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National Project Officer - Social Protection


Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: BISHKEK/DC/NO/2022/01
Publication date: 12 January 2022
Application deadline (midnight Moscow time): 26 January 2022


Job ID: 7391 
Department: RO-Europe and Central Asia 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Moscow 
Location: Bishkek   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year renewable subject to satisfactory conduct and performance and availability of funds 


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. Subject to availability of Development Cooperation funds, 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 25,942 United States dollars yearly.


Recruitment is subject to availability of funding

This position is located in the Decent Work Technical Support Team/Country Office for Europe and Central Asia (DWT/CO-Moscow), work unit in the Regional Office (RO) for Europe and Central Asia (RO-EUROPE).The duty station of the position is in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

DWT/CO-Moscow provides overall technical support for the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Decent Work Agenda in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Social protection has played a key role in Kyrgyzstan’s transition to market economy and democratic institutions building. The Government has not only maintained the sizable social insurance system that existed prior to independence but has also introduced new social assistance and labour market policies. Нowever, social protection system must continue to adapt to meet a number of emerging challenges, including pervasive informality, high rates of labour migration and unemployment, the prospect of rapidly aging population and the rights of persons facing multiple disadvantage. Persons with disabilities have been identified as one of the groups whose situation requires concerted attention, starting from the identification and disability assessment to design of costed and comprehensive set of interlinked measures leading to full inclusion based on the principles of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recently ratified by the Kyrgyz Republic. Identification of persons with disabilities is the initial challenge the country faces: in 2020 total number of registered persons with disabilities was 193,7 thousand people (3% of total population (6.6 mln.)) below world average, estimated at 15% by 2011 WHO flagship report on disability.  The 2018 Assessment Based National Dialogue on Social Protection demonstrated that persons with disabilities are facing multiple disadvantages stemming from the fact that the size of benefits and social care services do not meet the needs and rights leading to inclusion, while physical environment and reasonable accommodation principles with regards to access to health, education and employment information and services are not fully adhered. OECD Social Protection System Review suggested the need to systematise the social protection sector at policy and programme level; information and importantly, financing. The latter could be addressed from the perspective of equity, reprioritisation, efficiency and impact.  Analysis and recommendations in both assessments still resonate with the overall context given that Kyrgyzstan still does not have national social protection strategy; disability inclusion action plan is under development; and employment policy is being drafted. This presents the window opportunity to redesign social protection system to include disability perspective and to ensure that twin-track approach to design and implementation of specific measures is adopted in practice. 


Introduction (cont'd)

The Government of Kyrgyzstan benefited from the EU programme budget support for social protection system which further improved the efficiency and transparency of the sector. However, given the impact of COVID and related fiscal and financial constraints, the sector needs to sustain lessons learnt and boost its evidence and capacity to manage the budget and negotiate resource allocations to design disability inclusive social protection programmes.

With this backdrop, the ILO supports the constituents of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to design, cost, implement and monitor effective disability-inclusive social protection schemes, thus improving the overall system and enabling full participation or persons with disabilities in the community, increasing skills and access to employment opportunities and labour market. Notably through the European Union funded Programme on Improving synergies between social protection and Public Finance Management (GLO/19/53/EU) ( (hereafter SP&PFM Programme). At global level, the SP&PFM Programme is implemented in 24 countries either through medium-term technical assistance or specific short-term technical services (12 months), which is the case for Kyrgyz Republic.

The National Project Officer - Social Protection will contribute to design, cost, implement and monitor disability inclusive social protection schemes in Kyrgyz Republic, by administering and monitoring the implementation, communicating and bringing visibility on the interventions and results, ensuring sound reporting of the SP&PFM project in Kyrgyz Republic, in close coordination with the global SP&PFM Programme.

Reporting lines

The incumbent will report directly to the Director of the Decent Work Technical Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Moscow (DWT/CO Moscow). He/she will also work closely with the Social Protection Specialist of the DWT/CO Moscow. The incumbent will also colaborate with the Chief Technical Advisor of the overall SP&PFM Programme, based in the Social Protection Department (SOCPRO) of the ILO, in Geneva.

Description of Duties

In the context of the SP&PFM Project, the incumbent will:

  1. Provide professional services for the effective delivery of the SP&PFM Project, including administration of day-to-day operations and effective implementation of the Project’s workplan and monitoring of the budget.
  2. Provide substantive support in the monitoring and reporting of the Project’s implementation, prepare progress and final reports, propose solutions for improvement and overcoming difficulties and delays in Project’s implementation. 
  3. Monitor budget implementation, assist in the preparation of budget estimates and expenditure forecasts and propose allocation changes with justification.
  4. Assist in delivery of financial operations and accounting services; compile the supporting documentation of the ILO in-kind contribution to the Project (through time sheets, financial documents). 
  5. Participate in the preparation of terms of reference for activities and contracts, assist in the monitoring of the execution of the contract and quality of deliverables. 
  6. Maintain liaison with the EU Delegation, government agencies, social partners organisations, organisations of persons with disabilities or those that represent them, other UN agencies, and other development partners; participate in UN and development interagency meetings and working groups related to social protection; prepare meetings minutes, information notes on key issues and developments and follow up as required.
  7. Conduct research and analyse data and information on issues related to social protection, disability programmes design and costing as well as relevant topics for the Project’s implementation and achievements. 
  8. Conduct research and analyse budgetary processes leading to allocation of financial resources for disability inclusive social protection programmes and schemes. This will also include the analysis of public works programme and active labour market measures.
  9. Monitor the Project’s implementation and results against its Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) framework, including indicators and targets; populate, update and disseminate the ILO’s Social Protection Results Monitoring Tool and Country Page on Social Protection.
  10. Implement the Project’s communication and visibility strategy in coordination with the global SP&PFM Programme, including development and update of the SP&PFM Programme website, producing factsheets, contributions to global newsletters, videos, among others. 
  11. Assist in the development and dissemination of knowledge products related to the Project’s outputs as well as on social protection, such as documenting country good practices, publishing analytical reports, preparing policy briefs and videos, among others.  
  12. Participate in the mobilization of additional development cooperation resources, with the EU Delegation as well as other potential donors in the country; prepare some concepts notes and project documents. 
  13. Perform other relevant duties as required.

Required qualifications


First level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in social science, economics, development or business studies. 


At least two years of professional experience at the national level in project management, preferably with international organizations. Candidates with experience of working on social protection and/or rights of persons with disability are preferred.


Excellent command of Russian language and good knowledge of English and Kyrgyz languages. 


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. 

Technical competencies

Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines, ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques, good analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and conduct straightforward research work, ability to draft clearly and concisely, good computer skills. 

Behavioural Competencies

Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non discriminatory behaviour and attitudes, ability to work in a team and to establish good working relations.

•    Good knowledge of social protection system (organisation and financing) with a particular emphasis on the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Kyrgyz Republic evidenced by at least two years of experience
•    Knowledge of the project management cycle. Experience with implementation of EU funded projects will be considered an asset.
•    Good knowledge of international social security standards and mechanisms promoting rights of persons with disabilities. 
•    Familiarity with innovative approaches to disability inclusive social protection and other approaches leading to full participation of persons with disabilities in society.
•    Strong analytical skills and orientation to problem resolution.
•    Good ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyze problems with implementation
•    Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
•    Good drafting/writing skills in Russian and English language.
•    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 ILO People. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. 


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