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Technical Expert - UNIDO
|Location :||Beirut, LEBANON|
|Application Deadline :||14-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 Month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 Month|
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 mandate of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.
The Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division (PTC) of UNIDO is responsible for providing technical cooperation services on technological and economic issues. Within PTC, the AGRI Branch through its technical assistance, links resources and markets in the agribusiness value chains and strengthens forward and backward industrial linkages in order to leg up the economic transformation of countries, improve employment and income opportunities, and reinforce sustainable livelihoods.
Technical cooperation and capacity-building services are provided to agro-based and agro-related businesses and industries, inter alia, in the food, leather, textiles, wood and agricultural equipment sectors.
Duties and Responsibilities
Since 2011, UNIDO has been supporting the agro-industrial sector through the Community empowerment and Livelihoods Enhancement project (CELEP) project by helping local micro and small industries to cope with the crisis and training unemployed affected communities on market oriented professional skills in technical sectors.
Through the three phases of the CELEP, 68 MSMEs and 20 agricultural cooperatives were directly supported by specialized equipment, civil works and capacity building development and more than 2000 Households benefited indirectly from the project activities.
In addition to upgrading the quality and quantity standards of the products as previously done during phases I&II&III, this follow up phase will focus on innovation and creativity. An in-depth assessment of the Lebanese agro-food value chains will be done during the inception phase, which will help understanding the export capacity of small producers and cooperatives and identifying the barriers for trade. This project will be the first focusing on product development, introduction of creativity tools and innovation for Lebanese products.
Building on UNIDO’s expertise, this project will target a number of MSMEs and agricultural cooperatives and will mainly consist of (i) the identification of a number of Lebanese authentic agro-food value chains having the potential to compete locally and internationally based on a technical study to be conducted; (ii) the provision of technical assistance and inputs to upgrade selected agro-processing facilities especially micro, small- and medium-enterprises (M&MSMEs) and agricultural cooperatives; (iii) the development of creativity tools and new products; and (iv) the development of marketing tools in order to facilitate market access.
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Advanced university degree in industrial, electro-mechanical or mechanical engineering.
Technical and Functional Experience:
Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language (French) would be an asset.
Interested applicants should submit their CVs to: firstname.lastname@example.org and point out to the reference of the announcement which is UNIDO – National Technical Expert.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.