Title:  International Consultant

​Requisition ID: 1047 
Grade : ISA-Specialist 
Country: Burkina Faso 
Duty Station : Ouagadougou 
Category: International Consultant 
Type of job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-When Act. Employed
Application deadline: 13-Oct-2022  


Vacancy Announcement
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 Environment and Energy Directorate (EAE), headed by a Director General, aims to integrate and scale up energy and environmental activities by focusing on supporting governments and industries to provide sustainable and resilient tangible and intangible infrastructure for industrial development, helping industries contribute to a climate-neutral circular economy and helping governments and industries to  fulfil their national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements. The Directorate consists of the Department of Environment and the Department of Energy.


The Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) contributes to ISID and the implementation of the SDGs, in particular SDG 9, by greening existing industries and products, as well as facilitating the creation of new green industries and products, and minimizing the use of resources. Throughout value chains and over the lifetime of products, facilitating the adoption of circular economy practices.


The Department promotes the concept of circular economy, the sustainable design of products with fewer materials, easy to maintain and integrating longevity, efficiency of industrial resources to improve the efficient use of natural resources, including materials and water; assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition in achieving the objectives and complying with multilateral environmental agreements; reduces the release of industrial pollutants into the environment; and improves sustainable access to water for productive purposes.


The Department promotes industrial development for sustainable, resource-efficient, climate-friendly, resilient and protective economic growth for the natural environment and human health, and ensures the safety of workers, communities and consumers. Its activities serve to improve competitiveness, as well as development and market access, in particular for SMEs.


The Department serves as UNIDO's focal point for various multilateral environmental agreements and multilateral cooperation in the field of the environment: the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer; the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants; and the Minamata Convention on Mercury; as well as other relevant international initiatives and conventions such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and multilateral cooperation in initiatives such as the Partnership on Action for the Green Economy (PAGE) and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and the Green Industry Platform (GIP). The Department coordinates its service delivery with the services offered by other relevant technical departments and organizational units of UNIDO.


This position is located in the Materials and Chemicals Management Division (EAE/ENV/MCM) which is responsible for supporting developing countries and countries with economies in transition in the implementation of existing or emerging compliance regimes not covered by other divisions. With new approaches to materials and chemical management and innovation, with training and education, and with the implementation of circular economy approaches in particular related to extending the life of products through maintenance, the division must leverage its experience to facilitate responsible sourcing of materials and support smaller companies and entrepreneurs to green their operations.




The Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE) is a joint initiative of five United Nations agencies: the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). PAGE responds to paragraph 66 of the Rio+20 outcome document "The Future We Want", which calls on the UN system to support interested countries to pursue green economy policies.


The partnership helps nations and regions reframe economic policies and practices around sustainability to advance the 2030 Agenda to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies. PAGE, in collaboration with the national government, offers a comprehensive and coordinated set of technical assistance and capacity building services to support the development, adoption and implementation of green economy policies and strategies. In addition to supporting 20 member countries, PAGE is also building global capacity for green economic transformation by delivering training courses, developing new training materials, studies on specific themes and facilitating exchanges between countries in the field of learning and capacity development. A key part of the global effort is to provide platforms and forums for countries and educational institutions to come together, exchange successful approaches in their green economy transformation, and gain immediate insights through peer-to-peer learning. This is directly related to the work on South-South and triangular cooperation.


PAGE began working in Burkina Faso in 2014 to support the development of a National Green Economy Strategy (NVSS), which will serve as the backbone for the country's transition to the green economy. PAGE's support has made it possible to integrate environmental sustainability into the National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES 2016-2020). Several macroeconomic and sectoral assessments were conducted to inform the national strategy and plan.


Burkina Faso has one of the lowest carbon emissions and ecological footprints in sub-Saharan Africa. Its economy is heavily focused on agriculture and extractive industries, which together account for more than 40% of GDP and more than 90% of the country's exports. However, it faces persistent challenges in the form of limited natural resources, high levels of poverty and inequality. Some of these challenges are further compounded by the economic and employment impacts of COVID-19. In light of this, the government has launched several national initiatives that highlight the country's commitment to sustainable development.




Before the outbreak of the pandemic, the African continent had the second fastest growing tourism sector in the world. As many as 70 million international tourists have visited Africa, and travel and tourism have contributed about $170 billion to the continent's gross domestic product. However, the pandemic has had a devastating effect on all social and economic sectors, especially tourism. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), one billion fewer international tourists travelled globally in 2020 and Africa experienced a 74% drop in international tourist arrivals and a 64% drop in tourism-related exports. As the recovery is expected to be slow and uneven across regions, it is essential to support the sector in Africa in these challenging times, while adapting to a more sustainable and inclusive model. Burkina Faso's hospitality and tourism sector, especially SMEs, has been hit hard by the economic slowdown due to restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus [1].


In Burkina Faso, there are about 2,500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the tourism sector. According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD), these SMEs employed 194,190 people in 2015 and contributed 3.8% to GDP in 2016. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact in this sector and a number of SMEs have closed, resulting in the loss of jobs, income and capital. The government of Burkina Faso has announced stimulus packages for SMEs to support the recovery, i.e. by providing loan guarantees, direct liquidity, unsecured loans, etc. NGOs and philanthropic organisations are also supporting the recovery of SMEs.


To perform this service, the international consultant will perform a number of tasks and while performing these tasks, and will work jointly with the national consultant:


  • Conduct a document review of relevant documents to understand the context of COVID-19. These will include existing laws, orders," policy documents and other relevant documents, etc.
  • Hold discussions with relevant stakeholders to develop a common approach to the mission, if necessary;
  • Develop a comprehensive methodology and work plan for a participatory study development process ;
  • Hold consultations and facilitate interviews with relevant stakeholders, including but not limited to SMEs.


