Junior Professional Officer

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  • Added Date: Friday, 17 March 2023
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Grade: P2

Vacancy no.: JPO/COLOMBO/P2/2023/01
Publication date: 17 March 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 13 April 2023

Job ID: 10568
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific
Organization Unit: CO-Colombo
Location: Colombo
Contract type: Junior Professional Officer

Contract duration: 12 months, renewable up to 48 months

This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of Norway and is addressed exclusively to Norway Citizens ONLY, at the early stage of their career.

The position is based in Colombo, Sri Lanka for up to 2 years, with a possible relocation to the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in the third year of the assignment. For the fourth year, opportunities for cost-sharing will be explored on an equal basis (the first six months being paid by Norway and the last six months being paid by ILO).


The position will cover key areas of the ILOโ€™s work in Sri Lanka, including, but not limited to, promoting the advancement of vulnerable persons and enterprises project (PAVE). These priorities are outlined in the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) aimed at promoting sustainable, inclusive and decent employment for people in and beyond conflict affected areas in the country.

The Jobs for Peace and Reconciliation (JPR) programme within the DWCP Pillar I has a portfolio of projects on promotion of entrepreneurship amongst youth, and employment for vulnerable groups, especially female headed households, and people with disabilities in the post conflict areas. The PAVE project within the JPR portfolio looks at addressing the underlying causes of poor economic performance in the Northern Province by targeting poverty and achieving sustained economic growth. The project envisages contributing towards the creation of a vibrant and an inclusive economy in the North that reaches vulnerable groups through promotion of promising value chains and enterprises. The JPR programme also promotes entrepreneurship, both at local and national level, as a desirable career option for youth, discarding the traditional ambitions of young graduates of public sector employment.

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Training Components and Learning Elements

Training components:

Upon completion of assignment, the JPO will have:

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