Title:  National Project Coordinator

​Requisition ID: 628  
Grade : SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)  
Country: Mozambique  
Duty Station : Maputo  
Category: National Consultant  
Type of job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Application deadline: 8-Dec-2022   


Vacancy Announcement



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

Female candidates from all Member States 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 Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS), headed bya Managing Director, oversees the Organization's development of capacities for industrialdevelopment as well as industrial policy advice, statistics and research activities and theOrganization's normative contribution to Member States and global development community inachieving the SDGs. The Directorate also ensures the application of strategies and interventions forsustainable industrial development related to Environment, Energy, SMEs, Competitiveness and Jobcreation, as well as Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence. Through coordination in-house and withMember States and industry stakeholders, it ensures that the services provided in these areascontribute toward effective and appropriate technical, business and policy solutions and are focusedon results and on realizing any potential for scaling up and positioning UNIDO as a leading platformfor industrial development in developing countries and global fora.


The Directorate houses the technical Divisions of Capacity Development and Industrial PolicyAdvice (TCS/CAP); Circular Economy and Environmental Protection (TCS/CEP); Decarbonization andSustainable Energy (TCS/DSE); SMEs, Competitiveness and Job Creation (TCS/SME); and DigitalTransformation and AI Strategies (TCS/DAS). The Directorate also ensures close coordination andcollaboration among the Divisions as well as with relevant entities in the Directorate of GlobalPartnerships and External Relations (GLO) and the Directorate of SDG Innovation and EconomicTransformation (IET).

The Division of SME Competitiveness, Quality and Job Creation (TCS/SME) works towardsincreasing the competitiveness of industries in developing countries and countries in transition,especially emphasizing business development of SMEs engaged in manufacturing and creating jobstherein. It aims at increasing competitiveness among SMEs in two interconnected ways: first, bymodernizing businesses through the transfer of advanced technologies adapted to local conditions,product innovation, productivity improvement and upgrading, developing market and value chainreadiness as well as improved access to finance; and second, by improving the quality of SMEmanufactured products and their compliance with market requirements through capacity buildingfor the development of industrial production and trade-related quality infrastructure including forstandardization, metrology, accreditation and of conformity assessment service institutions (testing,certification, inspection and calibration) and the strengthening of their capacities.

The positions is located in Competitiveness, Quality and Compliance Unit (TCS/SME/CQC). TheCompetitiveness, Quality and Compliance Unit (TCS/SME/CQC) builds national and regionalproduction and quality infrastructure systems, with an emphasis on providing internationallyrecognized services, facilitating SME participation in regional and global value chains; strengtheninginstitutional quality infrastructure capacities (i.e. standardization, metrology, and accreditation);building conformity assessment capacities (testing, inspection, certification, calibration, etc.); andsupporting trade facilitation and quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators andconsumers, placing a special emphasis on capacitating SMEs.





As part of the Global Market Access Programme (GMAP) SAP 180025, concluded between UNIDO and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) in January 2020, a country project for Mozambique, the “Market Access of Mozambican Aquaculture Products (MAMAP)”, has been designed with a budget of € 2.0 million and a duration of 3.2 years (including a 6 month inception phase) to support the aquaculture value chain development for market access through the enhancement of quality and standards conformity capacity of the sector in Mozambique. The project focuses on the aquaculture value chain, an important sector with great potential in the country. The project will address quality-related challenges along the aquaculture value chain for accessing local, regional and international markets. Moreover, the project will pursue one outcome and three outputs:


Outcome: Enhanced market access for Mozambique's SMEs of the aquaculture value chain, through strengthening their quality and compliance capacity

Output 1: Enhanced technical competence and sustainability of the National Quality Infrastructure System;

Output 2: Enhanced SMEs compliance with standards and technical regulations;

Output 3: Strengthened culture for quality.


The main project counterparts for MAMAP are the Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries (MIMAIP), the National Institute of Fisheries Inspection (INIP) and the Institute for Development of Fishing and Aquaculture (IDEPA).





Under the overall supervision of the Project Managers based at the UNIDO’s headquarters (HQ), under the guidance of the Technical Support Team (Chief Technical and Technical Advisors for Aquaculture and QI and working with the project team in both the field and the HQ, the National Project Coordinator fulfils the following duties:



  1. Project implementation:

  • Coordinate project activities as per project plan.

  • Manage the day-to-day implementation of the activities related to all project results

  • Oversee the work of the other members of the Project Management Unit (PMU) (including the National Administrative Assistant and Communication and Visibility (HQ) Expert as well as short term National Experts contracted when needed).

  • Maintain all project records, filing system and regularly update them.

  • Follow up the delivery of inputs and ensure the achievement of the expected results and the planned work-plan/schedule in the framework of the project.

  • Prepare project documentation to initiate implementation activities, including but not limited to recommendations, terms of references (recruitment) and technical specifications (procurement).

  • Ensure the technical evaluation of received offers according to UNIDO rules and regulations.

  • Monitor and facilitate the proper delivery of all procured equipment.

  • Maintain inventory and ensure storage and distribution of procured items to beneficiaries.


  1. Technical and Financial Monitoring and Progress Reports:

  • Conduct managerial and financial monitoring of the entire project and its activities.

  • Maintain and monitor the project budget and monthly accounts of local activities, with the support of the National Administrative Assistant against the Project Logical Framework with a results- based management approach.

  • Provide support in the collection of inputs and prepare the bi-annual project progress report as per donor requirements.



  1. Project Governance

  • Organize Steering Committee meetings in accordance with the requirements of the project document.

  • Take meeting minutes with the support of the National Administrative Assistant.

  • Prepare mid-year and year-end reports to the Donor based on relevant specifications and any other reports as may be required.


  1. Support and Facilitate the in-coming Missions

  • Facilitate and support incoming missions of UNIDO Officials and international experts contracted in terms of the project.

  • Facilitate monitoring and evaluation exercises by independent UN and/or Donor teams.


  1. Stakeholder Management

  • Develop and maintain the required relations and exchange of information with concerned government departments, other organizations and NGOs in the interest of the project, including the main project stakeholders, notably the Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries (MIMAIP), the National Institute of Fisheries Inspection (INIP) and the Institute for Development of Fishing and Aquaculture (IDEPA), National Institute of Fisheries Research (IIP), National Fisheries Administration (ADNAP) and the Centre for Aquaculture Research (CEPAQ) and the Norwegian Embassy in Maputo.


  1. Communication and visibility

  • Monitor the implementation of visibility and communication plan for the entire project.


  1. General

  • Carry out any other assignments related to timely and effective implementation of the project as requested by the Project Managers and the Technical Support Team (CTAs).


  1. Reporting

  • Prepare resumed monthly reports of the activities carried out

  • Prepare a final report of the activities carried out during the assignment





  • Advanced university degree in management, science, technology, engineering, economics or related field is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience and skills in project management, implementation and monitoring of technical assistance activities is required;

  • Knowledge of UNIDO project implementation modalities would be an asset.


Language: Fluency in Portuguese and English 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 ourdifferences in culture and perspective.


Key Competencies
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues aswell 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 ourwork effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results andmeeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues andsupervisors, 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 anenvironment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, supportinnovation, 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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