Expert in industrial development, Tunis, Tunisia At UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Closing date: Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Title: Industrial development expert

Requisition ID: 2349

Grade: ISA-Specialist

Country: Tunisia

Duty Station: Tunis

Category: International Consultant Type of Job Posting: Internal and External

Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular Deadline application: 27-Jun-2023

Vacancy Announcement TEMPORARY APPROVAL OF PROJECT STAFF Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

BODIZATIONAL CONTEXTThe 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 fifty 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 less extent to all SDGs. Consequently, 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 programs, 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 Director General, oversees the development of the Organization’s industrial development capacities as well as advice on industrial policy, statistics and research activities and the Organization’s standard-setting contribution to member States and to the global development community for the achievement of the SDGs. The Directorate also ensures the application of strategies and interventions for sustainable industrial development linked to the environment, energy, SMEs, competitiveness and job creation, as well as scanning and artificial intelligence ( IA ).Through internal coordination and with Member States and industry stakeholders, it ensures that the services provided in these areas contribute to technical solutions, effective and appropriate trade and policy, and are results-oriented and in realizing any UNIDO scaling and positioning potential as a leading platform for industrial development in developing countries and global forums. The Directorate houses the following technical divisions: Capacity development and advice on industrial policy ( 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 between the divisions as well as with the entities concerned of the Directorate for Global Partnerships and External Relations ( GLO ) and the Directorate of innovation and economic transformation linked to the SDGs ( IET ).

It helps industries benefit from the rapid advances in digital and converging technologies associated with the fourth industrial revolution ( Industry 4.0 ), ensuring a smooth transition to safe and secure cyber-physical industrial systems and a smart society, and mitigating any negative effect on employment and the quality of work. Thanks to the services of the division, productive transformation will be essential, integrating industrial companies, dynamic entrepreneurship and acceleration services, in less developed countries which will have the possibility of catching up with their technological delay instead of being left behind by industries in more advanced countries. ensuring a smooth transition to safe and secure cyber-physical industrial systems and a smart society, and mitigating any negative effects on employment and quality of work. Thanks to the services of the division, productive transformation will be essential, integrating industrial companies, dynamic entrepreneurship and acceleration services, in less developed countries which will have the possibility of catching up with their technological delay instead of being left behind by industries in more advanced countries. ensuring a smooth transition to safe and secure cyber-physical industrial systems and a smart society, and mitigating any negative effects on employment and quality of work. Thanks to the services of the division, productive transformation will be essential, integrating industrial companies, dynamic entrepreneurship and acceleration services, in less developed countries which will have the possibility of catching up with their technological delay instead of being left behind by industries in more advanced countries.


Project number: 210021

Project title: Industry 4.0 to foster youth employment in Tunisia and Ivory Coast

This project aims to solve a major socio-economic problem in Tunisia, as well as in the complementary country, Ivory Coast, namely the high unemployment rates among young people and women. In the context of the industrial sector, the central problem lies in the lack of dedicated policies and mechanisms as well as updated capacities and infrastructures to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or industry ( 4IR ) in promoting growth. and youth employment. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development ( BMZ ) has a special initiative on training and job creation with a focus on the development of technology and innovation and the promotion of value chains , and under which the current project document is designed to stimulate integration into 4RI ecosystems in tandem with increased and improved employment opportunities and conditions in selected companies in Tunisia and Côte d’Ivoire. The industrial sectors suggested for intervention are: automotive, aerospace and ICT, solar energy ( Tunisia ); ICT and the agro-food industry ( Ivory Coast ).

The intervention will foster demanded for skilled workers by addressing business-side constraints that impede business growth and community development and support youth and others to engage in these opportunities by improving the access to technology and skills, as well as information on employment and business prospects. Therefore, the project will focus on agents working in the targeted communities, especially young people and women, support for labor market integration, entrepreneurship, incubators and training structures. In addition, alignment will be sought with the broader framework of strengthening relevant national policies.

Objective of the project

The main objective of UNIDO’s interventions is to help Tunisia and Côte d’Ivoire increase employment, wages and working conditions for young people by shaping and consolidating a digital economy ecosystem. The broad impact envisaged by this objective will contribute to a structural transformation of the economy in Tunisia and will lay the foundations for this transformation in Ivory Coast in the targeted sectors, thus leading to the creation of sustainable jobs.

The main components of the project are as follows: 1. Improved business environment driver to job creation and adoption of 4RI technologies and methods in value chains and priority sectors ( Ivory Coast will be assessed for 4RI availability; specific strategies will be developed for targeted sectors ).

