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Project Technical Officer - P3


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: DC/MEXICO/P/2019/01
Publication date: 1 November 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 18 November 2019


Job ID: 2002 
Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 
Organization Unit: CO-Mexico 
Location: Mexico City   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: one year with 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 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-UNHCR Project “Promoting Employment and Social Protection under the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework in Central America and Mexico” seeks reduce economic inequality of forcibly displaced persons and their host communities, in Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico. With a view to improve the access to decent (self-)employment and social protection arrangements of displaced persons and their host communities, the Project will focus on two main results: 1) improving access of forcibly displaced persons and their host communities to public and private (self-)employment-related services, such as job matching, technical and vocational education and training, financial services, skill recognition, and advice; and 2) improving access to social protection arrangements, notably related to employment, basic income and protection against existential life-cycle risks such as accidents or ill-health.


The Project seeks to implement on the ground the priorities for cooperation between ILO and UNHCR, as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the two agencies signed in 2016 and the Action Plan for the operationalization of said MOU, signed in 2017. 


The activities of the Project will focus on the two main host countries participating in the Comprehensive Regional Frameworks for Protection and Solutions (MIRPS by its Spanish acronym), Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as Honduras as an important country of origin of refugees and of internal displacement. Activities will also include fostering regional exchange of good practices with all participating countries. Guatemala and El Salvador will be included in the regional exchange activities. For Costa Rica and Mexico, the Project has chosen refugees and asylum seekers as direct beneficiaries. For Honduras, beneficiaries include returnees with protection needs and internally displaced people or at risk of displacement due to violence – giving priority to women, youth 18-24 years old, and informal traders (in particular, market and street vendors) because of their vulnerable conditions facing violence, poverty, and social and labour exclusion.


The Technical Project Officer will report to the Director of ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba, and will receive technical guidance and supervision from the Labour Migration Specialist based in San José, Costa Rica. He/she will receive technical support from, and work in close coordination with relevant ILO specialists in various areas of project intervention, especially the Employment Specialist and the Enterprise Development Specialist based in San José and the Social Protection Specialist based in Mexico City. Support will also be provided by the ACT/EMP and ACTRAV Specialists and the Gender and Non-Discrimination Specialist based in Costa Rica, as well as HQ services in Geneva as appropriate. 


Under the supervision of the Director of ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba the Technical Project Officer will be coordinating all project activities, including by closely liaising with the relevant UNHCR offices regarding the activities on which UNCHR is the lead agency. 


The Technical Project Officer will oversee the work of national officers in Costa Rica and Honduras, as well as an administrative assistant in Mexico, and any other international and local consultants hired during the course of the project; he/she will be responsible for their performance.

Description of Duties

1. In close collaboration and in consultation with the responsible supervisor, oversee the implementation of the project by providing technical inputs, planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities.  Ensure conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and Office procedures and practices.


2. Provide technical advice and support to project staff and national partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in coordination with the ILO Field Offices and HQ.


3. Conduct research and integrate technical inputs for regional and country analyses, reports and publications related to the project and prepare discussion notes.


4. Develop training materials and conduct seminars and workshops.


5. Under the guidance of the responsible supervisor, maintain close liaison with governments, workers' and employers' organizations, and UN/non-governmental organizations, to discuss matters and follow up on a broad range of country programmes and projects. Maintain working contacts and collaboration with multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies and draft proposals for funding.


6. Co-ordinate, promote linkages and share best practices and lessons learnt with other relevant ILO projects/programs, ILO units and external stakeholders.


7. Promote ILO policies regarding the project/program, other fundamental rights at work and the relevant International Labour Standards through coordination with a range of relevant national policies and the strategies of various projects, including those being undertaken by other agencies or in complementary fields of activity.


8. Undertake missions in relation to project implementation.


9. Undertake other duties as required.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in economics, business or public administration, law, social or political sciences, development or other relevant fields.


At least five years’ of demonstrated experience in the management of development cooperation projects, preferably with the ILO or a UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of project cycle, of which at least three years at the international level (including field experience). Experience in the implementation of projects in the fields of migration/refugees, enterprise creation and development, employment, social protection and / or related areas is a distinct advantage, as is familiarity with the international refugee and asylum system and the concept and practice of international protection.  Proven project management experience in complex contexts, such as the Latin American migration context, will be an advantage.



Excellent knowledge of Spanish, and good working knowledge of English.

  • Ability  to provide technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of specialization;
  • Ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialized technical field;
  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies;
  • Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation and ability to provide  technical support to senior specialists carrying out research, project formulation and implementation;
  • Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and to provide technical inputs for the ILO Decent Work Agenda;
  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques;
  • Good computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.


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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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.


Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.


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