UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization

UNIDO in Maseru

Title: National Research and Coordination Consultant

​Requisition ID: 1124

Grade : SB4 – Local Professional (Junior & Mid Level)

Country: Lesotho

Duty Station : Maseru; missions, as applicable, will be approved separately.

Category: National Consultant

Type of job Posting: Internal and External

Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular Duration (tentative): 6 months (November 2022 – April 2023); with possibility of extension

Application deadline: 10-Oct-2022


Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered eligible. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT: 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 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.

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 Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS), headed by a Managing Director, oversees the Organization’s development of capacities for industrial development as well as industrial policy advice, statistics and research activities and the Organization’s normative contribution to Member States and global development community in achieving the SDGs. The Directorate also ensures the application of strategies and interventions for sustainable industrial development related to Environment, Energy, SMEs, Competitiveness and Job creation, as well as Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence. Through coordination in-house and with Member States and industry stakeholders, it ensures that the services provided in these areas contribute toward effective and appropriate technical, business and policy solutions and are focused on results and on realizing any potential for scaling up and positioning UNIDO as a leading platform for industrial development in developing countries and global fora.

The responsibility of the Division of Decarbonization and Sustainable Energy (TCS/DSE) is to assist Member States in the transition to a sustainable energy future through the application of renewable energy solutions for productive uses, adoption of the efficient concepts of energy use by industry and the introduction of low-carbon technologies and processes. In transitioning to a sustainable energy future, the challenges of addressing energy poverty and climate change are an integral part of the Division’s activities, as is the dissemination of relevant knowledge and technologies and paths to plan, manage and finance the energy transition. It collaborates closely on relevant and converging issues with the Climate and Technology Partnerships Division (IET/CTP) and analytical and strategic matters with TCS/CPA and ODG/SPU.

This position is located in the Climate Technologies Innovation Unit (TCS/DSE/CET), under TCS/DSE. The Unit is responsible for supporting Member States with access to and uptake of low-carbon, climate-friendly and clean energy technologies and innovations promoting those among firms and entrepreneurs. In addition, the Unit is responsible, in close collaboration with other relevant entities in the Organization, for facilitating the transfer of and establishing markets for low-carbon technologies, ensuring wide use by industry and local communities, thereby contributing to climate mitigations and resilience in recipient countries. The Unit positions UNIDO strategically in the global cleantech innovation support and coordinates partnerships with the technology mechanism of the UNFCCC.

PROJECT CONTEXT: (Project ID 190284)

“Enhancing Lesotho’s private sector readiness for a clean energy transition” is a UNIDO project developed and implemented in partnership with Ministry of Energy and Meteorology of Lesotho and the Green Climate Fund, under the GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme.

The project aims to enhance the readiness of Lesotho’s private sector to develop, commercialize, and invest in climate and clean energy (cleantech) solutions, as well as to maximize the economic growth opportunities embedded therein, while supporting Lesotho in reaching its NDC targets. To this end, this proposal will focus on three areas of intervention:

  • Strengthening private sector’s capacity, systems, and networks to support the planning, programing, and implementation of GCF funded activities;
  • Developing a strategy to create a conducive environment for attracting private sector investment for cleantech solutions;
  • Developing a pipeline of investment-grade solutions, and two concept notes to leverage private sector financing for large-scale deployment of cleantech solutions.

Private sector capacity strengthening will involve two types of direct beneficiaries:

  • Business model enhancement and business growth support provided to private sector enterprises (early-stage cleantech entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs) that are developing innovative cleantech solutions.
  • Training and certification of individuals as cleantech experts, to build their expertise and networks to coach and mentor early-stage enterprises.

In addition, the present proposal will support the Government of Lesotho, and in particular the NDA, through the Private Sector Expert Committee. This Committee will be a formal channel for the NDA to solicit and receive private sector views and recommendations, and ensure that the private sector is are better represented and therefore fully engaged in the climate finance processes including the planning, programing and implementation of GCF funded activities.

The present proposal will further contribute to strengthening the cleantech ecosystem of Lesotho, by enhancing the interest and understanding of Lesotho’s private sector to invest in climate and energy action. The private sector engagement strategy will provide recommendations and action points that can guide Lesotho’s private sector to be better equipped and ready to absorb and leverage climate finance with home-grown innovative solutions, and play a catalytic role in the market towards a clean energy transition.

