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Project Officer - NOA (DC)


Grade: NOA  NOA

Vacancy no.: DC/Beijing/NO/2019/002
Publication date: 01/11/2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 18/11/2019


Job ID: 1947 1947
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Beijing CO-Beijing
Location: Beijing   Beijing
Contract type: Fixed Term FT

Contract duration: 12 months  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 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 CNY 330,000 yearly.


The ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia has been cooperating with the Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security of China (MOHRSS) in promoting youth employment, particularly among university graduates.  The focus of cooperation in recent years is on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of public employment services and the quality of apprenticeship in China with a view to promote China’s efforts to eliminate poverty and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in China and around the world. The ILO has also established partnerships with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation in developing tools for private business to use in enhancing workers’ soft skills and promoting quality apprenticeship in Southeast Asia.  

The ILO will be closely cooperating with MOHRSS to implement a project on Quality Apprenticeship in China.  The project will identify China’s best practices and challenges related to government’s quality apprenticeship programme, develop capacity building programme in close collaboration with workers’ and business associations, and tailor ILO’s tools for practical application in China.  The cooperation is planned for 12 months.  The results will be documented and used in the design of future cooperation.

Reporting lines

The National Project Officer will work under the day-to-day supervision of the Deputy Director of ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia.  S/he will receive technical guidance of the ILO Skills and Employability Specialist in Bangkok and will coordinate the work with ILO programme officers in Beijing.

Description of Duties

1. Review and analyse the country’s specific development plans and priorities, socioeconomic data, reports and other relevant information. Identify potential technical cooperation areas and provide written analysis on the findings to the Country Director.

2. Work in close collaboration with (partners) to design and revise project annual work plans as well as preparation of the budget proposal, considering different approaches and alternative methods, management, problem identification and problem resolution, especially for the parts of the Project supporting the institutional and capacity development of constituents, government agencies, line ministries, and social partners.

3. Review, verify and analyze work plans, progress and final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness and monitor the progress of Project activities. Follow-up on delayed documents, clarify information, and answer questions about clearance and processing requirements to support successful completion of agreed activities.

4. Follow-up with relevant technical officers with counterparts in organizations and line ministries at national level, partner and executing agencies, government offices, constituents and in other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets.

5. Assist in the programming and control of resources of the project, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations for remedial action. Identify problems, propose solutions and actions.

6. Contribute to the adaptation of ILO Quality Apprenticeship materials and provide technical inputs for guidelines and other materials developed by the project.

7. Participate in the preparation and conduct of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions, and consultative meetings. Speak on behalf of the Project when attending these gatherings alone. Undertake missions to project sites independently or accompanying others.

8. Brief ILO specialists, project experts, associate experts and visiting officials and provide relevant information on project matters. Draft, edit, or translate into local language official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information materials.

9. Lead in the preparation of briefs, background information, technical reports and periodic progress reports and statistical data on status of the overall activities of the Project.

10. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Country Director.

Required qualifications

First level university degree in economics, public policies, development studies or a relevant field. An advanced degree on studies on labour economics would be a strong advantage.


At least one year of professional experience at the national level in the area of project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Proven experience in working effectively with government bodies in charge of policy making and with development partners would be an asset.


Technical requirements: Good knowledge of labour economics as well as economic developments, poverty reduction, and social policies. Knowledge of the policy making process.


Excellent knowledge of the working language of the duty station and a good knowledge of English.


Candidates interested in the position should consider that the nine core competencies of the ILO, listed below, may be evaluated during the selection process: Integrity and transparency, Sensitivity to diversity, Orientation to learning and knowledge sharing, Client orientation, Communication, Orientation to change, Takes responsibility for performance, Quality orientation and Collaboration. Among these nine competences, the following are of particular importance for this position: Customer Orientation, Communications, Collaboration

Technical competencies

  • Knowledge of programme and budget, project administration and evaluation concepts and procedures and of the mandate and structure of labour market institutions in specific countries
  • Knowledge of the office’s financial rules and regulations
  • Good knowledge of the context and challenges for the project areas of expertise
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution and good drafting skills
  • Good ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyze problems with implementation
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to clarify information
  • Demonstrate collaborative and team work experience and ability to work effectively with a multicultural and interdisciplinary team as well as work on his/her own initiative
  • Ability to work independently, quickly, precisely, and take initiative and responsibility
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet the deadline
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, web-browsers and database applications
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.


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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