National Project Coordinator - Digital Economy
Vacancy no.: CAIRO/DC/NO/2021/12
Publication date:22 April 2021
Application deadline (midnight local time): 21 May 2021
Job ID: 5951
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Cairo
Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of fund)
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 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.
While forcibly displaced persons face specific vulnerabilities, including psychological trauma, lack of opportunity and protection risks, host communities also struggle to pursue their own development efforts in an environment that has been transformed by a large influx of newcomers. As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are focusing more on durable solutions backed by more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them.
In response to the challenges facing both host communities and refugees, a new partnership initiative titled: ‘PROSPECTS - Partnership for improving Prospects for host communities and forcibly displaced persons’, has been launched by the Government of the Netherlands that brings together the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank. The Partnership has a four-year initial time horizon (2019-2023) where partners will join their efforts to develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement crises in 8 countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Sudan, and Uganda).
The overall objective of PROSPECTS in Egypt is to improve the living standards and inclusiveness of refugees, asylum-seekers and vulnerable host communities, by contributing to the expansion of socio-economic opportunities through better education and mainstreamed protection interventions.
With a geographical focus on Greater Cairo, Alexandria, and Damietta, PROSPECTS Egypt will work under three main pillars. The first pillar, Education and Learning focuses on increasing the number of forcibly displaced persons, children on the move and host communities with quality education and training. The second pillar on Employment with Dignity seeks to increase the number of forcibly displaced persons, children on the move (i.e. youth) and host communities with enhanced livelihoods and/or employment in decent work through improvements in labour market governance supporting transition to and entry into employment and formalisation. The third pillar on Protection and Inclusion aims at increasing protection, social protection and inclusion for forcibly displaced persons, children on the move and host communities through strengthening of legal, policy and enabling environment for protection, social protection and inclusion.
About this post
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation in the public and private sector in Egypt, with tangible effects on both education and employment. Against this backdrop, PROSPECTS partners aim to accelerate the move towards digitalisation, while also ensuring the inclusion of the most marginalised in this process, thus enabling urban refugees and Egyptian youth to benefit from Egypt’s growing digital economy.
Accordingly, PROSPECTS Egypt aims to strengthen the economic and social inclusion of young refugees, young asylum-seekers and Egyptian youth in urban host communities by enhancing their digital skills, easing their transition into the labour market, and boosting job opportunities in the digital economy.
Relevant components under PROSPECTS to this job post are:
Component 1: young refugees and Egyptians apply digital skills and knowledge to ensure their inclusion in the labour market (access to tailored digital skills training packages and services).
Component 2: support public and private employment services (including career guidance, coaching and mentoring), and business support services (including supporting entrepreneurship ecosystem players) to provide effective services to target beneficiaries.
Component 3: facilitate the transition of youth to employment by improving the availability and accessibility of wage and self-employment opportunities in the digital economy, including through new and supported existing services.
Under the overall responsibility of the Decent Work Team /Country Director of Cairo, the incumbent will perform duties under the direct supervision of PROSPECTS Country Programme Manager
Description of Duties
1. In coordination with the Country Programme Manager (PM), assess policy frameworks, digital labour market trends and employment priorities in Egypt for Egyptian youth and refugees to inform and design project interventions.
2. Active engagement and strengthening the collaboration with partners and digital economy platforms in Egypt (e.g. training institutions, relevant government and private institutions, social partners, and other stakeholders) aiming to identify entry points and the implementation of interventions, while building synergies with other existing initiatives in Egypt with particular focus on the most marginalised groups (refugees, people with disabilities, women …etc.).
3. Support effective implementation of the programme through the provision of inputs, the delivery of outputs, monitoring and evaluation of activities, and communicating results. Deliveries and outcomes must be in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programmes.
4. Support the programme and PM to develop programme’s work plans, presentations, and information databases covering programme activities, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the implementation status, and coordinate with concerned ILO offices, departments and programmes.
5. Support the PM in the effective management of funds/budgets allocated to the programme, in accordance with ILO rules and financial and procurement regulations.
6. Support the coordination of project implementation including through discussions with project implementing partners, field visits, and participation in reviews and evaluations determining targets delivery.
7. Periodically report, monitor and facilitate the evaluation of all project’s components according to the project’s document and work plan. Prepare required technical progress reports and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation for submission to the ILO and the donor
8. Support the ILO and the PM to position, leverage the role of the ILO in the digital economy, and support the ILO representation in meetings related to the programme as well as other related meetings with other UN agencies, donors, and national partners.
9. Provide support to relevant government ministries, ILO social partners, and other key national and international partners, in close collaboration with the PM, ILO DWT/CO Cairo, and regional and HQ units as relevant.
10. Plan, organize, participate and/or facilitate consultative meetings, conferences, training sessions, seminars and workshops
11. Perform other relevant duties as assigned by Supervisor.
First level University degree in economics, political science, business administration, development studies or related fields.
- Three years of experience in the area of socio-economic domain at a managerial level. Particular experience on issues of youth employment is a considerable asset.
- Prior experience with youth employment programmes and projects and/or development projects focused on job creation in the digital economy are considered assets.
- Familiarity and previous work experience with the ILO or other UN agencies/development partner organisation would be an added advantage.
Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of Arabic (spoken and written)
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 programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development.
Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
Ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability 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 promote a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to work within 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.
Good knowledge of ILO programme and budget, project formulation and evaluation techniques and practices as well as good knowledge of ILO Social Partners.
Good knowledge of PC software (including word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software) such as Microsoft Office.
Excellent analytical skills
“Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position”.
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