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UNIDO is hiring a Home-Based International Consultant for External Applicants: Deadline 25 July 2024 APPLY

UNIDO is hiring a Home-Based International Consultant for External Applicants: Deadline 25 July 2024 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.



PROJECT TITLE: Strengthening Engagement and Action by the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group on Climate Change – GEF ID 10994 – SAP ID 220042

UNIDO is implementing the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded projects “Strengthening Engagement and Action by the Least Developed Countries Group on Climate Change” (GEF ID 10994 – SAP ID 220042) in collaboration with Climate Analytics (CA) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). The project seeks to strengthen the institutional structures of the LDC Group on Climate Change, enabling them to enhance their participation and advocacy for LDC positions on climate change adaptation and mitigation in UNFCCC processes and the translation of relevant decisions into concrete actions on the ground in LDC countries. One major outcome of the UNIDO project is the formal establishment, legalization and operationalization of the permanent secretariat of the LDC Group.


The Least Developed Countries (LDs)

The Least Developed Countries (LDs) are forty-four (44) nations representing over one billion people across Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean, which contribute the least to climate change, yet disproportionately suffer from its ever-increasing impacts. The LDC Group on Climate Change, united behind a shared common interest and circumstances, have been negotiating as a Group in the UNFCCC process since 2001, to ensure their voices are heard and their priorities are reflected in the final negotiation outcomes. They work together on progressive climate actions that align with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement of limiting the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience, and making financial flows consistent with low greenhouse gas emissions pathway.  

The Chair of the LDC Group under UNFCCC rotates among three regions – Francophone and Lusophone Africa, Anglophone Africa, and Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean regions. The Republic of Malawi is the chair of the LDC Group for the period 2024-2025.  

Several critical challenges hinder the effective operation of the LDC Group on Climate Change. These challenges span a diverse area including the day-to-day operational management, institutional set-up, coordination, and financial management. As highlighted in the Group’s five-year strategy, addressing these challenges is pivotal to help enhance the sustainability and more coordinated efforts of the Group.

The establishment of a Permanent Secretariat has emerged as a transformative opportunity to optimize operations, distribute tasks, and fortify the Group’s international engagement, building on the existing foundation for sustained and impactful climate action. 


Highly recommended by the LDC Charter and aiming to strengthen the institutional structures of the LDC group, the establishment of a permanent secretariat for the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group holds immense importance in addressing the unique challenges faced by these countries. The secretariat will provide a centralized hub for coordinating and advancing the LDC Group’s efforts in climate change negotiations across all thematic areas, as well as support implementation of climate actions at the national levels.  

Given the importance of the permanent secretariat, the GEF 7 project is recruiting a Coordinator to support the LDC Group on Climate Chage to the effectively establish its Permanent Secretariat, and to provide support to the Chair and the Group on various key activities.  The main objectives are to support:

  • the effective establishment of the Permanent Secretariat and obtainment of the legal status;
  • to monitor the activities of the LDC initiatives and projects and create synergies among them;
  • Support the day-to-day work of the LDC Group ensuring knowledge management and effective coordination among the Group’s members;
  • The Group’s activities towards and within the UNFCCC;
  • Logistical activities related to key events such as the LDC Ministerial and Strategic Meetings.


Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the LDC Chair on Climate Change, and close cooperation with the LDC Group on Climate Change, the project team in the HQ and field location, the expert will be responsible for the performance of the following main duties:


Education: An advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in business administration, institutional set-up, climate and environment, or other relevant discipline is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in administration and institutional set-up, including some exposure at the international level is required.
  • Experience in project management, including budgeting, planning, monitoring, evaluation, and administration is required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines is required.
  • Good knowledge of the UNFCCC process is desirable
  • Experience/knowledge of development agencies, donor communities, private sectors, government and relevant institutions is desirable.
  • Experience of working with UN agencies, multilaterals, donors, and international NGOs is required.
  • Working experience in an LDC country is desirable.
  • Experience in evaluating the needs and conditions of developing countries is desirable.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, with efficiency, competence and integrity with people of different national and cultural backgrounds is required.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language, particularly French is desirable. Fluency and/or working knowledge of Portuguese 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.



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