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Technical Specialist P4 (DC) 1

Erbil (Iraq)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Erbil (Iraq)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-03

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Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/BEIRUT/P/2019/09
Publication date: 20 March 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time):03 April 2020


Job ID: 3225 
Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: FUNDAMENTALS 
Location: Erbil   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 1 year 


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.

The political and socio-economic context in Iraq is highly complex and has recently transitioned into a new phase.
At times of heightened vulnerability, as currently is the case in Iraq, households often use their children’s labour as a coping mechanism.  The recent Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS6), carried out by UNICEF in 2018, finds that 7.3% of children in Iraq between the ages of 5 to 17 years old engaged in child labour.
In response, the ILO - through funding from and a partnership with The European Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) will implement a project entitled: Tackling the Worst Forms of Child Labour amongst IDPs, Refugees, and Vulnerable Host Communities in Iraq. The project will adopt an integrated approach to address the worst form of child labour through a set of complementary upstream and downstream interventions building on its normative mandate and tripartite structure (Government, employers’ and workers’ organization).


The project manager will report to the DWT Arab States Director and work under the overall coordination of the ILO Programme Coordinator for Iraq.  Technical backstopping will be provided by the DWT Crisis Response and Resilience Specialist and the IPEC/Fundamentals team in ILO HQ. 


Description of Duties

-Responsible for effective management, coordination, planning, implementation, and monitoring of all project activities in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures, in consultation with the Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS).

-Design and execute child labour related programmes and interventions. This involves analysis of complex or data, statistics, information or policy guidelines in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognized technical specialization.

-Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes to address child labour and other issues related to Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW).

-Provide policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of technical cooperation activities.

-Manage effectively the funds/budget assigned to the project for meaningful impact and ensure the preparation of periodic progress reports for submission in accordance with the established rules and procedures.

-Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.

-Disseminate information on action programmes through publications and press releases as well as ensure representation at donors meetings, international, regional and national for a and advocacy campaigns.

-Manage efficiently project staff including recruitment and performance management.

-Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, conference reports).

-Represent the Office at project meetings, seminars and evaluations related to child labour and FPRW and inter—agency cluster meetings on child protection in Iraq. Build and enhance strategic partnerships and sub-regional networks of government policymakers, worker’s and employer’s organizations and civil society organizations.

-Liaise with colleagues of other ILO projects operating in Iraq, and particularly those targeting internally displaced people (IDPs) and Syrian refugees. Build synergies with these projects.

-Closely coordinate with other UN agencies, development partners, and NGOs working on child labour/child protection and other FPRW and identify opportunities for new partnerships and resource mobilization. 

-Undertake other duties as required.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in the field of economics, social sciences, law and other related education.

  • At least seven years’ experience, three of which at the international level: This includes field experience in a leadership role for the implementation of projects, preferably in the field of child labour/ child protection or FPRW, or in the fields of employment and livelihoods
  • Proven management experience, preferably with the ILO or a UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of project cycle, i.e. design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Proven experience in partnership building and networking and in effective fundraising, resource mobilization and donor relations.
  • In-depth understanding of the dynamics and complexities of mass displacement and conflict, with direct experience/knowledge of the Syria refugee crisis and of internal displacement in Iraq preferable.
  • Knowledge & experience of working with constituents in Arab states, particularly in Iraq is an advantage



Excellent command of English, Proficiency in Arabic would be considered an asset.


  • Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
  • Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the project/programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research;
  • Ability to develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings; Ability to promote knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office, and to focus and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners;
  • Proven capacity to initiate and implement development cooperation project/program activities with partners.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and ability to provide high quality services.
  • Ability to plan and support the development of individual’s skills and abilities for a more effective fulfilment of job/role responsibilities;
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures.
  • Drive to seek or encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to organisation challenges and opportunities for improvement.
  • 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

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.


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.

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