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Senior Programme Officer - NOB


Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: RB/Dhaka/SPO/2022/01
Publication date: 08 May 2022
Application deadline (midnight local time): 07 June 2022


Job ID: 8197 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Dhaka 
Location: Dhaka   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The following are eligible to apply:


- Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

- External candidates. A selected external candidate will be issued with a 4.2 (e) contract.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.


The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to



Organizational Setting


This position is located in the ILO Country Office for Bangladesh. The ILO in Bangladesh is contributing towards implementation of ILO Strategic Programme Framework and the Organization’s biennial programme and budget. Within these global frameworks, the ILO Country Office manages and implements the Decent Work Country Programme for Bangladesh. 


Main Purpose

As a team member, the incumbent provides comprehensive and professional services in the design, delivery and administration of a wide range of programming activities. These services cover development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of programmes and projects in a multiplicity of technical areas. Work involves providing professional programming services for the formulation and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) to strengthen national capacity and activities in ILO mandated areas. Services are delivered in an efficient, effective and client-oriented manner and include the use of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Work is governed by established rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines. The incumbent applies and plays a key role in promoting the principles of results-based management (RBM)

The position works under the direct supervision of Director of CO-Dhaka. The incumbent has a high degree of independence in completing work assignments. Supervision received is focused on the overall delivery of results impacting the Office.

Working Relationships

Internal contacts are with staff and managers in field offices, project locations and headquarters to build and maintain effective working relationships, exchange information and gain agreement on programming related issues. The incumbent also provides guidance on results-based management (RBM) and applicable standards. The incumbent regularly liaises with and receives guidance from the Regional Programming Unit.

External contacts are primarily with government offices, employers’ and workers’ organizations, United Nations (UN) agencies and other international organizations and donors to maintain effective working relationships and discuss project initiatives and areas for cooperation.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1.    Provide substantial professional programming inputs for the formulation and implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) framework, ensuring alignment with regional and global strategic priorities. Undertake strategic programming function including strategic management, implementing planning and reporting. Output based work planning and review. Monitor and verify accuracy of programming data.
2.    Monitor and assess country development plans and priorities and make proposals to support the design and setting of objectives within the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) framework and Program and Budget priorities and outcomes.  Stay abreast of the political and socio-economic situation and propose actions in response to new and emerging operational challenges.
3.    In cooperation with technical specialists, draft substantive inputs for programme framework documents, project proposals, reports and other documents for monitoring and reporting purposes. Initiate, plan and undertake missions to monitor, assess and report on programme implementation and propose corrective action. Assist with the planning and organization of capacity building activities.
4.    Provide professional inputs to establish a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for DWCP, which will support generation of lessons learned from ILO interventions, including DC in the country. Update results narratives as required in the MEL plan.
5.    Participate in negotiations with key stakeholders to discuss project definition, scope and funding requirements. Prepare and/or review drafts of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in cooperation with implementing partners and technical specialists, ensuring consistency with requirements and timelines for project implementation.
6.    Seek opportunities to build and enhance partnerships with a range of stakeholders. Participate in resource mobilization activities. Organize and participate in meetings to facilitate collaboration between the different actors. Participate in interagency fora and meetings with a view to identifying areas for joint activities.


7.    Keep abreast of changes to applicable standards and best practices. Share knowledge and provide guidance to staff.
8.    Serve as a desk officer for the DC project portfolios ensuring the alignment of the projects with the ILO’s programming framework following the organization’s guiding principles to achieve the normative agenda. Make sure appropriate engagement of tripartite constituents during the design and implementation of the DC projects. 
9.    Coordinate with the DWT and HQ specialists to address the capacity issues of the constituents and the DC projects. Ensure appropriate quality assurance mechanism of the DC projects including through participating in the monitoring and evaluation activities.
10.    Coordinate with Regional Evaluation Officer and support the implementation of evaluation function and adherence of ILO evaluation policy 
11.    Provide inputs to support the Office’s communication, and knowledge management activities.
12.    Perform other relevant duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements


University degree (Masters or equivalent) in a social science, Law, management, Economics and any other relevant subject


Minimum of three years of professional work experience in programme and/or project planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation activities. 
Experience in working with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, in particular strategic management/programming modules would be an asset.


Excellent command of an official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. Working knowledge of another official language of the Organization or an official national language of the duty station.

Knowledge and Competencies (technical/behavioural)

-    Good knowledge of programming and results-based management (RBM) principles and concepts.
-    Excellent understanding of the evolving trend and practices on monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management
-    Good knowledge of the programming cycle (planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation). Good knowledge of resource mobilization.
-    Political awareness and understanding of socio-economic factors.
-    Knowledge of the normative nature of Organization’s work programmes and activities.
-    Good knowledge of office application and skills on applications for data analysis skills for the large and panel data like Stata and R programming


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:


-    Research and analytical skills 

-    Drafting skills.
-    Knowledge of methods and techniques for designing and assessing quality and efficiency of process execution.
-    Ability to interpret and work within applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures. 
-    Ability to maintain effective working relationship with key stakeholders 
-    Ability to manage competing priorities.

-    Ability to adapt quickly to new software and systems                      

-    Ability to oversee the work of and provide guidance to staff

-    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.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 2 to 4 weeks following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


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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