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National Project Officer - NOA (DC)


Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: CAIRO/DC/NO/2021/03
Publication date: 21 February 2021
Application deadline (midnight local time): 20 March 2021


Job ID: 5546 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Cairo 
Location: Damietta   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 Months (With a possibility of extension) 


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 ‘Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People (DJEP) – Tackling the Challenge in Damietta’ project aims to create decent employment opportunities for young women and men in the governorate of Damietta.  The project started in April 2019 extending the most successful components of the ILO/Canada “Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People” Project to the governorate of Damietta. It implements entrepreneurship promotion and business skills development interventions as well as facilitate job matching processes. Moreover, the project will build the capacity of key stakeholders within government institutions, employers, trade unions and civil society organisation to implement effective and sustainable youth employment interventions. Gender and women’s empowerment as well as inclusion of people with disability will be cross-cutting areas of the project. The project builds on strong partnerships and aims to institutionalise ILO youth employment interventions with national entities to ensure sustainability.

Reporting Lines:  

Under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator and the overall guidance of the DWT/CO-Cairo Director, the official should perform the following tasks:

Description of Duties

  • Provide advice on analysis of economic and labour market trends in Damietta communities in order to help implement interventions for enterprise and skills development
  • Facilitate the effective participation of employers’ organisations and trade unions in enterprise and skills development initiatives and programmes and local economic development opportunities.
  • Support efforts to develop information databases covering programme activities; prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the implementation status
  • Provide inputs, advice and lead capacity building measures for local partners including training providers, Business Development Services 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 progress reports
  • Support the design and regular update of the project work plan, both from a Results Based Management 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
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Project Coordinator.

Required qualifications


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


  • One or two years of professional experience at the national level in the areas of enterprise and skills development with a focus on young people in local communities, project design, management and implementation.
  • 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 working in Damietta Governorate.


Excellent knowledge of English and good command of Arabic.


In addition to the ILO core competencies [Integrity and transparency, Sensitivity to diversity, Orientation to learning and knowledge sharing, Client orientation, Communication, Orientation to change, Takes responsibility for performance, Quality orientation, Collaboration], this position requires:
⦁    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.

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


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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  • 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