International Labour Organization (ILO)

National Social Protection Senior Officer

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: NOB Vacancy no.: BEY/DC/2021/04 Publication date: 22 January 2021 Application deadline (midnight local time): 12 February 2021 Job ID: 5204 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  47,102.- 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 social protection officer will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the project and realization its outputs at the national level by promoting the work of the ILO and coordinating the work of the implementing partners. The incumbent will work closely with ILO constituents, UN project partner agencies and other relevant on-going ILO projects in Iraq in order to insure a proper synergy with related initiatives to the one of the project.

Reporting lines

The national social protection officer 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 technical guidance of the Senior Social Protection Specialist for the ILO office for the Arab States in Beirut, and the Social Protection Department in HQ. The incumbent will be responsible for the implementation and Coordination 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 completion of activities according to the project’s work plan.

Description of Duties

  1. Assist the CTA in the implementation of the project by identifying innovative interventions and approaches for delivering the project objectives, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines, and administrative and financial procedures.
  2. Provide technical assistance and establish good working relationships with national partners and project beneficiaries, and other local partners including government, national and international agencies and development partners.  Review and analyse development plans and policies in Iraq, legislation, socio-economic data, reports and other information relevant to the implementation of the project activities.
  3. Support social dialogue and Capacity Development processes to ensure active engagement and participation of all relevant stakeholders in the design and implementation of social security and social protection reforms.
  4. Identify needed expertise, knowledge and capacity gaps of the main stakeholders and propose appropriate technical action, providing direct technical assistance where appropriate. Identify training needs and lead training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, NGOs, other agencies, target groups and staff as appropriate to reinforce the professional capabilities. Contribute to the development or adjustment of training/Capacity Building material or surveys, particularly by providing information and recommendations on the local context and challenges.
  5. Participate in the preparation and technical delivery of conferences, seminars, workshops, national dialogue sessions, technical consultations, training sessions and other project meetings. This includes the following: drafting concept notes, invitation letters, agenda, preparation of technical background documents and reports, and preparation of presentations, draft speeches, make presentations and address meetings on behalf of the project.
  6. Prepare Terms of Reference for External Collaborator, follow up on submission of deliverables and ensure that they are technically sound and in line with the requirements of the assignment.
  7. Review and analyse country-specific development plans and priorities, socioeconomic data, reports and other relevant information; identify potential additional future funding for technical cooperation in the assigned technical areas. Support the mobilisation of additional resources for implementation of project activities.
  8. Establish and maintain close links with relevant national and local stakeholders, such as national and local authorities, employers’ and workers’ organizations, international organization, NGO, private sector actors and media that are active in the area of social protection.
  9. Undertake missions to project sites independently or accompanying other officials; to provide guidance and coaching to partners in implementing certain assignment and reporting requirement and to identify challenges and propose solutions to resolve them.
  10. Brief ILO specialists, project staff and consultants, and visiting officials, academics, UN, NGO partners and provide relevant information on the project- related matters. Provide interpretation to other ILO staff and consultants where appropriate.
  11. Undertake such other tasks and responsibilities as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in in economics, public law, public Administration, social sciences, development studies or a related field. An advanced university degree is desirable.


Three 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.

Experience with national dialogue processes and management of public sector reform initiatives would be an advantage, as would be work experience in the Arab States region.


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


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

  • 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 and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research.
  • Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to take ownership of all 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 training strategies and design training materials.
  • Ability to formulate project proposals, policy documents and procedural matters.
  • 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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