Institutional Arrangements:

The Ministry of Energy and Meteorology (MoEM) is the NDA to the GCF and the main beneficiary of the GCF readiness support. The Department of Energy (DoE) of the MoEM is the main technical counterpart.

UNIDO has been appointed as the Delivery Partner (DP). As the Delivery Partner, UNIDO is the lead implementing agency of the readiness support and will be responsible for its overall fiduciary and financial management, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, as well as the procurement of all goods and services under this readiness support, all in compliance with UNIDO’s policies and procedures and with the Framework Agreement. UNIDO will conduct all readiness support activities under strategic guidance of the NDA as the main beneficiary, and in close consultation with and the Department of Energy of the Ministry of Energy and Meteorology (MoEM) as the main government counterpart.

MAIN DUTIES : Reporting to the UNIDO Project Manager, and the National Technical Expert and Project Coordinator (NTEPC), the National Research and Coordination Consultant is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities.

Functional Responsibilities: Level of effort: approx. 20%

  • Conduct rapid research and scoping necessary for project implementation;
  • Take minutes of meetings and maintain project records and documentation (reports, etc.);
  • Support procurement and management of office equipment and supplies;
  • Compile working documents (letters, proposals, reports, etc.), and establish and maintain a project documentation and filing system;
  • Support administrative matters related to the project (project logistics, preparation of missions, etc.);
  • Support the planning of activities (e.g., preparation of calendar and schedules, budget estimates, etc.);
  • Undertake correspondence (telephones, letters, e-mails, etc) towards local stakeholders under the guidance of the NTPEC;
  • Be responsible for logistical and organizational arrangements for workshops, conferences and other meetings under the project.

Technical Responsibilities: Level of effort: approx. 80%

Readiness support component

Description of duties

Outcome 1.3 Relevant country stakeholders have established adequate capacity, systems and networks to support the planning, programing and implementation of GCF funded activities.

  • Interact with consultants in order to assemble data and information relevant for development of the accelerator curriculum;
  • Coordinate and arrange logistics for private sector expert committee meetings and take minutes;
  • Coordinate and organise logistics for the cleantech expert training and cleantech accelerator workshops.

Outcome 2.4 Strategies for transforming and attracting private sector investment for low emissions and resilience developed and being used.

  • Support the NTEPC to incorporate gender and youth action plan into the overall work plan of this readiness support;

  • Monitor the execution of the gender and youth action plan;
  • Support the development of the cleantech ecosystem analysis report through research;
  • Manage logistical requirements for the stakeholder validation process of the strategy paper and its endorsement.

Outcome 4.3 An increase in the number of quality project concept notes developed and submitted that target SIDS, LDCS, and African states.

  • Provide technical assistance through research to the development of the selection criteria for cleantech solutions;
  • Coordinate the assessment process of the 50 cleantech solutions;
  • Organise the two-day investment workshop;
  • Coordinate stakeholders for the validation process and submission of the two concept notes to the NDA.

Outcome 5.1 Best practices with respect to institutional capacity building and coordination, direct access and pipeline development are developed and disseminated to strengthen engagement by NDAs, DAEs and delivery partners with the GCF.

  • Organise and coordinate stakeholder consultation process for the independent evaluation;
  • Ensure proper documentation and dissemination of the evaluation report.


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.

Key Competencies:

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.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 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.



  • Advanced University degree (Master’s level) in Project Management, Business or Public Administration, Engineering, Economics or any other relevant discipline, or a first level university degree or an advanced technical college diploma combined with a substantial number of years of professional hands-on experience directly relevant to the expertise required for the position.

Technical and Functional Experience:

  • Necessary experience:
  • Minimum three (3) years professional experience in the field of national cleantech, energy, climate businesses and/or policies in Lesotho;
  • Understanding of wider policy measures and drivers to overcome barriers to the deployment of cleantech technologies; Lesotho’s market context and investment climate;
  • Experience with research and analysis, stakeholder consultations, report writing, event organization;
  • Knowledge of project cycle management in the public or private sector or international organizations is desirable.
  • Excellent computer literacy (MS Office; Windows XP, Internet);
  • Excellent communications, report writing and analytical skills.
  • Additional preferred qualifications:
  • Knowledge and experience in business acceleration and investment facilitation support required by the private sector in Lesotho;
  • Understanding of linkages between climate action, clean energy transition and the business opportunities therein for early-stage enterprises and SMEs.

Languages: Excellent command of written and spoken English is required.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal. Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System. Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependents, under the procedures established by the Director General.

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