Title:  Industrial Development Officer

Requisition ID: 4111 
Grade: P4 
Country: Austria 
Duty Station: Vienna 
Category: Professional and Higher 
Type of Job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: Staff-Full-time
Appointment Type: Fixed Term - 100 series
Indicative Minimum Net Annual Salary: USD 122,484 USD 
Application Deadline: 18-Jul-2024, 11:59 PM (CEST)  

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 Divisions/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. 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 Directorate is responsible for the Division of Industrial Policy Advice and Capacity Development (TCS/IPC), and technical Divisions of Circular Economy and Green Industry (TCS/CEG), Energy and Climate Action (TCS/ECA), Climate Innovation and Montreal Protocol (TCS/CMP); MSME Competitiveness, Quality and Job Creation (TCS/SME); and Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence (TCS/DAI). Leveraging the diverse skill sets of UNIDO personnel and the services provided by the two TC directorates, TCS collaborates closely with IET to develop and implement programmes and projects, aiming at enhancing synergy and complementarity and maximizing UNIDO corporate performance and impacts on the ground. The Directorate also ensures close coordination and collaboration among the Divisions as well as with relevant entities in all Directorates across the Organization.


The position is located under the Climate Innovation and Montreal Protocol Division (TCS/CMP) mandated to work in close coordination with other organizational entities within UNIDO, assists Member States in the emergence, deployment, and large-scale up-take of low-carbon and climate-resilient technologies, products and solutions. This will be achieved by promoting a systems innovation approach through accelerating innovation across key levers of change that includes technology, finance, policy, and regulations. In particular, the Division is responsible for the dual mandate of a) accelerating innovation and building climate innovation ecosystems to promote low-carbon and climate-resilient development pathways and b) planning, developing and implementing interventions to facilitate compliance with the Montreal Protocol and, in particular, its Kigali Amendment and to support countries in achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In addition, the Division is responsible, in close collaboration with other relevant entities of the Organization, for facilitating the transfer of low-carbon and climate-resilient solutions and building markets to ensure their widespread use by industry and local communities, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation, adaptation and building resilience in recipient countries.


The Montreal Protocol Unit is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of activities in Member States to facilitate compliance with the Montreal Protocol and, in particular, its Kigali Amendment and to support countries to achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Through capacity building and policy support, the Unit's services promote manufacturing transformation in refrigeration, air conditioning and insulation technologies, resulting in the reduction and substitution of fluids and chemicals, and ultimately reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate-resilient economies.


The Industrial Development Officer works under the overall guidance of the Chief, Division of Climate Innovation and Montreal Protocol, the direct supervision of Chief of the Montreal Protocol Unit; and in close collaboration with the colleagues to support the mandate of the Unit to plan, develop and implement interventions to facilitate compliance with Montreal Protocol, in particular the Kigali Amendment.


At the P4 level, the incumbent is expected to deliver (a) work that is innovative and original; (b) in creating an enabling environment which expands across functions and sectors; (c) in building partnerships which result in advocating and championing UNIDO’s programmes and (d) in achieving results within Programme teams. The measure of success is systemic and catalytic delivery of results.


The UNIDO Staff Performance Appraisal and Management System reinforces the collaboration within formal units as well as among cross-functional teams. In this context, the incumbent collaborates with his/her supervisor and colleagues, within as well as outside the unit. Within the formal teams, the incumbent may be expected to backstop other team members as required.


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.


  1. Main Responsibilities


As a team-leader or member, whether on a divisional, cross-functional or cross sectoral level, the incumbent is a subject matter expert who shall carry out the following generic activities to achieve the immediate results of the Unit and the outcomes of the Division:


  • Programme Development:  Lead the conceptualisation, development and formulation of technical cooperation projects/programmes in the area of the Montreal Protocol in line with the guidelines and procedures governing the delivery of UNIDO services, integrating considerations for energy efficiency, Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) banks, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and gender mainstreaming principles, among other areas, and obtain internal approval.


  • Programme Implementation:  Manage the implementation of projects and programmes, with a particular focus on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer and the Kigali Amendment, assuming full responsibility for the provision of projects/programme implementation services ensuring that assigned inputs are delivered on time at the right level of quality and within the allocated budget. This will entail the preparation of necessary inputs (consultant job descriptions, terms of reference, training arrangements, equipment specifications, etc.), monitoring progress in implementation, including missions to the project site, as well as taking part in oversight meetings in the field and at headquarters, and assisting the Evaluation Group in its evaluations of projects/programmes.


  • Monitoring and Reporting: Prepare project level reports submitted for review and approval by the Executive Committee meeting of the MLF, including progress and financial reports (PFRs, verification reports, etc…). Ensure that portfolio level results are reported in line with the Integrated Results Performance Framework.


  • Funds Mobilization: Cooperate with other units in-house in the design and planning of resource mobilization strategies and mobilize the funds necessary for project and programme implementation. Develop and submit new stages and tranches of HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMPs) and Kigali Implementation Plans (KIPs), in line with the UNIDO work programmes and business plans submitted to the Multilateral Fund to the Montreal Protocol (MLF). In addition to the MLF, collaborate on mobilizing funds from additional sources, including the Global Environment Facility, Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund, European Union, Bilateral Donors, among other donors, to formulate and implement impactful projects and programmes.


  • Global Forum and Advocacy Function: Design, plan and organize in cooperation with other units in-house UNIDO global forum activities (conferences, seminars, expert group meetings) etc. Prepare technical papers or other inputs for external seminars, conferences, expert group meetings, etc. Disseminate information on project activities through the preparation of UNIDO publications and other information dissemination aids and tools, including UNIDO’s website and social media. Keep abreast of technical and economic developments in the Division’s mandate through close contacts with specialized institutions and industry representatives, following the technical press, market developments and trends. Represent UNIDO in global fora relevant to the work of the Unit and Division, and organize subject-relevant conferences and workshops.


  • Advisory Services to Counterparts: As a subject matter expert, provide technical advisory services to counterparts. This includes, among others: commenting on, appraising or revising draft project proposals submitted by requesting Governments; advising Governments on financing institutions, multilateral and bilateral organizations and other strategic partners; and provision of technical advice to strategic partners/donors.


  • Perform other related duties and assignments as required by the Chief of the Division or Managing Director of the Directorate


  1. 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.


  1. Organizational requirements and desirable criteria


Education: Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in Engineering, Environmental Management, Project Management, or a field of direct relevance to the mandate of the Division, is required.



A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible working experience in the areas of the mandate of the Division, including at the international level, involving technical cooperation in developing countries is required.

Substantive experience in all phases of the Project Cycle is required

Knowledge and experience including in the provision of technical assistance in the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment is required.

Knowledge and experience in the areas of Ozone Depleting Substances ODS banks and end-of-life management and energy efficiency is desirable.

Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries is desirable.


Languages:  Fluency in written and spoken English is required.  Fluency in or working knowledge of other official language(s) 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.

For further information on salaries, refer to the International Civil Service Commission website: https://icsc.un.org/

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 careers site for details on how to apply: https://careers.unido.org/ 

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

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