TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL
23 March 2022
Individual Service Agreement
NonStaff-When Act. Employed
12 April 2022
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.
Responding to the growing demand for supporting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in the era of the new industrial revolution, the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTA/DTI) leads the way in addressing opportunities, challenges and risks stemming from the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and its contribution to sustainable socio-economic progress. The Department is responsible for the strategic coordination of 4IR-related matters with designated focal points in other technical Departments and organizational entities of UNIDO, as appropriate. In consultation with public and private partners, DTI designs and implements holistic interventions that are tailored to specific country needs. The Department’s interventions actively identify and combine complementary services from across three Divisions, namely:
This position is located under the Innovation and Digitalization Division (DTA/DTI/IDD), which promotes digital transformation and innovation ecosystems building, to advance the economic competitiveness of developing countries by helping them to benefit from the rapid progress of digital and convergent technologies associated to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and ensuring a smooth transition towards cyber-physical industrial systems and a smart society.
Industrial Upgrading and Modernization Programme for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (SAP ID 190068).
On 6 October 2017, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela transmitted a request for UNIDO’s technical assistance to support its efforts in pursuing an economic transformation to evolve from an oil-based economy to a more diversified economy. On 27 November 2017, parties signed a Joint Declaration with the objective of contributing to the achievement of SDGs, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Lima Declaration with focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development. In this context, UNIDO agreed to assist in the formulation and development of a Strategic Programming Framework for the Country in form of a Country Program (CP) that aims at promoting sustainable production, employment and trade within 7 agro-industrial products. Out of these priority products, UNIDO identified 5 agro-industrial value chains (namely, white and yellow maize, “caraota” and common beans, soybeans, rice and sugar cane) with highest potentialities to be developed via the application of the Industrial Upgrading and Modernization Programme, with the ultimate goal to reduce the dependency of food commodities imports.
The main objective of the current project is to contribute to the Government’s efforts to ensure food security, strengthen the agro-industrial value chains, stimulate employment and create favorable conditions for the revitalization of the industrial sectors of Venezuela. Specifically, the project will support the industrial modernization of 5 agro-industrial value chains and related agro-industrial cooperatives in Venezuela by strengthening local capacities in industrial processing and provision of industrial inputs to respective agro-industrial value chains. In particular, UNIDO prioritized the following areas of Project’s technical assistance as potential horizontal cross-sectoral solutions for five priority value chains: Introduction of innovative processing, treatment or marketing solutions/techniques or scaling up local ones; Industrial adjustments and innovative upgrading at post-harvesting stage; Demand-driven produce of agricultural implements, processing machinery, and/or related spare parts production; and Promotion of articulated actions of all actors within and among value chains. In this way, it is sought to guaranty the national food security via a greater supply of internal demand of food, contributing to a more diversified and value-added local economy, investment and technology promotion, as well as the development of Venezuela’s export potential.
The project foresees the following outputs:
Output 1: Industrial modernization of selected pilot beneficiary enterprises and cooperatives, business-model based market positioning of selected products for increased and sustainable supply of quality agro-products in Venezuela.
Output 2: Human and technical capacities of national counterpart institutions and of national expertise strengthened in providing enterprise diagnosis and modernization, business competitiveness building and marketing, inter- institutional networking, intra value chain articulations and business partnerships, other related services to the national agro-industry in Venezuela.
To achieve Output 1 of the “Industrial Upgrading and Modernization Program for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”, “Improvement Solutions” were designed and are planned to be implemented in the 5 agro-industrial value chains, aimed at contributing to the resolution of the main constraints in these value chains, which were identified by the UNIDO in 2018-2019.
These “Improvement Solutions” are part of a portfolio of projects that emerged from the interaction with value chain stakeholders, and were subsequently reviewed and prioritized jointly by the UNIDO teams in Venezuela and Vienna. The selected proposals are financed with program resources and are expected to serve as a reference for replication, with visibility in Venezuela and other countries. Among the improvement solutions identified and selected for implementation is “Concept Based Improvement Solution CBIS #44: Access to financial instruments adapted to the specific needs of the actors in the soybean value chain” in Venezuela.
In this regard, the National Advisor specialized in financial and stock market instruments will aim to develop a concept for the soybean value chain that will enable the primary producer and agribusiness to access financial instruments (banking and stock market) adapted to their specific needs to finance their productive activities.
The National Advisor on Financial and stock market instruments will work under the direct supervision of the UNIDO Project Manager at UNIDO Headquarters (Vienna, Austria), the National Country Program Coordinator (CPC) and the Integrated Soy Value Chain Support Analyst. The National Advisor specialized in financial and stock market instruments will work in coordination with national and international experts in industrial modernization, as well as with national counterparts linked to the soy value chain.
Duty Station: Home-based. Local in-country travel, as appropriate.
Duration (tentative): 115 work-days.
The National Advisor specialized in financial and stock market instruments duties shall be performed in accordance with applicable rules and regulations of UNIDO and this terms of reference.
1. Identify and quantify soy sector financing requirements;
2. Prepare financing proposals (bank, stock market or alternative);
3. Assess of available options in the country for the mitigation of climatic and biological risks associated with soybean production;
4. Evaluate alternative sources of financing/investment funds available in the country;
5. Generate a set of recommendations or suggestions in terms of economic policy, specifically monetary (legal reserve) and fiscal policy to promote the supply of financing to the soybean value chain;
6. Design a pilot financing plan with a selected agribusiness companies, a group of organized producers and a financial institution or stock market investor;
7. Present results to the Soybean Value Chain stakeholders;
8. Prepare progress reports for project control;
9.Perform any other tasks required by the UNIDO Project Manager, CPC, and PC.
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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.
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.