Part-Time Communications Officer (50%)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 06 December 2018
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 24 December 2018

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Grade: [[NOA]]

Vacancy no.: [[CAIRO/DC/NO/2018/16]]
Publication date: 25 November, 2018
Application deadline (midnight local time): 24 December, 2018

Organization Unit: [[DWT/CO-Cairo]]
Location: [[Cairo, Egypt]]
Contract type: [[FT (50%)]]

Contract duration: [[One year (with possibility of Extension based on funding availability and performance)]]

Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.

The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates*

*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.

Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.


Egyptian youth have taken the brunt of the economic pain since 2011. Today, while the worst of the jobs crisis is behind us, about a third of the youth remain unemployed and many more are in precarious jobs. Taking a broader view, economic growth in Egypt has not been sufficiently job-rich at least since the 70s. These short term challenges and structural inefficiencies need to be addressed as part of a comprehensive, ambitious national endeavour

Egypt’s Youth Employment Programme (EYE) will first ensure that current demand for labour is fulfilled more effectively. The EYE programme will also work to support youth to succeed in business training programmes and will support their scaling up for youth to be able to make use of available financing opportunities. Several projects have been mobilised under the EYE programme: EYE: Working together in Qalyoubia and Menoufia ; and EYE: Jobs and Private Sector Development in Rural Egypt”. Egypt Increasing the private-sector investment rate is key precondition for the development and growth of Egypt’s rural economy. But, as is the case in rural areas of many countries, Egypt’s rural areas are not always viewed as a first choice for investment, not only due to their remoteness and poor infrastructure, but also owing to the lack of awareness among rural communities about their economic potential and capacities. Indeed rural communities in Egypt face serious obstacles in accessing education and training opportunities, as well as credit, by cause of the inadequate provision of public and private services. For that purpose development programmes aimed at enabling an increase in the overall investment rate should encompass and consider those aspects as priorities. The rural economy can be an important source of employment if the right interventions are in place to ensure that these jobs are decent, environmentally sustainable and meet the aspirations of the Egyptian youth.

Against this backdrop, the programme EYE aims, among others, to promote decent private-sector employment in rural Egypt through increased opportunities for employment within large enterprises and also within rural MSMEs along value chains of highest employability and growth potentials. The project is intended to capitalize on ILO’s expertise and experience in the promotion of decent employment in the rural economy and to build on past rural-focused initiatives implemented in Egypt and other countries.

The project strategy:

The project adopts a two-pronged strategy combining 1) the direct support component, reflected in carefully-designed value-chain-development interventions in selected economic (sub)-sectors, with 2) an institutional and capacity development element, embodied in several training and skills development initiatives, using ILO well-renowned enterprise and entrepreneurship tools, that will further enable and reinforce the value-chain interventions to realize their objectives.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Strengthened capacity of stakeholders to make informed decisions about addressing opportunities and challenges for the promotion of decent jobs in specific economic sub-sectors in rural Egypt.
  • Decent work opportunities promoted along selected (sub) sector/value-chains in rural Egypt
  • Emerging MSMEs/small-scale producers supported/scaled up in rural Egypt to contribute to local economic development (LED) and to promote decent employment opportunities

The project is based on three main approaches:

  • Promoting sustainable enterprises.
  • Creating more and better jobs for inclusive growth and improved youth employment prospects.
  • Promoting decent work in the rural economy.

Description of Duties

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the ILO Cairo Office Director and the direct supervision of the project’s Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), the Communication Officer will contribute to the implementation of the project in the areas of his/her competency. The Communication Officer will work closely with National Project Coordinator and other relevant team members to design and implement communication-based intervention to support and enhance the implementation of the project’s activities and to ensure that the project maintains its strategic vision, and that its activities result in the achievement of its intended outputs.

  • In light of and guided by ILO100 Communication Strategy, and in close collaboration with the CTA, relevant project staff and ILO-Cairo Office’s communication officer, prepare, implement and monitor an effective communication and advocacy plan that aligns with for the EYE projects’ goals and objectives and captures/ reflects projects key stakeholders;
  • Ensure the adequate dissemination/ sharing of project’s key messages/ ideas/ information and knowledge products, while maintaining the required branding and visibility for the project as per ILO rules and regulations and the specifications and requirements of the donor;
  • Contribute to the ample utilization of a range of innovative communication tools/ methods that are relevant and well-suited to a variety of target audiences.
  • Participate and oversee the production of projects’ communication tools including interpersonal, face-to-face events and conferences, printed and audio-visual media, and new media (including websites and social media). Communication tools and products shall be produced in English and in Arabic as relevant;
  • Prepare, adjust and draft the content of projects’ fact sheets, flyers, success stories, featured articles …etc. Regularly, update and/or oversee the update of communication and advocacy materials, including the EYE web content on ILO-Cairo website;
  • Coordinate the production of EYE audio-visual communication and advocacy materials, including short documentaries/ videos that would document and capture the activities of the projects. This will also entail coordination with relevant service providers and media, advertising companies;
  • As relevant to the activities of the EYE projects, provide support, , in media-related engagements, including the drafting of press releases and statements in timely manner covering all activities.;
  • Establish and keep effective and favourable working relationships and communication channels with media personnel, news agencies...etc. Maintain and update list of contact information of projects’ stakeholders, and regularly ensure that they are provided with projects’ communication materials;
  • Undertake field visits to capture and document progress along the different components of the EYE projects;
  • Maintain and compile a photo and audio-visual library for the projects’ activities that can be utilized on different occasions.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the CTA.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or a related field


At least one or two years of professional experience in communication and advocacy within the international development context.

- Experience in a non-governmental organization or in the United Nations (desirable)

- Capacity to produce high-quality briefs and reports in both Arabic and English

- Proficient in using state-of-art media technologies, web-based media outlets and social media networks.


Excellent written and verbal command of English and good knowledge of Arabic language.


  • Proven experience in communication and advocacy (preferably in the development context and with an international development organization;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of development and implementation of communication, concepts, approaches, and methodologies. Proven knowledge and understanding state-of-art digital media tools, including the social media platforms;
  • Ability to provide technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of a team of young professionals in the area of specialization;
  • Established experience in the production of high quality and technically sound reports and publications.
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic.


  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Display cultural, gender, nationality, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

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  • The contract and its continuity is subject to the availability of funds
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for assessment will be contacted
  • Candidates who pass the interview and have good capabilities as may be recommended by the panel, may get selected for similar positions
  • The Office reserves to itself the right to appoint candidates at a level below the level of the advertised post depending on their experience
  • Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable for this position can also be offered to be assigned on a TEMPORARY position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position

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