Title:  National Food Industry Expert

​Requisition ID: 2330 
Grade: SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior) 
Country: Ukraine 
Duty Station: Kyiv 
Category: National Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Application deadline: 13-Jun-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) houses the Divisions of Coordination and Integration Support (IET/CIS), Quality, Impact and Accountability (IET/QUA), Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development (IET/AGR), Innovative Finance and International Financial Institutions (IET/IFI), Fair Production, Sustainability Standards and Trade (IET/PST), Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and Climate and Technology Partnerships (CTP).


The Directorate also ensures close coordination and collaboration among the Divisions and relevant entities in the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO) and the Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS). 


The Division of Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development provides technical cooperation services to assist the modernization of agriculture and agroindustry, especially in less-developed countries, ensuring that enterprises add value to primary agricultural production, substitute the imports of food and other value-added agricultural products, and participate effectively in local, regional and global value chains.


Where needed, it will develop infrastructure and agro industrial parks and capacities for agro-industrialization, value addition, quality assurance and food safety.


It will also bring innovative approaches to Member States to fully benefit from carbon-neutral and biodiversity enhancing agricultural and agro-industrial production and development opportunities in the green and blue bio economy


The Food Security and Food Systems Unit (IET/AGR/FSS) promotes the development of food industries and food value chains and the production of local food products in less-developed countries to end hunger and ensure food and nutrition security while generating income and employment adhering to principles of sustainable industrial development.


It provides a range of technical assistance services that allow food enterprises – including in the informal sector and especially SMEs – to extend their production, improve their products, comply with quality and other standards, become more competitive and deliver adequate and nutritious food to local populations and for export.


Where opportune, it also promotes the development of food safety compliance infrastructure and building related food safety systems capacities.





The overall objective of the project is to provide technical support to the Government of Ukraine in conceptualizing and operationalizing a strategic approach towards green industrial reconstruction and development through the coherent, evidence-based and result-oriented green recovery programme for inclusive and sustainable industrial development, which is to be led and owned by the Government of Ukraine.


Through the project, UNIDO will work to support the establishment of an enabling environment for the green recovery of the country’s industry, job creation, resilience building, sustained economic growth and the strengthening of the productivity and competitiveness of priority industrial sectors with high growth potential and investment attractiveness.


By leveraging international expertise, best practices and innovative solutions, including those of Germany, the project will facilitate institutional partnership building and peer learning. All activities will be implemented in close coordination with other ongoing and planned UNIDO’s technical cooperation projects in the country to foster a synergetic effect and scale-up.


It is expected that upon the completion of the project, the following outcomes are achieved:


Outcome 1: The productivity and efficient recovery of the industrial sector of Ukraine are supported by a strengthened industrial policymaking capacity and an improvement of the policy process;


Outcome 2: The Government of Ukraine, its institutional framework and enterprises are equipped with tailored thematic tools and best-available solutions to guide and foster the country’s short- to medium-term green recovery and long-term inclusive and sustainable industrial development;


Outcome 3: The green recovery programme for inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Ukraine 2024-2028 provides an operational, evidence-based and result-oriented framework for the multi-stakeholder partnership to restore the country’s industry under the ownership and leadership of the Government of Ukraine;


Outcome 4: Cooperation and peer learning at the local level between the municipalities of Ukraine and Germany to foster green recovery and long-term development are strengthened with a specific focus on each of the identified priority areas of the future green recovery programme for inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Ukraine.


Moreover, the green recovery programme together with concrete project proposals, as this project’s key deliverables, will aim in the long term at providing strategic guidance to the Government of Ukraine in achieving the goals set out in the country’s national development and recovery plans, including the future industrial development strategy and the National Recovery Plan.


The programme will enable counterparts to build on the country’s comparative advantages and contribute to the efforts towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals and meeting the criteria for integration into the European Union.




Under the supervision of the Project Manager the National Expert will support the implementation of the project activities relating to the revitalization of the agribusiness and food processing industry. More specifically, the National Expert will carry out the following duties:




Expected duration


1. Liaise with the Government of Ukraine at all relevant levels to address any relevant issues related to Ukraine’s food industries in order to ensure smooth implementation of project activities.



2. Liaise with private sector organizations, municipal and city administrations in Ukraine and undertake a mapping of existing food industries. Establish a data base of these industries including information such as size and previous/ongoing processing activities.


Kyiv, Central & Western Ukraine

3. Organize meetings with the identified food processing industries and conduct visits together with technical experts to assess their existing capacity and upgrading needs.


Kyiv, Central & Western Ukraine

4. Support the analysis of the status of the visited industries as well as the development of upgrading / rehabilitation proposals, and support the preparation of a roadmap for national upgrading of the food industries.



5. Prepare regular progress reports as required summarizing the achievements and status of the programme activities carried out.



6. Carry out any other relevant duties within his/her technical competence, as may be requested by UNIDO.

























































































Education: Advanced university (Master's or equivalent)degree in Agribusiness, Engineering, Food Technology, Business Administration or other relevant discipline.


Technical and Functional Experience:


A minimum of 5 years of practical experience in Agro-food processing and food technology. Demonstrated experience in dealing with the agricultural and industrial sectors in Ukraine. Experience in analyzing food manufacturing enterprises and preparation/execution of upgrading plans is an asset. Good knowledge of the Ukrainian food industry sector at large is an asset.


Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and Ukrainian is required.




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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