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Chief Technical Advisor - Social Protection


Grade: P5 

Vacancy no.: DC/BAGHDAD/P/2022/01
Publication date: 14 June 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 13 July 2022


Job ID: 8670 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Baghdad   
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 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


Prior to COVID-19, Iraq was facing internal socio-economic development challenges such as weak economic growth, increase in poverty and inequality, unemployment rate particularly among youth and women, weak labour market governance, and most importantly lack of comprehensive social protection systems. The socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 has put Iraq at a great disadvantage, and further exposed those vulnerabilities and exacerbated the long-term structural challenges. The social protection system in Iraq remains fragmented and ineffective in addressing needs of the vulnerable.

The joint UN project on Social Protection: Leveraging Effective Response and Accelerating Reform aims at supporting the Government of Iraq to catalyse more effective social protection response in the short-term and to support Iraq to accelerate social protection reform in the medium- and longer-term. The project is a partnership between ILO, UNICEF and WFP with funding from the European Commission.

The project comprises four interlinked components, with ILO leading on a) comprehensive social security system covering vulnerable workers including those in the informal economy; b) older persons (and persons with disabilities) in Iraq have improved access to social protection benefits including contributory and non-contributory pension benefit c) the ILO will contribute to a component for more effective and better coordinated social protection response to address COVID-19 socio-economic impacts on poverty and vulnerability in the short term.

Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO, the CTA will be responsible for the technical and strategic management and coordination of components of the EU project that are led by the ILO.

Reporting lines:

The CTA will be based in Baghdad and will work under the supervision of the ILO’s Iraq Country Coordinator and technical guidance of the Senior Social Protection Specialist for the ILO in the Regional Office for the Arab States. Technical supervision will be provided by Social Protection Department at the Headquarters.

The incumbent will liaise, receive support from and coordinate with the colleagues from the Social Protection Department in HQ and other relevant technical specialists at the HQ and in the regional office of the Arab States.

The incumbent will also oversee the work of international and national officers recruited under the project and any international and local consultants as part of the project.

Description of Duties

Project management:

  1. Responsible for effective implementation of the EU project in Iraq, through timely provision of inputs, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, and planning, control, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures, including those specific to EC funding. Ensure effective management of funds/budget assigned to the project.
  2. Manage efficiently the human resources of the project in Iraq, including recruitment, performance and talent management aspects. Plan, organize, supervise and monitor the work of officials working under the project and in other projects in the area of social protection in Iraq.
  3. In close collaboration with ILO’s Iraq Country Coordinator, ensure technical coherence among various ILO activities and projects in the area of social protection in Iraq and promote linkages between Social Protection activities.


Technical leadership and advice:

  1. Act as the focal point for Social Protection issues in Iraq. Provide high-level policy advice and advocacy to Government, Workers and Employers organizations, key development partners and other stakeholders on issues of relevance to social protection.
  2. Review, analyse and interpret economic, social and political trends in Iraq. Identify trends or developments for which further research and programme development work is required to adequately respond to growing and changing needs in the area of Social Protection in Iraq. Provide analysis and recommendations to senior management on technical cooperation activities and formulate and set priorities.
  3. Promote ILO social security policies in the related technical areas of the project and more generally in Iraq, in-line with the relevant International Labour Standards.

Description of Duties (Continued)

Advocacy, networking and partnership:

In close cooperation with the Iraq Country Coordinator:

  1. Establish and manage relationship to cooperate and coordinate with the concerned governments, ministries and the employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and the European Commission (donor), in the planning and implementation of activities under the project. Ensure effective coordination with a range of relevant national policies and the strategies of various projects, including those being undertaken by other agencies or in complementary fields of activity.
  2. Further the project's visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the project's interventions.
  3. Maintain strong relationships with multilateral and bilateral development partners for the formulation and operation of additional country related technical cooperation programmes in the area of Social Protection in Iraq.


Knowledge management:

  1. Ensure effective reporting and dissemination of technical activities covered under the project. Prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of planning and implementation. Collaborate with the Regional office, DWT and ILO Social Protection Department on development of regional and global reports and analyses in the area of social protection.
  2. Identify capacity development needs and lead training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, NGOs, other agencies, target groups and staff as appropriate to reinforce the professional capabilities.
  3. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in economics, public administration, management, social science, development studies or a related field (or a university degree plus equivalent expertise)


At least ten years of relevant experience in the management of development cooperation activities, of which at least seven years at the international level. This includes field experience in a leadership role for the implementation of projects, preferably in the fields of social security and social protection. At least four years demonstrated expertise in senior positions in the technical field of social security and social protection.

Proven management experience, preferably with the ILO or a UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of project cycle, i.e. design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Proven experience in partnership building and networking and in effective fundraising, resource mobilization and donor relations.

Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures, including experience in managing large and complex development cooperation projects would be an advantage, as would be work experience in the context of Iraq.


Excellent command of English. Knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage. 


  • 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, cost 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.
  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research.
  • Ability to develop training strategies and design training materials.
  • Ability to formulate project proposals, policy documents and procedural matters.
  • Ability to promote knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office, and to focus and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level.
  • Excellent 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 project/program activities with partners.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and ability to provide high quality services;.
  • 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.
  • The 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.

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Recruitment process

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

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