International Labour Organization (ILO)

Junior Technical Officer (Trade and Employment)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: [[P2]] Vacancy no.: [[CAIRO/DC/P/2021/06]] Publication date: 28 March 2021 Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 27 April 2021 Job ID: [[5851]] Department: [[RO-Africa]] Organization Unit: [[DWT/CO-Cairo]] Location: [[Cairo,Egypt]] Contract type: [[FT]] The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. This is an assignment of a purely temporary nature, not expected to lead to a career in the ILO.

The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations The following are eligible to apply: - Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

- External candidates. A selected external candidate will be issued with a 4.2 (e) contract.

Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.

The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to

Applications from qualified candidates from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future, would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here:


“Mainstreaming Employment into Trade and Investment in the Southern Neighbourhood” of the EU is a four-year regional project implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and financed by the European Union (EU). The overall objective of the project is to enable policy makers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to incorporate employment issues into trade and investment policies, and Design and implement interventions that ultimately optimise the quantity and quality of employment created in the region. It will also facilitate the operationalisation of the third pillar of the EU’s External Investment Plan (i.e., promoting a conducive investment climate) through policy dialoguae.

The target groups are government officials from ministries responsible for trade and investment, labour, Economic Affairs, planning, education and other relevant line ministries; staff in national statistical agencies; representatives from trade unions and employers’ organizations; private sector representatives; technical specialists from national and regional institutions and development practitioners. The final beneficiaries are workers (especially women and youth) and employers (from SMEs, in particular) in the tradable sectors of the partner countries, as well as education and training providers.

The four work areas of the project will focus respectively on: (i) synthesizing existing evidence and generating new knowledge on what does and does not work with regard to creating employment through trade and investment policies in the southern neighbourhood; (ii) building a comprehensive and common understanding among policy actors of the employment effects of trade and investment policies to allow informed policy dialogue and coherent decision-making; (iii) derive sectoral recommendations for the development of export-oriented value chains and industries in the partner countries in order to enhance the employment opportunities and to mitigate the employment challenges arising from trade and investment policies; and (iv) providing assessments of the potential trade and employment impact of relevant public investments in the infrastructure sector in selected partner countries and developing recommendations through public-private dialogue.

The – Junior Technical Officer -Trade and Employment will provide Technical Support to the Technical Specialist, involving participating in missions to the region, backstopping country studies and supporting the organisation of regional knowledge-sharing workshops and regional trainings Reporting lines: 

Under the overall responsibility of the Decent Work Team /Director" id="link" class="link">Country Director of Cairo, the – Junior Technical Officer -Trade and Employment will report to the Trade and Employment Technical  Specialist based in the DWT/CO-Cairo. The incumbent will also liaise closely with the project team in Geneva to ensure the effective joint implementation of the project.

Description of Duties

1.    Provide technical support to project staff and national partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in Coordination with the ILO HQ and other Field Offices. In particular, provide backstopping support for country studies for the project countries in the Middle East, support the coordination of project activities across the project countries, and provide inputs into regional knowledge-sharing workshops and regional training based on these studies.

2.    Establish and maintain strong working relationship with a wide range of national partners in the economic and social field in the Middle Eastern project countries, including representatives of the national government concerned with trade, employment, education and training, employer and worker organizations.

3.    In consultation with DWT/CO-Cairo, constitute a project committee in Egypt to plan STED  diagnostic phase, share findings, and subsequently identify potential training interventions and to guide programme implementation. This work should be integrated into implementation of national policies on trade, employment, and skills development and should build on prior ILO work on skills and employment in Egypt. This work will include coordinating with other relevant technical specialists in DWT/CO-Cairo and with CTAs/NOs of relevant projects.

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

5.    Develop training materials and as well as conduct and participate in seminars and workshops.

6.    Under the guidance of the responsible supervisor, maintain close liaison with governments, workers' and employers' organizations, education &training providers and UN/non-governmental organizations, to discuss matters and follow up on a broad range of Country Programmes and projects.

7.    Coordinate, promote linkages and share best practices and lessons learnt with other relevant ILO projects/programs, ILO units and external stakeholders.

8.    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.

9.    Undertake missions in relation to project implementation, more specifically participate in missions to the project countries in the Middle East.

10.    Provide guidance and supervision for consultants/external collaborators, jointly with the project’s Technical Specialist.

11.    Perform other duties required by the Supervisor

Required qualifications


first level university degree in Economics, Social Science, Human Resource Development, Skills Development, Development studies or other relevant field, with specialization in international trade, Economic Development or labour economics preferred.


At least three years of professional experience in a relevant area, including 2 years at the international level in either Trade and Investment, Skills development, international trade and Employment Familiarity with the mandate and the tripartite structure of the ILO, and/or familiarity with other multilateral institutions, would be an advantage


Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of French. Good working knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.


  • Ability to draft clearly and concisely, and prepare project proposals, reports and studies.
  • Ability to identify problems and make recommendations
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines.
  • Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  • Ability to conceptualise, plan and conduct straightforward research work.
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.
  • Ability to deal with people with diplomacy.
  • Ability to conceptualise, design research techniques, and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialized technical field.
Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO People. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 2 to 4 weeks following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.

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 assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.

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