Skills Development Officer 14.12.2018

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  • Deadline Date: Friday, 14 December 2018

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Vacancy no.: DC/BEIRUT/P/2018/02
Publication date: 30 November 2018
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 14 December 2018

Job ID: 851
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut
Location: Beirut
Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: One year (with possibility of renewal)

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.


More than seven years have passed since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. The scale of the refugee crisis is unprecedented in the region. In Lebanon refugees now constitute at least 25 per cent of the total population. This influx has exacerbated the country’s pre-existing socio-economic challenges, including deep-rooted pockets of poverty, weak infrastructure and an underperforming labour market. The high prevalence of Syrian refugees in already under-served areas has increased social tensions between different communities, mostly over perceived competition for jobs and access to resources and basic services such as water, energy, sanitation and solid waste collection.

Within the framework of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP), the ILO has adopted a development-focused and employment-driven strategy to support host communities and refugees. The ILO strategy builds on its core mandate to promote employment, social dialogue, social protection and rights at work through three key pillars:

  1. Contributing to building the resilience of host communities and refugees by enhancing access to employment opportunities and livelihoods;
  2. Strengthening institutional capacities and coordination to eliminate child labour and;
  3. Supporting evidence-based policy development to ensure an employment-rich national response, embedded in the principles of decent work.

Project's objectives

The TVET portfolio aims to help Lebanese and refugee youth to enter the labour market by improving access to and capacities to deliver market relevant Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The ILO supports Lebanese formal TVET as well as non-formal vocational training providers as part of the Lebanon crisis response to improve the quality and market relevance of skills training, through three separate projects described below:

1. Towards improved formal and non-formal technical and vocational education and training in Lebanon (LBN/16/08/CEF) funded by UNICEF

The collaboration agreement with UNICEF is the largest and most comprehensive of the three projects. This envisaged project outcome is to ensure that TVET curricula for youth are relevant to identified labour market needs. As such, the project will support the production of labour market information and analysis, the development and implementation of competency based training (CBT) curricula, and the capacity development of TVET providers. In addition, in order to contribute to the project’s sustainability, activities will include conducting a TVET mapping, drafting a TVET strategy and roadmap for Lebanon.

2. Improved and market-based provision of vocational training for Lebanese and refugees (LBN/18/04/ITA) funded by the Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (Italian Agency for Development Cooperation)

Complementary to the UNICEF project, this project’s intended outcome is improved and market-based provision of vocational training for Lebanese and refugees. It works closely with Italian funded NGOs under the Lebanon crisis response to support post-training support to beneficiaries and support the development of these services through training, mentoring and coaching of NGOs that are providing vocational training.

3. Improved access to employment opportunities for Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees in Lebanon (LBN/16/09/FAO) funded by the FAO through the FAO’s project “Upgrading the technical agriculture education system in Lebanon”, implemented with funding from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The project is designed to improve access to quality vocational training and on-the-job-training opportunities in agriculture. This project’s activities are part of the FAO project “Upgrading the technical agriculture education system in Lebanon”, which is jointly implemented by FAO, AVSI and ILO, in collaboration with UNICEF. The project will establish a mechanism between the private sector and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) to ensure MoA’s Baccalaureat Technique course meets the private sector’s skills requirements. The project will furthermore increase the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture’s teachers and related management departments with regards to decent work issues pertaining to agriculture, including the competency based training.

The team of the Lebanon TVET portfolio will be comprised by the Socio-Economic Recovery Expert /Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), a Skills Development Officer, a National Project Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant.

The incumbent will report to the Chief Technical Advisor overseeing the project implementation, and will receive technical guidance from the Senior Skills and Employability Specialist of DWT Beirut. He will work in close coordination with the Regional Programming Unit and the Administrative and Financial Unit for the implementation of the project activities.

Description of Duties

  • Assist the CTA and contribute to the effective implementation of the projects through timely provision of inputs, and planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities, in conformity with project strategies ILO policies, ILO programming guidelines and administrative and financial procedures.
  • Provide technical advice and support to the line ministries and social partners’ for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, as well as for the reform of the TVET system, in coordination with the ILO ROAS.
  • Prepare training materials and conduct training courses and workshops, in particular related to market assessment and competency-based training, in order to support TVET providers in designing and implementing improved skills training to youth.
  • Provide mentoring and coaching technical advice other technical assistance as required to project partners, in particular related to market assessments, competency-based training and other capacity building efforts to support TVET providers in designing and implementing improved skills training for youth.
  • Provide technical support to project partners in designing and conducting labour market assessments, tracer studies and employers’ satisfaction surveys. Support the analysis of assessments and studies conducted by the projects, and design evidence based recommendations for concrete interventions.
  • Under the guidance of the CTA, maintain close liaison with governments, workers' and employers' organizations, UN organizations, non-governmental organizations on skills development initiatives and projects. Maintain working contacts and collaboration with multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies and prepare proposals for funding.
  • Support the CTA in providing technical guidance on skills development to the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan Livelihoods Working Group members.
  • Co-ordinate closely, promote linkages and share documented good practices and lessons learnt with other relevant ILO projects in the Arab States, ILO units and external stakeholders.
  • Promote ILO Recommendation 195 and other relevant International Labour Standards within the design process of relevant national policies and the strategies of various projects - including those being undertaken by other agencies.
  • Undertake field missions in relation to project implementation, and contribute to regional and international events on skills and employability.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in social sciences, public administration and governance, education, business administration or other relevant technical fields.


  • At least five years of professional experience in skills development and/or labour market assessments at the national, including three years at the international level.
  • Proven experience in working on skills development and labour market assessments. Experience in skills development in Lebanon would be an advantage.
  • Proven experience in coordinating with the government, NGOs and UN agencies.
  • Proven experience in planning and facilitating training workshops and seminars, including serving as a trainer.
  • Experience in working with the ILO will be an asset. Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with officials of ministries of labour and education would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English and Arabic (oral and writing skills).


  • Ability to work independently demonstrating initiative as well as in a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and teams;
  • 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 specialization;
  • Excellent knowledge of competency-based training standards. Ability to mentor and coach vocational training providers;
  • Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques;
  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies;
  • Good independent drafting skills and ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation and ability to provide technical support to senior specialists carrying out research, project formulation and implementation;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  • Good computer 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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Recruitment process

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