Title:  National Project Coordinator

​Requisition ID: 1537 
Grade: SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior) 
Country: Morocco 
Duty Station: Rabat 
Category: National Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Application deadline: 13-Dec-2022  


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 Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS), 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 Division of Circular Economy and Environmental Protection (TCS/CEP) contributes to greener and more circular industries and products by minimizing both resource use along value chains and the emission of pollutants to the environment. The Division promotes just transitions to circular economies, reduced release of pollutants into the environment and other green industrial and economic approaches to help Member States to grow economically while simultaneously addressing the three planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. It does so by supporting resource efficiency increases in the manufacturing and use of products along value chains and during the life cycle of the product; by reducing or eliminating the emission of non-fuel-related greenhouse gas emissions; and by assisting in achieving the objectives of and compliance with multilateral environmental agreements. In doing so, its activities further improve competitiveness, as well as the development of and access to markets, particularly for SMEs. This contributes to climate-neutral, resilient, pollution-free industrial development, supporting co-existence that is in harmony with nature.


The Division acts as the focal point in UNIDO for various multilateral environmental agreements and multilateral co-operation in the field of the environment, including the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer; the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants; the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and emerging international, legally binding instruments such as the instrument to End Plastic Pollution; the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and other partnerships such as the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), the Partnership for Action for Green Economy (PAGE), the Green Industry Platform (GIP) and other relevant international initiatives and conventions. The Division coordinates its advisory and service delivery with the services offered by other technical departments, and other relevant organizational entities of UNIDO.


This position is located under the Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Unit (TCS/CEP/CER) which is responsible for supporting capacity development to scale up and mainstream the production of sustainable products and adoption of circular and resource-efficient cleaner patterns of consumption and production along value chains, circular economy policies, programmes and practices, including circular business models that improve the profitability of industries while creating social and environmental benefits. In addition, it promotes nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based approaches for inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) that support the co-existence of industries in harmony with nature. In addition, it facilitates the design of sustainable products made with fewer materials, with greater durability, reliability, reparability, reusability and recyclability, and supports the deployment of new business models that improve environmental performance.




The global “SWITCH to circular economy value chains” (SWITCH2CE) project (ID 190161) aims to support enterprises within selected value chains to adopt circular economy practices.  The project recognises that the application of circular economy practices requires coherent practices by all actors of the value chains, from SMEs to leading companies in the global value chains. Close cooperation is required for multinational companies and SME suppliers in developing countries to meet their circularity goals.


This “last mile” of working with their suppliers in the developing economies is difficult for multinationals in global value and supply chains.  However, at the same time, a multinational company has sufficient influence and resources to encourage, assist and/or convince the private sector in a developing country to make the necessary changes to their practices to become more circular in order to keep acting as their supplier.


The project will assist tier 1, 2 and, when feasible, tier 3 suppliers of EU Multinational Companies (MNCs) to make the switch towards circularity: such suppliers face significant challenges (technical and financial) in adopting new circular economy practices and the project is aimed at supporting them in this process.


The overall objective of the project is to support the “Transformation towards a circular economy”, including to contribute to sustainable growth, low carbon and climate resilient development, decent jobs creation, and safer, healthier and pollution-free environment.


Following an extensive process, three value chains were selected to form the focus of the project. These value chains are Plastic Packaging, Textiles & Garments and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors. Guidelines for applicants were prepared for three open calls for Expressions of Interest and applications were assessed against specified selection criteria. One pilot in the Plastic Packaging sector will be in Morocco:


  • Pilot Project: Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company (ECCBC) (Spain / Morocco)


The pilot design was completed and planned to be kicked off in October 2022; in parallel, the other project workstreams on policy, capacity building and financing will start their activities. The first National Steering Committee took place on 12 October 2022.

These terms of reference set out the tasks of the NATIONAL PROJECT COORDINATOR to support the SWITCH2CE team in the roll-out of the project activities in MOROCCO.




The objective of the assignment is to act as the focal point in Morocco for the roll-out of the SWITCH2CE activities in the different project outputs including policy, capacity building, pilot, financing as well as communication and visibility.


Under the SWITCH2CE project, the National Project Coordinator will work closely with the SWITCH2CE team, the UNIDO Representative in Morocco and the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA). The National Project Coordinator will formally report to the UNIDO SWITCH2CE Project Manager.


S/he will be responsible for the following duties and will have ultimate responsibility for the achievement of related outputs.



Concrete / measurable Outputs to be achieved

Expected duration


Engage with government counterparts

Coordinate the partnership with key government institutions (incl. Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development) in close coordination with the UNIDO Country Representative and the SWITCH2CE Project Manager and CTA.


Feedback integrated in respective documents (project document, work plans, National Steering Committee).


Rabat, Morocco

Prepare National Committee meetings and/or Kick-off workshop

Prepare the National Steering and/or Monitoring Committee with key stakeholders to approve the first annual work plan, in consultation with the UNIDO Office in Rabat.

Organize, at the national level, the project stakeholder consultation(s) in the appropriate format.


Committee meetings and/or kick-off workshop held; minutes completed.

Support project outputs on policy, capacity and finance

Support and facilitate the national activities of Chatham House (policy), Circle Economy (capacity) and EIB (finance).

Respective outputs supported at national level.

Engage with the pilot partners

Closely follow and support the roll-out of pilot activities. 

Identify challenges and synergies between the pilot and the other project components on policy, capacity and financing

Regular meetings held as required to satisfy requirements of the pilot start.

Challenges identified in a timely manner and solutions proposed.

Project management, communication and visibility

Prepare the (yearly) national work plan, and monitoring and reporting as required at national level and as input to the global reporting requirements.

Prepare a communication plan for the national level (in consultation with the stakeholders and global communications expert).

Yearly work plan developed and rolled out.

Monitoring reports and inputs provided.


Communication and visibility plan submitted.

Knowledge products identified.


Carry out other administrative support tasks of a reasonable nature consistent with the tasks defined above, including submission of a final report to UNIDO.

Relevant inputs provided.

Final report submitted.






Education: Advanced university degree in development/industrial economics, business administration, or other relevant discipline is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:


  • At least five (5) years of work experience in greening industrial value chains - ideally focusing on the plastics packaging value chain – and in technical cooperation or portfolio project management in energy and environmental sectors at national level, is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in the application of circular economy principles ideally in the plastics packaging value chain, is required;
  • Proven experience in managing people and performance, decision-making and conflict resolution is required;
  • Experience in public policy in circularity in industrial value chains, green economy and sustainable development-related areas, is desirable;
  • Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, with special reference to Morocco, is desirable;
  • Familiarity with environmental legislation as well as the business and industrial communities in Morocco, is desirable;
  • Experience of working with local governments, industrial/entrepreneurial associations and/or UN agencies is desirable;
  • Experience using digital tools and technologies for information and communication purposes and for implementing several project activities in virtual modality, is desirable.


Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English, French and Arabic 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 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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