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Industrial Policy Expert, Vienna

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Post Level: ISA-Junior Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



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

Vacancy Announcement No:


Duty Station

Date of Issuance:

27 March 2018

Type of Appointment:

Individual Service Agreement

Employment Fraction:

Partner Expert WAE

Closing Date:

10 April 2018

Organizational Context

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. Its mission is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the recently adopted 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 fifteen years. UNIDOs mandate in SDG-9, calls for the need to Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. Accordingly, the Organizations programmatic focus is structured in three thematic priorities:

  • Creating shared prosperity
  • Advancing economic competitiveness
  • Safeguarding the environment.

UNIDO delivers its services through the following four complementary and mutually supportive core functions: (a) technical cooperation activities; (b) analytical and policy advisory services; (c ) standard-setting and compliance and (d) convening and partnership role. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices

The Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division (EPR/PRS/RPA) conducts integrated applied economic research on themes related to UNIDOs mandate at the international, regional, country and sector level, and disseminates the findings thereof. On this basis, it provides strategic and specific industrial policy advice to Member States to accelerate industrial development. The Division also supports Member States in the identification, design, implementation and evaluation of policies that aim at expanding and diversifying their productive capacity, and advocates for sustainable industrialization strategies at the global, regional and national level. In discharging these responsibilities, it implements projects and collaborates closely with other relevant organizational entities of UNIDO, including those providing technical cooperation services.

The Industrial Policy Expert works under the overall guidance of the Senior Coordinator of the Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division and under the framework of Component 4 of project 150166, which assists the Government by strengthening evidence-based policy analyses, building on the previous industrial observatory assistance provided to the Government by UNIDO. This component is led by the Research and Industry Policy Advice Division of UNIDO. In addition to providing capacity building activities to the Ministry of Industry and Trade and a range of other public and private sector institutions, the component supports in particular the planning of the Economic Diplomacy Programme of the Government, which focuses on coherent implementation of industry, trade and investment initiatives.

Duty Station: Home based, with missions to Kigali

Main Functions

Develop work plan and methodology for the implementation of Output 4 of the project.

Ensure successful and timely implementation of all activities in approved work plan, including: regularly report to Output Manager at HQ and advise of necessary changes to the implementation strategy; take decisions on the contracting of consultants and supervise their work as necessary; budgeting.

Coordinate closely and collaborate with counterparts in the Government, in particular with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, on activities carried out, ensuring work is aligned and expectations of counterparts are met.

Advise counterpart (EcoDiplo team and focal points in MINICOM) on content integration into the IT System, based on M&E matrix for industry, trade and investment.

Finalize the M&E impact indicators for the EcoDiplo Proramme, and seek final approval by MINICOM.

Prepare and deliver training courses to staff from MINICOM, the Economic Diplomacy Programme and others working on monitoring and evaluation, on the annual monitoring of performance using the M&E impact indicators and databases suggested (two workshops foreseen, total of eight days). A shorter workshop for high-level participants may also be required.

Undertake all administrative activities pertaining to the project component, including final reporting

Core Competencies

INTEGRITY: To work honestly, openly, impartially and in accordance with the values of the United Nations.

PROFESSIONALISM: To work in a competent, committed and calm manner.

ESPECT FOR DIVERSITY: To work effectively, respectfully and inclusively with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives.

RESULTS ORIENTATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY: To be accountable and responsible for achieving results and meeting.

Performance Standards:

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: To plan, organize and manage work effectively and efficiently.

COMMUNICATION AND TRUST: To communicate effectively and build trust.

TEAM ORIENTATION: To cooperate at various levels.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: To be responsive towards those to whom services are provided internally and externally.

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION: To realize continuous improvement, support innovation, share knowledge and skills and learn from others

Minimum Requirements


Advanced university degree (Masters), preferably in Industrial/Economic Development, Economics, Political Science or a related area.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language, particularly French is an asset. # Kinyarwanda – Limited Knowledge # Swahili – Limited Knowledge

Field of Expertise

  • A minimum of three (3) years of practical experience with industrial development and industrial policies, including field experience particularly in SSA
  • In-depth knowledge of UNIDO methodologies to measure industrial competitiveness, in particular CIP(www.unido.org/data1/Statistics/Research/cip.html) and EQuIP (www.equip-project.org/toolbox).
  • A comprehensive understanding of M&E methodologies and approaches, and experience in developing tailored M&E impact indicators for a range of programmes on industrial development.
  • Extensive experience in using international databases and national datasets related to trade, production, investment, employment and other (incl. expert knowledge of UNIDO’s INDSTAT and MVA databases, UN Comtrade, WDI, and other economic databases).
  • Experience in designing and facilitating training courses and workshops on the above-mentioned methodologies, adapting methodologies and training modalities to the specific country and audience (e.g. high-level decision-makers vs. technocrats), and objective.
  • Experience working with government bodies in SSA (preferably in Rwanda or East Africa).
  • Knowledge of industrial development in Rwanda (including policies and strategies) and a good understanding of the institutional landscape.
  • Ability to work independently and ensure project activities are completed successfully and timely.
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills and the ability to communicate complex issues to various audiences.
  • Strong report-writing skills

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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