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Enterprise Development Specialist

Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Sustainable Business Development
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-20

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Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2021/AR/01
Publication date: 18 August 2021
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 20 September 2021


Job ID: 6558 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Beirut   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.


Applications from officials who have reached their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).


Applicants from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here:


In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.


Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.


The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


This position is located in the Decent Work Technical Support Team for the Arab States (DWT-Beirut) which is part of the ILO Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS).    DWT-Beirut is responsible for providing technical support in formulating policy and carrying out the programme of work as required by the ILO offices and constituents in the region.

The role of the Specialist is to provide technical guidance and support on sustainable enterprise development with an impetus to entrepreneurship, small business development, responsible business conduct, enterprise formalisation, productivity enhancement, market systems, social finance, social and solidarity economy, greening of enterprises, job creation, poverty alleviation and protection of workers' rights to the countries in the Arab States region through research, policy advice and the development of development cooperation programmes in close collaboration with the ILO offices and the governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations in the respective countries.  The position will be responsible for leading and managing the work of this technical area. This includes ensuring coherent programming and resourcing of ILO activities in the region in line with identified constituent needs and set priorities, within the overall framework of implementing the ILO's Decent Work Agenda.

The position will report to the Director of DWT-Beirut and receive technical guidance and advice from the Director of the Enterprises Department (ENTERPRISES) at ILO headquarters. The incumbent is expected to strongly collaborate with other DWT technical specialists in Beirut as well as with members of the ILO Global Enterprises Team to ensure policy and operational coherence.

Specific Duties

  1. Provide policy advice to ILO constituents and other stakeholders on strategies to promote decent work through customized and integrated approaches to enterprise development in line with the ILO sustainable enterprise development strategy and with specific reference to entrepreneurship, small business development, responsible business conduct, enterprise formalisation, productivity enhancement, market systems, social finance, social and solidarity economy and greening of enterprises.
  2. Initiate and guide technical work at a country level including the analysis of data, statistics, normative frameworks and national policies.
  3. Provide technical backstopping support to project coordinators tasked with the implementation of ILO facilitated sustainable enterprise development projects.
  4. Coordinate and participate in tripartite reviews on development cooperation activities and meetings and conferences at the national, regional, and international level.
  5. Prepare working papers and articles on aspects of the ILO sustainable enterprise development. Disseminate information on programmes/projects through publications, press releases and other means of communication.
  6. Organize and conduct capacity building for national constituents; promote and ensure knowledge sharing.
  7. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

Generic Duties

  1. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes, This involves: re-analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics and information or policy guidelines, in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognised technical specialisation. 
  2. Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.
  3. Provide policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of development cooperation activities.
  4. Formulate and submit project proposals and seek funding.
  5. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
  6. Undertake technical advisory missions independently or in collaboration with other specialists.
  7. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings and training courses.
  8. Prepare draft recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO Recommendations or Conventions on related technical fields.
  9. Write manuals and/or training guides on related topics.
  10. Disseminate information on programmes through publications and, press releases, as well as ensuring representation at donors’ meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
  11. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.
  12. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports).
  13. Participate in tripartite reviews on development cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in economics, business administration or related social sciences with demonstrated expertise in the relevant technical field.


Eight years’ experience at the national level or five years at the international level in the field of private sector development and SME and entrepreneurship promotion. Experience in resource mobilization and developing and implementing development cooperation projects.


Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of a second official language (French, Spanish) of the Organization would be an advantage. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:


Ability to:  synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide seasoned advice on best practices, to address broader issues outside the field of specialization; formulate new concepts and methodologies; develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings; design and synthesize strategies for programme development in member States; produce reports (e.g. reports for regional conferences and the International Labour Conference, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects. Ability to provide policy advice, to backstop development cooperation projects and to mobilize resources; knowledge of the sub-region; ability to effectively engage with and support the ILO tripartite constituents and other stakeholders.


Ability to work in a team and capacity to work on own initiative. Ability to facilitate discussions among tripartite constituents and facilitate knowledge sharing. Good negotiating skills. Ability to prioritize work.  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.
  • The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period.
  • A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
  • Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

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Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at


Recruitment process

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


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


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 assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


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