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Project Manager P4


Grade: P4 

Vacancy no.: DC/ANKARA/P/2022/01
Publication date: 22 June 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 06 July 2022


Job ID: 8820 
Department: RO-Europe and Central Asia 
Organization Unit: ILO-Ankara 
Location: Ankara   
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 position will be funded under the development cooperation project “Promoting Decent Work for Syrian Refugees in Host Communities”. The project is funded by the KfW Development Bank and links to CPO TUR 159 (Adequate and effective protection at work for all – Outcome 7).


The project aims to facilitate the early entry of Syrian refugees and Turkish citizens from host communities into the labour market and to help them develop, strengthen and upgrade their skills and competences as required. The overall objective of the proposed project is to enhance formal employment for Syrian refugees under temporary protection (SuTP) and Turkish citizens and to create formal sector jobs. This objective will be achieved through three outputs as explained below: 


  1. Output A: SuTPs are qualified to participate in the formal labour market.
  2. Output B: Turkish public employment services are strengthened to support SuTP and disadvantaged Turkish citizens to access the formal labour market.
  3. Output C: Transition to formality is facilitated for SuTP and Turkish citizens.


The project builds on ILO interventions on the Syrian refugee crisis in Türkiye since 2014, promoting comprehensive short- and medium-term employment-rich measures implemented under the ILO’s integrated Programme of Support (PoS) for refugees in Türkiye and the UN Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP). The project is implemented by the ILO in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, national authorities and workers’ and employers’ organisations.


The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the project.


Reporting lines

The Project Manager will report to the Director of the ILO Office for Türkiye and will oversee the work of the project staff, and international and local consultants/experts hired during the project.

Description of Duties


The Project Manager will undertake the below mentioned duties:


  1. Ensure effective coordination and planning, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of project activities, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programmes, and administrative and financial procedures.
  2. Responsible for the effective management of funds/budgets allocated to the project in line with ILO’s rules and regulations and the donor requirements.
  3. Manage the human resources of the project/program efficiently, including performance management and ensure effective coordination and collaboration between the various project components, as well as other projects in the same area with a view to creating synergies between the projects and avoiding duplication.
  4. Prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of programme planning and implementation.
  5. Provide technical inputs to all project activities to guarantee that ILO’s Guiding Principles on the Access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market and international labour standards are fully mainstreamed in all project activities, outputs and milestones.
  6. Define collaborative and joint initiatives with national and international partners as relevant.
  7. Initiate development of project proposals for new projects and programmes and undertake local resource mobilization activities with multi-lateral and bilateral donor community for the development of future activities linked to the project. 
  8. Establish and maintain close contact with the ILO’s relevant technical units including MIGRANT which has responsibility for Outcome 7 of the ILO P&B 2022-2023 and ILO technical specialists with a view to ensure effective consultation and collaboration to benefit from the ILO’s substantial expertise on employment, entrepreneurship and international labour standards in migration and refugee contexts.  
  9. Provide technical advice to the ILO constituents and other partners in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of comprehensive refugee and labour migration policy frameworks. 
  10. Develop and maintain close contacts and relations with the government (particularly the Ministry of Labour and Social Security), other relevant ministries, employers' and workers' organizations, the donor, international development partners, local partners, civil society organizations, and target groups and promote opportunities for collaboration towards planning and implementation of programme activities.
  11. Liaise with other UN counterparts to promote ILO's values, increase the project's visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the ILO's interventions. Identify training needs and organize training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, NGOs, other agencies, target groups and staff as appropriate to reinforce the professional capabilities.
  12. Undertake missions to guide, support and monitor the project activities in the provinces, and provide technical assistance to constituents and other relevant stakeholders at the local level.
  13. Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the Director of ILO Office for Türkiye .

Required qualifications


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


  • At least seven years of relevant professional experience of which at least three years at the international level. 
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the management of development cooperation projects.
  • Experience and knowledge on ILO’s policies on fair labour migration and access of refugees into labour markets.
  • Experience in working with Syrian refugies either in Türkiye or in other host countries would be an asset.


Excellent command of English. Knowledge of Turkish would be an asset.


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


Technical competencies

  • Ability to develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings.
  • Ability to promote a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office, and to focus and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level.
  • Ability to plan and support the development of individual’s skills and abilities for a more effective fulfilment of job/role responsibilities.
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures.
  • Drive to seek or encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to organisation challenges and opportunities for improvement.
  • Demonstrated and recognized technical and/or managerial leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the Office.
  • Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, costs and quality standards.
  • Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the project/programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development.
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
  • Proven capacity to initiate and implement development cooperation programmes and activities with ILO constituents, including negotiation skills with the constituents and to mobilise the support of international donor agencies and provide quality services.
  • Ability to provide policy advice and prepare technically accurate reports and publications, with conclusions that may lead to an action plan and the elaboration of programmes.
  • Ability provide advice on best practices, to address broader issues outside the field of specialization.


Behavioural competencies

  • Excellent written and spoken communication and presentation skills. 
  • Strong diplomatic skills, tact and discretion. 
  • High standard of integrity, professionalism, personal discipline and impartiality.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and with vulnerable groups.
  • Ability to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Should be open to and able to make changes to accommodate culture and gender differences in order to interact effectively with individuals. 


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.

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