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National Project Coordinator (Enterprise Development)


Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: CAIRO/DC/NO/2019/12
Publication date: 24 July, 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 24 August, 2019


Job ID: 1624 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Cairo 
Location: Cairo   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year (with possibility of extension depending on funding availability and performance) 


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. 


Large mixed migration movements continue to top the global political agenda, as reflected in the 2016 UN New York Declaration, and remain at the forefront of concerns, discussions and collaboration across the multilateral system and beyond. These movements create considerable challenges for countries of first asylum, transit and destination, as well as countries of origin, including through impact on socio-economic environments, such as labour markets of host countries, particularly where these may have already been under pressure and there is high unemployment.

The majority of refugee populations are hosted by low- and middle-income countries. As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are becoming more focused on durable solutions to support more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them to facilitate self-reliance and empowerment and strengthen social cohesion. It is paralleled by regional and country-level efforts in several areas, including in the Middle East and North Africa region and in the Horn of Africa.

In this context, the Government of the Netherlands has launched a new partnership initiative built on the combined strengths, experience and values of specific development and humanitarian organizations to develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement crises. The partners include: the Government of the Netherlands, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the ILO, the UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank. The Partnership aims to help 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.

The Partnership will be grounded on results-based and country-led approaches (“bottom up”) in two identified regions: MENA and the Horn of Africa with Egypt being one of the Target Countries. The programme aims to accelerate efforts to find sustainable solutions for countries confronted with large influxes of refugees. It will also aim to develop and implement evidence-based solutions, tailored to each context – as well as to test, and learn from, innovative operational solutions, including improving the availability, collection and use of data and evidence.

Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the Partnership Programme, the National Project Coordinator  in Enterprise Development will support the Programme Manager (PM) with the day-to-day management of the programme implementation in field locations and provide field level technical inputs and advisory services as required towards the development and execution of future programmes to be developed in the programme fields of activity. S/he will ensure that the objectives stated in the programme documents (Country Vision Note, exploratory phase and future Country Programme) are attained at field level, within the stated timeframe and budget and ensure compliance with the ILO and the programme's financial and operating procedures. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the programme-related technical areas and other components of the ILO Decent Work Agenda and in line with the Decent Work Country Programme.


Under overall guidance of the CO Director, the  National Project Coordinator in Enterprise Development will report directly to the Programme Manager (PM) in Egypt for all operational, technical and administrative issues to ensure delivery of technical-related outputs and overall project implementation. S/he will also receive additional technical support from relevant specialists from DWT/CO Cairo and HQ as required

Description of Duties
  • Provide advice on analysis of economic and labour market trends in host communities and refugees settlements in order to help design and implement interventions for enterprise development and small business promotion as well as align them with the broader policy frameworks and employment creation potentials through a market system approach.
  • Provide inputs in the development of knowledge products and tools that support ILO social partners and other project partners to undertake local economic development assessments such as market systems analysis and design, implement appropriate inclusive labour market and market systems development interventions.
  • Facilitate the effective participation of employers’ organisations and trade unions in enterprise development initiatives and programmes and local economic development opportunities for host communities and refugee settlements.
  • Provide inputs, advice and lead capacity building measures for local partners including training providers, BDS providers and social partners.
  • Support the effective monitoring and evaluation of project interventions and undertake periodic monitoring and evaluation of project interventions at project field sites and provide support to project partners on effective use of tools and methodologies for planning, monitoring and reporting on project interventions.
  • Support the design and regular update of the project work plan, both from an RBM and a financial perspective; alert and provide recommendations on delays and areas of criticality.
  • Prepare terms of references for consultants and participate in sourcing and evaluation of local service providers/consultants as appropriate.
  • Participate in and as appropriate, lead the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and other project events.
  • Representation of the ILO during field level meetings related to the project as well as other related meetings with other UN agencies (including UNDAF processes), donors field visits and thematic donor meetings, district level and regional forums as well as Sector meetings of tripartite partners.
In addition to:
  • Assist in the programming and control of project resources; prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts based on planned activities.
  • Collaborate with other programmes (both within and out of ILO) in the field and take advantage of opportunities for enhanced programme synergy and improved outcomes.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Programme Manager.
Required qualifications

First level university degree in development, business management, social science, economics, labour, technical and vocational education or a related discipline/field.


The successful candidate should have at least At least one or two years of professional experience at the national level in design, management and  implementation of projects with links to district level implementation, experience in enterprise development, and livelihoods support to host communities and refugees, experience in conducting and supervising of research and surveys on livelihoods, labour, employment, gender and youth. Experience with the market systems approach would be an advantage. Familiarity with ILO policies, technical programmes and procedures, including experience working with the United Nations, Ministries of Labour, Education, Trade or other government Ministries Departments and Agencies, would be an added advantage, as would experience of working in crisis and refugee settings.


Excellent command of English and good knowledge of Arabic. French would be an asset.

  • 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.
  • Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development.
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research.
  • Ability to promote a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
  • Excellent computer/information application skills, including word processing, excel, power point etc.
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures.
  • Drive to seek or encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to organisation challenges and opportunities for improvement.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Good knowledge of ILO programme and budget, project formulation and evaluation techniques and practices as well as good knowledge of ILO Social Partners.


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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  • The contract and its continuity is subject to the availability of funds
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for assessment will be contacted
  • Candidates who pass the interview and have good capabilities as may be recommended by the panel, may get selected for similar positions
  • The Office reserves to itself the right to appoint candidates at a level below the level of the advertised post depending on their experience
  • Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable for this position can also be offered to be assigned on a TEMPORARY position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position.