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National Project Officer


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Dili
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Grade: NOA 

Vacancy no.: DC/DILI/NO/2024/09
Publication date: 10 June 2024
Application deadline (midnight local time): 23 June 2024


Job ID: 12011 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Jakarta 
Location: Dili   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months (possibility of extension subject to funds availability 


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.


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


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. 


The project aims to contribute to address the challenges of economic diversification and transition to environmentally sustainable production while simultaneously promoting the transition to the formal economy through social dialogue-based measures.


At the policy level, a dedicated instrument, consistent with the policy space, for just transition to environmentally sustainable, circular, and formal economy will be produced and agreed by tripartite constituents. To inform such instrument,

  1. dedicated research, a gender-responsive policy readiness assessment of how policies may support formal employment, economic and social impacts of climate change will be conducted and
  2. institutional capacity building for governmental and social partners in formulating strategic policy and programme interventions design with a gender-responsive approach will be rolled out.


The project will help enhancing the capacity of Timor-Leste to design and implement green oriented economic diversification policies, inclusive of value chain development within selected economic sectors. This set of activities would be in pursuance of the Timor-Leste Decent Work Country Programme 2022-2025.


In parallel to the above, the project shall establish needed platforms of citizens including youth and women in rural and informal economic setting facilitating the access to services and legal remedies. Specifically, the proposal will:

  1. build upon the work of the Timor-Leste Trade Union Confederation (KSTL) in formulating grievance management systems that are sensitive to gender-specific issues and
  2. seek to build capacities for social dialogue and negotiations for agreements at enterprise level (reducing emissions, improving job protection) and define policy and strategic way forward for environmental policies (in primis NDCS (linked to (ii) above) which incorporate gender perspectives.

Reporting Line

The National Project Officer will report directly to the Director of ILO Indonesia and Timor-Leste. He/she will receive technical and administrative guidance and support from the relevant ILO’s specialists and officers at Jakarta, Regional and HQ.


He/she will work in close collaboration with the relevant Government partners, the Timor-Leste Trade Union Confederation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Timor-Leste, other stakeholder partners of the project, other ILO project/programme in Timor-Leste, and UN Agencies in Timor-Leste.

Description of Duties

  1. Responsible to ensure effective coordination of project activities to deliver integrated and comprehensive interventions.
  2. Coordinate and facilitate the ILO’s engagement with national partner, including relevant national ministries, workers’, and employers’ organization as well as academic institutions (research institutes, universities, etc).
  3. Perform liaison duties with the national Government, ILO’s constituents, and other key stakeholders for meeting, training, seminar and/or workshop and other activities; follow-up with relevant technical officers within counterparts to expedite implementation and meet targets.
  4. Conduct data collection and information gathering from the project’s constituents and other key stakeholders for planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluating activities.
  5. Review, verify and analyze work plans, and other data to ensure clarity, consistency and completeness and monitor the progress of Project activities. Follow-up on documents, clarify information, and answer questions about clearance and processing requirements to support successful completion of agreed activities.
  6. Lead in the preparation of project report (periodic progress reports and final report), and other publication information materials including briefs, background information, statement, and news.  
  7. Prepare terms of reference for implementation of activities, including for meeting, training, seminar and/or workshop, research, etc.
  8. Serve as a focal point for the project and attend relevant meetings.
  9. Brief ILO specialists and visiting officials and provide relevant information on project matters. Draft, edit, or translate into local language official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information materials.
  10. Perform other duties for ILO office as may be assigned by Director.

Required qualifications


First level University degree (bachelor’s or equivalent) in sustainable development and/or economics and/or management, and/or social sciences and/or any other relevant field.



  • Minimum two years of professional experiences in project management, implementation, liaison and coordination activities, evaluation, and familiarity with industrial relations mechanism
  • Minimum one year of professional experience in sustainable development, green economy, or green jobs.
  • Proven experience in working effectively with government ministries and social partners would be an asset.


Excellent English and Tetum


  • Knowledge on the context of the just transition and formalization
  • Political awareness and understanding of socio-economic factors
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Communication and facilitation skills
  • Good knowledge of PC software (including word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software) such as Microsoft Office
  • Report writing skills
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as member of a team.




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.


Fraud warning


The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

This vacancy is now closed.