Title:  Project Coordinator

​​Requisition ID: 2872 
Grade: ISA-Specialist 
Country: Mexico 
Duty Station: Mexico City 
Category: International Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular

Contract Duration: 1 year (with the possibility of extension)
Application Deadline: 28-Sep-2023, 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 Departments/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.


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) and the Montreal Protocol Division (TCS/MPD).


This position is located under the Montreal Protocol Division (TCS/MPD) that is responsible for planning, developing and implementing activities in Member States to facilitate compliance with the Montreal Protocol and, in particular, its Kigali Amendment and to support countries to achieve their determined contributions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement.

Making use of the capacity building and policy support, the services of the Unit foster transformation in manufacturing concerning technologies used in refrigeration, air conditioning and insulation with the effect of a reduction and change in working fluids and chemicals and ultimately a reduction of total greenhouse gas emissions.


The Project Coordinator works under the overall guidance of the Project Manager; and in close collaboration with the colleagues in the UNIDO Mexico Field Office to support the planning, development and implementation of activities in Mexico to facilitate compliance with the Montreal Protocol and, in particular, its Kigali Amendment.




Montreal Protocol Portfolio- Mexico


HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMPs)


At the 19th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, held in Montreal in 2007, the Parties agreed under Decision XIX/6 on the “Adjustment to the Montreal Protocol with regard to Annex C, Group I substances (HCFCs)” to “accelerate the phase-out of production and consumption of hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)”, thus calling for urgent action towards the phase-out of HCFCs, under HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMPs).


The Government of Mexico was the first country to approve both Stage I and Stage II HPMPs in the consumption sector to help the Government of Mexico reach compliance with the Freeze in 2013, 10% reduction target in 2015, 35% reduction by 2018, 50% reduction by 2020 and 67.5% reduction in 2022. The HPMP Stage I mainly addressed the phase-out of HCFC-141b in the foam and appliance manufacturing sectors, however, HCFC-141b and HCFC-22 consumption also required an intervention in the aerosol/solvents and service sectors. The HPMP Stage II focuses on the complete phase-out of HCFC-141b consumption in all sectors as well as on the further reduction of HCFC-22 consumption in the servicing and aerosol/solvent sectors.


HFC Strategy


In 2016, a modification to the Montreal Protocol, the Kigali Amendment (KA), an international instrument in which countries committed to reducing the production and consumption of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the next 30 years, was adopted in Kigali, Rwanda. It is estimated that the adoption of these measures will represent climate benefits of more than 80 billion tCO2e by 2050, which could prevent an increase of up to 0.5 °C in global temperature by the end of the century. Decision XXVIII/2 related to KA, establishes that A5 Parties will have flexibility in how to prioritize HFC phase-down, i.e. define sectors, select technologies/alternatives, develop and implement strategies to meet their agreed HFC-related obligations, on the considering their specific needs and national circumstances. The above principle has been incorporated into the guidelines of the Executive Committee, consequently, at the 87th meeting of the Executive Committee for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol (ExCom) held in July 2021, the general guidelines that countries must comply with were approved. A5 for the preparation of the Kigali Phase 1 Strategies (KIP for its acronyms in English) with a compliance horizon of 2029. In the same ExCom 87 and in line with the request of the Government of Mexico, submitted through UNIDO, the ExCom approved funds for the preparation of the KIP of Mexico.


Control and Phase out of HFC- 23 by-product emissions at Quimobásicos 


Mexico is one of the few countries with an established ODS production facility. The only producer of HCFC-22 in Mexico is CYDSA, Quimobasicos. The company has two production lines, which in the past produced CFC-11 and CFC-12 as well as HCFC-22.  To enable the Government of Mexico to comply with the HFC- 23 by- product emission control obligation under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol project was approved at the 86th meeting of the Executive Committee for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol (ExCom).


