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Project Manager P4 (DC)


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/SANAA/P/2020/01
Publication date: 14 February 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 28 February 2020


Job ID: 2663 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Sanaa   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months renewable 


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, in collaboration with UNDP, FAO and WFP, is currently implementing the Supporting Resilient Livelihoods and Food Security in Yemen Joint Programme (ERRY II). The three-year joint programme, financed by the EU, is implemented in six vulnerable governorates: Hajjah, Hodeidah, Lahj, Abyan, Taiz and Sana’a. The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to reduced vulnerability and strengthened resilience of crisis-affected communities in Yemen through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and improving access to basic services.

The ILO is also implementing the USDRL-funded Protecting Children and Youth in Yemen from Recruitment and Use in Armed Conflict (CRUCSY) project. The project aims to build the capacity of Yemeni partners in order to educate, inform, and change their attitudes and behaviours pertaining to the use of children in armed conflict. The overall goal of the CRUCSY project is to prevent the recruitment of children and youth as child soldiers and to sustainably reintegrate children formally associated with the conflict in Hajjah, Sanaa, and Lahj governorates in Yemen.

The CTA will be responsible for effective implementation of the aforementioned programs and achievement of the planned results. S/he will also facilitate and promote coordination and collaboration with other actors in the sector both at national and international levels.

Reporting lines:

The incumbent will report directly to the Deputy Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) for operational and administrative issues and will be backstopped by the Resilience and Crisis Response Specialist, the Enterprise Specialist and Senior Specialist on Skills and Employability.  S/he will coordinate technical guidance and advice from ROAS DWT technical specialists in close consultation and coordination with the Regional Programme Unit and the regional Admin. and Finance department. The project manager will maintain a fluid exchange of information, coordinate, and link with the UNDP and other ERRY Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs). The CTA will also work in close consultation with the National Project Officers, the ILO National Coordinator, the Joint Coordination Unit (JCU), the EU, the USRDRL, and other international and national partners to successfully implement all of the programmes’ activities.


Description of Duties

1. Programme management:
-Plan the activities of the programmes and monitor progress in achieving results at the output, outcome and impact levels;
-Develop an effective monitoring and evaluation system for regular reporting to national stakeholders PUNOS and donors that takes into account monitoring of risks in a constantly evolving fragile environment;
-Undertake exploratory and monitoring missions in all relevant areas of Yemen, after they are cleared by UNDSS and supervisor;
-Ensure timely sequencing, cohesion and coordination between different activities of the programs to maximize efficiency;
-Continuously review the programmes status and provide strategic and policy advice to the relevant Steering Committees on required follow up and/or alternatives for corrective action;
-Address in a timely manner obstacles and challenges identified in the implementation of the programmes;
-Ensure good coordination and collaboration with ILO constituents, PUNOS, donors, and other key stakeholders.
-Ensure gender sensitive activities are integrated in the programmes plan and implementation strategy;


2. Policy advice – in close coordination with relevant ILO Specialists, provide technical policy advice and prepare strategic policy papers, for technical support to government and social partners on Skills Development and Employability (including apprenticeship), Enterprise development and access to finance, as well as on Employment Intensive Investment Programmes.


3. Representation - Represent the Organization at inter-agency (United Nations Country Team(s)) and donor meetings, provide advice on policies and procedures and present reports, policy documents and project proposals;


4. Resource mobilisation - Represent the organization in national inter-agency coordination committees and in donor meetings for resource mobilization:
-Maintain close relations with donor agencies and other international agencies.
-Mobilize resources in support of the ILO's objectives and development cooperation activities.
-Negotiate conditions and terms; justify financing inputs and follow up until agreement is reached.
-Initiate resource mobilization approaches for the acceptance, funding and implementation of projects and programmes;


5. Undertake other duties as requested by supervisor.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in social sciences, international studies, or a related field.




At least seven years of relevant professional experience, including three years at international level.



Excellent command of English. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.



•Proven ability to take ownership of a wide range of 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 Partnership’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development.
• Ability to advocate and provide impactful policy advice.
• Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
• Ability to promote a knowledge-sharing and learning culture, and to focus and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level.
• 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, powerpoint, 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.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
• Willingness and ability to work in a fragile context.


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

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


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