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7 Nov 2018

National Technical Advisor

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Title: National Technical Advisor
Main Duty Station and Location: Beledweyne, Somalia
Mission/s to: As required (possibly Jowhar and
Start of Contract (EOD): 1 December 2018
End of Contract (COB): 28 February 2019
Contract Type: Regular
Project ID: 170154


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its mandate is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition, and work towards improving living conditions in the world’s poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise. The position is located in the Agro-Industries Technology Unit (PTC/AGR/AIT), which is part of the Agribusiness Development Branch (PTC/AGR). The Unit is responsible for technology aspects of agro-based industries in textile, leather, wood and agricultural mechanization.


UNIDO’s Community-based recovery and reconciliation to stabilise Hirshabelle and counter violent extremism amongst vulnerable youth (CRS Beledweyne) project builds on UNIDO’s multi-phase livelihood support programme that was introduced into Somaliland in early 2011 and expanded its reach into South Central Somalia. Under CRS Beledweyne, UNIDO places a special emphasis on building capacity of training providers and delivering marketable skills for youth through technical training and technology transfer to under-employed youth and young women operating in the informal market. The project also has an integrated conflict minimization component to counterbalance radicalization and disenfranchisement of youth. The life and conflict minimization skills also equip youth with the ability to engage commercially in a community divided by clans.


Under the general supervision of the Project Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), the National Technical Advisor is required to perform the following duties:

MAIN DUTIES Concrete/ Expected Location
Measurable duration
Outputs to be achieved
Developing Bills of Quantities (BoQs) Documents professionally
and technical specifications for prepared to ensure smooth
revitalizing/establishing workshops, and proper
training institutions, enterprises, public revitalization/establishment
assets, etc.; serve as lead site of productive capacities
manager/engineer/project manager on
such civil works.
Advising project team on technologies Project training technology
for training equipment and beneficiary is correctly identified for
toolkits that are locally relevant for the local market needs and
UNIDO’s training programme and the technical specifications
construction, agricultural service prepared for procurement
sectors and water management given
recent flooding in the project area.
Assisting on or developing training and TVET course curriculum is
assessment methods for Technical and developed or adapted to
Vocational Education Training (TVET) meet a high standard that
courses that facilitate agribusiness adequately facilitates the Beledweyne,
development including service trades. development of training 3 months
These can include, but are not limited institutions and
to, trades related to the construction beneficiaries to be
sector e.g. masonry, plastering, integrated into the private
carpentry, tiling, electrical works, etc. sector
and agriculture sector e.g. welding,
blacksmithing, etc.
Assisting and when required serving as Project training activities
Lead Trainer in the abovementioned correctly implemented and
TVET courses, which includes reported on considering
reporting on ongoing and completed intervention parameters
activities and monitoring progress and
Working closely together with the field Activities benefit from
and project management team to ensure coordination of field
timely and responsive implementation expertise.
of activities.
Drafting reports, ad-hoc assignments As determined by the CTA.
and research activities, as required;



Advanced university degree in civil, agricultural or industrial engineering.

Technical and Functional Experience

At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in construction engineering, agricultural engineering and / or water resource management in Beledweyne, Somalia. Experience with international NGOs or UN organizations an asset.

Experience with construction skills training an asset.

Ability to write in a clear and concise manner e.g. preparation of reports and assessments to determine programing.

Resident of Beledweyne essential with knowledge of other regions of Hirshabelle.


Fluency in English and Somali is required.


Core values:

  1. Integrity
  2. Professionalism
  3. Respect for diversity

Core competencies:

  1. Results orientation and accountability
  2. Planning and organizing
  3. Communication and trust
  4. Team orientation
  5. Client orientation
  6. Organizational development and innovation

Managerial competencies (as applicable):

  1. Team player with the ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
  2. Good communication and interpersonal skills to deal effectively beneficiaries, private sector and training institutions
  3. Computer skills and use of online (skype) and apps (whats app/viber) to effectively communicate with the CTA when managing remotely.

“Interested candidates should send a CV AND letter of interest to Mr. Jonathan Eischen Only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applications are accepted until COB 21 November 2018.”

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