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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is looking for qualified applicants for the following open position.

Job Title:

  • Local Field Assistant

Job Overview


  • Duty Station: Arba Minch, Southern Nations Nationalities and People’s Region, Ethiopia
  • Type of Appointment: Individual Service Agreement
  • Employment Fraction: Non Staff-When Act.  Employed
  • 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 Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (lSID) 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 effort towards sustainable development   in the next fifteen years, UNlDO’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 programmatic 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  Digitalization,  Technology  and  Agri-Business(DTA), coordinates  and  mainstreams the fourth  Industrial Revolution (4IR) in its technical cooperation,  strategic, normative activities aiming at fostering the inclusive and sustainable  development   in the era of 41R. It creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverable in the areas of trade, investment, technology, innovation and agro-industry and agribusiness.

    The Department    of  Agri-Business (DATA/AGR) provides  a range  of technical  cooperation services to assist developing   countries  add  value  to the output  of their agricultural  sector and generate employment   opportunities in off-farm   activities   for rural communities,  thereby contributing to  increased  food  security and  a sustainable  reduction  of poverty.  The department   provides support for the development   of agri-business corridors developing    countries in collaboration  with International  Financial, Institutions.

    The  position   is located  in the  Sustainable    Food  Systems Division  (DTAI AGRISFSI  promotes  ISID through  the promotion  of food systems that de­-fiver food  and nutrition security  without compromising  economic,   social. and  environmental   bases to generate   food  security  and nutrition  for future  generations.   The Division Is responsible  for identifying,   developing and  managing programs  to improve  the  competitiveness   of the food and  agribusiness sectors through  access  to support  services,  finance, markets and trade  opportunities.  In response to global trends and Member States request, UNIDO through   (DTA/AGR/SFSJ is placing an  emphasis on nutrition and qualitative  aspects of  food processing  as a critical element  of food security, and innovative adaptation   to climate  change as a means of strengthening  the resilience  of smallholder farmers.


Job Requirement

Project Context
The project phase “Establishing Moringa-based Economic Development Program to improve the Livelihood of Rural Women in Ethiopia” was developed under an official request from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The project is funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AlCS) and supported rural women t s development through technical assistance with skill development, particularly in the organization of women farmers’ clusters, introduction of value-added rural agro-processing units, packaging and quality assurances for domestic, regional and international markets. In this context, the pilot phase aimed at developing the Moringa Value Chain (MVC) for the improvement of the livelihood of rural communities, with a particular focus on the nutritional and gender aspects. Phase I of the MVC project was completed and has been transitioned to Phase II. The crop maintenance on the field has been has been energized with the training of the beneficiaries in the field.
In the Ethiopian context, the links between agriculture, agro-industry development, gender and nutrition have important impactions on poverty reduction, biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability; therefore, rural women’s role is critical and necessary in all development agendas. This project aims to build on the achievements of the initial pilot phase implemented by UNIDO, to scale-up Moringa production and productivity (specifically M. Stenopetala and M. oleifera), strengthen the value chain through integrated utilization of natural resources, and improve value addition through processing and marketing in a sustainable way. To realize its objectives, the project will focus on improving food and nutrition security and livelihood of rural households, targeting especially rural women, through the development of an inclusive and sustainable Moringa Value Chain In particular, the project will: i) Enhance sustainable production and productivity of Moringa through integrated utilization of nature resources; ii) Improve value addition of Moringa through processing and marketing of Moringa products; iii) Strengthen a nutrition-sensitive Moringa value chain through inclusive agri-food systems, promotion of nutritious products and a conducive enabling environment.

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager/ the Technic advisor at UNIDO HQ, a local Field Assistance will support the Implementation of the project activities, In close collaboration with the National Expert, follow up the activities of the pilot project site in Southern Nations Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR)-Arba Minch district to maintain and ensure the participation and integration of the smallholder farmers and particular female led farmers group to the operations of the Moringa Value Chain (MVC) project. The project assistant will be responsible for the following activities:
Main & functions
Under the overall general direction of UNIDO Project Manager at HQ and in close coordination with the UNIDO Representative and field office in Sudan, the selected person will perform the following tasks:
1. Implementation of activities defined under the “Moringa Value Chain Development ” project component
• provide support to the project team and location counterparts in the delivery of services, .including logistic planning for training’s, delivery of equipment, etc.:
• In consultation ‘With relevant counterparts, identify or confirm beneficiaries/participants Of project activities; In consultation with the Technical Advisor and the National Expert, identify requirements for field activities .
2. Monitoring and tracking indicators
• Review relevant reports, the project document, inception report and baseline studies to understand the existing capacity and needs for Improved technology models and training for the Moringa value chains;
• Based on indicators outlined in the project document and with guidance of the TA, collect field data to track progress of the project Impact on the beneficiaries.
3. Financial administration
provide support and guidance to the Administrative Assistant In managing timely and efficient manner all the administrative and financial tasks related to the project Implementation.
4. Reporting
• Submit monthly reports of activities;
• In coordination with the TA, assist in the preparation of the project newsletters and publicity materia

• Assist in the preparation of the project briefing reports and presentations for reporting to the donors;
• Performs other duties as assigned

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Core Competencies;
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.


  • Completed   Secondary  School level of education  or other relevant qualification   in the  area  of  agricultural   and  rural  development.  A first degree  in Agronomy,   horticulture,   rural development     or any subject  related  to the job  description  is an asset


  • A minimum of 8 years of working experience in rural project administration, providing support to managerial and professional staff, to assist in the project development and implementation. Experience within the UN system, Donors community, NGOs and/or a consultancy company is an asset.

Additional Skill

  •  Fluency in written and spoken English required. Knowledge of Amharic, and Local languages is and an additional asset .

How to Apply

  •  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  defendants, under the procedures  established  by the Director  General.

    Visit the UNIDO web site 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  ~n 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:

  • Application   Deadline  17:30, Dec. 4,2020
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