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National Project Coordinator for Pharmaceutical Sector Technology and Investment Partnerships National Project Coordinator for Pharmaceutical Sector Technology and Investment Partnerships Dakar, Senegal SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Mid-level Professional Consultancy Locallly Recruited
Job Expired 20 Mar 2024
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Job Description

Title: National Project Coordinator for Pharmaceutical Sector Technology and Investment Partnerships

​Requisition ID: 3560
Grade: SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)
Country: Senegal
Duty Station: Dakar
Category: National Consultant
Type of Job Posting: External
Employment Type: Non-staff Regular
Contract Duration: 6 months (with the possibility of extension)
Application deadline: 20-Mar-2024, 11:59 PM (CEST)

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


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 Divisions/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 Division of SME Competitiveness, Quality and Job Creation (TCS/SME) works towards increasing the competitiveness of industries in developing countries and countries in transition, especially emphasizing business development of SMEs engaged in manufacturing and creating jobs therein. It aims at increasing competitiveness among SMEs in two interconnected ways: first, by modernizing businesses through the transfer of advanced technologies adapted to local conditions, product innovation, productivity improvement and upgrading, developing market and value chain readiness as well as improved access to finance; and second, by improving the quality of SME manufactured products and their compliance with market requirements through capacity building for the development of industrial production and trade-related quality infrastructure including for standardization, metrology, accreditation and of conformity assessment service institutions (testing, certification, inspection and calibration) and the strengthening of their capacities.

This position is located under the SME Development and Job Creation Unit (TCS/SME/SDJ), supports small and medium manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) in Member States to take advantage of new technologies, business and organizational support, investment promotion, cluster development and partnerships to improve their businesses and competitiveness.


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The aim of the project “Strengthening the production of vaccines and pharmaceuticals in Senegal” (UNIDO ID 230283) is to enhance the capacity of Senegalese manufacturing companies, including local pharmaceutical manufacturers and Institut Pasteur du Dakar, to produce quality-assured essential medicines and vaccines, reduce compliance on imports and improve access to regional population to pharmaceutical products.

UNIDO will bring its decades-long experience to bear in Senegal, initially in conducting comprehensive baseline ecosystem assessments of the national pharmaceutical industry, including the policy framework, incentives, infrastructure, regulatory and procurement systems, to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The assessments will help the country gain a better and more nuanced understanding of the sector's status, market dynamics, regulatory frameworks, and technological capabilities. UNIDO will specifically use its considerable convening power and proven ability to foster linkages between the various stakeholders from the public and private sector, global public health institutions, financing institutions, global regulatory bodies, mature industries in the developed world, and academia.

The main target groups for this project are public institutions such as the Delivery Unit and SMEs from Senegal associated with the pharmaceutical manufacturing ecosystem. UNIDO’s interventions are based on a systemic and holistic approach that involves all key stakeholders, from policymakers, regulators, industry, to market intelligence companies, multi-lateral organizations and technical partners, and donors. The project will aim to coordinate the activities of different players at national, regional, and continental levels. Specifically, UNIDO will support the DU in mobilizing and aligning inter-ministerial coordination between, for example, finance, health, trade, and industry as a crucial intervention in Senegal.

The main project counterparts are the Pharmaceutical Delivery Unit (DU) of MSAS, National Regulatory Agency (ARP), National Supply Pharmacy (SEN-PNA), National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.

The National Project Coordinator will be responsible to plan and implement project activities at country level in close consultation with the Chief Technical Advisor (TCA) and under the overall guidance of the Project Manager (PM) assisted by colleagues from the Organization’s headquarters in Austria. Upon request, this will also involve representing the project in engagements with high-level stakeholders from public and private sectors.



Main Duties

Outputs to be achieved


  1. Project Implementation
  • Liaise with the national counterparts and stakeholders on key activities for project implementation.
  • Actively support internal coordination and communication with relevant stakeholders to ensure the timely project implementation and progress.
  • Help plan the UNIDO missions and meetings in Senegal, mobilizing key local stakeholders and officials for support. Assist UNIDO in identifying the suitable dates and venues for the meetings and support planning the meetings
  • Coordination and collaboration mechanisms are operational and effective.
  • Meeting Concept Notes and Agenda prepared.
  • Missions carried out successfully.

Home-based, with missions as required.

  1. Project Coordination
  • Actively manage coordination and communication with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the timely project implementation and progress.
  • Actively liaise and collaborate with all project counterparts and relevant institutional actors in Senegal, to promote market related and regulatory conditions encouraging
  • Coordination and coordination mechanisms are operational and effective.
  • Engagement plan and report, including recommendations, developed and adopted.
  1. Results Monitoring and Reporting
  • Provide regular updates to the CTA and the Project Manager on project activities and required actions and/or changes in accordance with the approved project document.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the regular progress reports.
  • Project is effectively monitored, and activities achieve the intended results.
  • Progress reports developed.
  1. Ad-hoc Requests
  • Any other assignments related to a timely and effective implementation of the project as requested by the CTA and/or Project Manager.
  • Ad hoc requests are carried out timely.
  1. Final Report
  • As per UNIDO standards, prepare a final report on the activities undertaken during the assignment period.
  • Final report submitted.


Education: Advanced university degree in health sciences, biomedical engineering, public health, or other relevant discipline is required.

Experience, technical and functional expertise

  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience, including some at the international level, leading technical cooperation interventions with a focus on pharmaceutical or health sector development in Africa and particularly in Senegal, is required.
  • Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions, and problems in developing countries, particularly in Africa, is required.
  • Experience in policy analysis, health system review, market research and pharmaceutical industry research is required.
  • Experience in industrial technology transfer, investment promotion and/or market data analysis is highly desirable.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and French is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.


Core Values

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.

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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NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

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