Title:  LDC Coordinator

​​Requisition ID: 4123 
Grade: ISA-Specialist 
Country: Home Based 
Duty Station: Home Based 
Category: International Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: External
Employment Type: NonStaff-When Act. Employed
Contract Duration: 252 working days over the period of one year

Application Deadline: 25-Jul-2024, 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 Divisions/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 Energy Systems and Industrial Decarbonization Unit (TCS/DSE/ESD) which focuses on promoting sustainable energy solutions and infrastructure for industrial development. It promotes industrial decarbonization through crosscutting solutions, such as optimized energy management systems and the deployment of renewable energy technologies. Bringing together the supply and demand side for disruptive energy solutions, both technical and business related, the Unit fosters transformative change on the system level driven by the convergence of key technologies such as distributed generation, digitization and storage. The Unit is also responsible for coordinating dialogues and partnerships at national, regional and global levels to promote disruptive energy solutions and shape policy change for this. Finally, the Unit positions UNIDO strategically in the global energy and climate change forums and coordinates the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres and related partnerships.




PROJECT TITLE: Strengthening Engagement and Action by the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group on Climate Change - GEF ID 10994 - SAP ID 220042

Further information on the LDC project is available at: https://open.unido.org/projects/M0/projects/220042


UNIDO is implementing the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded projects “Strengthening Engagement and Action by the Least Developed Countries Group on Climate Change” (GEF ID 10994 - SAP ID 220042) in collaboration with Climate Analytics (CA) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). The project seeks to strengthen the institutional structures of the LDC Group on Climate Change, enabling them to enhance their participation and advocacy for LDC positions on climate change adaptation and mitigation in UNFCCC processes and the translation of relevant decisions into concrete actions on the ground in LDC countries. One major outcome of the UNIDO project is the formal establishment, legalization and operationalization of the permanent secretariat of the LDC Group.


The Least Developed Countries (LDs)

The Least Developed Countries (LDs) are forty-four (44) nations representing over one billion people across Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean, which contribute the least to climate change, yet disproportionately suffer from its ever-increasing impacts. The LDC Group on Climate Change, united behind a shared common interest and circumstances, have been negotiating as a Group in the UNFCCC process since 2001, to ensure their voices are heard and their priorities are reflected in the final negotiation outcomes. They work together on progressive climate actions that align with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement of limiting the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience, and making financial flows consistent with low greenhouse gas emissions pathway.  


The Chair of the LDC Group under UNFCCC rotates among three regions – Francophone and Lusophone Africa, Anglophone Africa, and Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean regions. The Republic of Malawi is the chair of the LDC Group for the period 2024-2025.  

Several critical challenges hinder the effective operation of the LDC Group on Climate Change. These challenges span a diverse area including the day-to-day operational management, institutional set-up, coordination, and financial management. As highlighted in the Group’s five-year strategy, addressing these challenges is pivotal to help enhance the sustainability and more coordinated efforts of the Group.


The establishment of a Permanent Secretariat has emerged as a transformative opportunity to optimize operations, distribute tasks, and fortify the Group's international engagement, building on the existing foundation for sustained and impactful climate action. 



Highly recommended by the LDC Charter and aiming to strengthen the institutional structures of the LDC group, the establishment of a permanent secretariat for the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group holds immense importance in addressing the unique challenges faced by these countries. The secretariat will provide a centralized hub for coordinating and advancing the LDC Group's efforts in climate change negotiations across all thematic areas, as well as support implementation of climate actions at the national levels.  


Given the importance of the permanent secretariat, the GEF 7 project is recruiting a Coordinator to support the LDC Group on Climate Chage to the effectively establish its Permanent Secretariat, and to provide support to the Chair and the Group on various key activities.  The main objectives are to support:

  • the effective establishment of the Permanent Secretariat and obtainment of the legal status;
  • to monitor the activities of the LDC initiatives and projects and create synergies among them;
  • Support the day-to-day work of the LDC Group ensuring knowledge management and effective coordination among the Group’s members;
  • The Group’s activities towards and within the UNFCCC;
  • Logistical activities related to key events such as the LDC Ministerial and Strategic Meetings.




Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the LDC Chair on Climate Change, and close cooperation with the LDC Group on Climate Change, the project team in the HQ and field location, the expert will be responsible for the performance of the following main duties:




Measurable outputs to be achieved

Expected duration

(if WAE)

Establishment of the Permanent Secretariat  and obtainment of the Legal status

  • Support the Group to obtain a legal status as per decisions of the LDC Ministerial in consultation with the Chair, LDC GEF 7 project and the key partners
  • Undertake trainings on procurement,  fiduciary requirements, travel, HR and other key activities to run the Secretariat 
  • Lead the development of key standard documents of the Secretariat (procurement, finance, budget, HR, travel, workplan, etc.) 
  • Support the implementation of the knowledge management system  
  • Support the fundraising work for the permanent secretariat and the LDC Group  
  • Coordinate and oversee the work on enhancing the LDC secretariat visibility and communications at SBs and COP sessions   
  • Liaise between the LDC Chair and relevant stakeholders in the secretariat work  
  • Legal status obtained by the LDC Group
  • Quarterly report including elements on the effective technical advice support and advisory services provided;
  • Certificate of the trainings attended;
  • At least five (5) key standard documents of the secretariat (procurement, finance - budget, HR, travel, etc.).




LDC Group Initiatives and Projects

  • Be the contact point between the LDC Chair, the LDC Group initiatives, the Group’s projects  
  • Coordinate the participation of the LDC Initiatives and LDC projects teams in LDC Group meetings and events  
  • Coordinate between the LDC Chair, elders, advisors, LDC Initiatives and projects representatives  
  • Report the activities of the LDC initiatives and projects, and ensure coherence with the LDC Group vision  
  • Quarterly note on the state of play of the implementation of the initiatives and projects related activities identified and outlined in the LDC/projects work plan;
  • Monthly progress reports describing the activities carried out, the achievements obtained, and providing an analysis of lessons learned and recommendations;
  • Relevant documentation, including reporting drafting TORs of the Steering.


LDC Group constituency 

  • Maintain an up-to-date list of LDC coordinators and contact information (including emails and mobile numbers)   
  • Track activities and interactions of the LDC group in line with the Group’s workplan  
  • Ensure the LDC Group’s Knowledge Management system is up to date and ensuring all presentations, briefing documents, and other relevant files are uploaded and shared with LDC Group members as relevant  
  • Prepare detailed work plan and budgets for the interim secretariat work  
  • Design a monitoring and evaluation tool to measure progress on the workplan  
  • Updated list of LDC coordinators and contact information;
  • Two  quarterly report on the LDC activities identified and outlined in the Group’s work plan;
  • Operated and maintained ERP system for an effective knowledge management;
  • Designed monitoring and evaluation tool.


LDC Support at UNFCCC 

  • Notify relevant LDC Group members of upcoming submission deadlines, circulating draft submissions for inputs, and submitting final versions to the UNFCCC   
  • Submit statements made on behalf of the LDC Group to the UNFCCC secretariat for uploading on UNFCCC website, and to the media team for uploading on the LDC website 
  • Ensure LDC Group communications, submissions and other documents are suitable for sharing externally (e.g. use of LDC Group logo, style, etc.)   
  • Liaise with the UNFCCC Secretariat and others as required 
  • Up-to-dated UNFCCC calendar for the Group;
  • Statements uploaded on the website and shared with the Media;
  • Communications and documentations in line with the Group’s corporate design/branding;
  • Designed monitoring and evaluation tool
  • Communication with the UNFCCC Secretariat.


Logistical Support 

  • Attend all key UNFCCC sessions if budget permit 
  • Note and share LDC Group Coordination Meeting minutes and actions and helping the Chair to monitor progress against them  
  • Organise the Chair’s international travel and logistics    
  • Support logistical aspects related to meetings organised by the LDC Group, in particular LDC ministerial and strategy meetings. 


  • Mission report to the key UNFCCC sessions attended;
  • Minutes of the LDC Group coordination meeting;
  • Travel arrangements of the Chair;
  • Logistical support to key events such as the LDC ministerial and strategy meetings (list of attendees and signature, agenda, reports, communication, etc.)



Education: Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in business administration, institutional set-up, climate and environment, or other relevant discipline is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in administration and institutional set-up, including some exposure at the international level is required.
  • Experience in project management, including budgeting, planning, monitoring, evaluation, and administration is required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines is required.
  • Good knowledge of the UNFCCC process is desirable
  • Experience/knowledge of development agencies, donor communities, private sectors, government and relevant institutions is desirable.
  • Experience of working with UN agencies, multilaterals, donors, and international NGOs is required.
  • Working experience in an LDC country is desirable.
  • Experience in evaluating the needs and conditions of developing countries is desirable.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, with efficiency, competence and integrity with people of different national and cultural backgrounds is required.


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

Visit the UNIDO website for details on how to apply: www.unido.org

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

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