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Programme Officer - NOB (DC)

Chittagong (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Chittagong (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-23

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Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: RBSA/Dhaka/NO/2020/001
Publication date: 09 September 2020
Application deadline (midnight local time): 23 September 2020


Job ID: 4384 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Dhaka 
Location: Chittagong   
Contract type: Short Term 

Contract duration: 8 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 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.


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 Short Term (ST)  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 International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human rights which includes labour rights. Its tripartite structure provides a unique platform for promoting decent work for all women and men. It aims to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection, and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.
Bangladesh in particular Cox Bazar District faced a massive influx of about a million Rohingya Refugees since 2017 from the neighbouring state of Myanmar. The office has remained vigilant about the decent work deficit and labour market conditions in the district and has carried out several assessments and consultations. The current project “Promoting economic opportunities for the Host communities in Cox’s Bazar” is the outcome of these prior works. The decent work deficit faced by the host communities have multifaceted root causes and are compounded by the COVID 19 pandemic. The proposed interventions aim to address some of the identified root causes of decent work deficits and to address a large number of poor and vulnerable households in the district. The interventions will unfold the opportunity to work with other UN agencies for co-creating innovative skills and enterprise development initiatives for host communities. It will also focus on exploring the required initiatives within ILO’s mandate and capacity and mobilizing resources to implement these.
The project coordinator will be based at Cox Bazar and will work under the supervision of the ILO country director and day to technical guidance from technical officer, represent ILO in the Cox Bazar district. Besides, the individual will also be responsible for piloting the initiatives, engage implementing partners and consultants as provisioned in the project.


Duty station will be Cox Bazar

Description of Duties

Duties and Responsibilities
The programme officer, under the strategic guidance from the technical officer, and skills and enterprise specialists, will perform the following specific duties:  
1. Act as a point person for ILO in the Cox Bazar district:
a. Set up ILO office in the district preferably sharing premise of some of the UN agencies already working these
b. Represent ILO in the regular Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) and other relevant working group meetings.
c. Engage with the district and the local level government agencies including the RRRC, District Council and other relevant government agencies
2. Coordinate the implementation of the planned initiatives under the project:
a. Lead the process of stakeholder engagement, recruitment of the consultant, and implementing partners.
b. Prepare, revise and update the project implementation plan, including the annual work plan, monitoring plan and other relevant plans.
c. Provide technical inputs, coordinate, monitor and manage the work of the project consultants and implementing partners
d. Organize workshop, consultations and other knowledge-generating and sharing platforms as envisaged in the project document
e. Coordinate the research and assessments in the areas of value chains development, skills development and other areas as deemed relevant

f. Monitor the project progress against the performance indicators and resources available
g. Liaise and coordinate with the district representatives of the employers’ and workers’ organization and assure their full engagement during the project implementation, strategic adjustments and new project formulations
3. UN coordination:
a. Actively participate in the UN coordination meeting organized through ISCG and other platforms and advocate for ILO’s strategies, values, areas of comparative strengths.
b. Advocate for ILO’s engagement in its core areas of strength for the joint UN initiatives in the district, including the district development plan, Multi-partner Trust funds, and Joint response plans.
c. Provide field level information and recommendations at the country level UN coordination initiatives
4. Resource mobilization:
a. Support technical officer in identifying relevant opportunities for ILO to engage in to respond to the challenges associated with the decent work deficit in the district.
b. Actively liaise with the donor representatives and other UN agencies for the identification of resources to implement the planned initiatives.
c. Provide timely feedback to the country office on different resource mobilization opportunities

Required qualifications

University Degree in Business Administration, Development studies, Social Science, or other related fields.


• At least three years of progressively relevant experience at the national or international level in development projects, preferably in Bangladesh, providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and programmes and establishing inter-relationships among international organizations and national governments specifically in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and enterprise development;
• Prior experience in the ILO/ UN System will be an asset


Excellent English and Bangla.


The applicant should have the following ILO core competencies as they relate to the job:
• Management of human and financial resources, including transparent communication and conflict resolution
• Collaboration – work effectively with a large team of the international and national professionals, various government agencies, funding and development partners, such as the EC, Global Affairs Canada, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, etc., NGOs, and ILO technical units
• Communication – write and edit reports and publications; lead workshops, conferences and working teams
• Client orientation – understand and respond to needs of various government agencies, representatives of employers and of trade unions, other international agencies, NGOs, and financial partners

In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:
• Knowledge of programme and budget, project administration and evaluation concepts and procedures
• Good technical writing skills
• Ability to comprehend quickly, communicate effectively both orally and in writing
• Good computer applications skills
• Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team
• Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy
• Ability to supervise staff
Other Job Specific Competencies and Skills
• Demonstrated skills and experience to work with a variety of stakeholders and partners
• Ability to work with government and social partners
• Proven orientation and technical skills to obtain, manage and share data, information and knowledge from different sources, for the defined purposes and targeted  partners
• Training and capacity building of partners and knowledge management.


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.


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