No. 170049) represents the meso-level component of a larger Programme “Supporting business-friendly and inclusive national and regional policies, and strengthening productive capabilities and value chains”. UNIDO implements the meso-level in close synergy and coordination with two other implementing partners, the World Bank Group and the International Trade Centre (ITC). The World Bank Group is addressing the policy and investment climate reform dimensions of the Programme (the macro-level) whereas ITC works at the micro-level to upgrade small-call private sector actors in defined value chains. The meso-level component feeds into and receives information from the macro and the micro-levels thereby augmenting the overall impact of the intervention.


At the meso-level, the Project focuses on institutional capacity building of investment promotion institutions (IPAs) and, more specifically, national-level Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs). Capacity building aims at strengthening investment promotion capabilities, business support programmes, marketing, monitoring, and partnerships for better, coordinated and more encompassing investment promotion efforts.


Based on a robust empirical foundation of FDI firm-level investor data, which is being collected/updated throughout the Project, IPIs are better able to monitor FDI and its various impact channels necessary to achieve country- and regional-level Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Concurrently, investment project opportunities are being identified and promoted to potential foreign direct investors. Investment promotion efforts will also leverage UNIDO’s Networks such as the Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Networks and the Network of Subcontracting and Partnership Exchange (SPX) Centres[1].


At the outset, the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), the European Union and the three implementing agencies, agreed on the priority value chains and countries to be targeted in the programme. In terms of value chains, the programme will target coffee (especially Robusta-type coffee); coconut; cotton and its downstream products (lint, yarn, fabric); kava (as complementary crop for coconut in the Pacific region) and cocoa (as complementary crop for coconut in the Caribbean region).


In addition to these value chains, the meso and macro-level interventions are also covering other economic sectors in line with the economic development visions of the intervention countries. In terms of country coverage, UNIDO is working in the following eight countries: Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Papua New-Guinea, Senegal and Zambia.


The project’s implementation phase is ongoing based on a work plan tenable for 2022 approved by the Project Steering Committee in March 2022 and its related implementation progress to be discussed in the upcoming Semi-Annual meeting planned in November 2022. Work in Ghana will continue to focus on interventions pertaining to Workstreams 1.1: Collecting and analyzing firm-level data on FDI structure, performance, impact and perceptions, and Workstream 2.2: Investment opportunity development and targeting, respectively.


Programme implementation is being undertaken in collaboration with investment promotion institutions in the country, including the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) as well as the Delegation to the European Union in Ghana.  Up to Q3 2022, UNIDO continued to work with GIPC and CFG relative to the implementation of project related activities within Workstream 1.1 Business Directory development and Workstream 2.2 Investment Opportunity Profiling, respectively.


Implementation on both workstreams and related activities (primarily in terms of data uploading on UNIDO Digital Investment Profiling System) is expected to dovetail in the planning of investor survey interventions starting end 2022. During the forthcoming period, more focus is expected on work undertaken with the EUD and further engagement with other investment promotion institutions and stakeholders, including potential investors, to collaborate in investment monitoring and investment promotion and targeting actions (Workstream 1.1 and Workstream 2.2).


Furthermore, complementary actions with WACOMP programme and the EU-funded Investment Promotion, Business Linkages & Export Development Project will be pursued. A proposed collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the establishment of a Subcontracting Partnership Exchange office will be pursued. In addition, joint work between UNIDO and ITC is expected to continue supporting coffee and cocoa value chain sector operators.




The consultant will report to and is expected to regularly interact with the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of the Programme who oversees the work of the Programme Management Unit (PMU) at UNIDO HQs in Vienna, Austria. On issues of strategic importance, he/she may, under certain circumstances, also report to or work directly with the Lead Project Manager based at UNIDO HQs.


He/she also works under the supervision of the UNIDO representative office in the country and is thus expected to seek continuous alignment of his/her work with the pertinent UNIDO work streams at the country level. Furthermore, the Consultant is expected to support the project implementation in the country including the attainment of project objectives, delivery of workstreams, activities and sub-activities and expected outputs.


