Footwear Assistant Trainer

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Job Description


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, 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 in the next fifteen years. 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 present proposal is inserted within the EU Action Fiche “Leather Initiative for Sustainable Employment Creation (LISEC) in Ethiopia”. 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   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: (1) Advancing economic competitiveness by strengthening the leather value chain; (2) Strengthening social cohesion by supporting local economic and social development initiatives, especially for women and youth living in Modjo area; and (3) Enhancing industrial and labour relations in the MLC.  

In light of the above considerations, the position of the Full time Professional Footwear Assistant Trainer will be locally recruited with local experience in footwear production operation, training required for the Project providing for 4 individual units on-job training for the Modjo MSME cluster youth in the Footwear production stream. Overall, he/she, is responsible for providing training services design and pattern development; accessory and component preparation, cutting and stitching; materials wastage reduction, quality and productivity improvement and Footwear Production Management ensuring that the youth employed are able to produce Footwear to the expected quality level. The role of trainer assistance is equivalent to a production line supervisor who effectively manages the smooth running of the production line. He/she also needs to ensure that the first trial unit production targets are met and quality standards are as per specifications. In addition to the above, as per the given guideline by the expert trainer, the trainer assistant makes sure the units are qualified to be able to manage their work as a team and work effectively for meeting targets on their own.

The Full Time Professional Footwear Trainer will be reporting weekly to the Footwear Technology Expert for the day-to-day activities relating to the project. Specifically, he will be expected to: 

Main Duties

  • Represents the expert trainer when required.
  • Carry out the trial production is as per the guideline of the cooperative business line.
  • Identify bottlenecks and resolve them while running the trial production, if observed.
  • Carry out modifications in the trial production, if required.
  • Carry out reporting and documentation as per the guideline where applicable.
  • Carry out on-the-job training as per the given guidelines.
  • Follow-up and guiding the unit production line is functioning smoothly.
  • Guiding how to allocate works so unit to ensure maximum utilization of resources and control wastage.
  • Follow-up and guide whether the team abide by the cooperative rules on attendance, data recording, and timekeeping
  • Follow-ups and guiding the proper material issues from were allocated and delivery where is appropriate.
  • Follow-ups and give guidance to ensure the cooperative procedures for the opening and shutdown of the unit workshop.
  • Follow-ups and give guidance to ensure that the unit work area is clean and in order.

Expected Output

  • Ensures the unit production line will be fully operational and continues functioning fully by the members of the unit.
  • Ensures unit members skill performance capacity buildup on all required unit operations and become fully qualified operators to run the unit required operation.
  • Ensures unit members are qualified to commence the unit business obligation and responsibility by themselves.


  • 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.

Duration:  Regular

Start of Contract (EOD): 01 July 2022

End of Contract (COB): 31 December 2022


Job Requirements


  • EDUCATION: Diploma in Footwear Production Technology, Footwear Design and Pattern Making from a well-recognized Technical or university College.


  • A minimum of 15 years of combined practical experience in the field of footwear technology, training, coordinating organizing production lines will be considered as a strong advantage. Sound knowledge of production management 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 is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of Oromiffa language is an asset.


  •   Capacity to integrate and highlight gender concerns in assessment findings and recommendations


  • 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.


  • WE ARE STRATEGIC, DECISIVE, PRINCIPLED AND INSPIRATIONAL: As managers, we are strategic and fair in driving our team’s performance. As leaders, we are a source of inspiration, stand for norms and standards established in the UN Charter and duty bound to defend these ideals with a principled approach.
  • WE ARE INCLUSIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE: As managers, we are inclusive in our approach and maintain constructive engagement with all our stakeholders. As leaders, we embrace all personnel and stakeholders and are accountable mutually within UNIDO, within the system, to beneficiaries and the public and beyond.
  • WE ARE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL AND TRANSFORMATIONAL: As managers, we go beyond conventional methods to help our organizational units strengthen their own agility and adaptability to change. As leaders in the UN system, we have a vision which is integrated and engaged across the pillars of Peace and Security, Human Rights and Development.
  • As managers, we foster a team spirit and create meaningful opportunities to hear the voices of those around us, while realizing that only by working together can we accomplish our mission. As leaders we see the inter-dependency of imperatives of the UN Charter and personally champion a collaborative inter-agency, multi-stakeholders and cross-thinking approach.

How to Apply

Submit CV and half page motivation letter to: [email protected]

Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted.

Contractual Term: 6 months.

Candidates will be expected to register in the UNIDO Employment portal:

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