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Post Level: ISA-Junior Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



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



19 March 2021

Individual Service Agreement


08 April 2021

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, 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 in the next decade. 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 Environment and Energy (EAE), headed by a Managing Director, aims to integrate and scale-up the energy and environment activities focusing on supporting governments and industries to provide
sustainable and resilient soft and hard infrastructure for industrial development, supporting industries to contribute to climate neutral circular economy, and supporting governments and industries in fulfilling national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements. The Directorate consists of the Department of Environment and the Department of Energy.

The Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) contributes to ISID and the implementation of the SDGs, in particular of SDG 9, by greening existing industries and products, as well as by facilitating creation of new green industries and products, and by minimizing resource use along value chains and during the lifetime of products, facilitating uptake of circular economy practices.

This position is located under the The Materials and Chemicals Management Division (EAE/ENV/MCM) is responsible for supporting
developing countries and countries with economies in transition in the implementation of existing or
emerging compliance regimes not covered by other divisions. With novel approaches to materials and
chemicals management and to innovation, with training and education, and with implementing circular economy approaches in particular related to extension of product life by maintenance, the division is to leverage its experience to facilitate responsible materials sourcing and to support smaller enterprises and entrepreneurs in greening their businesses.

Project Context.
Global Greenchem Innovation and Network Programme (GGINP) – 50%
The aim of the the Global Greenchem Innovation and Network Programme (GGINP) is to scale up green chemistry for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), mercury and micro plastics replacement through capacity building, innovation and a global unifying green chemistry network. The GGINP concept was approved by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in June 2020, opening the way to a 1-year preparatory phase.

The GGINP project has four components and each component targets different groups. The first component of the project will establish a Green Chemistry Inclusion Network for Capacity Building that goes beyond awareness raising and training within developing countries. This component is aimed to existing Green Chemistry networks, their members, academia, industry and policy makers. The second component will establish the Green Chemistry Accelerator Programme to nurture green chemistry entrepreneurs in the developing world and in countries with economies in transition. The third component will demonstrate scaled-up green chemistry alternatives to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), mercury and microplastics for replication at six demonstration project located in Indonesia, Jordan, Peru, Serbia, Uganda, and Ukraine. Finally, in the fourth component, UNIDO as GGINP implementing agency, will be responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the programme.

Making the business case for sustainable chemistry: Chemical Leasing 4.0 – 50%.
UNIDO´s Global Chemical Leasing Programme was established in 2005 to support enterprises in enhancing resource efficient and cleaner production, handle chemicals safely and establish sustainable business practices.

Chemical Leasing is a service-orientated circular economy business model that can effectively address the different sustainability dimensions of chemical use. It aims to simultaneously create financial, environmental and human well-being. Chemical Leasing strives for a triple win situation for the partners involved as well as for the environment. It aims at increasing the efficient use of chemicals while reducing the risks of chemicals and protecting human health. It improves the overall performance of participating companies and enhances their access to new markets. UNIDO is promoting the Chemical Leasing concept with the direct support of the Austrian, German and Swiss Governments.

The Project Associate might also be requested to contribute to the various UNIDO toolkits that are part of the IOMC toolbox (

DUTY STATION: Vienna, Austria.
DURATION: 6 months

Main Functions

Under the close 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:
– Compiling general background information from readily available sources, on economic and social factors for an assigned sector, area, country or programme/project: designing and drafting supporting flow charts, schedules, graphs and tables; coordinating the collection and verification of documents, actions and data with substantive or support units assembling and editing basic data required for planning and negotiation, in format dictated by agenda or supervisor’s instructions checking project documents for clarity, consistency and completeness;
– Describing progress of ongoing project/s, investigating designated project activities, discussing findings with supervisor to identify implications for the work of the project unit, discussing rationale and context of project activities, considering the alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and problem resolution;
– Maintaining institutional memories or other documentation systems to record project/programme, history and ongoing activities;
– Assisting in monitoring exercises related to the project implementation, retrieving substantive information on status of project, outcome, output, key performance indicators (KPIs), risks, etc. from the SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) module;
– Drafting reports, ad-hoc assignments and research activities, as required; and
– Arranging briefings, tours, and related activities for visitors, missions and fellowship holders.

Core Competencies

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.

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 Requirements

Advanced university degree in natural sciences, environmental, chemical or other engineering, preferably with a specialization in environment, is desired.
Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language, particularly French and/or Spanish desirable.
Field of Expertise
At least one (1) year of relevant professional experience in environment, 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. Experience or familiarity with chemistry and chemical compounds listed under the Stockholm or Minamata conventions is desirable.

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 dependants, under the procedures established by the Director General.

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

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