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Social Protection Technical Officer


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: DC/KHARTOUM/P/2020/04
Publication date: 28 July 2020
Application deadline (midnight Addis Ababa time): 27 August 2020


Job ID: 4024 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Addis Ababa 
Location: Khartoum   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months with possibility of renewal 


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 present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.


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.


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 ILO is the United Nations agency whose mission is to promote social justice through improved access of men and women to decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.

The position is opened in the context of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. The EU financed project will focus on the support to the Social Protection System in Sudan.

The project will be implemented by the ILO with the support of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) between July 2020 and December 2022 and has as its developmental objective to generate a pragmatic evidence-based national dialogue on social protection in Sudan and strengthen MoLSD capacity for a comprehensive social protection system

The project has two specific objectives:

  1. Enhanced policy dialogue and coordination among national and international stakeholders across the development-humanitarian nexus, based on different components of the social protection floor approach.
  2. Strengthened institutional capacity and operational systems of MOLSD in social protection, and of other social protection stakeholders, including workers’ and employers’ organizations

The overall objective of the project contributes to the progressive achievement of SDGs 1: “No poverty” and 10: “Reduced inequalities”, but also promotes progress towards Goals 2 "Zero hunger", 3: “Good health and well-being", 5: “Gender equality”, 8: “Decent work and economic growth”, 16: “Peaceful and inclusive societies” and 17: "Partnerships for the goals". In particular Goal 1 "Poverty" contains the commitment, through the target 1.3, to "Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable" and Goal 10 "Inequality", through the target 10.4, to "Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality".

Introduction cont'd

The project aims to mitigate the protracted crises on vulnerable households in Sudan, including the emergence of the COVID 19 crisis, and reduce poverty and inequality by extending social protection coverage in Sudan. This will be achieved through the development of an evidence-based national dialogue on social protection led by MoLSD, enhancing social protection policy response across the development-humanitarian nexus, combining short term and longer term social protection sustainable approaches. This national dialogue would be an opportunity to bring together the major Ministries involved in social protection and policy reforms, such as the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP), but also other national stakeholders (workers’ and employers’ organizations, NGOs, academics, statistics bureau, etc.) and international organizations (UN agencies working on social protection such as UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, WHO, international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the Africa Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, but also regional institutions such as the African Union, the EU delegation, INGOs).


To support the MOLSD mandate in social protection, their leadership and the operational capacities, a large component will be related to the institutional capacity building of MoLSD and the social protection institutions, in particular NHIF and NPSIF. It will also involve analysis on ICT development and inter-operability between the social protection schemes.


Carrying out these technical advisory services will require both sound technical expertise and a thorough understanding of the country context, national stakeholders, political and institutional processes. The project will therefore hire a national project coordinator in addition to this current position of an international expert based in Khartoum. This combination of local and international staff will ensure both local expertise and presence on the ground but also quality assurance and sound delivery of technical outputs while at the same assuring cost-efficiency.


Under direct supervision, within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO, the Social Protection Technical Officer will assist the overall activities of the above project by providing technical support to the project and contribute to the expected outcomes. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the related technical areas and other components of the ILO decent work agenda in the field.

Introduction cont'd

Project Management and Reporting linesThe incumbent will work as Social Protection Technical Officer, under the direct supervision of and report to the Directors of the ILO Country Office in Addis Ababa and under the technical supervision of the Decent Work Country Team Social Protection Specialist in Cairo. He/she will collaborate closely also with the Social Protection Department of the ILO (SOCPRO), in Geneva. The incumbent will work together closely on a day to day basis with the local national staff recruited on the project.
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 issues related to the EC-ILO-GCSPF Action. The incumbent also provides guidance on the development and dissemination of products and outputs of the Action.
External contacts are primarily counterparts in government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, United Nations (UN) agencies, the EU Delegation in Khartoum, International Financial Institutions, other development partners, general public, academic institutions, service providers, and other international /or public and private sector organizations to maintain effective working relationships, promote the work of the ILO, respond to inquiries and to discuss opportunities for joint initiatives.


Description of Duties
  • Provide technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring of work progress; ensure results are achieved according to work plan and performance indicators of the two projects.
  • Undertake research and prepare analytical reports in line with the objectives, work plans and outputs of the two projects, paying attention to issues of gender, disability, informal economy, international labour standards and identify best practices in finding solutions to problems identified.
  • Facilitate the participatory generation of evidence and national dialogue processes on social protection in Uganda and Ethiopia.
  • Undertake missions (including representing the technical unit at international, regional and national fora) for the purpose of providing technical recommendations on selected topics following ILO established guidelines, manuals and standards.
  •  Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators, help identifying suitable external collaborators and contractors for conducting certain project activities related to social protection, draft terms of reference, prepare work plan and costs estimates and provide support for preparing the contracts.
  • Provide technical support to partners to improve the design of social insurance mechanism and improve linkages with other social protection interventions, in particular as regards the extension of coverage to workers in the informal economy.
duties (cont'd
  • Conduct trainings, including as resource person, of government officials and other stakeholders in Sudan to strengthen their capacities in designing, delivering, monitoring and reporting on gender-sensitive and disability inclusive social protection systems and programmes that are sustainably financed.
  • Identify policy options for improved domestic financing of social protection interventions; provide technical inputs (articles, reports) for regional, country or related sectoral analyses, ILO reports and publications.
  • Establish effective partnerships and coordination with the government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, social partners, private sector, and other UN Agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to achieve universal social protection and ensure a good flow of communication between all project stakeholders and implementation parties, in particular the EU Delegations in Sudan, the GCSPF and the ILO Headquarters. Uphold ILO principles and values in these partnerships and support resource mobilization initiatives.
  • Take responsibility for the communication and visibility activities of the project activities, including commission, research, write, edit and/or translate from/to the local language audience-specific communication and information products, conduct surveys, maintenance and updating of websites, organize press conferences, media interviews and other public information events, provide media briefings, in order to communicate persuasive, evidence-based and solution-oriented messages on the project activities.
  • Monitor and prepare periodic and ad hoc status and progress reports of the project and activities, identify problems/challenges in technical and financial delivery of the two projects, and propose solutions, action and follow-up with relevant ILO units including those in the headquarters and regional office, government offices, constituents and other organizations including project’s implementing partners to expedite implementation and meet technical as well as financial delivery targets.
  • Carry out other duties as may be assigned under the project and at the request of the Country director.
Required qualifications

First level University Degree at Master's level (or higher)  in economics, public administration, development, political sciences, or social sciences with proven expertise in the field of social protection.


Atleast five years of professional experience, of which at least three years at the international level in the management, supervision, administration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects related to social protection. Demonstrated experience of working inter-agency with other International Organisations. Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with officials of ministries of labour and/or social protection as well as experience in projects related to public finance management would be an advantage..


Excellent command of English and good knowledge of Arabic

  • 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 participate effectively in technical missions and multi-disciplinary teams; capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialisation;
  • Ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialised technical field;
  • Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques, capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals;
  • Ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.
  • Ability to develop training strategies and design training materials.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • Any extension 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.

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