He/she is required to send weekly and monthly reports about the performed and ongoing work. Besides, the Consultant is expected to provide inputs when country-level reports must be integrated into overall project wide progress reports.


The general tasks of the “National Investment Promotion Country Coordinator” consist of the following:


  • Coordinate local counterparts and ensure that the roles and responsibilities as defined in existing work programmes, job descriptions, agreements are adhered to in a timely manner and with sufficient focus on output quality;


  • Hold frequent meetings with the implementing partners and project beneficiaries at the country level;


  • Interact frequently with EU Delegation in the country as well as with other focal points of the micro and macro-level Programme pillars and ACP country-level focal points;


  • Support the CTA in the planning and organizing of capacity building interventions, workshops and conferences;


  • Ensure constant and timely reporting to UNIDO HQs.


The specific tasks of the role will include the following:


  • Support the CTA and Lead Project Manager in the overall country planning, reporting and management of the project, including the development of the country work plan and its periodic monitoring to determine the achieved progress;


  • Facilitate all aspects of the project implementation phases, including the collection of information and relevant data about the subject matter, the undertaking of desk research on matters pertaining to investment promotion and investment mobilization activity in the country and undertaking the required direct liaising with investment promotion stakeholders in the country;


  • Support and manage investment promotion capacity building activities in the country including in areas of event preparation and implementation;


  • Linked to the follow-up of capacity building, actively support IPIs in their delivery of project service-subcontract commitments and facilitate UNIDO HQ and national counterparts linkages related to the same. Such expected support includes direct practical assistance to project counterparts in the delivery of activities foreseen in the various project workstreams, including, the FDI survey interventions (Workstream 1.1) and the compilation and uploading of investment opportunity profiles (Workstream 2.2);


  • Facilitate the work of other Individual Service Agreement (ISA) holders and subcontractors assigned for the activities of the project and provide technical review and inputs to reports thus ensuring the compliance with the needs of beneficiaries and the donor;


  • Contribute to the preparation of promotional material (brochures, newsletter, advertisements, press releases, presentations, etc.) as per EU’s Visibility and Communication Requirements in order to create awareness, visibility, and publicize project results; prepare/compile background materials or data from different sources (Internet, Intranet or other publications) as required for missions, meetings and preparation of reports of the Programme;


  • Undertake other reporting and ad-hoc assignments, including:
    • Provision of periodic and/or ad hoc inputs to Monitoring and Evaluation framework reporting as well as technical reports and assessments undertaken on implemented investment promotion work linked to the project objectives and activities;


    • Support the CTA and the Lead Project Manager in the drafting and fine-tuning of the country level sections of progress reports and other ad hoc reporting requirements, based on the gathering of relevant data and information pertaining to ongoing and/or upcoming project activities implemented directly by UNIDO or by various project stakeholders;


    • Support the CTA, PMU members and UNIDO HQ in general, in the development of draft documents, presentations, official correspondence and press releases etc. as required during the course of the project implementation. Similarly, support the preparation of ad-hoc programme reports upon request of UNIDO, the Donor, and any other project counterpart;


    • Fulfill any other assignment requested by the CTA or Lead Project Manager dealing with other project related tasks including those linked to UNIDO Country programmatic frameworks and any other task assigned by the UNIDO Country Representatives in agreement with the Lead Project Manager;


    • Facilitate and support project technical missions to the country undertaken by the Lead Project Manager, the CTA and other UNIDO Experts;




Education: Advanced university degree in Economics, Business Management, Political Science, Engineering, International Studies or other relevant discipline, ideally with a specialization in Project Management, or Private Sector Development.


Technical and Functional Experience:

A minimum of 5 years practical experience in the field of Project Management and/or Enterprise Creation and Development. Experience at the international level, involving technical cooperation in developing countries, would be desirable.


Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language desirable.


Core values:
1. WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.

2. WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible


3. WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.

Core competencies:
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

4. 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.


[1] The Project Document can be found under: https://open.unido.org/api/documents/13311469/download/EU%20Delegation%20agreement_%20ACP_170049.pdf

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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