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Technical Officer - SME Development and Enterprise Formalization

La Paz (Bolivia)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: La Paz (Bolivia)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Sustainable Business Development
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-01

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Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: DC/LIMA/P/2020/01
Publication date: 7 February 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 1 March 2020


Job ID: 2491 
Department: ENTERPRISES 
Organization Unit: ENTERPRISES 
Location: La Paz   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months 


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.


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.


Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) is an ILO development cooperation programme funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD). It promotes productivity in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to become more sustainable through being cleaner, more productive and more competitive and by providing more sustainable and decent employment. The programme assists governments, industry associations and trade unions to develop export and domestic industrial sectors, with a particular focus on SMEs. The programme is being implemented in eleven countries.


Since 2013, SCORE, through its national staff based in La Paz, has been working with micro, small, and medium enterprises in the agro-processing and manufacturing sectors in Bolivia. Despite the very positive experience with SCORE Bolivia so far, there are some areas of productivity where additional support is needed, such as in the area of enterprise formalization and export promotion. Therefore, the SCORE Bolivia project is extended for an additional 24 months under the name “Bolivia Digna y Productiva”. The aim of this project component is to increase the productivity of two sub-sectors (quinua and tourism) identified through market system analysis, reduce the number of informal enterprises, facilitate access of SMEs to global value chains and ensure long-term sustainability of its results with a systemic approach. In close collaboration and in consultation with the responsible supervisor, the Technical Officer will coordinate the implementation of the Bolivia Digna y Productiva project in Bolivia in line with the SCORE global programme and the project document, with a particular focus on its enterprise formalization component.


The incumbent will work under the overall responsibility of the SCORE Project Manager at the Decent Work team in the ILO Office for Andean Countries in Lima. Technical support will be provided by the Chief Technical Adviser of the SCORE project, the Enterprise Specialist for the Andean Office, the lab and Value Chain development team and the Enterprise Formalization Specialist of the SME Unit at the ILO headquarters in Geneva.

Description of Duties


  1. Under the supervision of the SCORE Project Manager, oversee the conceptualization, planning and implementation of the Bolivia Digna y Productiva project, with a focus on enhancing productivity, driving value chain development and enterprise formalization.
  2. Coordinate national stakeholders to collect and analyse information on priority interventions in the selected value chains under the the Bolivia Digna y Productiva project or on other issues that are relevant for the activities and objectives of the project.
  3. Draft terms of references, technical documents and other reports related to the Bolivia Digna y Productiva project.
  4. Plan and participate in workshops, trainings and seminars as a resource person.
  5. Develop and deliver  training materials.
  6. Undertake missions to national project sites as required and undertake international missions if relevant.
  7. Undertake other duties as required by the supervisor.
Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in business administration, economics, social science or other relevant discipline, or its equivalent.



At least five years of relevant professional experience including three years at the international level in the area of private sector development, small enterprise development or on enterprise formalization, including some experience on technical cooperation activities. Experience in market systems development would be an asset. ILO working experience would be an asset.



Excellent command of Spanish and working knowledge of English (verbal and in writing). 



  • Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to prepare reports, materials and publications of a high quality that are technically sound.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team and drive work forward independently.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Good knowledge of computer applications for information collection, management and dissemination.


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

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


Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including technical tests or interviews.


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