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Technical Specialist P4 (DC)

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Job deadline: September 9, 2020
Job title / Position title: Technical Specialist P4 (DC)
Contract type: Full-time
Location / City: Cairo
Languages: Arabic, English, and French
Job grade / Post level: P4
Salary estimation: P4: 82,000 USD – 110,000 USD / Year
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Job ID: 3943
Vacancy number: CAIRO/DC/NO/202/21

Section: Introduction


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 MENA region to incorporate employment issues into trade and investment policies and design and implement interventions related to trade and investment 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 dialogue. The target groups are government officials from Ministries responsible for Trade and Investment, Labour, Economic Affairs, Planning 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. The four outcome areas of the project will focus respectively on:

(i) synthesizing existing evidence and generating new knowledge on what works and what 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) demonstrating the ILO’s TRAVERA (Trade and Value Chains in Employment-Rich Activities) approach to key stakeholders in selected partner countries 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 project will recruit a Senior Trade and Employment Officer to provide technical and strategic leadership on the project, provide supervision and technical expertise to support the project’s activities in knowledge development, capacity building and policy advisory services, aligning these with the ILO’s broader work related to trade and investment. The position will be based in Cairo with the ILO’s Decent Work Team, to enable synergies and mutual learning through working alongside colleagues engaged with similar employment issues in the region.

Section: Responsibilities / Duties

Description of Duties
  1. 1.Prepare and lead missions to countries in the project, including scoping missions to eight  countries in a six-month inception phase and missions for project launches and final seminars in four of these countries.
  2. 2.Supervise the work of the project’s Trade and Employment Technical Officer and Administrative Assistant in Cairo to ensure effective delivery of the project.
  3. 3.Commission, publish and disseminate a thematic report addressing youth, women and inclusive economic transformation; country reports and policy briefs; a policy resource guide of lessons learnt from the project; studies on employment and skills development in selected value chains in four countries; and studies on the trade and employment impact of relevant infrastructure investments in two countries and organize validation meetings with policy makers and social partners for these studies.
  4. 4.Identify consultants/external collaborators for the timely delivery of the project’s reports, briefs, guides and studies and assure the quality of these documents by establishing clear review procedures; prepare job descriptions for project staff and terms of reference for consultants/external collaborators, jointly with the project’s Trade and Employment Technical Officer in Geneva; and provide guidance and supervision for consultants/external collaborators, jointly with the project’s Trade and Employment Technical Officer in Geneva.
  5. 5.Develop and implement two five-day training courses for technical specialists from project countries, focusing on capacity building through the use of analytical tools that contribute to optimizing the quantity and quality of employment from trade and investment as well as three two-day knowledge-sharing workshops and strategic training for policy makers and the social partners, drawing on the projects’ related studies.
  6. 6.Conduct public-private policy dialogue on the impact of trade and investment policies on employment.
  7. 7.Participate in annual project Steering Committee meetings in Brussels and liaise with the Trade and Employment Technical Officer in Geneva to assure good communication and working relations with the donor and the project’s institutional partners.
  8. 8.Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of project activities and discuss any revisions with the project Steering Committee, jointly with the project’s Trade and Employment Technical Officer in Geneva.
  9. 9.Develop and maintain constructive relationships with the social partners and other organizations for an effective policy dialogue, including through policy working group meetings, jointly with the project’s Trade and Employment Technical Officer in Geneva.
  10. 10. Provide timely reporting to supervisors on the progress of all aspects of the project, including expenditures, the delivery of publications, and the development and implementation of training and workshops.
  11. 11. Take responsibility for assuring that all work items indicated in the project documents are carried out in a timely and effective manner.
  12. 12. Take responsibility of assuring that all documents required for the evaluation of the project are carefully organized and available in a timely manner, including mission reports.
  13. 13. Any other duties as requested by supervisors.

Section: Requirements: Education / Experience / Languages / other requirements:

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in economics or development studies, with specialization in international trade and/or economic development preferred.


Advanced university degree in economics or development studies, with specialization in international trade and/or economic development preferred.


At least seven years of professional experience in the formulation, management, implementation, evaluation or funding of technical cooperation projects, of which at least three years at the international level.


Excellent command of English and French. Knowledge of Arabic should be an asset


 In addition to competencies required at P3 level job specific competencies include the following. Sound knowledge of the roles of and interrelationships among, international organizations and national governments in the technical cooperation process and/or sound knowledge of socio-economic conditions in several countries. Excellent knowledge of technical cooperation principles, concepts and techniques. Knowledge of economic and social conditions of various countries. Demonstrated skills and ability to perform complex analyses on a wide range of factors, requirements, policies and priorities for the assessment and implementation of projects. Excellent trouble-shooting and problem solving skills. Ability to advise national governments and donor agencies on technical cooperation processes and requirements and project formulation and feasibility. Ability to successfully mobilize resources. Ability to represent the office. Ability to plan and organise work and to provide guidance and training to staff members.

Section: Extra information 

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.


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