Institutional Strengthening


The Institutional Strengthening project project aims to strengthen the institutional capacities of the National Ozone Unit (NOU) to support the Government of Mexico in meeting its compliance commitments under the Montreal Protocol. The NOU, under the auspices of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), is responsible for the execution of all project and portfolio related activities. These include the collection of consumption and production data and reporting as required by the Montreal Protocol and the Multilateral Fund, in line with the HCFC phase-out schedule for Article 5 countries and the agreement between Mexico and the Executive Committee.




Under the close supervision of the Project Manager and UNIDO Representative in Mexico, based in Mexico City, Mexico, and working in close coordination with the programme team members located at SEMERNAT and internationally (both home-based or at UNIDO HQs), the Project Coordinator shall carry out the following duties:


Projects coordination/implementation

  • Advise the Project Manager in preparing detailed work plans and budgets, design monitoring and evaluation tools for the projects activities, including laying the foundation for projects in pipeline;
  • Lead and support project execution, by networking with various project counterparts (national experts, contractors and beneficiaries)as applicable;
  • Coordinate the preparation of ToRs for recruitment of international and national project consultants and contractors (review for quality and alignment with UNIDO rules and regulations);
  • Coordinate the preparation of technical requirements/technical specifications for procurement, including designing technical requirements and selection criteria, elaboration of technical clarifications for bidders, technical evaluations, etc. ensuring compliance with the relevant UNIDO administrative rules and policies;
  • Coordinate with UNIDO HQ Human Resources, Procurement and Finance departments on the execution of project-related administrative duties, including the completion of tenders, issuance of contracts and release of payments;
  • Monitor the implementation of contractual obligations of both individual consultancy contracts and subcontractors (equipment and service suppliers), provide proposals to mitigate delays in implementation,  and complete quality assessment of deliverables and reports;
  • Support NOU Mexico in the execution of all activities leading to the successful implementation of the projects. This shall include, but not be limited to, providing briefing notes, aide memoires, presentations, factsheets and reports;
  • Consolidate documents for the submission of project proposals and tranche requests, including a substantive report on the previous tranche, an implementation plan, a verification report (if and when required) and the Government endorsement letter;
  • Attend key meetings related to the project portfolio and act as the focal point of the project at international level;
  • Organize and conduct briefings and debriefings on projects for the country, sub regional aspects, resources and development towards maximizing project performance level;


Monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Monitor the execution of all project related activities identified and outlined in the project documents and work plans;
  • Prepare project progress reports, in line with MLFS reporting requirements (Executive Committee decisions on special reporting requirements)and tranche requests  describing the activities carried out, the achievements obtained, and providing an analysis of lessons learned and recommendations, or on ad-hoc request of the project manager, the donors and/or the counterparts;
  • Monitor financial implementation, including required disbursement (20% for MLF funded projects prior to following tranche submission);
  • Prepare technical inputs for the annual Progress and Financial Report (PFR) to be submitted to the MLFS, including milestones achieved, projected project completion dates and disbursement targets;
  • Provide inputs for internal UNIDO reporting exercises, including IRPF reporting, monitoring of assets and inputs for external audits;
  • Maintain adequate records of all relevant project documentation, for the preparation of reports and effective knowledge management


Project promotion, outreach and external relations

  • Liaise with counterparts and keep them informed on all project related activities and matters;
  • Keep project team up-to-date on all major economic development activity impacting Mexico’s development landscape;
  • Oversee the dissemination of project knowledge to the wider public by proposing examples of best practices and success stories, as well as replicable strategies and approaches.

Education: Advanced University (Master’s or equivalent) in economics, engineering, sciences, agri-business, environment, energy, business administration, or other relevant discipline is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of progressive professional experience in coordinating and implementing Montreal Protocol programmes at international level, is required.
  • Experience in the area of refrigeration servicing sector and or refrigeration manufacturing is required.
  • Experience in working with the UN system, international organizations or non-governmental organizations and with the donors community, is required.
  • Strong communications and reporting skills is required
  • Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems of developing countries is desirable.


Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish 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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