More specifically, the International Consultant will :


Main Functions:


  1. Empirical and data analysis

Provide technical advice on methodology and evaluate the data collected to examine the impact of COVID-19 on SMEs in the tourism sector. If necessary, participate in meetings, interviews and group discussions with relevant ministries, institutions, the private sector, trade unions, civil society and development partners.

Concrete results to be achieved (deliverables)

  • D1. Empirical analysis and analysis of data on the impact of COVID-19 on developed SMEs

The expected duration – 10 days


  1. Impact of COVID-19 on SMEs

In collaboration with the National Consultant, provide advice and prepare a draft review and analysis report focusing on the tourism sector on:

  • Identify the extent of the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, for example, revenue, operating costs and profit margins before covid containment measures begin;
  • How SMEs are affected, their nature, scope and how many SMEs (including green SMEs) have ceased to exist;
  • What are the fundamental reasons why SMEs are facing existing challenges? What are the factors that help them survive?;
  • Examine the extent to which this affects the implementation of the SDGs by SMEs (decrease in work in the area of the SDGs). The report must also take into account the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on businesses and businesses run by women and young people.

Concrete results to be achieved (deliverables)

  • D2. Finalised covid-19 impact assessment report on SMEs

The expected duration – 5 days


  1. Impact of COVID-19 on the labour market

Guide and support the national consultant in carrying out an in-depth analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market in the tourism sector:

  • Investigate the impacts of COVID-19 on employment (layoffs, reduced working hours, income and remuneration);
  • Employment developments, policy changes and response to COVID-19, etc.;
  • What are the fundamental reasons for job losses or reduced wages and incomes? This section of the report should also examine and assess the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on green employment.

Concrete results to be achieved (deliverables)

  • D3. Analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market developed

The expected duration – 5 days


  1. Covid-19 response measures for SMEs

In collaboration with the national consultant, provide technical advice and prepare a draft report of the critical review of the measure in response to COVID-19 for SMEs in the tourism sector:

  • Identify countermeasures taken by companies and policies, support programmes adopted by governments and initiatives taken by NGOs and other organisations;
  • Identify cases of good practices of SMEs in Burkina Faso to cope with the economic impacts of COVID-19 and strengthen the tourism sector. The study will also examine case studies from other countries in order to draw lessons for PAGE countries;
  • Examine the effect of these measures on businesses. To what extent do these measures help them to survive, develop, (go green) and implement the SDG, climate/NDC goals;
  • Critically examine their effectiveness and find what is needed to improve their conditions in a sustainable way;
  • Identify how civil society can be encouraged to support SMEs where the government cannot provide direct support.

Concrete results to be achieved (deliverables)

  • D4. Analysis of COVID-19 response measures for SMEs finalized

The expected duration – 5 days


  1. Business opportunities from COVID-19

Many SMEs in the tourism sector are managing to innovate at different levels, such as products, operations, services, processes, as well as business models, to cope with the challenges of COVID-19. The pandemic is also forcing businesses to connect. Therefore, it is also an opportunity for SMEs to grow and become more resilient. Therefore, in collaboration with the national consultant, this section of the report will identify:

  • Opportunities that have arisen from COVID-19, i.e. new business models that create (green) job opportunities, e-commerce, entrepreneurship development and the application of new technologies, and innovation to boost green entrepreneurship.

Concrete results to be achieved (deliverables)

  • D5. Business opportunities emerging from COVID-19 developed

The expected duration – 5 days


  1. Policy recommendation to support the update of the National Sustainable Tourism Strategy

Finalize and submit a final report containing the policy recommendation to support the update of the National Sustainable Tourism Strategy, which includes:

  • Concrete policy advice on short-, medium- and long-term stimulus measures for sector-specific SMEs and to address the impact of COVID-19 and prepare for recovery, ensuring inclusive growth of the economy;
  • Future economic measures to support SMEs and options for existing government support. Resilience mechanisms to future shocks;
  • Identify specific barriers faced by SMEs (including women entrepreneurs, youth and other vulnerable groups) and specific policy measures that will enable SMEs, including policies on access to finance, business training and other forms of support;
  • Identify opportunities for digitalization and other innovative options for a better economic

Concrete results to be achieved (deliverables)

  • D6. Policy recommendation to support the update of the finalized National Sustainable Tourism Strategy

The expected duration – 5 days


  1. Initiate the discussion with local stakeholders

In collaboration with the National Consultant:

  • Support the review and consolidate the policy advice and opportunities identified, and integrate it into existing initiatives;
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen partnerships with relevant and other vulnerable stakeholders identified in the sector.

Concrete results to be achieved (deliverables)

  • D7. Built-in recommendations
  • D8. Partnership strengthening opportunities identified

The expected duration – 5 days

Total – 40 business days




Education: Advanced university degree in public policy, environmental management, economics, engineering or a related field is required.


Technical and Functional Experience :

A minimum of seven (7) years of working experience in development projects and programmes focused on SME and/or private sector development policy, including relevant work experience in the fields of socio-economic assessments is required;

Experience in policy-relevant  research and position papers is desirable;

Experience working with the tourism sector is desirable;

Experience in conducting COVID-related social impact assessments is desirable;

Experience related to government stimulus packages for SMEs and tourism industries is desirable.


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

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

Key competencies:


WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to reach our full potential – and this is true for our colleagues as well as our customers. Emotional intelligence and responsiveness were essential elements of UNIDO's 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 responsibility does not stop at 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 GAIN TRUST: Communicate effectively with each other and build a trusted environment where we can all excel at our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE NORMS AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from each other.



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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