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National Project Officer - NOA (DC)


Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: BEY/DC/2020/06
Publication date: 29 July 2020
Application deadline (midnight local time): 12 August 2020


Job ID: 4003 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Beirut   
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 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 86,508,000 L.L. yearly.



In view of the long term structural challenges that Lebanon is facing as well as the profound effects that the Syrian crisis is having on its economy, there is ongoing need to support job creation and inclusive economic growth especially for the most vulnerable in the most disadvantaged areas. In particular, women and youth, especially those living in the most disadvantaged areas, face disproportionately high levels of unemployment and vulnerability. Estimated earned income for women is four times lower than for men, and female unemployment is estimated to be twice as high as male unemployment.  Youth unemployment rates are also high, ranging between 17 and 35 percent based on different estimates.


It is against this backdrop that the Productive Sector Development Programme (PSDP), co-led by UNIDO and FAO and jointly implemented with the UNDP, ILO, UN WOMEN, UNICEF and WFP, was designed. This proposed joint programme presents a comprehensive approach to supporting the manufacturing (agro-food) and agriculture sectors, which have been identified as having a high potential for job generation for women and youth in disadvantaged areas, such as in Akkar and Baalbek/Hermel.


The ILO intervention within this Joint Programme will focus on rolling out gender sensitive business support services to existing and newly created MSMEs prioritizing women and youth starts ups in priority value chains. The project will introduce and institutionalize the ILO entrepreneurship development programmes such as the youth-oriented My First Business (MFB) and the women-focused Women Do Business (WDB) programmes in selected national partners who in turn will provide these quality support services to existing and potential entrepreneurs. In the context of financial crisis and COVID-19 pandemic in Lebanon, the ILO will also tackle business continuity and decent job retention for existing businesses operating in the agriculture and agro-food sectors.


Reporting Lines


Under the direct supervision of the ILO ROAS Enterprise Development Specialist, the overall guidance of the DWT Arab States Director, and in coordination with UN project partners, the National Project Officer will organise and coordinate ILO technical activities under the Partnership, assist in timely implementation and undertake the required project reporting. The incumbent will be based in Beirut, Lebanon and will conduct regular field missions to Beqaa, North-Lebanon and Akkar.

Description of Duties


  1. In coordination with project partners, develop a detailed work plan that clearly defines ILO outputs and ensures timely implementation of activities.
  2. Jointly with contracted experts, conduct a mapping of BDS institutions in selected geographical areas (Beqaa, North-Lebanon and Akkar) to identify an implementing partner and potential trainers to rollout ILO entrepreneurship programmes (MFB, WDB…) to targeted beneficiaries.
  3. Undertake a rapid needs-assessment in selected geographical areas, and review, and adapt training material (MFB, WBD, Business continuity…) to identified needs.
  4. Jointly with contracted experts, prepare, organise and attend training of trainers’ workshops and related refresher and awareness-raising workshops on entrepreneurship and SME development.
  5. Undertake field missions in relation to project implementation/monitoring visits to attend training workshops, collect data and information, and monitor the quality of training/coaching of beneficiaries.
  6. Regularly monitor and liaise with implementing partners and trainers to ensure the quality of delivery is met and certification processes are undertaken according to the ILO standards.
  7. Attend project-related inter-agency meetings to ensure coordination on the different activities including selection of geographical areas, value chains and targeted beneficiaries.
  8. Draft Terms of Reference for various consultancy assignments and implementation agreements once national partners are selected.
  9. Provide support to the overall monitoring and evaluation of the project, specifically to baseline and endline data collection and analysis.
  10. Assist in the preparation of technical reports to be shared with UN project partners and donors, and review progress reports submitted by implementing partners, consultants and trainers.
  11. Perform any other tasks related to the above-mentioned project objectives as requested by the Enterprise Development Specialist.


First level degree in economics, business administration, development studies or other relevant social sciences.



At least two years of relevant professional experience at the national level involving entrepreneurship development for women and youth, as well as business development, and financial and non-financial business development service provision.



Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.



  • Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines on time
  • Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and conduct straightforward research work and activities
  • Ability to draft reports, terms of reference, concept notes, and press releases
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a team member
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behavior and attitudes are also 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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