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Vacancy Announcement No: VA2019_ISA_EXT_000025
Duty Station: Kenya
Type of Appointment: Individual Service Agreement
Employment Fraction: NonStaff-Regular
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 the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, 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 in the next fifteen years. UNIDOs 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 Organizations 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 UNIDOs four enabling functions:
The Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC) is responsible and accountable for providing technical cooperation services to enhance the capabilities of developing countries and economies in transition to promote ISID in the areas covered by five departments: Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration; Department of Agri-Business; Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation; Department of Environment; and Department of Energy.
This position is located under the Department of Agri-Business (PTC/AGR) in the Food Systems and Nutrition Division (PTC/AGR/FSN), which promotes Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) through the promotion of sustainable food systems that deliver 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 programmes to improve the competitiveness of the agro-food processing sector (meat, milk, fish, fruits and vegetables, sugar, cereals and pulses, tubers, as well as Novel Foods) through access to support services, markets and trade opportunities.
The EU, in partnership with the EAC, has launched the Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) to support member countries improve market access of agro-food products to the EU and regional markets. The MARKUP is structured around two intervention levels: the EAC Window and the Partner States Window with country specific projects.
UNIDO is the implementation partner for the Kenya-Partner States Window.
The main purpose of this project is to contribute to the economic development of Kenya by increasing the value of both extra- and intra-regional agricultural exports in selected horticulture sub sectors; (snow peas and peas, mangoes, passion fruit, chilies, herbs and spices, nuts).
Recent studies have analysed the reasons for low productivity and competitiveness in these value chains such as the need of specialised extension services and a diffuse lack of knowledge on appropriate good agricultural practices. These value chains for exports are also lacking compliance with market requirements and standards. National quality infrastructure have an advanced Quality Infrastructure, however some conformity assessment services are not yet fully recognized by the targeted international markets.
This project will address these challenges through an intervention, which aims to:
The current project will build upon the success of the SMAP project to further strengthen the market potential of high value horticulture.
The Kenya MARKUP will focus on the horticulture sector and in particular UNIDOs component will address the challenges in the following value chains: snow peas and peas, mango, passion fruit, chilies, herbs and spices and nuts. Exact value chains and target locations will be determined during the inception phase and after a detailed gap analysis.
The Kenya project is expected to work in up to 10 counties and in priority horticultural sectors.
Under the supervision of the Project Manager, assist in appraising, adjusting and presenting project proposals, and monitoring programme implementation, identifying problems and utilizing information as an input to corrective actions to promote effective project management. Develops and administers technical cooperation projects by:
This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.