PFAN Programme Associate

United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Austria

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th February, 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 decade. 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 Environment and Energy (EAE), headed by a Managing Director, aims to integrate and scale-up the energy and environment activities focusing on supporting governments and industries to provide sustainable and resilient soft and hard infrastructure for industrial development, supporting industries to contribute to climate neutral circular economy, and supporting governments and industries in fulfilling national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements. The Directorate consists of the Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) and the Department of Energy (EAE/ENE).
This position is located in the Climate Technology and Innovation Division (EAE/ENE/CTI) Within the Department of Energy, the Climate Technology and Innovation Division is responsible for supporting Member States with access to and uptake of low-carbon, climate-friendly and clean energy technologies, innovations and entrepreneurship. The Division is responsible for enhancing the use of low-carbon technologies by industry and local communities, thereby contributing to climate mitigations and resilience in recipient countries. The CTI division has been working on global programmes such as The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP), The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), The Low Carbon Low Emission Clean Energy Technology Transfer Programme (LCET) and Geothermal power generation programme with thematic priorities including enterprise development, technology value-chain development and investment facilitation. In conjunction with these global programmes, the CTI also works on in country projects such as to provide innovative approaches for promoting social equality and economic growth including, e.g., improvement of water supply, public health and general environmental quality by introduction of innovative water sanitation systems.

Project Context

  • The primary obstacles to the large-scale deployment of low carbon, climate resilient technologies required are access to finance and limited pipeline of investment-ready projects. The large investment flows to achieve the transition at the speed and scale necessary to meet global climate and energy challenges can only be achieved by leveraging the private sector.
  • PFAN matches financing with innovative low carbon, climate resilient projects in developing countries and emerging economies with a small public investment through a low-risk, low overhead networking model based on fixed fee project development, transaction advisory services, and investor forums, meeting a need recognized in international development and climate circles. PFAN supports companies for low carbon, climate resilient projects in the areas of upstream technology development and downstream technology deployment.
  • It mobilizes the expertise of private sector companies in financing climate-friendly projects and technologies to screen business plans and select the most economically viable and environmentally and socially beneficial projects. For the entrepreneurs and businesses selected, PFAN provides guidance on economic feasibility, project structure, investment and financing, preparation of the business plan, and introductions to investors.

Specifically, PFAN serves three functions:

  • Capacitate entrepreneurs and businesses to develop bankable projects
  • Mitigate investor risk
  • Mainstream investments in low carbon, climate resilient projects for sustainable development
  • PFAN’s comparative advantage in the finance space for low carbon, climate resilient projects is originating quality financeable pipeline for investment by multilateral and private sector investors. PFAN is a complementary technical assistance service focused on small and medium enterprises (SME) that facilitates the effective disbursal of climate finance.
  • In September 2021, PFAN launched a dedicated country programme in Pakistan, titled Pakistan Private Sector Energy activity. It aims to increase private investment for energy projects in Pakistan, with a focus on clean energy and energy efficiency achieving financial closure.


Under the close supervision of the PFAN Programme Manager, and working with the programme team, applies basic theoretical knowledge and administrative skills in supporting and in acquiring a broad understanding of the interrelated administrative and programme functions contributing to technical cooperation activities in Pakistan by:

  •  Compiling general background information from readily available sources, on economic and social factors for clean energy, climate mitigation and adaptation sectors in Pakistan: designing and drafting supporting flow charts, schedules, graphs and tables; coordinating the collection and verification of documents, actions and data with substantive or support units assembling and editing basic data required for planning and negotiation, in format dictated by agenda or supervisor's instructions checking programme documents for clarity, consistency and completeness;
  • Describing progress of the Pakistan Private Sector Energy, investigating designated programme activities, discussing findings with supervisor to identify implications for the work of the programme unit, discussing rationale and context of project activities, considering the alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and problem resolution;
  • Maintaining institutional memories or other documentation systems to record programme, history and ongoing activities;
  • Assisting in monitoring exercises related to the project implementation, retrieving substantive information on status of project, outcome, output, key performance indicators (KPIs), risks, etc. from the SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) module;
  • Drafting reports, ad-hoc assignments and research activities, as required;
  • Arranging briefings, tours, and related activities for visitors, missions and fellowship holders;



  • Advanced university degree in natural sciences, engineering with specialization in renewable energy technologies and systems or international relations, development or economics.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable. Knowledge of Urdu would be an asset.


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