Title:  National Country Programme Coordinator

​Requisition ID: 2833 
Grade: SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior) 
Country: Georgia 
Duty Station: Tbilisi 
Category: National Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-When Act. Employed
Contract Duration: 30 days (over period)
Application deadline: 25-Sep-2023, 11:59 PM (CEST)  


Vacancy Announcement
Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered eligible. 
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 Division of Regional Bureaus and Field Offices (GLO/RFO) coordinates the field representation and interventions of UNIDO in the Member States and regions. Within this context, the Division is responsible for determining programmatic priorities for UNIDO's services and ensuring that UNIDO responds to the specific needs and requirements of the Member States and development partners at the country and regional levels. It facilitates, upon guidance of GLO/FLS, the development of regional strategies, country programmes (including Programmes for Country Partnership - PCPs) and monitors their implementation. The Division encompasses all the UNIDO field offices and the five Regional Bureaus: Africa (GLO/RFO/AFR), also hosting the IDDA III Secretariat; the Arab Region (GLO/RFO/ARB); Asia and the Pacific (GLO/RFO/ASP); Europe and Central Asia (GLO/RFO/EUR); and Latin American and the Caribbean (GLO/RFO/LAC).


This position is located in the Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia (GLO/RFO/EUR).




The National CP Coordinator will work under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Regional Bureau - Europe and Central Asia (GLO/RFO/EUR). The Coordinator’s duties shall be performed in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations of UNIDO and this Job Description.


ID 140115, Country Programmme for ISID in Georgia 2023-2027


The UNIDO Country Programme (CP) for inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Georgia 2023-2027 was developed and streamlined following extensive consultations with the Government of Georgia, key national stakeholders and development partners, based on the national priority areas and identified industrial sectors with high growth potential. The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development has been acting as a key Government focal point throughout the ongoing coordination process bringing together national stakeholders.


The CP aims at leveraging coordinated and scaled-up international development efforts under the following key components:

  1. Agribusiness and rural entrepreneurship;
  2. Competitiveness and markets access;
  3. Sustainable energy and sound environmental management.


The CP is aligned with the country’s strategic framework and draws upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Georgia 2021-2025, to which UNIDO is a signatory. The development cooperation activities planned under the CP’s three components contribute to the achievement of targets under the following two outcomes of the UNSDCF:

  • Outcome 3: By 2026, all people without discrimination benefit from a sustainable, inclusive and resilient economy in Georgia
  • Outcome 5: By 2026, all people, without discrimination, enjoy enhanced resilience through improved environmental governance, climate action and sustainable management and use of natural resources in Georgia.


The CP is also informed by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other emerging crises on Georgia’s development path and aims to establish durable and resilient solutions in line with the “building back better” approach.


The CP programme document was approved by the decision of the UNIDO Executive Board of 12-14 October 2022 and signed by both parties in 2023. Thus, the CP National Coordinator will focus on the operationalization and implementation of the CP in coordination with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the main CP coordinating entity, as well as the line Ministries and other relevant stakeholders. CP National Coordinator will also support the establishment of the National Coordination Body (NCB), bringing together all the line ministries and relevant national stakeholders, which will determine the overall direction of the CP.


Furthermore, the role of the CP National Coordinator will be crucial to build on the existing activities in Georgia and further enhance the UNIDO projects portfolio in the country.




The National CP Coordinator under the supervision of the Chief of the Regional Bureau - Europe and Central Asia will support the implementation of the Country Programme for ISID in Georgia 2023-2027 by ensuring continuous coordination with national stakeholders and partners, supporting CP resource mobilization, monitoring and reporting activities and assisting with communication and awareness raising. Specifically, the National CP Coordinator will perform the following duties:





outputs to be achieved

Expected duration


  1. Support the establishment of the CP National Coordination Body (NCB) in coordination with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development keeping the Permanent Mission of Georgia in Vienna engaged and well informed; support preparation of the CP work plan for 2024 for the approval of the CP NCB members; support the organization of the first CP NCB meeting


CP NCB is established; the first CP NCB meeting is organized; CP work plan for 2024 is prepared and approved by the NCB members






Within the period


Tbilisi, Georgia


  1. Support activities of the UNIDO CP Project Management Unit (PMU), as well as promote communication between national counterparts, the Programme Management Unit (PMU), UNIDO’s backstopping technical project managers and other relevant stakeholders

Regular dialogue is maintained; reports provided

Within the period


Tbilisi, Georgia


  1. Maintain regular dialogue with the CP operational focal point from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and ensure regular contact with the CP thematic focal points at the relevant line Ministries for the identification of needs and new project opportunities under the CP based on the priorities of key counterparts; initiate the prioritization exercise and technical consultations with new focal points; organize joint technical consultations with government counterparts.

Regular dialogue is maintained; reports from meetings with Government focal points provided; prioritization exercise and technical consultations initiated

Within the period

Tbilisi, Georgia


  1. Support close liaison with UNIDO’s backstopping technical project managers, as well as UNIDO’s national experts implementing projects in Georgia while organizing regular multi-stakeholder dialogues and meetings

Meeting agendas and reports prepared



Within the period

Tbilisi, Georgia


  1. Support the preparation of project proposals under the three CP thematic components based on consultations with the Government, development partners and donors while closely monitoring emerging needs and priorities of all the relevant stakeholders and ensuring the complementarity of efforts

Preparation of project concepts initiated

Within the period

Tbilisi, Georgia


  1. Engage with the UN Resident Coordinator Office (UNRCO) in Georgia in the framework of the UNSDCF implementation, JWP planning and reporting on UN INFO; contribute to UNCT reports, joint planning, events, and fund mobilization

UNIDO inputs to UN INFO platform are provided; inputs to UN Georgia  annual reports and work  plans are submitted

Within the period

Tbilisi, Georgia


  1. Continuously analyse the socio-economic situation in Georgia and advise on any corrective measures in the context of the CP

Reports are provided

Within the period

Tbilisi, Georgia


  1. Support updating and streamlining the CP Resource Mobilization Strategy based on the short- and medium-term priorities identified in cooperation with the Government

CP Resource Mobilization Strategy updated and streamlined

Within the period

Tbilisi, Georgia


  1. Maintain contacts and hold regular consultations with other UN agencies such as UNDP, UNESCO, UN Women, ILO and FAO for the preparation of the joint interventions linked to CP components

UNIDO’s representation at UNCT meetings and engagements ensured

Within the period

Tbilisi, Georgia


  1. Ensure a wide promotion of the CP and activities within it among national counterparts, development partners and donors through UNIDO’s and counterparts’ platforms and channels

Information about project results published on the UN Georgia website

Within the period

Tbilisi, Georgia



Core values:

1. WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly, and impartially.

2. WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

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


Core competencies:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

4. 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.




Education: Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in Economics, International Relations, Business Administration, Development Studies or a field relevant to international development assistance is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:


    • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in the field of development, project management, and economics at national level is required. Experience in the public sector and at the international level, involving technical cooperation in Georgia is an asset.
    • Experience in evaluating the needs, challenges and opportunities in the countries of Europe and Central Asia and specifically Georgia is desirable.
    • Experience in cooperating with government stakeholders, business associations and the private sector, as well as working with UN agencies is desirable.
    • Excellent communication and drafting skills.


Language Skills: Fluency in written and spoken English and Georgian is required.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
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