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National Project Coordinator (NPC)


Grade: NOB

Vacancy no.: CAIRO/DC/NO/2020/22
Publication date: 20 of July, 2020
Application deadline (midnight local time): 20 August 2020


Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Cairo
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Contract type: Fixed-Term 

Contract duration: One 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 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 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. 


Egypt has set an ambitious Sustainable Development Strategy – Egypt Vision 2030 (SDS) largely aligned to Agenda 2030 and SDGs, on which Egypt has reported with two Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) in 2016 and 2018.

To achieve SDS objectives and SDGs targets by 2030, and secure a sustainable society and economy, Egypt is resolved to invest in several key sectors, including some SDG socio-economic accelerators, such as education, health, social protection, water and sanitation, transportation, but also women’s empowerment, economic infrastructure and administrative performance.

The need to secure for these multi-year investments, financing that is adapted, predictable and resilient over the next decade is critical. At the same time, new financing flows can and must be harnessed into these investments and solid measurements are needed to track that investments are well-timed and remained balanced between the chosen commitments. Egypt SDS has not articulated in detail how the key goals of its SDS will be financed.

In this context, the ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNWOMEN and UNCTAD have developed a joint project, which was submitted to the Second Call for proposal on the SDG Fund, component 1 on SDG Financing. This joint proposal for Egypt was selected by the UNSDG Fund. It aims at the adoption of an inclusive and sustainable development pathways by the Government of Egypt to contribute to achieve agreed targets for inclusive, sustainable, resilient and job rich economic development.

The project will support Egypt to put a cost on 2030 Agenda and develop suitable financing strategies to accelerate the implementation of national SDGs priorities, based on current situation and expected trends in development financing. A realistic strategy to finance SDGs, together with the capacity, outreach, and pilot testing will guarantee fuller implementation and acceleration toward 2030 achievement.

The ILO component of the joint project will focus on design and financing of social protection systems in support of their efforts towards SDGs 1, 3, 5 and 10. These actions should support the government in implementing and monitoring effective gender-sensitive and disability-inclusive social protection systems and programmes for all while ensuring financial sustainability and macroeconomic stability. In the COVID-19 context, these actions should also assist the country in developing and applying shock-sensitive social protection programmes and systems adapted to the needs of those living in vulnerability and protracted fragility and crises.

Description of Duties

The National Project Coordinator will support the effective implementation of the project through the technical, efficient and timely execution of tasks in accordance with the policies, values and procedures of the ILO, overall guidance from the UN SDG team and alignment with Egypt government strategic orientations.  The incumbent will initiate, sustain and guide cooperation with key partners, in close collaboration with the ILO Country Office Director, counterparts in UNDP, UNICEF, UNWomen and UNCTAD and relevant ILO technical specialists to ensure that Social Protection Systems are established and mainstreamed in existing Government institutions.
The NPC will be responsible for coordinating the project in Egypt, the NPC will undertake the following duties:
Project management:
1. Ensure effective coordination of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in conformity with ILO policies, programming guidelines, country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures.
2. Ensure effective implementation of the project through timely provision of technical inputs, effective backstopping, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, and monitoring and evaluation of the project activities.
3. Analyse data required for planning and negotiation of project activities, considering different approaches and alternative methods for activity design, management, problem identification and problem resolution.
4. Manage project funds; prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring resource requirements and expenditure patterns, and making recommendations to management for remedial action as necessary.
5. Identify training needs and organize training workshops and meetings for the target group and the tripartite partners.
6. Organize seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings
7. Facilitate research works and studies relevant to public finance management and social protection
Advocacy, networking and partnership:
8. Collaborate with the project partners, target groups and donors for planning and implementation of programme activities.
9. Liaise with project partners to increase the project's visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the project's interventions.
10. Ensure a more effective coordination with a range of relevant national policies and the strategies of various projects, including those being undertaken by other agencies or in complementary fields of activity.
11. Liaise with relevant departments at executing agencies, government offices, constituents, ILO Headquarters, ILO Regional office, and other organizations to ensure the smooth implementation of activities, meet targets and solve problems.


Required qualifications

Education:  First level university  degree in Economics, Public Finance Management, Social Protection, Development Studies or related Social Sciences.



Experience: Two or three years of experience in project management and implementation.
Experience in the area of social protection and inclusion, and public finance management is strongly desirable. Familiarity with ILO policies, technical programmes and procedures, including experience working with officials of relevant government ministries, employers’ and workers’ organizations would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English and good knowledge of Arabic.


 In-depth understanding of social protection and inclusion, and strategies for the extension of social protection to all (including aspects of gender, children and disability). Strong knowledge of trends/landscape of social protection in Egypt.
  Good knowledge of social protection financing and public finance management
 Good knowledge of programming and budgeting, project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques. Demonstrated ability to effectively implement a Technical Cooperation project.
 Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development.
 Ability to establish and maintain systems for effective project implementation, reporting and evaluation.

 Excellent drafting skills and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English and Arabic.
 Ability to understand and effectively work with Government, workers and employers organizations, non-government organizations and UN agencies.

 Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office.

 Excellent analytical skills. Ability to contribute to research and policy oriented activities and reports.

 Good planning and organizational skills. Ability to work on own initiative, with minimum supervision, as well as a team member and team leader. Good interpersonal relations. Ability to supervise staff.




The position will be based in Cairo, Egypt. The ILO offers a competitive remuneration package in accordance with the United Nations common system of salaries, allowances and benefits.



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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* 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”.