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National Project Officer - NOB (DC)


Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: BEY/DC/2019/37
Publication date: 04 November 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 19 November 2019


Job ID: 2000 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Amman   
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.


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 JOD 34,228  yearly.


The Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) in Jordan sets the overarching framework for the delivery of support to ILO’s social partners and national stakeholders. The DWCP 2018-2022 has three main priorities: (i) Employment creation contributes to economic and social stability at household and community levels; (ii) Decent working conditions for all creates a level playing field for Jordanians, Refugees and Migrant Women and Men and; (iii) Social partners increase contributions to decent work. Under these priority areas, Better Work Jordan (BWJ) and the ILO Syria Response programme work synergistically to enhance access to work that is both decent and productive. BWJ has developed trusted assessment, advisory and training methodologies that have helped promote decent work and labour rights at the firm level. Together with employers, workers and government representatives, Better Work Jordan and the ILO’s Syria Response programme, are advancing decent work conditions in sectors open to Syrian labour, thus making employment opportunities more attractive and productive for all.

The Project structure will consist of a Project Office based in Amman staffed by a Chief Technical Adviser, and by National officer and admin and finance staff. The Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) based in Amman has the overall responsibility for the Project implementation, monitoring, and reporting. Technical and organizational activities of the Project will be carried out by National Officer in line with the established plans of activities, under the responsibility of the CTA.

The incumbent will report directly to the CTA. S/he will be guided, as required, by the Specialists of the Decent Work Team based in Beirut for the completion of specific activities. The incumbent is required to effectively cooperate with relevant ILO National staff in Jordan as well as with programme officers of the Regional Programming Unit, the regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and the Admin and Finance staff.  

The National Officer will deliver the Project activities in Jordan and promote a full understanding of the ILO’s mandate among national stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries promoting thereby International Labour Standards and Social Dialogue.

Description of Duties
  • Coordinate and manage field data collection in cooperation with the Junior Technical Officer and the Chief Technical Officer;
  • Conduct and supervise qualitative and quantitative research interventions in the areas of skills and employability.
  • Contribute to skills identification, skills development and labour market assessment exercises in the different sectors.
  • Review and analyse available statistical data, reports and figures generated under the project;
  • Collect the required information and prepare draft monthly and quarterly reports to the donor, Government partners and others entities as requested;
  • Cooperate closely on project implementation with Government bodies, workers’ and employers’ organizations at national and sector level, educational and training agencies, research institutions and other relevant national and international development partners, as required to expedite the implementation for the project and identify areas of cooperation.
Description of Duties (Contn'd)
  • Support the quantitative analysis of the different assessments to be conducted under the project in areas of child labour, forced labour, OSH and decent accommodation, social protection, wage and working hours and contracts.
  • Assist in the programming and control of resources from all sources of funds, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations to management for remedial action. Analyse and evaluate relevant budgets, objectives and activities, and initiate action as required.
  • Maintain full confidentiality of administrative and personnel related documentation. Perform, coordinate and report on the project administrative work. This includes making cost estimates, preparing and checking supporting/justification documents, requesting funds and payments. Seek the most rational use of funds and ensure compliance with established ILO rules and procedures;
  • Collect the required information and prepare drafts of the news, press releases, official correspondence, briefs, statements and speeches, and other relevant internal and public information material in English, and in Arabic; translate such information into English and Arabic as appropriate for use by ILO officials and tripartite constituents, and for placement of such information on the Project’s on-line resource sites as applicable. Compile relevant project materials to promote knowledge sharing within office, with UN, donors and media;
  • Participate in the preparation of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings. Speak on behalf of the ILO when attending these gatherings alone. Serve as a focal point for selected technical subjects and attend meetings, workshops and inter-agency meetings, and present reports and papers.
  • Support the final evaluation of the project.
  • Perform other relevant tasks as requested by the Chief Technical Officer.

First level university degree in, social sciences, economics or related field and strong knowledge on labour market issues in Jordan. An advanced university degree in one of the above fields is an advantage.

  • At least 5 years of profession experience working on labour market information systems in the region;
  • At least 2 years coordinating mixed methods research projects. Labour market research preferred;
  • At least 2 years of work experience in a UN organisation;
  • Working knowledge of Results based management;

Excellent English and working language of the duty station i.e. Arabic

  • A very good understanding of the labour market in Jordan;
  • A very good understanding of research methods;
  • Ability to build on and cultivate strong relationships with local stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to use statistical software (SPS, Stata, R);
  • Demonstrated ability to manage research projects of international organizations;
  • Proficient in computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Ability to establish and maintain systems within project operations.
Competencies (Cont'd)
  • Ability to understand and effectively work with Government, workers and employers organizations, non-government organizations and UN agencies.
  • Ability to conduct action oriented research and write analytical technical report in English.
  • Ability to conduct policy discussion and high-level political processes.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, to successfully advocate for and mobilize action to promote freedom of association and right to collective bargaining principles.
  • Clear commitment to mainstream gender into project activities.
  • Ability to lead and work in a team and good interpersonal relations.
  • Ability to train and guide personnel.
  • Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.


Recruitment process


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