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Syria Country Coordinator (DC)


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Damascus
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-08


Grade: P4 

Vacancy no.: BEY/DC/P/2022/05
Publication date: 24 November 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 8 December 2022


Job ID: 10246 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Damascus   
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 present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.


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.


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 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 UN has a large-scale humanitarian operation in Syria with an expanding early recovery and resilience part. This looks at providing livelihoods, jobs and income to vulnerable people. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has requested ILO technical assistance on a range of issues. ILO’s current engagement is limited to technical support on occupational safety and health, some exploratory work on social protection and initial work with the employers’ organization.

The ILO plans to expand its work in Syria, working as part of the UN Country Team to implement the UN Cooperation Framework. While the precise areas of intervention remain to be identified with ILO constituents and UN partners, this is expected to involve work on social protection, employment, skills development, social dialogue, occupational safety and health, labour inspection and promotion of international labour standards. ILO’s constituents also expect further technical assistance for their capacity development. The UN has developed a new Joint Work Plan that would support the new Cooperation Framework. This includes a number of specific areas where ILO could either take the lead or be a collaborative agency.

The position of “Syria Country Coordinator” is established in order for ILO to have a bridge head in Damascus with the capacity to engage with the Government and Social Partners, as well as with United Nations partners on developing an ILO programme of work. The Country Coordinator is expected to ensure a strong role for the ILO in the implementation of the Cooperation Framework with other UN Agencies and other.

This position is based in Damascus, likely housed within the UN Resident Coordinator’s structure and reports to the Deputy Regional Director in Beirut. The incumbent coordinates work with relevant units at ILO headquarters, with the Decent Work Team, the Regional Programme Unit and the Administrative and Finance Services of the ILO’s Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS).


Description of Duties

  1. Serve as a primary point of contact in Syria for constituents and build their capacities in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).
  2. Lead on the formulation of a series of ILO interventions under a programmatic framework to be defined.
  3. Engage with development partners and donors to secure funding support for ILO’s work in Syria. Formulate and submit project proposals for funding
  4. Manage ILO activities in Syria DWCP in line with ILO rules and regulations, report on successes and lessons learnt; and identify and tackle implementation bottlenecks.
  5. Represent ILO in the UN Country Team.
  6. Provide technical inputs on Syria (sectoral meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports) and liaise with specialists from the Decent Work Team in their areas of expertise
  7. Implement a country strategy for the promotion of ILO fundamental principles and rights at work and the related ILO standards in Syria including child labour as a particular focus given previous ILO work. Advocate for the inclusion of these principles within relevant national development and planning frameworks, sector strategies, local development initiatives and poverty reduction strategies and policies.
  8. Keep abreast of the security situation, in close collaboration with UNDSS for safety of ILO staff in Syria and provide prompt advice based on UNDSS directives.
  9. Provide support, assistance and backstopping to all development cooperation projects and RB-funded activities in Syria, including contacts with the authorities concerned.
  10. Establish and maintain contact with social partners involved in the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of ILO activities. Establish and ensure the dissemination of information covering various economic and social subjects of interest to departments at Regional Office of Arab States and to missions to the region.
  11. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.


Required qualifications


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Political Science or Social Science, Economics or other relevant field.

A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least seven years of experience, including experience at the international level, related to ILO’s policy areas.


Excellent command of English. A working knowledge of Arabic will be considered an advantage.




In addition to ILO core competencies, job-specific competencies include:

  • Good knowledge of ILO wide activities and priorities;
  • Ability to foster a positive working environment based on ILO core values and competencies;
  • Ability to synthesize research and reach evidence-based conclusions for concrete short term and strategic policy and programme recommendations;
  • Ability to provide seasoned advice on good practices to address broader issues outside the field of specialisation;
  • Ability to contribute to or finalize reports that match ILO technical and programming standards;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relations with constituents, UN agencies, international financial institution’s, and bilateral donors, in order to foster consensus against identified policy priorities, and generate commitments and resources for the implementation of the decent work agenda.
  • 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.
  • Any extension 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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.


Recruitment process

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


Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.


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 technical tests or interviews.


The ILO has zero tolerance for acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and is determined to ensure that all staff members and all beneficiaries of ILO assistance do not suffer, directly or indirectly, from sexual exploitation and abuse. 
To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organisation, the ILO may conduct a background verification of candidates under consideration.


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