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Project Officer - NOA (DC)


Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: DC/COLOMBO/NOA/2019/03
Publication date: 10 September 2019
Application deadline : 25 September 2019


Job ID: 1746 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Colombo 
Location: Kilinochchi   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months 


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. 


With funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Government of Norway, the ILO and its constituents (Government, Employers and Workers Organizations) have been implementing the ILO commenced the LEED+ programme since 2018. The programme builds on the successes of the earlier phases of the project and aims to replicate and scale up the successes.

The main objective of the LEED+ programme is to create sustainable, inclusive and decent employment and sustainable livelihoods for conflict affected populations, thereby contributing to the overall peacebuilding and reconciliation process. The LEED+ programme has three main pillars: 1. Sustainable income generation; 2. Gender and disability inclusion; and 3. scaling up. Pillar 1, the programme will work towards improving living and working conditions of women and men in small-scale farming, fisheries, and businesses through capacity building and knowledge sharing. Pillar 2, the LEED+ programme will work towards advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities in the project areas by ensuring the participation of women and persons with disabilities in decision making and management and implementing gender-specific interventions. Pillar 3 the programme endeavours to scale up and make sustainable the work of the LEED+ through the collaboration with a range of at the provincial and national level partners and promoting adoption of the LEED approach in provincial and national strategies, and development programmes. A central element of this work focusses on increasing the capacity of the selected partner institution to enable them to deliver high quality services, and organising dialogue forums.


The proposed position will mainly focus on the selected activities and outputs to be implemented under the Pillar 3. It is expected that the incumbent will spend significant time working directly with the selected organisations to build their capacity and provide support.


Reporting lines

The Project Officer will work under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator (NPC) and overall supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor of the LEED+ project. 

Required qualifications

First level university degree in economics, social sciences, or related field and strong knowledge on development issues particularly in northern and central provinces of Sri Lanka.

Main duties and responsibilites
  • Facilitate the development of a strategic plan for selected partner institutions in close collaboration with consultants, key staff and board of directors from the selected institutions as well as with ILO technical experts.  
  •  Facilitate the implementation of the strategic plan, while working closely with staff, management, the LEED+ project and stakeholders, including providing technical support and ensuring that rules and regulations, including financial, of the ILO are respected.   
  • In line with the strategic plan, support the alignment of the selected partner institution to meet the goals, while working closely with the management of the selected partner institution and key stakeholders to ensure the delivery of quality services and the financial sustainability. 
  • Assist the selected partner institution to develop stronger linkage with the private sector as well as key government sector partners while facilitating to develop relevant network with key private sector organisations at regional, provincial as well as national levels in close consultation of the LEED+ project management as well as its experts.
  • Assist the selected partner institution to set up a proper monitoring system in order to assess the progress of the implementation of the activities identified in the plan, in close consultation with the LEED  project management and M&E officer and provide necessary guidance as necessary.
  • Contribute to the preparation of briefs, background information, technical reports and periodic progress reports and statistical data on status of the overall activities of the Project.
  • Any other duties in the field of expertise as assigned by the, NPC, CTA or Country Director of the ILO Country Office.

At least two years of professional experience at the national or provincial level in the area of project management, and implementation.

Proven experience in working effectively with cooperatives, private sector and government bodies in charge of local economic development and with development partners would be an asset.

Technical requirements: Good knowledge of local economic development, cooperative development, and poverty reduction.



Excellent command of English, Sinhalese, and Tamil languages required. Command of Sinhalese would be an advantage. 


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:


  • Knowledge of labour, gender and disability issues.
  • Knowledge of programme and budget, project administration and evaluation concepts and procedures and of the mandate and structure of  government and private sector institutions in Sri Lanka
  • Knowledge of the office’s financial rules and regulations
  • Good knowledge of the context and challenges for the project’s area of work
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution and good drafting skills
  • Good ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyse problems with implementation
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate collaborative and team work experience and ability to work effectively with a multicultural and interdisciplinary team as well as work on his/her own initiative
  • Ability to work independently, quickly, precisely, and take initiative and responsibility
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, web-browsers and database applications
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.

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 the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


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