UNIDO : United Nations Industrial Development Organization is Recruiting – Gender Expert [2024]

Gender Expert is Required

UNIDO – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

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.

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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 Divisions/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET) is responsible for developing, based on existing and to-be-developed capacities and service modules, innovative services aimed at strengthening the existing technical cooperation portfolio to meet the current global challenges and attract more funding and new donors, as well as engaging in more and new partnerships with Member States, development partners and the private sector.

The Directorate also ensures internal coordination and integration of technical cooperation services at UNIDO and monitoring of the quality and impact thereof. The Directorate houses the Divisions of Coordination and Integration Support (IET/CIS), Quality, Impact and Accountability (IET/QUA), Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development (IET/AGR), Innovative Finance and International Financial Institutions (IET/IFI), Fair Production, Sustainability Standards and Trade (IET/PST), Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and Climate and Technology Partnerships (CTP).


The project will strengthen the institutional capacity of South African ministries and regulators of the HSRM.

The proposal also addresses the preparatory work of establishing a national ‘Green Hydrogen Energy Centre’ which will play a catalytic role in enhancing the institutional capacity of South Africa in deploying green hydrogen. The Centre will provide a common arena for coordinating green hydrogen policies and projects amongst ministers and relevant stakeholders from private sector, civil society and local, municipal governments. It maintains an objective to operationalize green hydrogen relevant activities outlined in South Africa’s HSRM to replace fossil fuels and decarbonize the economy towards net-zero trajectories.


Advanced university degree in engineering, sciences, economics, business administration, international relations or other relevant discipline with specialization in areas of relevant discipline, is a required.

Technical and Functional Experience

At least three (3) years of professional experience working in the field of gender equality and gender mainstreaming, is required. Working with government institutions and international or non-governmental organizations supporting gender and development work is required. Thorough understanding of the gender context in South Africa is required. Ability to write in a clear and concise manner is required. Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems in developing countries, is required.

A good understanding of the policy framework of South Africa is desirable. Ability to work effectively in multi-cultural teams is desirable. Experience in liaising with various stakeholders, including government officials, demonstrating strong communication skills is desirable.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

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