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National Project Officer - NOA (DC)


Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: CAIRO/DC/NO/2022/01
Publication date: 15 January 2022
Application deadline (midnight Cairo local time): 31 January 2022


Job ID: 7342 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Cairo 
Location: Cairo   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: ‎12 months (with possibility of extension subject ‎to performance and availability of fund)‎ 

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. 


The project “Egypt Youth Employment (EYE): Jobs and Private Sector Development in ‎Rural Egypt (RAWABET)” is an International Labour Organization (ILO) project that is ‎funded by the Royal Government of Norway. The project comes within the overarching ‎framework of the “Egypt Youth Employment” programme, which works to promote and ‎facilitate tripartite partnerships towards supporting and scaling up of successful initiatives ‎to generate decent employment opportunities for youth in Egypt.‎

The EYE RAWABET project aims to contribute to economic development in rural Egypt by ‎promoting decent employment within large enterprises as well as in micro, small and ‎medium enterprises (MSMEs) along sectors and value chains of highest employability and ‎growth potentials. The project is implemented by the ILO Cairo Office, in partnership with ‎the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MoIC), and in collaboration with ‎the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises ‎Development Agency (MSMEDA).‎

The project works to capitalize on the ILO’s expertise and long-standing experience in the ‎promotion of decent employment in the rural economy, and to build on and scale-up past ‎and ongoing rural-focused initiatives implemented in Egypt.‎

Towards realizing its objectives, the project devised a two-pronged strategy combining: 1) ‎direct technical support with 2) institutional capacity development. Direct technical support ‎takes place through carefully designed value-chain and MSMEs development ‎interventions. Institutional capacity and skills development, on the other hand, is being ‎delivered through capacity building activities based on ILO’s enterprise development and ‎entrepreneurship as well as other relevant training tools. In many ways, the institutional ‎and skills development activities are meant to enable and reinforce the value-chain and ‎MSMEs interventions.‎

Project Outcomes:‎

Outcome 1: Strengthened capacity of stakeholders to make informed decisions about ‎addressing opportunities and challenges for the promotion of decent jobs in specific ‎economic sub-sectors in rural Egypt.‎
Outcome 2: Decent work opportunities promoted along selected (sub) sector/value-‎chains in rural Egypt.‎
Outcome 3: Emerging MSMEs/small-scale producers supported/scaled up in rural ‎Egypt to contribute to local economic development (LED) and to promote decent ‎employment opportunities


The incumbent will perform her/ his duties under the overall guidance of the Director of DWT/CO-‎Cairo and the direct supervision of the project’s Chief Technical Advisor, while closely ‎coordinating with the project Project Programme Officers.  

Description of Duties

The National Project Officer is expected to take over several roles that will support ‎the effective and timely implementation of the project’s activities, maintaining close ‎monitoring of the actual progress against what has been planned for, while ‎ensuring the proper allocation of resources, incorporate updates and amendments ‎to the project’s implementation plan, as necessary. The National Project Officer will ‎oversee the tasks performed by the administrative and financial staff, providing ‎support and guidance, as required.


Planning and management roles:‎
• Contributes to the development of the project’s implementation plan, and ‎accordingly, closely monitors the timely delivery of activities as planned, makes ‎updates to the plan as necessary.
• Maintains supervisory roles in relation to the tasks carried out by the project’s ‎administrative and finance staff, as required.
• Oversees and follows up with designated administrative and finance staff on the ‎rolling out of project’s training activities and the effective implementation of ‎capacity building interventions using relevant ILO tools.‎
• Attends to requests by the project and ILO Office staff, prepares correspondence ‎to address and answer queries pertaining to the project’s key administrative and ‎financial matters.


Procurement role:
• Contributes and support to the project’s procurement portfolio and contractual ‎arrangements of the project’s consultants, service providers and implementing ‎partners, including the management of the evaluation and reviewal process of ‎proposed contracts along the different stages and modalities of appraisal as ‎necessary, including at the regional or HQ levels, in addition to the identification ‎and selection of contractors, supervising and following up with administrative ‎and finance assistants on that matters.


Follow up and monitoring role:‎
• Maintains close follow-up with the project’s contractors, to ensure the timely ‎submission of deliverables as planned, in coordination with the monitoring and ‎evaluation officer, and with the support of the project’s administrative and ‎financial staff.


Budgetary and financial role:
• Supports the effective and efficient allocation of the project resources, prepares ‎budget estimates, processes budget revision, maintains the project’s ‎procurement plan and forecasts, and accordingly, monitor expenditures and ‎commitments, and proposes corrective actions, as necessary, to ensure the ‎optimal rates of delivery in line with the project’s workplan.


Other roles:‎
• Supports and coordinates the undertakings of the project’s internal and external ‎auditing, prepares necessary documents and reports to be reviewed by auditors
• Proposes improvements to work methods and processes with a view to ensuring ‎optimum efficiency and effectiveness. Liaises closely with other administrative ‎areas to ensure effective and smooth service design and delivery, recommending ‎improvements on interrelated processes
• Undertakes missions to project’s sites in target communities, to follow up on the ‎implementation of planned activities
• Participates in conferences, workshops, and training activities, representing the ‎project, in the absence of the Chief Technical Advisor
• Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor

Required qualifications


A first university degree in social sciences, business administration, development ‎studies, or related fields.


At least two years of experience in the implementation of technical cooperation project, ‎preferably in the field of youth employment. Good knowledge on skills development ‎and entrepreneurship is a considerable asset.


Excellent written and oral command of English and good knowledge of Arabic.


A) Core Competencies:‎
•    Integrity and Transparency: Demonstrates honesty and openness.
•    Sensitivity to Diversity: Values diverse viewpoints - Fully considers all views and ‎opinions, including those that differ from his or her own.
•    Orientation to Learning & Knowledge Sharing: Builds expertise – Seeks ‎opportunities to build the depth and breadth of own expertise and knowledge - ‎Shares knowledge – Shares important or relevant knowledge and information
•    Client Orientation: Ensures programme/project activities are client/constituent ‎focused – Ensures programmes are client focused and all activities oriented ‎towards meeting client needs; encourages team members to proactively ‎consider, discuss and explore client needs.
•    Communication: Ensures understanding - Checks for understanding; presents ‎messages in different ways when required to ensure understanding.‎
•    Orientation to Change: Recognizes opportunities for change – Recognizes ‎opportunities for change and improvement; identifies where change is needed; ‎takes calculated risks.

   Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviours and attitudes


B. Technical Competencies:‎
•    Ability to draft quality reports.
•    Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools, both quantitative ‎and qualitative.‎
•    Excellent knowledge of programming and budget development.‎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, and  
  Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy
•    Good knowledge about the role and activities of the UN.



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.


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 assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


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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”.