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National Project Officer

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-23

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Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: BEY/DC/2021/32
Publication date: 03 September 2021
Application deadline (midnight local time): 23 September 2021


Job ID: 6610 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Sanaa   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One 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 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.


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


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 33,000.- US $ yearly.


The ILO in Yemen has worked on building peace and resilience by creating jobs and income opportunities, enhancing employability as well as strengthening institutional capacity in conflict-affected areas. The ILO’s work in Yemen centres around three priority areas:

 - Promoting employment and private sector development

 - Enhancing efforts to address child labour

- Strengthening labour governance and international labour standards.

Since the conflict began in 2015, Yemen has witnessed severe infrastructure damage and the economy has contracted by more than 40 per cent. Conflict and related factors have led to an overall increase in poverty, estimated at between 71 to 78 per cent, with 24.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, as two thirds of the population – some 20 million people – are food insecure, 40 per cent of Yemeni households live without a regular source of income, and with women being more severely affected than men. The COVID-19 outbreak has profoundly affected Yemenis’ and women’s ability to maintain their livelihoods, forcing them to earn less, save less and live with poor resources. In order to address this problem, through RBSA funded intervention, the ILO is adapting and applying experiences from the Employment Intensive Investment Programmes (EIIP) in other countries affected by crisis situations to provide innovative social protection and decent work solutions and contribute to the humanitarian development peace nexus, targeting women and the most vulnerable groups.

Reporting lines:

Under the general supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) in Sana’a and the technical backstopping of the Resilience and Crisis Response Specialist and the overall coordination and guidance  of the National Coordinator, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Description of Duties

  1. Identify and discuss EIIP training needs, demands and priorities at national level with agencies that have a role to play in the implementation of infrastructure and environmental works.
  2.  Prepare a draft outline for a training programme (topics, participants, timing).
  3. Prepare a detailed work plan including a budget and indicators to measure progress towards results for project measures in targeted governorates.
  4. Develop EIIP-related training materials for all categories of stakeholders. Design and support the training of local small-scale contractors and  assist with on-the-job guidance of contractor
  5. Train implementing partners and engineers/technicians in systems, procedures and tools used in EII project cycle management including standard procurement procedures, preparation of required work plans, reports (such as inventory, daily, weekly and monthly narrative and technical reports), maintenance plans as per agreed formats, standards and timing schedules.
  6. Design and implement EII pilot projects in targeted governorates..
  7. Advice partners on all aspects of construction management including labour management, occupational safety and health, inventory management and the safe-keeping and maintenance of tools and equipment procured by the project;  Design and support the training of local small-scale contractors and assist with on-the-job guidance of contractor.
  8. Establish community maintenance groups, provide skills and business training for the maintenance of assets. Provide technical backstopping support to the groups and;
  9. Any other activity as may be requested in relation the programme in Yemen.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in economics, public policies, development studies.


At least two years professional experience in relevant field at the national level, preferably with a focus on experience in infrastructure sector and proven experience on employment intensive approach. Knowledge of governments’ refugee programmes and modus operandi is an added advantage.


Excellent knowledge and command of English and Arabic.


  • Knowledge and understanding of a complex body of financial and administrative rules, guidelines and procedures.
  • Knowledge of in-house procedures for the preparation of documents and administrative forms, and for the creation and maintenance of filing systems.
  • Good analytical skills. Ability to reason and make sound judgements.
  • Ability to maintain financial records and prepare clerical accounting reports and statements.
  • Must demonstrate responsible behaviour and attention to detail.
  • Ability to deal with confidential matters with discretion.
  • Must display high standards of ethical conduct.
  • Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office.

Competencies (Continued)

  • Ability to evaluate correspondence and inquiries for best course of action.
  • Ability to respond to work related inquiries in an appropriate manner.
  • Ability to obtain services from other work units inside or outside the office for completion of tasks.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Ability to clarify information.
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet the deadline.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Words, Power Point, Excel, web-browsers and database applications.

optional section (if needed)

Candidates assessed by the Panel and considered to be eligible for appointment but who are not selected for this vacant post may be offered an assignment to another position at the same or lower grade provided that they meet the minimum qualifications required.


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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