Title:  Project Associate

​​Requisition ID: 1792 
Grade: ISA-Junior Specialist 
Country: Austria 
Duty Station: Vienna 
Category: International Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: Internal/External
Employment Type: Non-staff Regular

Contract Duration: 6 months (with the possibility of extension)
Application Deadline: 31-Mar-2023  


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 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 Directorate houses the technical Divisions of Capacity Development and Industrial Policy Advice (TCS/CAP); Circular Economy and Environmental Protection (TCS/CEP); Decarbonization and Sustainable Energy (TCS/DSE); SMEs, Competitiveness and Job Creation (TCS/SME); and Digital Transformation and AI Strategies (TCS/DAS). The Directorate also ensures close coordination and collaboration among the Divisions as well as with relevant entities in the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO) and the Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET).


This position is located under the Competitiveness, Quality and Compliance Unit (TCS/SME/CQC) which builds national and regional production and quality infrastructure systems, with an emphasis on providing internationally recognized services, facilitating SME participation in regional and global value chains; strengthening institutional quality infrastructure capacities (i.e. standardization, metrology, and accreditation); building conformity assessment capacities (testing, inspection, certification, calibration, etc.); and supporting trade facilitation and quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers, placing a special emphasis on capacitating SMEs.





Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP) Philippines, (SAP ID 200219)


The Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP) is a strategic cooperation between the Government of Switzerland and UNIDO to promote market access through enhancing compliance capacity of SMEs with Market requirements. The Special Measure mechanism is intended to address urgent needs of an industry in one or more thematic areas of quality infrastructure, value chain compliance and culture for quality.

In response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has been working with local manufacturers to explore opportunities for these local firms to diversify their production to include essential goods such as PPEs. The discourse has surfaced gaps in terms of quality and safety standards, operational and occupational health and safety standards, production technology, and testing methodologies and equipment.


High-level discussions with DTI, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), industry chambers and associations, and other government representatives forming the UNIDO – convened Multi-stakeholder Working Group on COVID-19 stressed the urgent need for UNIDO to provide the necessary support to address the challenges identified.


The Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP) is a strategic cooperation between the Government of Switzerland and UNIDO to promote market access through enhancing compliance capacity of SMEs with Market requirements. The Special Measure mechanism is intended to address urgent needs of an industry in one or more thematic areas of quality infrastructure, value chain compliance and culture for quality.


In the Philippines, the overall purpose of the initiative is to help address the urgent need to provide adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPEs), medical device, and sanitation products in support of the country’s COVID-19 response, meeting the required global quality and safety product and manufacturing standards.  This will be done through strengthening the capacity of the national quality infrastructure to promote and verify compliance of the commodities mentioned with relevant quality and safety standards.


The project will also help achieve the country’s aspirations described in its 2040 Vision: “The country is
a prosperous middle-class society where no one is poor. People live long and healthy lives and are smart and innovative. The Philippines is a high-trust society where families thrive in vibrant, culturally diverse, and resilient communities.” Under UNIDO’s CPF in the Philippines, 2018 – 2023, the project is well-placed to strongly contribute to the targets on “supporting inclusive, sustainable, and innovation-led industrialization”.


Component 1 of the project aims to strengthen the country’s national quality infrastructure (NQI) in order to offer quality services demanded by MSMEs at market price through:

  • Improved governance systems to support an effective NQI including quality infrastructure services
    (e.g. laboratories), accessible by all segments of the value chains of the selected commodities


In this regard, the project will support development of a National Laboratory Policy as an overarching guidance to development of the laboratories in identified priority sectors in the Philippines. 




Under the supervision of the Project Manager, and working with the project team, applies basic theoretical knowledge and administrative skills in supporting and in acquiring a broad understanding of the interrelated administrative and programme/project functions contributing to technical cooperation activities in a particular sector, geographical area or programme/project by:


  • Compile general background information from readily available sources, on economic and social factors for an assigned sector, area, country or programme/project: design and draft supporting flow charts, schedules, graphs and tables; coordinate the collection and verification of documents, actions and data with substantive or support units, assemble and edit basic data required for planning and negotiation, in format dictated by agenda or supervisor's instructions, check project documents for clarity, consistency and completeness;


  • Describe progress of ongoing project/s, investigate designated project activities, discuss findings with supervisor to identify implications for the work of the project unit, discuss rationale and context of project activities, consider the alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and problem resolution;


  • Maintain institutional memories or other documentation systems to record project/programme, history and ongoing activities;


  • Assist in monitoring exercises related to the project execution, retrieve substantive information on status of project, outcome, output, key performance indicators (KPIs), risks, etc. from the SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) module;


  • Draft reports, ad-hoc assignments and research activities, as required;


  • Arrange briefings, tours, and related activities for visitors, missions and fellowship holders.






Advanced university degree in science, business administration, economics, or other relevant discipline with
a specialization in trade, project management, SME development, is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:

At least one (1) year of professional experience in area relevant for recruiting TCS/SME Division required developing practical appreciation of the context of technical cooperation activities, is required. Experience in evaluating 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 another 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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