2. Creation of a SMART factory within or near the training facilities, development of curricula, facilities and methodologies for the integration and adoption of the 4IR ( Côte d’Ivoire will benefit from the trains and reinforcement capacities / services offered by the smart production unit in Tunisia ( i.e. virtual installations ).

3. Development of a dedicated 4RI knowledge training capacity in professional centers, universities and business schools ( Ivory Coast will benefit from Tunisia’s adapted training methods and materials, as well as those developed for the Ivory Coast ).

4. Establishment and strengthening of 4RI institutions and centers in countries or selected country ( ies ) for training, knowledge, experience and shared activities ( Ivory Coast will benefit from the online platform established for training, assistance, knowledge and experience sharing ).

5. Pilot experience on the adoption and exploitation of 4RI technologies in a selected number of companies ( Côte d’Ivoire will have a limited number of companies that will benefit from diagnosis, installation of new technologies, training and skills development for staff ).

6. Facilitation of the digital transformation of the investment promotion network to attract investors, partners and financing for the acquisition of 4RI technologies.


Under the supervision of the project manager and in collaboration with the project team, the expert will be responsible for providing technical support for the smooth and efficient execution of the project. The main tasks are:

  •  Executive and monitor project implementation activities, ensuring that assigned inputs are of high quality, delivered on time and within allocated budget.
  •  Coordinate the execution of the project, including as required:

– Coordinate the work of project consultants, partners and subcontractors.

– Prepare necessary inputs ( work plans, job description consultant, terms of reference, training arrangements, equipment specifications, etc. ).

– Track progress and expenditures, prepare financial forecasts and budget revisions, including missions to project sites.

– Participate in monitoring meetings in the field and at headquarters and assist the Evaluation Group in its evaluations of projects / programs.

– Coordinate project communication and knowledge management activities.

  •  Support the management of relations with stakeholders involved in the project, including government institutions and international entities, local donor institutions, international financial institutions and regional development banks, the private sector, civil society and the community university to establish collaborations and synergies.
  •  Support advocacy and communication activities related to the project and aimed at strengthening public relations, including the preparation of promotional material, the organization of media events, the dissemination of information on project activities via the website of UNIDO / project and the UNIDO network of offices.
  •  Provide technical advice, guidance and direction to the efforts and contributions of consultants, project staff, donors, institutions and governments towards the completion of project objectives;
  •  Assess the degree of execution of technical assistance project activities and resources; identify resource and funding issues and gaps, and initiate and propose corrective or alternative actions.
  •  Analyze and interpret project history and documentation, identity, reconstruct and document significant project events, decisions and modifications;
  •  Write sections of the project document such as project background and justification;
  •  Locate and analyze specific economic and social data and distill and synthesize relevant information for proposed potential projects;
  •  Identify, describe and justify project proposals so that they are consistent with approved technical cooperation programs and ongoing activities;
  •  Exchange information necessary for project formulation and execution with government officials responsible for planning, finance, donor coordination and sector functions, as well as with representatives of multilateral and bilateral donor agencies ;
  •  Organize and conduct briefings and debriefings on projects with particular regard to national, sub-regional and regional aspects, resources and development characteristics, with a view to maximizing project performance levels.


Education: Advanced university degree in business administration, economics, international relations or other relevant discipline.

Technical and functional experience:

At least five (5) years of professional experience in the management of technical cooperation projects with international experience required. Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems of developing countries. Ability to research and analyze information. Ability to write clearly and concisely. Ability to work effectively in multicultural teams.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English, French and Arabic is required.


Core Values

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: Working honestly, openly and impartially.

WE ARE PROFESSIONALISM: working hard and in a competent, committed and responsible manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: working together effectively, respectfully and inclusive, regardless of our differences in culture and opinion.

Key skills

WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: working together to realize our full potential – this is true for our colleagues as well as our customers. Emotional intelligence and responsibilities are essential elements of our UNIDO identity.

WE ARE FOCUSED ON RESULTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY: aiming for the effective and efficient planning, organization and management of our work. We are accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This responsibility is not limited to our colleagues and supervisors, we also owe it to those we serve who have entered us with the task of helping to build a better, safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: Communicate effectively with each other and create an environment of trust in which we can excel at our work.

WE THINK OUT OF THE BEATEN PATH AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we constantly improve, we support innovation, we share our knowledge and skills and we learn from each other.

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 unconscriptively 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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