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Technical Officer, Economics - P3


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: DC/ABIDJAN/P/2020/03
Publication date: 29 July 2020
Application deadline (midnight Abidjan time): 12 August 2020


Job ID: 4038 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: RO-Africa 
Location: Abidjan   
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 position is within the abovementioned development cooperation project located in the Development and Investment (DEVINVEST) Branch, Employment Policy Department of the ILO (Geneva) with activities decentralized to the Regional Office for Africa.

The ILO and EC have agreed upon a 4 years technical cooperation project that provides technical assistance to EU services, including EU Delegations in Africa and partner countries on the thematic of the employment impact assessment of EU financed investments.


Employment creation is at the centre of the European Union Africa Strategy launched in March 2020. The Africa Strategy builds on the Africa-EU Alliance on Investment and Jobs launched in 2018. The Africa-EU Alliance seeks to leverage private investment in Africa, in partnership with International Financial Institutions (IFI), with a focus on decent job creation.


Realizing that employment outcomes differ between investment opportunities and local characteristics, the objective of this project is to assist the EU Delegations and partner countries in assessing the employment potential at sectoral level and in specific value chains (with a focus on agriculture). A second objective is to assess the employment effects of supported investment and flagship development programmes in Africa. Another objective is to improve the ability to take into account the employment dimension at different stages of the life cycle of the project.


The project will provide technical assistance in relation with employment impact assessment to EU Delegations and National stakeholders in the Sub-Saharan Africa.


This 4 years project will recruit an economist to develop the activities of the project related to employment impact assessments at the level of EU Delegations and partner countries in Africa.


Reporting line

The Technical Officer will report to the CTA/Project Manager of the project, under the overall supervision of the Regional Director of the Regional Office for Africa. He/She will be supervised by the Regional Office for Africa.

Description of Duties


In accordance with the needs and priorities of the project where the position is located, the incumbent will provide services from among the following duties:


  1. Assist the Project/Program Manager or the CTA in the implementation of the project by providing technical inputs, planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities.  Ensure conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and Office procedures and practices.
  2. Provide technical advice and support to project staff and national partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in coordination with the ILO Field Offices and HQ Develop methodologies to analyse the employment impact of EU financed private and public investments as well as EU financed development projects. In addition, develop methodologies that fit the African context in particular the weaknesses of existing statistical systems.
  3. Liaise with EU Delegation and partner countries to identify needs and to propose solutions in relation with employment impact assessment
  4. Assist EU Delegations and partner countries to measure employment potential at sectoral level in terms of direct, indirect and induced employment creation
  5. Assist EU Delegations and partner countries to measure employment potential for specific value chains in particular in agriculture
    • Work in collaboration with VAC4D
  6. Assist EU Delegations and partner countries to measure employment potential of flagship projects and investment (3 projects a year for 4 years) in terms of direct, indirect and induced employment creation
    • Identify and select candidate projects with EU delegations and partner countries
    • Visit projects, collect project level statistics, produce in-depth studies
  7. Contribute to the development of some of the existing tools within the DEVINVEST Branch. This could include either sectoral multipliers or socio-economic studies or value chains analysis or surveys and interviews.
  8. Develop methodologies to measure the employment potential of specific value chains including socio-economy studies, surveys and interviews.
  9. Liaise with national institute of statistics to gather additional database, census data, and input-output tables.
  10. Conduct research and integrate technical inputs for regional and country analyses, reports and publications related to the project and prepare discussion notes. Prepare reports, working papers and other publications, Produce impact studies and country project reports
  11. Work closely with the administrative assistant of the project
  12. Undertake other duties as required.
Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in economics, sociology or development studies.  PhD in economics, sociology or development studies is an advantage.



Five years of professional experience in the field of economics, sociology or development studies, or at least three years at the international level.



Excellent command of French and English.

  • Ability to identify the needs of stakeholders and good ability to design and implement solutions.
  • Ability to provide technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of specialization.
  • Ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialized technical field.
  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies.
  • Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation.
  • Ability to provide technical support to senior specialists, carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.
  • Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and to provide technical inputs for the ILO Decent Work Agenda.
  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.


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.

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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.


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