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Technical Officer - P3


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: DC/BEIRUT/P/2019/04
Publication date: 10 September 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 02 October 2019


Job ID: 1755 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Beirut   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 1 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.

Lebanon has been at the forefront of one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. According to government estimates and the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017-2020 (LCRP), up to 1.5 million Syrian refugees are currently hosted in Lebanon, equivalent to a quarter of the Lebanese population. With the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, Lebanon’s social stability in many municipalities is fragile as large numbers of people increase pressure on services, infrastructure and jobs – the latter being a particular source of tension.


To address these challenges, a Dutch-funded Partnership entitled “Inclusive Jobs and Education for forcibly displaced persons and host communities” was launched by IFC, ILO, UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank with the aim to transform the way governments and other stakeholders, including the private sector, respond to forced displacement crises – and in particular: (1) to enhance the enabling environment for the socio-economic inclusion of forcibly displaced persons (to mitigate their plight during years of exile and to best prepare them for their return); (2) to enhance access to education and child protection for vulnerable children on the move; and (3) to strengthen the resilience of host communities through inclusive socio-economic development that also benefits forcibly displaced persons.


Under the framework of this Partnership, the ILO aims to support the creation of decent jobs and the expansion of the private sector to benefit poor and vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees. In particular, the ILO seeks to promote entrepreneurship amongst in-school and out-school young women and men and facilitate the provision of financial and non-financial support, encouraging job creation (for both Lebanese and Syrian refugees) and social stability, through the establishment of Lebanese-Syrian joint business ventures and/or Lebanese-owned businesses with employment opportunities for Syrian refugee youth.


Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the Project, the Technical Officer will be responsible for providing direct technical support to the above project and contribute to the expected outcomes, and especially the first immediate outcome regarding the project. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the project related technical areas.


The Technical Officer will work under the direct supervision of the ILO ROAS Enterprise Development Specialist and the overall guidance of the DWT Arab States Director. The incumbent will also receive technical guidance from the SME and Social Finance units of the HQ Enterprise Department. The position will be based in the ILO Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut, Lebanon.

Description of Duties
  1. Contribute to the effective implementation of the project, specifically the component related to entrepreneurship for vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees through timely provision of inputs and outputs, and planning, control, and monitoring of 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.
  2. Provide technical support and advice to national implementing partners, project partners, consultants on the implementation of the entrepreneurship programme targeting vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees.
  3. Prepare training and coaching materials in English and Arabic related to entrepreneurship/business start-up development for vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees (MFB/SIYB Programmes), family sensitization on self-employment and social stability, inter-community dialogue at local levels, financial literacy and micro-finance for refugees.
  4. In collaboration with project partners, develop a detailed action plan for the implementation of activities related to the entrepreneurship component ranging from training on business start-ups to sensitization of families on self-employment and financial literacy to vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees.
  5. Organise and conduct project training workshops (entrepreneurship training/boot camps, financial literacy training and related ToTs, family awareness raising sessions, coaching sessions…) targeting Lebanese and Syrian refugee youth, families, municipalities, BDS and MFI organisations
  6. Under the guidance of the responsible supervisor coordinate with the other agencies under the Partnership (IFC, UNICEF, UNHCR and WB) on entrepreneurship activities for vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees, specifically selection of beneficiaries and delivery of training and coaching on entrepreneurship.
  7. Maintain close liaison with the Lebanese Government, workers’ and employers’ organisations, project partners, to ensure smooth implementation of the project, and ensure coordination with other national and international actors working on similar livelihood and social stability initiatives in Lebanon.
  8. Maintain working contacts and collaboration with multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies and prepare proposals for funding.
  9. Prepare and submit technical reports related to project implementation and progress reports for submission to donors and other partners.
  10. Undertake field missions in relation to project implementation.
  11. Support the ILO ROAS Enterprise Development Specialist in providing technical guidance to governments and social partners on enterprise development in the Arab region.
  12. Perform any other duties as assigned by the ILO ROAS Enterprise Development Specialist.
Required qualifications

Advanced university degree business administration, economics, development studies or other relevant field.


Five years of relevant professional experience at the national and/or international level involving project management, local economic development, livelihood support, entrepreneurship and business start-up development, financial and non-financial business development service provision, research and drafting. Knowledge of ILO enterprise development work is an asset.


Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic. 

  1. Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  2. Excellent drafting skills with a demonstrated ability to write reports and guidelines relating to programme development and implementation
  3. Excellent knowledge of enterprise development issues in conflict-affected settings.
  4. Good understanding of the local economic and political context of Lebanon and the refugee situation.
  5. Sound judgment and ability to show tact and be culturally sensitive during implementation of all activities.
  6. Ability to provide technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of enterprise development;
  7. Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies;
  8. Ability to provide technical support to senior specialists carrying out research, project formulation and implementation;
  9. Good computer skills.


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.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including technical tests or interviews.


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