Hides and Skins National Expert

Hides and Skins National Expert SAP 160086 Mission Ethiopia: Regular missions to Modjo Start of Contract (EOD): 1 February 2019 End of Contract (COB): 31 January 2020 Number of Working Days: 252 days ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT 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 is to work towards improving living conditions in the world's poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources,international and national expertise. This assignment will be under the supervision of the Agro-Industries Technology Division (PTC/AGR/AIT) part of the Agribusiness Development Department (PTC/AGR). ThisDivision is responsible for all technology aspects of the agro-based industries in textile, leather, wood and agriculturalmechanization systems. Emphasis is placed on the design and implementation of programmes serving sustainable development requirements of the agri-businesses and related industries,including its environmental needs to be developed by Governments, industries, private sector agencies, and NGOs targetingpoor communities to become more resilient. Furthermore, this Division also provides technical support to enhance demand-oriented vocational technical skills for employment creation and entrepreneurship for sustainable development. PROJECT CONTEXT This project is inserted within the EU Action Fiche “Leather Initiative for Sustainable Employment Creation (LISEC) in Ethiopia”[1]. The overall objective of the action is to create greater economic and decent employment opportunities, especially for young men and women through the development of the Ethiopian leather industry and the Modjo leather industrial park. LISEC's intervention logic is to contribute to the reduction of irregular migration from Ethiopia by creating greater economic and decent employment opportunities for young men and women through the development of Modjo Leather City Industrial Park and Ethiopian leather industry value chain, one of the sectors identified in the Ethiopian's Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II) as having the potential to boost the growth of the economy. As such, this programme proposes a new vision towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development that protects the environment and supports social inclusion. In order to achieve the main programme goal, LISEC has been structured following a comprehensive approach with three main components aiming at: Advancing economic competitiveness by strengthening the leather value chain; Protecting the environment by facilitating financial investments towards the establishment of an eco-friendly leather industrial park in Modjo; and Strengthening social cohesion by supporting local economic and social development initiatives, especially for women and youth living in Modjo area; and enhancing industrial and labor relations in the MLC. These three interlinked components will be coordinated and monitored closely by the EUD under a centralized management approach. UNIDO in close collaboration with the MoTI and the Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI) will implement component 1. UNIDO has been selected to implement this component due to its large experience in supporting the Ethiopian leather and leather products industry, its knowledge of national and regional leather institutions and its successful results on the sector. The specific objective of the project is to enhance the economic competitiveness by strengthening an inclusive and sustainable development of the Ethiopian leather value chain. In this context, concrete actions will be undertaken in order to achieve the following outputs: Output 1: Improve quality and quantity of hides and skins (H&S - including grading system, training, awareness raising) by supporting the leather value chain from slaughterhouses to tanneries; Output 2: Support tanneries (processing and producing finished leather) towards integration into the leather global value chain through competitiveness gains/environmental compliance, including the creation of a LIDI Regional center. Output 3: Promote investments in/around Modjo Leather City (including MSMEs clusters) for both domestic and foreign companies. This project initiative is totally in line with the Ethiopian National Development Strategy and specifically with the GTP II supporting the transformation of the Ethiopian agriculture-based economy into an industrialized one, thus becoming a middle-income country by 2025. Furthermore, this project proposal has been articulated by in-taking some of the Valletta Action Plan (elaborated by EU in November 2015) priority areas, mainly: Launch projects to enhance employment opportunities and revenue-generating activities in regions of origin and transit of migrants in East, North and West Africa to enhance the professional skills and employability of young people, including the AU/NEPAD skills initiative, access to digital technologies, support to micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises in the formal and informal sectors and increased access to finance. Facilitate responsible private investment in African agriculture, agri-business and agro-industries and boost intra-African trade and exports of agricultural products through agricultural finance initiatives and by working with like-minded organizations, with immediate effect, with a view to contributing to rural economic transformation, taking due note of the African Union's Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods. In light of the above considerations, the position of the National Hides and Skins Expert, will be a locally recruited consultant with profound local experience and expertise required for the Project in terms of management and understanding of the hides and skins component of the leather value chain, with excellent knowledge of key institutional stakeholders involved in the project. Overall, he/she, as an impartial UNIDO Professional, has the direct responsibility for technically managing the implementation to achieve the expected project results, providing technical inputs and taking initiatives to fulfill the project strategy and methodology as well as the needs to sustain project outputs and impact. He/she will be responsible for coordination activities with the CTA and the National Project Coordinator, development partners and Government Institutions. He/she will be also responsible for monitoring activities, in particular for the preparation of reports and monitoring requirements as requested by the National Project Coordinator. He/She will provide support the project in implementing activities related to the review and updating of the hides and skins regulatory framework as well as in its operationalization. He/she will provide technical support to development and implementation of a quality control grading system (technical capacity building, equipment provision, subsidized mechanism for grading system) as well as improving H & S extension services and skins collection. The National Expert will be reporting the National Project Coordinator for the day-to-day activities relating to the project. Specifically he/she will be expected to: Main Duties: Based on the Project Document prepare a detailed work plan of activities to be undertaken in liaison with the NPC. Prepare baseline data of targeted beneficiaries such as woreda, slaughtering houses (urban and rural connected to or in the area of Modjo)+ FTCs. capturing animal population, hides and skins production and marketing channels. Elaborate a H&S Marketing Scheme based on a quality control grading system that includes a price structure with a reward scheme. Propose the framework to review and update the Hides and skins regulatory framework and its operationalization Provide a detailed list of required tools and equipment as well as training manuals and visual aids for improved hides and skins production and extension services. This will be done through capacity building at selected Farmers Training Centers (FTCs). Undertake any other activities as requested by the Project Management Team. Expected Output: Work plan and scope of activities agreed by PCP and CTA; Baseline data for tracking as key performance indicators (KPIs). H&S grading and marketing scheme linked to a price structure rewarding quality Reviewed and updated regulatory framework for operationalization List of tools and equipment; a training manual with visual aids aligned to a standardized curriculum. Duration: 1 year Location: Addis Ababa with regular (e.g. daily/ weekly)  travels to Modjo (about 50 km from Addis Ababa) Job Requirements EDUCATION:  Advanced University Degree, preferably in Leather Technology, Chemical Science or similar from a well-recognized Technical College. TECHNICAL AND FUNCTIONAL EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 8 years of combined practical experience in the field of hides and skins production, leather technology (both tanning and finishing) and environmental issues related to the tanning operations. Experience in training and education (particularly hides and skins, leather technology and environmental issues) will be considered a strong advantage. Sound knowledge of project management activities and coordination; including project monitoring and evaluation. Analytical thinking; planning, organizing and problem-solving abilities; good inter-personal and team building skills; cross-cultural and gender sensitivity; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent presentational skills; report writing skills; willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the relevant technical and business fields. LANGUAGES: Fluency in written and spoken English and Amharic is highly required REQUIRED COMPETENCIES CORE VALUES: Integrity Professionalism Respect for diversity CORE COMPETENCIES: Results orientation and accountability Planning and organizing Communication and trust Team orientation Client orientation Organizational development and innovation MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES (AS APPLICABLE): Strategy and direction Managing people and performance Judgement and decision making Conflict resolution How to Apply Application Deadline 17:30 hrs, 21 January 2019 Please send CV and Motivation letter to:  H.GEBREMARIAM@unido.org

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