National Administrative Technical Associate

United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Colombia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th March, 2021

Job Description

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, 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. 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 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 4IR. The Directorate creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverables in the areas of trade, investment, technology innovation and agro-industry and agri-business. The Directorate comprises the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR).
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:

  • Innovation and Digitalization Division (DTA/DTI/IDD)
  • Investment and Technology Promotion Division (DTA/DTI/ITP)
  • Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS)

This position is within the Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS), which seeks to build national and regional quality infrastructure systems needed to provide internationally recognized services, including strengthening institutional capacities (i.e. metrology, standardization and accreditation); building conformity assessment capacities (testing, inspection, certification, calibration, etc.); supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of new technologies and standards for smart production and thus participate in global value chains; trade facilitation and promoting quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers.


In order to consolidate UNIDO/SECO interventions on trade standards compliance within one tool, adding the benefit of a global component facilitating synergies and enhancing coherence among the interventions, UNIDO and SECO have developed a coherent programmatic approach:

the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP). The GQSP supports selected countries to align the demand for and supply of quality services required to prove and verify the quality of products. It will have two components (1) Global Knowledge Management (C1) and (2) Country Projects.

The project “Quality Programme for the Chemical Value Chain” has been developed to be considered under component 2 and its overall objective is to foster Colombia’s integration into the regional and multilateral trading systems, through the strengthening of the National Quality Subsystem (SICAL) within the framework of the priorities of the 10 industrial groups that compose the Chemical Value Chain and the increase and improvement of MSME’s capacities to comply with technical requirements, international quality, private and sustainability standards required for trade facilitation. The project includes three complementary outcomes that are aligned to the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP), to be implemented over a period of four years:

Outcome 1: The sustainability and technical competence of the National Quality Subsystem SICAL are improved in the relevant areas to strategic sectors of the Chemical Value Chain to improve its competitiveness and favorize its access to new markets.

Outcome 2: The capacity of the MSMEs of the Chemical Value Chain to comply with technical regulations, international quality, private and sustainability standards is enhanced.

Outcome 3: The awareness for quality is enhanced for the improvement of quality and competitiveness.

Duty Station: Bogota, Colombia

Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)


  • The results of the assignment will cover activities pertaining to the mentioned Outcomes, in particular those related with monitoring, administrative support and operational follow-up and execution. Also will cover cross-cutting tasks not included in the previous three outcomes, mainly related with finance, procurement, communication and other management support issues. As a part of the Project Management Unit (PMU), the NATA will conduct his/her activities under the supervision of UNIDO’s DTA/DTI/QIS Project Manager, and under the coordination of the National Technical Coordinator (NTC) and the National Quality Specialist (NQS). Furthermore, he/she will closely collaborate with the National Technical Coordinator and project staff in the field.

To this end, the NATA will have the following main responsibilities:

  •  Contribute to the preparation of work plans, fielding of experts, trainings, fellowships, sub-contracts, purchase of equipment, etc.
  •  Assist in the managerial and financial monitoring of the project and its activities and collect relevant information (including a possible review of indicators and budget revisions).
  •  Facilitate requisitions/purchase orders, terms of reference, and assists in ensuring the technical evaluation of received offers according to UNIDO rules and regulations. In particular, support the monitoring of proper delivery of procured equipment and services to the country.
  •  Assist with the organization of Steering Committee meetings and other governance and non-governance meetings.
  •  Performance of relevant tasks in SAP necessary for the smooth project implementation.
  •  Support the preparation of mid-year and year-end progress reports, including financial reports, to the donor based on relevant specifications.
  •  Support the project manager in his day-to- day operational work and in the administrative, monitoring and communication areas of the programme and its activities.
  • Carry out any other assignment requested by the Project Manager.
  • Finally, the NATA will contribute in the review of final reports of documents that will be edited by PMU, taking into consideration the technical inputs developed by other consultants within the framework of this project. This review is an ongoing process throughout the duration of the ISA and will not require extra days.


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.

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.


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 education or high-school diploma required. University degree or equivalent with a focus in Economics, Accounting, Business Administration or related field, can be an asset. Credit towards total working experience may be considered on a year-by-year basis, up to maximum of four years for a first university degree or equivalent diploma in a field relevant to the post.


  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English are required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


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