International Expert on Health Industry Management, Vienna, Austria At UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Closing date: Thursday, 22 June 2023

Title: International Expert on Health Industry Management

​​Requisition ID: 2433

Grade: ISA-Specialist

Duty Station: Home-based

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

Employment Type: Non-staff WAE Contract Duration: Number of working days still TBD Application Deadline: 22-Jun-2023

Vacancy Announcement TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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 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, Industrial Policy Advice and Statistics (TCS/CPS); 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).

The position is located under the Division of SME Competitiveness, Quality and Job Creation (TCS/SME) which works towards increasing the competitiveness of industries in developing countries and economies in transition, especially emphasizing business development of SMEs engaged in manufacturing and creating jobs therein. It aims at increasing competitiveness among SMEs in two interconnected ways: first, by modernizing businesses through the transfer of advanced technologies adapted to local conditions, product innovation, productivity improvement and upgrading, developing market and value chain readiness as well as improved access to finance; and second, by improving the quality of SME-manufactured products and their compliance with market requirements through capacity building for the development of industrial production and trade related quality infrastructure including for standardization, metrology, accreditation and conformity assessment. The Division also houses UNIDO’s work in support of health industry development.

PROJECT CONTEXT /Overview/UNIDO Project Summary/Project Purpose>

The international expert’s assignments will concern UNIDO project 230002 ‘Fostering the readiness of industry as an essential component of a pandemic and emergency response’. This project represents the first phase (out of three) towards the establishment of the UNIDO International Centre for Industry Readiness.

The Centre is meant to be a pioneer industry readiness Centre based in the UAE, with a primarily focus on the MENA region. The model and operations could further be replicate in Africa and other continents. The overall goal of the Centre is to provide industries with the necessary skills, capacity, and network to be responsive towards global crisis, particularly by promoting advanced technologies and good practices in manufacturing health products; facilitating global partnerships; and sharing innovative solutions

In this post pandemic context, the Centre is meant to respond to the most actual challenges that health industry faces worldwide, particularly by: i) strengthening local and regional value chains, ii) scaling-up manufacturing capacity, iii) boosting industry resilience and sustainability, and iv) promoting agile response through innovation and digital transformation.


Under the close supervision of the Project Manager and the project team at Headquarters, the International Expert shall fulfill the following duties: MINIMUM ORGANIZATIONAL REQUIREMENTS


Advanced university degree in Health Management, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Law, or other relevant discipline is required.

Technical and Functional Experience:

  •  A minimum of 7 years of practical experience in designing and implementing instruments (such as centers, hubs, clusters, programmes), in the areas of health, innovation systems, entrepreneurship, R&D, with a particular focus on SMEs competitiveness, is required.
  •  A minimum of 7 years of practical experience in the management of projects in health industry (pharma, biotech, medical sectors), is required.
  •  Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in MENA region and Africa is required.
  •  Experience in analyzing the needs, conditions and problems of health industry in an emergency context (e.g. pandemic or post-pandemic context, natural disasters, exceptional circumstances), is required.
  •  Experience in developing or applying tools to strengthen SMEs competitiveness, is required.
  •  Experience in policy analysis, economic research, strategy development, data analysis is required.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official 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.

Managerial and Leadership Competencies

WE ARE STRATEGIC, DECISIVE, PRINCIPLED AND INSPIRATIONAL: As managers, we are strategic and fair in driving our team’s performance. As leaders, we are a source of inspiration, stand for norms and standards established in the UN Charter and duty bound to defend these ideals with a principled approach.

WE ARE INCLUSIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE: As managers, we are inclusive in our approach and maintain constructive engagement with all our stakeholders. As leaders, we embrace all personnel and stakeholders and are accountable mutually within UNIDO, within the system, to beneficiaries and the public and beyond.

WE ARE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL AND TRANSFORMATIONAL: As managers, we go beyond conventional methods to help our organizational units strengthen their own agility and adaptability to change. As leaders in the UN system, we have a vision which is integrated and engaged across the pillars of Peace and Security, Human Rights and Development.

WE ARE COLLABORATIVE AND CO-CREATIVE: As managers, we foster a team spirit and create meaningful opportunities to hear the voices of those around us, while realizing that only by working together can we accomplish our mission. As leaders we see the inter-dependency of imperatives of the UN Charter and personally champion a collaborative inter-agency, multi-stakeholders and cross-thinking approach.

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: NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level. Notice to applicants: UNIDO does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. If you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Vacant positions within UNIDO are advertised on the official UNIDO website. Should you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNIDO and requesting payment of a fee, please contact:


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