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UNIDO is hiring a Home based International Consultant-Expert on business planning, financial model analysis & offtake agreements for rPET preform Morocco!

Title:  Expert on business planning, financial model analysis & offtake agreements for rPET preform Morocco

​Grade: ISA-Specialist 
Country: Home Based 
Duty Station: Home Based 
Category: International Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: Non-staff WAE
Contract Duration: 35 working days over a period
Application Deadline: 08-Nov-2023, 11:59 PM (CEST)  

International Consultant Vacancy Announcement
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 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.

The Division of Circular Economy and Environmental Protection (TCS/CEP) contributes to greener and more circular industries and products by minimizing both resource use along value chains and the emission of pollutants to the environment. The Division promotes just transitions to circular economies, reduced release of pollutants into the environment and other green industrial and economic approaches to help Member States to grow economically while simultaneously addressing the three planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

It does so by supporting resource efficiency increases in the manufacturing and use of products along value chains and during the life cycle of the product; by reducing or eliminating the emission of non-fuel-related greenhouse gas emissions; and by assisting in achieving the objectives of and compliance with multilateral environmental agreements. In doing so, its activities further improve competitiveness, as well as the development of and access to markets, particularly for SMEs. This contributes to climate-neutral, resilient, pollution-free industrial development, supporting co-existence that is in harmony with nature.

The Division acts as the focal point in UNIDO for various multilateral environmental agreements and multilateral co-operation in the field of the environment, including the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer; the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants; the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and emerging international, legally binding instruments such as the instrument to End Plastic Pollution; the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and other partnerships such as the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), the Partnership for Action for Green Economy (PAGE), the Green Industry Platform (GIP) and other relevant international initiatives and conventions.

The Division coordinates its advisory and service delivery with the services offered by other technical departments, and other relevant organizational entities of UNIDO.

This International Consultant position is located under the Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Unit (TCS/CCM/CER) which is responsible for supporting capacity development to scale up and mainstream the production of sustainable products and adoption of circular and resource-efficient cleaner patterns of consumption and production along value chains, circular economy policies, programmes and practices, including circular business models that improve the profitability of industries while creating social and environmental benefits.

In addition, it promotes nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based approaches for inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) that support the co-existence of industries in harmony with nature. In addition, it facilitates the design of sustainable products made with fewer materials, with greater durability, reliability, reparability, reusability and recyclability, and supports the deployment of new business models that improve environmental performance.


The global “SWITCH to circular economy value chains” project aims to support enterprises within selected value chains to adopt circular economy practices.  The project recognises that the application of circular economy practices requires coherent practices by all actors of the value chains, from SMEs to leading companies in the Global Value Chains. Close cooperation is required for multinational companies and SME suppliers in developing countries to meet their circularity goals.

This “last mile” of working with their suppliers in the developing economies is difficult for multinationals in global value and supply-chains.  However, at the same time a multinational company has sufficient influence and resources to encourage, assist and/or convince the private sector in a developing country to make the necessary changes to their practices to become more circular in order to keep acting as their supplier.

The project will assist tier 1, 2 and, when feasible, tier 3 suppliers of EU MNCs to make the switch towards circularity: such suppliers face significant challenges (technical and financial) in adopting new circular economy practices and the project is aimed at supporting them in this process.

The overall objective of the project is to support the “Transformation towards a circular economy”, including to contribute to sustainable growth, low carbon and climate resilient development, decent jobs creation, and safer, healthier and pollution-free environment.

Following an extensive process, three value chains were selected to form the focus of the project. These value chains are Plastic Packaging, Textiles & Garments and ICT. These ToR set out the tasks of the Expert on business planning, financial model analysis and offtake agreements under the Plastic Packaging pilot in Morocco.

The pilot aims to validate a sustainable and financially viable waste collection process that meets the standards of manufacturers to leverage rPET in their production and to demonstrate technical feasibility and traceability for use of rPET in primary packaging including food grade plastic (legislation permitting). In addition, it aspires to contribute to the emergence of a consumer market for recycled products and increase international and domestic investment in recycling channels.

La Générale du Recyclage (LGR) which is developing high-tech sorting plants, will conduct research to identify best practices for PET to rPET conversion in Morocco. LGR will sell collected PET to associated entities and will support the reuse of rPET for second life solutions and for use in preforms.


The Expert on business planning, financial analysis & offtake agreement is responsible for providing financial analysis and business planning. His/her main tasks are:

  • Coordination and compiling of the relevant financial data;
  • Conducting financial analysis and preparing business plans and financial models;
  • Preparing of relevant documentation, including presentation materials;
  • Close coordination and technical input with UNIDO and LGR.

The expert on business planning will report to the UNIDO Project Manager (PM) and the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) and will be responsible for the following main duties and achievement of related deliverables:


ACTIVITY 1: Construct a study offtake formula.

– Construct a formula that will set the pricing method for sale of rPET preform to ECCBC from LGR.

The validation of the formula is based on retrospective application of the formula (previous 10 years) and control if the price matches that calculated by the formula. The formula is to be validated by LGR.

ACTIVITY 2: Assess and compile utilities, capex, and O&M costs.   – Compile data needed to establish a business plan (technical and financial) and develop a comprehensive financial model.

   – Lay out the overall business plan in a structured format.

ACTIVITY 3: Revise and update financial model with appropriate sensitivity analysis.   – Determine the important factors that influence the business model, and assess the possible variations of such factors. – Develop and incorporate a sensitivity analysis in the financial model.

   – Include identified financial risks and opportunities.

Other administrative support tasks of a reasonable nature consistent with the tasks defined above, including submission of a final report to UNIDO.


Education: Advanced university degree in development/industrial economics, businessadministration, finance or other relevant discipline is required.

Expert on business planning Technical and Functional Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of work experience in circularity approaches, recycling and secondary material markets in relevant value chains, preferably including plastics, is required;
  • Prior experience in development of offtake formulas evidenced, is required;
  • Prior experience in preparation of business plans, financial modelling and/or investment cases, is required;
  • Excellent knowledge of Moroccan business environment and Moroccan administration environment is desirable;
  • Extensive experience in relevant management position and prior managerial experience in a similar (e.g. European) environment is desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience of working with circular economy business models and topics in relevant value chains in developing countries and with knowledge of the local market in Morocco is desirable;
  • Prior experience in project management is desirable;
  • Prior experience in consulting area (Banking / Finance) in an international environment is desirable;
  • Experience with Moroccan banking system is desirable.

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


Expert on business planning 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.

Expert on business planning 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.



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