Programme Technical Officer - P3

  • Added Date: Friday, 14 September 2018
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018

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Vacancy no.: DC/DDG/P/P/2018/01
Publication date: 12 September 2018
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 26 September 2018

Job ID: 658
Department: DDG/P
Organization Unit: DDG/P
Location: Geneva
Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: one year, renewable

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 present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date (midnight Geneva time).

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.

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.


Large mixed migration movements continue to top the global political agenda, as reflected in the 2016 UN New York Declaration, and remain at the forefront of concerns, discussions and collaboration across the multilateral system and beyond. These movements create considerable challenges for countries of first asylum, transit and destination, as well as countries of origin, including through impact on socio-economic environments, such as labour markets of host countries, particularly where these may have already been under pressure and there is high unemployment. The majority of refugee populations are hosted by low- and middle-income countries. As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are becoming more focused on durable solutions to support more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them to facilitate self-reliance and empowerment and strengthen social cohesion. It is paralleled by regional and country-level efforts in several areas, including in the Middle East and North Africa region and in the Horn of Africa.

In this context, the Government of the Netherlands has launched a new partnership initiative built on the combined strengths, experience and values of specific development and humanitarian organizations to develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement crises. The partners include: the Government of the Netherlands, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the ILO, the UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank. The Partnership aims to help transform the way governments and other stakeholders, including the private sector, respond to forced displacement crises – and in particular: (1) to enhance the enabling environment for the socio-economic inclusion of forcibly displaced persons (to mitigate their plight during years of exile and to best prepare them for their return); (2) to enhance access to education and child protection for vulnerable children on the move; and (3) to strengthen the resilience of host communities through inclusive socio-economic development that also benefits forcibly displaced persons.

The Partnership will be grounded on results-based and country-led approaches (“bottom up”) in two identified regions: MENA and the Horn of Africa. The programme aims to accelerate efforts to find sustainable solutions for countries confronted with large influxes of refugees. It will also aim to develop and implement evidence-based solutions, tailored to each context – as well as to test, and learn from, innovative operational solutions, including improving the availability, collection and use of data and evidence. An “exploratory phase”, from August 2018 to July 2019, has been agreed with the Partnership, during which country vision documents will be drawn up, initial activities either launched or scaled up, working plans, systems and structures discussed and agreed between Partners in each country and global knowledge, management and monitoring and evaluation systems set up. In addition, detailed programme documents will be developed for each country by April 2019. The ILO’s vision within the Partnership is: To strengthen decent work in countries impacted by forced displacement to mitigate stress factors at all levels and support inclusive socio-economic enablers for access to labour markets and empowerment of host communities and of forcibly displaced populations.

The TO will work under the technical and administrative supervision of the CTA. Support on technical matters will also be provided by the ILO Regional Offices for Africa and Arab States, Country Offices in Addis Ababa and Dar-es-Salaam, Decent Work Teams in Cairo and Pretoria and relevant departments and specialists in ILO headquarters.

Description of Duties

Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the programme, the Technical Officer (TO) will assist the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) of the Partnership programme in matters relating to the day-to-day management of all components of programme implementation, providing technical support and assistance for the implementation of objectives, outputs and activities. S/he will work closely with the CTA, ILO constituents, programme partners and ILO technical units in HQ, field offices and Decent Work Teams to assist the development and execution of the programme and work plans during the exploratory phase and the implementation of country-level programmes subsequently. The TO will also provide support in terms of training, development of tools and backstopping project activities.

Description of duties:

1. Assist the CTA in the implementation of the work of the Partnership programme by providing technical inputs, planning, monitoring and evaluation of activities. Deliveries and outcomes must be in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programmes, and the administrative and financial procedures.

2. Provide technical advice and support to programme staff and national, regional and global partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme activities, in coordination with the ILO field offices and HQ.

3. In the context of the Partnership programme activities at global, regional and country levels, assist the CTA in supporting ILO constituents in particular and other national and international partners in strengthening their capacities on issues relating to the access of refugees, forcibly displaced persons and host communities to labour market, livelihoods and education/training opportunities and to the overall operationalization of regional and country level programmes.

4. Promote ILO policies in the related technical areas of the Partnership programme, other fundamental rights at work and the relevant International Labour Standards in collaboration with other technical and labour standards specialists.

5. Under the guidance of the CTA, support efforts to strengthen relationships to cooperate and coordinate with, among others, national refugee authorities, relevant line ministries, civil society organisations, Regional Economic Communities, Partnership and other humanitarian and development organisations, in particular UNHCR in line with the ILO-UNHCR MOU and joint action plan and its follow-up.

6. Under the guidance of the CTA, support efforts to monitor and evaluate the Partnership programme’s activities, in close collaboration with relevant national, regional and international stakeholders, Regional and Country Offices, the ILO DWTs in Cairo and Pretoria and technical specialists in HQ, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO country and action programmes.

7. Under the guidance of the CTA, support efforts to identify and document lessons learned and contribute to knowledge management activities at the country, regional and global levels to expand and enhance learning on supporting the access of refugees, forcibly displaced persons and host communities to decent work.

8. Provide support to identifying training needs and training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, NGOs, other agencies, target groups and staff as appropriate to reinforce professional capabilities.

9. Undertake missions in relation to programme implementation as requested.

10. Undertake additional activities as requested by the CTA.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in a relevant field of study.


At least five years of relevant professional experience, including three years at the international level. Experience with planning, monitoring and evaluation of DC activities would be an advantage.


Excellent knowledge and command of English is essential and good working knowledge of an additional official language (French or Spanish) would be a requirement.


• Ability to provide technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of labour market access for refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
• Ability to provide policy advice.
• Ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
• Ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse practices and data sets covering issues related to the access of refugees and forcibly displaced people to labour markets and livelihoods.
• Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation.
• Ability to support the development and design of training materials and programmes.
• Ability to provide technical support to senior specialists, carrying out research, programme formulation and implementation.
• Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and to provide technical inputs as required.
• Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
• Good computer/information application skills.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • Any extension 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.

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