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Senior National Project Officer


Grade: NOB 

Vacancy no.: BEY/DC/2022/30
Publication date: 23 September 2022
Application deadline (midnight local time): 14 October 2022


Job ID: 9608 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Basrah   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of fund) 


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.


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


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 50,730.- US$ yearly.


Basra governorate is Iraq's major oil export center, but it has a high rate of unemployment, poverty, and a lack of basic services. Furthermore, the COVID-19 crisis affected the labour market in Iraq in general and Basra in particular negatively. Therefore, ILO is working on two projects in Basra that aim to improve working conditions and labour market governance. Furthermore, increasing access to employment opportunities, improving entrepreneurship, and skills development for vulnerable populations in Basra.

The two projects will contribute to socio-economic development by enhancing the application of International Labour Standards and national labour legislation and by promoting social dialogue, social justice, and decent work. It will respond to decent work priorities at the national level especially Basra and will design and rethink approaches to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on Iraq’s labour market through resilience and decent work.

The first project "Enhancing labour governance, inspection and working conditions in response to COVID-19 in Iraq" includes a number of governance interventions including (1) modernizing and enhancing the effectiveness of the labour inspection system, in line with International Labour standards; (2) improving the Administration and rollout of occupational safety and health, in line with ILO Conventions Nos. 155 and 187, and in response to COVID-19; and (3) strengthening awareness and understanding among workers and employers of labour inspection and occupational health and safety, to place them in a better position to engage in workplace programmes to promote compliance with national legislation and enhance protection in the workplace.

The second project in partnership with UN-Habitat "Increasing Access to Employment Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Population in Basra City in Response to the COVID 19 Crisis" ) aims to enhance job opportunities for unemployed young men and women in three underserviced settlements in Basra (Al-Ahrar, Al-Kubiyah, and Jurf Al-Melah) through development interventions includes (1) Construction interventions at the project adopting the Employment Intensive Approaches and Decent Work, (2) Improve employment services through employment centres and digital employment platform  (3) Enhance skills and capacities of vulnerable urban populations and SMEs to increase employability and productivity.

Reporting lines:

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the ILO Country Coordinator for the Republic of Iraq, and direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor of the project “Enhancing labour governance, inspection and working conditions in response to COVID-19 in Iraq”, the Senior National Project Officer will perform the following tasks:

Description of Duties

1. Represent ILO in Basra governorate and effectively manage the ILO Office and support ILO programmes which have activities in Basra. Represent the project in various fora, under the Guidance of the ILO Director.

2. Lead the project timely implementation, monitoring and evaluation through management functions, including provision of technical and administrative supervision to the project team in line with the ILO policy, rules and regulations and according to the final project document and workplan.

3. Develop strong links with ILO specialists within the ILO Decent Work Team in the Regional Office on specific technical areas and coordinate the implementation of project activities Establish and develop knowledge management system covering technical activities under the project including other economic and social issues of relevance to the project.

4. Identify and analyse country-specific Development Plans and priorities, socio-economic data, reports and other relevant information that may be relevant for the project; Ensure high-level communications to increase project’s visibility at the national and international levels. This includes the responsibility to liaise with the UN country team, and other key stakeholders to ensure effective coordination with relevant national strategies and related technical projects. Under direct guidance of the ILO Coordinator, maintain relations with mass media and concerned media groups in order to increase the impact of the project in society as a whole.

5. Initiate, plan and undertake missions to monitor, assess and report on project implementation and propose corrective action.

6. Assist with the planning and organization of Capacity Building activities for project partners.

7. Ensure financial and administrative tasks related to the project are conducted according to ILO rules and procedures. Responsible for the effective administrative management of the office, including guidance and supervision of the personnel assigned to the project.

Description of Duties (continued)

8. Participate in negotiations with key stakeholders to discuss project definition, scope and cooperation arrangements. Organize and participate in meetings to facilitate collaboration between the different actors.

9. Seek opportunities to build and enhance partnerships with a range of stakeholders.

10. Participate in interagency fora and meetings with a view to identifying areas for joint activities.

11. Review and provide programme and technical inputs to policy notes, assessments, research and other project reports and documents.

12. Facilitate technical assistance through the identification and supervision of national experts and preparation of missions of international experts.

13. Contribute to the implementation of Decent Work Country Programme for Iraq with respect to the issues related to DWCP priority 3 outcomes and outputs.

14. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in the field of law, economics, social sciences, public administration, labour administration or other related field.


Two to three years of professional work experience in programme and/or project implementation for labour, economic or social development.


Excellent command of English and Arabic.


  • Good knowledge about social, economic development, including labor and employment, trends in  the country.
  • Maintains working relationships with all project stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain systems within project operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage technical co-operation projects of international organizations.
  • 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.

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(continued, duties)

  • 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.
  • Ability to work in diversified environments.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Good knowledge of programming and Results-based Management principles and concepts.
  • Ability to interpret and work within applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.


Candidates assessed by the Panel and considered to be eligible for appointment but who are not selected for this vacant post may be offered an assignment to another position at the same or lower grade provided that they meet the minimum qualifications required.


Recruitment process


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


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