By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

National Project Senior Officer - NOB (DC)

Erbil (Iraq)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Erbil (Iraq)
  • 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: 2020-09-29

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.


Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: BEY/DC/2020/14
Publication date: 14 September 2020
Application deadline (midnight local time): 29 September 2020


Job ID: 4309 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Erbil   
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 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 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 entry level salary for this position is 47,102.- USD yearly.


Iraq is emerging from an intensive conflict resulting in the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and working to transition into a more sustainable development period in its history.  A development cooperation project that strengthens the humanitarian-development nexus has been designed with the aim of improving working conditions and labour market governance in the Republic of Iraq. 

The project will contribute to the socio-economic development of the Republic of Iraq by enhancing the application of International Labour Standards and national labour legislation and by promoting social dialogue, social justice, and decent work. It will respond to decent work priorities at the national and governorate level and will design and rethink approaches to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Iraq’s labour market through resilience and decent work.


The first phase of the project (2020-2022) includes a number of governance interventions including: (1) modernizing and enhancing the effectiveness of the labour inspection system, in line with International Labour standards; (2) improving the administration and roll out of occupational safety and health, in line with ILO Conventions Nos. 155 and 187, and in response to COVID-19; and (3) strengthening awareness and understanding among workers and employers of labour inspection and occupational health and safety, to place them in a better position to engage in workplace programmes to promote compliance with national legislation and enhance protection in the workplace.


The project will also develop and implement a compliance model in the agriculture sector to benefit workers through improved working conditions, skills development and opportunities. Interventions will also support longer-term institutional change, including through implementation of agricultural worker bylaws, development of an agriculture worker’s union and collective bargaining agreements.


The position will be based in Erbil with a focus on national-level interventions and direct implementation in two-three governorates.


The national project officer will report to the Project Manager and Country Coordinator for the Republic of Iraq.

Description of Duties
  • Coordinate the implementation of project activities in close collaboration with the DWT for the Arab states, project partners, international and national experts, Project Manager and ILO constituents
  • Identify and analyse country-specific development plans and priorities, socio-economic data, reports and other relevant information that may be relevant for the project and take appropriate measures in consultation with the Project Manager to ensure timely fulfillment of all obligations and delivery of project outputs.
  • Initiate, plan and undertake missions to monitor, assess and report on project implementation and propose corrective action.
  • Assist with the planning and organization of capacity building activities for project partners
  • Ensure financial and administrative tasks related to the project are conducted according to ILO rules and procedures
  • Coordinate and ensure proper consultation and participation of ILO constituents and other project partners at the country and governorate level during the project implementation
  • Participate in negotiations with key stakeholders to discuss project definition, scope and cooperation arrangements
  • Seek opportunities to build and enhance partnerships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Organize and participate in meetings to facilitate collaboration between the different actors.
  • Participate in interagency fora and meetings with a view to identifying areas for joint activities.
  • Review and provide programme and technical inputs to policy notes, assessments, research and other project reports and documents.
  • Facilitate technical assistance through the identification and supervision of national experts and preparation of missions of international experts.
  • Contribute to the implementation of Decent Work Country Programme for Iraq with respect to the issues related to DWCP priority 3 outcomes and outputs
  • Ensure gender and disability issues are explicitly addressed and mainstreamed throughout the project activities and any outputs including final reports or events
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Throughout the work, the incumbent must follow the ILO Standard Operational Procedures and Rules Concerning Covid-19 as well as the national rules on Covid-19.

Required qualifications

University  degree  in  the  field  of law,  economics,  social sciences,  public administration, labour administration or  other  related  field.

  • Minimum of three years of professional work experience in programme and/or project implementation for labour, economic or social development
  • Proven 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

Excellent command of English and Arabic.

  • Political awareness and understanding of socio-economic factors in Iraq.
  • Knowledge of the ILO’s work programmes and activities.
  • Good computer skills .
  • Proven rresearch, analytical and drafting skills.
  • Good knowledge of programming and results-based management principles and concepts.
  • Good knowledge of the programming cycle (planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation).
  • Ability to interpret and work within applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to oversee the work of and provide guidance to staff.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non- discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.