Title:  Associate Industrial Development Expert

​Requisition ID: 1122 
Grade : L2 
Country: Austria 
Duty Station : Vienna 
Category: Project-funded Professional and higher 
Type of job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: Staff-Full-time
Minimum Annual salary: 67,379 USD 
Application deadline: 13-Oct-2022  


Vacancy Announcement
Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.



Organizational Context


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 Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business (DTA), headed by a Managing Director, coordinates and mainstreams the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in its technical cooperation, strategic, normative activities aiming at fostering the inclusive and sustainable development in the era of 4IR. The Directorate creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverables in the areas of trade, investment, technology innovation and agro-industry and agri-business. The Directorate comprises the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR).


Responding to the growing demand for supporting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in the era of the new industrial revolution, the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTA/DTI) leads the way in addressing opportunities, challenges and risks stemming from the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and its contribution to sustainable socio-economic progress. The Department is responsible for the strategic coordination of 4IR-related matters with designated focal points in other technical Departments and organizational entities of UNIDO, as appropriate. In consultation with public and private partners, DTI designs and implements holistic interventions that are tailored to specific country needs. The Department’s interventions actively identify and combine complementary services from across three Divisions, namely:


  • Innovation and Digitalization Division (DTA/DTI/IDD)
  • Investment and Technology Promotion Division (DTA/DTI/ITP)
  • Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS)


This position is located under the Innovation and Digitalization Division (DTA/DTI/IDD), which promotes digital transformation and innovation ecosystems building, to advance the economic competitiveness of developing countries by helping them to benefit from the rapid progress of digital and convergent technologies associated to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and ensuring a smooth transition towards cyber-physical industrial systems and a smart society.


The Associate Industrial Development Expert (L2) is expected to deliver: (a) work that contains in-depth analyses contributing to results achieved by the Department; (b) in creating an enabling environment for team work which is catalytic to achieving results; (c) in building relationships which contributes to partnerships resulting in strategic collaborations and (d) in achieving results within a professional team.


The UNIDO Staff Performance Management System reinforces the collaboration within formal units as well as among cross-functional teams. In this context, the incumbent collaborates with his/her team in the office/country as well as in the region and in headquarters.


Staff members are subject to the authority of the Director-General and in this context all staff are expected to serve in any assignment and duty station as determined by the needs of the Organization.


Project/Programme Context


The Syrian government has identified the revitalization of the Syrian agro-food sector as an essential sector to secure the food security needs for its people given the current economic conditions. 


The Ministry of Industry requested UNIDO’s for revitalizing the agro-food sector, since all assessments conducted so far have indicated that that food security has been compromised by the increasingly damaging impacts of the crisis in the region, including unprecedented levels of population displacement. This situation, combined with the adverse impact of the COVID-19 and significant disruptions in economic activities are leading to massive job losses, increased poverty, and an overall deterioration in living conditions.


To address these challenges, UNIDO is aiming at creating, supporting and strengthening a number of conditions and agents that are able to reverse these negative impacts and provide a long-term sustainable solution for providing food security and resilience to the Syrian people.


UNIDO has therefore conceived a 3-year programme for revitalizing the Syrian agro-food sector, envisaging a pilot programme based on four main outputs and a number of assessments and planning activities.


Outputs of the project

Output 1: Agro-food sector mapped and assessed, and action plans and initiatives for developing the sector prepared.

Output 2: Agro food related Technical centers’ services enhanced and capacities built.

Output 3: Upgrading plans and strategies for selected agro food enterprises defined and adopted in terms of agro

food products, production capacities, abilities for processing, marketing and quality management..

Output 4: A national Agro-Food Country Programme project document prepared and adopted, addressing upscaling of the pilot of agro-food enterprises at national level as well as the needs to restructure and rehabilitate the manufacturing sector prepared and adopted by the Syrian government.


Objective of the project

Impact: to contribute to enhancing livelihood and income generation through productive activities for the Syrian people with focus on vulnerable groups (IDPs, Returnees, Women and Youth).

Outcome:  Agro food sector revitalized on pilot bases through strengthening the food industry technical centers and their services in parallel with upgrading a number of agro-food industrial enterprises to provide enhanced products and services.


The project’s intervention shall aim at:    

    • Providing direct assistance to selected agro food enterprises on pilot basis in formulating and implementing their rehabilitation, upgrading and investment strategies;
    • Providing training and capacity building to IDPs, returnees, women and youth.
    • Procuring some basic equipment to food technical centers selected enterprises such as for quality control and product testing and certification;
    • Based on the in depth assessment in the inception phase, provide advisory services to the Syrian Ministry of Industry aimed guiding and supporting the early recovery process of agro food sector
    • Formulating, based on the outcomes of the assistance to pilot enterprises, a country programme for the revitalization of the whole agro food sector; 
    • Mobilizing the interest of other donors and private investors for the implementation of the revitalization process for the agro food sector.




The Associate Industrial Development Expert works under the overall guidance of the Director, Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI); the direct supervision of the Chief, Innovation and Digitalization Division (DTA/DTI/IDD) and in close collaboration with the colleagues to support the mandate of the Division.  She/he will be responsible for providing technical support to the smooth and timely execution of projects and be accountable for the achievement of project results as/if assigned.  Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • In line with the guidelines and procedures governing the technical cooperation activities of UNIDO, formulate and execute technical cooperation projects/ programme related to the interest of the potential donors and within the mandate of the Division/Department.
  • Execute and monitor projects/ programme implementation activities and services, ensuring that assigned inputs are delivered on time at the right level of quality and within the allocated budget.
  • Prepare necessary inputs (consultant job descriptions, terms of reference, training arrangements, equipment specifications, etc.), monitoring progress in implementation, including if required missions to project site(s), as well as take part in oversight meetings in the field and at headquarters, and assist the Evaluation Group in its evaluations of projects/ programmes.
  • Support advocacy, communication and global forum activities related to the progamme/project and aimed at strengthening public relations, including the preparation of promotional materials, organization of media events, dissemination of information on the project activities through UNIDO/project website and network of UNIDO offices.
  • Support progamme/project specific fund mobilization activities.
  • Perform other related duties and assignments as required.


Core Values and Competencies


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.



Minimum Organizational Requirements and Criteria



Advanced university degree in economics, international relations, engineering or related field is required.



A minimum of three (3) years of experience, including some at the international level, in project coordination, particularly in the areas of private sector development with a focus on SME modernization is required.  Experience evaluating needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, and in technical cooperation projects in the Arab region is desirable. 


Language Skills:

Fluency in written and spoken English is required.  Fluency in or working knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is desirable.


NOTE: UNIDO professional level applicants are required to have served at least one year in their current position, if applying for a higher-level position.

However, the seniority-in-grade requirements for applying for higher level positions, as per paragraphs 18 and 78 of the HRMF, have been waived.


UNIDO General Service applicants are required to be at least at the GS-5 level; to have served in their current position for at least two years; and to have served in UNIDO for at least five years.


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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