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Social Protection Expert - P3


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: DC/BEIRUT/P/2019/05
Publication date: 10 October 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 31 October 2019


Job ID: 1941 
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 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 does not have a comprehensive or coherent national social protection policy and its social protection system remains fragmented with those employed in the formal economy covered by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and those in the informal economy reliant on subsidies and hand-outs. Lebanon spends little on Social Assistance for its own population with subsidies crowding out needed expenditure on programmes that could reach the poor. The protracted refugee crisis and adverse economic and fiscal environment is causing increasing strain on the already fragile social assistance system.
As part of efforts to establish a national social protection floor (SPF) in the country, the ILO supports tripartite stakeholders in their efforts to identify reforms required to close social security gaps, reform the (EOI) into an old-age, disability and survivors’ pension scheme, introduce universal healthcare to tripartite stakeholders and assist in the establishment of a national SPF.
The ILO pursues engagement in these areas through a range of development cooperation projects including the multi-partner programme on “Improving prospects for host communities and forcibly displaced persons (PROSPECTS)” funded by Netherlands. The objective of the 4-years partnership is to develop the national social protection system for Lebanese and non-Lebanese, while further enhancing the reach and efficiency of the complementary humanitarian safety net provided by international partners. The prospect partnership has similar interventions in Jordan and Iraq. The ILO is also expecting to engage on a UN Joint Programme on Transforming national dialogue for the establishment and extension of an inclusive national social protection system for Lebanon
The Social Protection Expert will be based in Beirut and will work under the supervision of the Senior Social Protection Specialist for the ILO office for the Arab States in Beirut, and in coordination with the Social Protection Department in HQ
The incumbent will ensure an effective coordination of ILO support to the ongoing reforms through timely provision of inputs, effective oversight and supervision of national collaborators and implementing partners, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, in conformity with ILO policies, project strategies, programming guidelines and administrative and financial procedures.

Description of Duties

The incumbent will undertake the following tasks:
1. Ensure effective coordination, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DC project activities in the area of social protection in Lebanon, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines, and administrative and financial procedures.

2. Ensure effective management and timely delivery of funds/budget assigned to the DC project activities in the area of social protection in Lebanon. Ensure that the results of the project at impact, outcome and output levels are achieved through the activities and interventions of the project, they are deemed sustainable, and the results are regularly documented, monitored, evaluated, reported, communicated and used for learning and adjustment of the project. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.

3. Provide technical inputs and policy advisory services and capacity building to the various relevant ministries, social partners, national social security institutions, decentralized authorities, and other relevant institutions and national stakeholders, in Lebanon, Jordan and countries in the Arabs States region in close collaboration with agencies and development partners, regarding social security and social assistance, in line with international labour standards

4. Support social dialogue and capacity development processes to ensure active engagement and participation of all relevant stakeholders in the design and implementation of social security and social protection reforms. Oversee the development and implementation of the social security communication and awareness raising campaigns

5. Identify needed expertise, knowledge and capacity gaps of national partners and main stakeholders and propose appropriate technical action, providing direct technical assistance where appropriate. Identify training needs and lead training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, NGOs, other agencies, target groups and staff in Lebanon, Jordan and other countries in the Arabs States region as appropriate to reinforce the professional capabilities.

6. Identify pivotal policy issues and contribute to social protection policy developments and the formulation of national plans for the extension of social security to all, in the conceptual framework of Decent Work Programme.

7. Facilitate exchange of good practices in the area of social protection between Lebanon and other neighbouring countries, particularly those participating in the PROSPECTS partnership. Develop knowledge base, including the collection, analysis of trends and developments, assessment, documentation and disseminations of major legislation, statistics and relevant data concerning social security and of the various elements of the national social security and protection system and floors in Lebanon, Jordan and other countries in the Arab States region.

8. Maintain close liaisons with governments, workers' and employers' organizations, UN organizations, research institutions and non-governmental organizations which are involved in the field of social protection in Lebanon and the Arabs States region.

9. Represent the Office at meetings, seminars and evaluations and build and enhance strategic partnerships and networks of government policymakers, other UN agencies and  development partners, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and civil society organizations in the area of social protection and social security.

10. Undertake such other tasks and responsibilities as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in economics, public law, public administration, social sciences, development studies or a related field.


At least five years of professional experience in the in the field of social protection and social policy, or at least three years at the international level. Demonstrated experience in supporting social security and/or social protection reforms.
Experience with national dialogue processes and management of public sector reform initiatives would be an advantage, as would be work experience in the Arab States region.



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


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies:

  1. 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 specialization.
  2. Ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialized technical field.
  3. 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.
  4. Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation.
  5. Ability to provide technical support to senior specialists, carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.
  6. Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and to provide technical inputs for the ILO Decent Work Agenda.
  7. Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  8. Good computer skills.
  9. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.
  10. 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.
  11. Ability to develop training strategies and design training materials.
  12. Ability to formulate project proposals, policy documents and procedural matters.
  13. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
  14. Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures.


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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