International Labour Organization (ILO)

National Project Officer (Social Protection)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: NOA Vacancy no.: BEY/DC/2021/03 Publication date: 22 January 2021 Application deadline (midnight local time): 12 February 2021

Job ID: 5205 Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut Location: Baghdad 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. The entry level salary for this position is 41,683.- US $ yearly.


Prior to Covid-19, Iraq was facing internal socio-economic development challenges such as weak economic growth, increase in poverty and inequality, unemployment rate particularly among youth and women, weak labour market governance, and most importantly lack of comprehensive social protection systems. The socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 has put Iraq at a great disadvantage, and further exposed those vulnerabilities and exacerbated the long-term structural challenges. The social protection system in Iraq remains fragmented and ineffective in addressing needs of the vulnerable.

A joint UN project on Social Protection: Leveraging Effective Response and Accelerating Reform is under preparation It aims at supporting the Government of Iraq to catalyse more effective social protection response in the short-term and to support Iraq to accelerate social protection reform in the medium- and longer-term. The project is expected to be a joint partnership between ILO, UNICEF and WFP with funding from the European Union.

The project comprises seven interlinked components, with ILO leading on a) comprehensive social security system covering vulnerable workers including those in the informal economy; b) older persons (and persons with disabilities) in Iraq have improved access to social protection benefits including contributory and non-contributory pension benefit c) the ILO will contribute to a component for more effective and better coordinated social protection response to address COVID-19 socio-economic impacts on poverty and vulnerability in the short term.

Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO, the national project Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day effective management of the project’s activities including the implementation of the project and realization its outputs at the national level by promoting the work of the ILO and ensuring the synergy in the work with the UN project partner agencies.

Reporting lines

The national project coordinator will be based in Baghdad and will work in close collaboration with ILO’s Iraq Country Coordinator, under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) in charge of the project, and the overall technical guidance of the regional Senior Social Protection Specialist. The incumbent will be responsible for the day to day Coordination and management of the project activities in Iraq and will liaise with the project’s partners (government, employer’s and worker’s representatives) among others, to ensure the timely delivery of activities according to the project’s work plan.

Description of Duties

  1. Review and analyse the country’s specific development plans and priorities, socioeconomic data, reports and other relevant information. Identify potential technical cooperation areas and provide written Analysis on the findings to the Country Director.
  1. Work in close collaboration with (partners) to design and revise project annual work plans as well as preparation of the budget proposal, considering different approaches and alternative methods, management, problem identification and problem resolution, especially for the parts of the Project supporting the institutional and Capacity Development of constituents, government agencies, line ministries, and social partners.
  1. Review, verify and analyze work plans, progress and final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness and monitor the progress of Project activities. Follow-up on delayed documents, clarify information, and answer questions about clearance and processing requirements to support successful completion of agreed activities.
  1. Follow-up with relevant technical officers with counterparts in organizations and line ministries at national level, partner and executing agencies, government offices, constituents and in other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets.
  1. Assist in the programming and control of resources of the project, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations for remedial action. Identify problems, propose solutions and actions.
  1. Provide programming and administrative support to cooperation activities in the area of ………. Actively participate in and provide inputs to…
  1. Participate in the preparation and conduct of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions, and consultative meetings. Speak on behalf of the Project when attending these gatherings alone. Undertake missions to project sites independently or accompanying others.
  1. Brief ILO specialists, project experts, associate experts and visiting officials and provide relevant information on project matters. Draft, edit, or translate into local language official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information materials.
  1. Lead in the preparation of briefs, background information, technical reports and periodic progress reports and statistical data on status of the overall activities of the Project.
  1. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Country Director.

Required qualifications


University degree in economics, public law, public Administration, social sciences, development studies or a related field.


Minimum of two years of professional experience in the in the field of social protection and social policy. Demonstrated experience in supporting social security and/or social protection reforms would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English. Knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.


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

  1. Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research.
  2. Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation.
  3. Ability to provide Technical Support to senior specialists, carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.
  4. Good analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  5. Good computer skills.
  6. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.
  7. Proven ability to take ownership 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.
  8. Ability to develop and design training materials.
  9. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders.
  10. Ability to interpret and work within applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  11. Ability to formulate project proposals, policy documents and procedural matters.
  12. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
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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