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ILO is looking for qualified applicants for the following open position:

Technical Officer P2 (DC)

Grade: P2

Vacancy no.: DC/ABIDJAN/P/2020/04
Publication date: 15 October 2020
Application deadline (midnight Universal time): 30 October 2020

Job ID: 4551
Department: RO-Africa
Organization Unit: RO-Africa
Location: Addis Ababa
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 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 FAIRWAY Project, funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation, is a four-year inter-regional development cooperation initiative that aims to improve conditions of labour migration across migration pathways from Africa to Arab States and better protect all migrant workers in vulnerable situations within the Arab states region, thereby enabling migrant workers to contribute more fully to sustainable development in both countries of origin and destination.

Focusing primarily on key sectors in which migrant workers in vulnerable situations are engaged (including the domestic work and construction sectors) the project seeks to address the interlinked structural, behavioural and practical barriers to improved labour migration outcomes through four objectives:

1. Private sector, employers’ and workers’ organizations engaged for decent work for migrant workers;
2. Gender-responsive policy frameworks are developed or strengthened for fair recruitment and decent work and regulatory compliance;
3. Discriminatory attitudes towards women and men migrant workers are diminished; and
4. Migrant workers have improved access to information and support services throughout the migration cycle.

Key to leveraging the economic opportunities opened by low- and medium skilled labour migration from Africa to Arab States is ensuring that migrant workers are in safe situations and decent work throughout the migration cycle. The project will address underlying causes of decent work deficits at their source through national-level interventions in selected countries of origin in East (Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda), West (Nigeria) and North Africa (Morocco). In addition, sub-regional and inter-regional interventions will serve to identify areas of common interest and improve understanding of key stakeholders’ respective needs, creating an environment conducive to cooperation across labour migration corridors. The project is incorporated into the ILO’s broader Global Labour Migration Governance programme. It also contributes to Sustainable Development Goal targets 8.8 and 10.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is aligned with the SDC Global Programme on Migration and Development (GPMD) Strategic Framework Migration Strategy, in particular outcomes 1.1, 2.1, 2.2 and 3.1.

The ILO is therefore seeking to recruit a technical officer who will be responsible for the overall operational management of ILO’s activities in Ethiopia under the project, and for the planning, implementation, and coordination of country components. The incumbent will also support the implementation of the sub-regional component of the project to ensure knowledge transfer across countries or other regional campaigns. The incumbent will be responsible to liaise with the project’s partners (government, social partners, SDC and others) to ensure completion of activities according to the project’s work plan for the country and the participation of national beneficiaries to sub-regional activities.

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Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the project, the technical officer will perform duties in fulfillment of the project workplan at the national level. The incumbent will ensure that the objectives stated in the project document for Ethiopia, with particular emphasis on those activities targeted as a Covid-19 response, are attained within the stated time frame and budget and ensure compliance with the ILO and the Project/Program’s financial and operating procedures. With the support of ILO specialists in different policy areas, the incumbent will promote ILO policies in the project related technical areas and other components of the ILO Decent Work Agenda, in line with the priorities identified by the constituents through the relevant Decent work country programmes (DWCPs).


While under the oversight of the Country Director for ILO Country Office in Addis Ababa, the Technical Officer will work under the direct supervision of the FAIRWAY Program Manager (Africa) based in Nairobi, Kenya from whom he/she will receive operational and technical guidance. The Technical officer will also receive technical support from the regional labour migration specialist at the Regional Office for Africa (Abidjan), the Labour Migration Branch MIGRANT (Conditions of Work and Equality Department) and the technical specialists of the Decent Work Teams in the fields of migration, skills, employment. He/She will receive support of colleagues from ACTRAV (workers organizations), ACT/EMP (employers’ organizations) and other specialists in the fields of statistics and regional migration. The incumbent will have responsibility for the operational coordination and project implementation in Ethiopia and will support coordination with partners and stakeholders at the national level.

This position will be based in Addis Ababa.

Description of Duties

Lead the implementation of project activities in Ethiopia with criteria of timeliness, quality and effectiveness, ensuring the achievement of planned results in the time frame and within budget, in accordance with global project requirements and the policies, values and procedures of the ILO. Deliveries and outcomes must be in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and the administrative and financial procedures in consultation with the responsible Field Office.
Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports).
Initiate, sustain and guide cooperation with key partners in Ethiopia, in close collaboration with relevant ILO technical specialists to ensure the performance and results of the project.
Ensure that gender issues are explicitly addressed and mainstreamed throughout the project activities and any outputs including final reports or events.
Develop country level work plans in consultation with tripartite partners and update project work plans on a continuous basis and ensure their timely implementation.
Coordinate and monitor project activities implemented by project partners, external collaborators (consultants or service providers) and trainers in Ethiopia and ensure the quality of outputs
Regularly brief responsible government officials, employer and worker associations on project status.
Manage the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, multi-stakeholder consultations, training sessions and meetings in collaboration with the technical support of experts and represent the project in various meetings. Organize project management meetings, draft meeting notes and solicit comments from relevant project partners.
Implement the communications strategy ensuring: visibility of project’s results, dissemination of project information through publications and press releases, and good communication with all partners.
Ensure representation at donor meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
Develop project progress update reports on a regular ensuring regular and timely reporting of project activities, results and indicators.


First university degree in law, economics, management, international development, social sciences or a related field.


At least three years of relevant professional experience, preferably in relation with labour migration issues including experience working with officials of ministries of labour, foreign affairs, social partners and migration institutions and associations. Record of familiarity with ILO policies and procedures, including development cooperation procedures.

Experience managing or implementing ILO DC projects would be an advantage.


Excellent spoken and written knowledge of English. Knowledge of French or Arabic would be an asset.


Good knowledge of programming and results-based management (RBM) principles and concepts and understanding of the programming cycle (planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation).
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders such as government officials, representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations, representative(s) of civil society, and academics.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
Ability to write progress reports for the implementation of the project in a concise and timely manner.
Proven ability in working with minimal supervision as well as remote capacity project management
Ability to oversee the work of and provide guidance to consultants working for the project
Ability to evaluate and monitor technical cooperation activities
Ability to work effectively in a team, and to promote coordination and exchange across partnerships.
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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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.

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 technical tests or interviews.

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