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National Project Officer (Economic Policy)


Grade: [[NOA]] 

Vacancy no.: [[CAIRO/DC/NO/2018/11]]
Publication date: 11 November, 2018
Application deadline (midnight local time): 10 December, 2018

Organization Unit: [[DWT/CO-Cairo]]
Location: [[Cairo, Egypt]]   
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. 


The ILO strives to achieve decent work for all. It promotes social justice and internationally-recognized human and labour rights. It is the United Nations agency where governments, employers and workers have, through a tripartite structure, equal voice in improving conditions and life at work. ILO Cairo leads the promotion of decent work for all through a double mandate, as the ILO Decent Work Team for North Africa and as the Country Office for Egypt and Eritrea.

In the frame, the ILO DWT in Cairo and the Swedish International Development Agency are implementing a five-year project entitled ‘Advancing the Decent Work Agenda in North Africa’ (ADWA’). The project takes an innovative approach to promote evidence-based policies for full employment and effective access to social and labour rights in the region and it works at upstream and policy-making level in order to support evidence-based decisions on different dimensions of the Decent Work Agenda.

The focus of the project, and its main value added, is to address together issues related to job rich growth and the advancement on social and work rights: two fundamental aspects for the development of the region, essential to advance towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The project will intervene both at regional and at national levels with a main focus on Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, and some specific activities carried out in Algeria. After the first year, the expansion of coverage to Jordan will be considered, on the basis of an assessment of capacities and feasibility.

By the end of the project, North African countries will have adopted a more proactive and effective policy stance for job-rich growth (outcome 1); and a stronger compliance with labour and social rights will have been achieved (outcome 2).

The National Project Officer will support the economic and employment policies pillar of the project. This will include leading evidence generation, economic and macro-economic data and analysis, monitoring of social and economic indicators, creation of monitoring and knowledge management systems.


Reporting line

The incumbent will perform her/his duties under the supervision of an international Chief Technical Advisor for the project and under the overall responsibility of the Cairo Office’s Director.

Description of Duties

The National Project Officer will perform the following tasks:

  1. Keep up to date with major academic and institutional publications and developments with a particular focus on the economic and employment policy environment; produce analyses based on data and information produced by the statistical office, other key stakeholders, international organisations and academia; 
  2. Support the design and regular update of the project workplan, alert and provide recommendations on delays and areas of criticality;
  3. Design terms of reference and partnership documents with consultants and sub-contractors/partner organisations; secure the contracting, monitor and supervise their work for timely and quality delivery; this will include providing some administrative support for the submission of payments to finance and management;
  4. Establish and maintain excellent working relations with project stakeholders (constituents and donor), supporting with the official correspondence and information sharing;Participate in the organization of conferences, training sessions and meetings with stakeholders;
  5. Prepare draft project reports in line with donor and ILO Cairo requirements, with focus on the employment and economic domains of the project;
  6. Prepare draft communication material for the effective outreach of the project, including printed, web and social media content;
  7. Collaborate closely with ILO technical colleagues in Cairo and the region, including other project teams, the ILO Algiers office, and HQ specialists, ensuring synergies and coordination with other relevant work and initiatives of the organisation in North Africa and beyond;
  8. Draft in, or translate into, local language(s) news releases, official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information material.
  9. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


Required qualifications


First level university degree in one of the social sciences, in particular: development studies, economics, political science, international relations or a relevant field.


One or two years of professional experience at the national level in development and/or international cooperation work,

  • with focus on economics, macro-economics, labour and social statistics.
  • Familiarity with the UN and ILO work is an asset.


Excellent command of English. Good knowledge of Arabic. A knowledge of French will be an added value.


  • Excellent knowledge of RBM and the programming cycle;
  • Knowledge of administration and financial operations of large organisations; knowledge of UN or the ILO operations is an advantage;
  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills; good understanding of prominent socio-economic issues;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; strong interpersonal and team-playing abilities;
  • Ability to negotiate with possible partners in the best interest of the organisation, to think and operate tactically and strategically;
  • Ability to represent the organisation, to act with political sensitivity and diplomatic skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to work on own initiative under gradually diminishing oversight and within structured workplans;
  • Ability to supervise staff;
  • Ability to clarify information.
  • Ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyse problems with implementation.
  • Good computer applications skills.


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