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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: HANOI/2018/02
Title: Social Protection Programme Officer, ILO/Irish Aid Project

Grade: P.3

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract:  One year (with possibility of renewal)  

Date: 11 January 2018
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 25 January 2018 Selection in Progress
Organization unit:   CO HANOI

Duty Station:  Hanoi, Viet Nam
For any questions related to this post, please contact Mr Chang-Hee Lee, chlee@ilo.org

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 following vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their curriculum vitae online by the above date (midnight Geneva time).

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

Conditions of employment are described in Appendix II.

The Office is a non-smoking environment.

As part of the Irish Aid-ILO Partnership Programme (2017-2020), the global project "Inclusive Growth, Social Protection and Jobs" intends to promote and strengthen social protection in selected countries and foster South-South cooperation and exchange of knowledge. The project contributes to the implementation of the ILO's Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All, (SPF's) 2016-30. Viet Nam is one of the countries supported by the ILO/Irish Aid project.

Since 1990, Vietnam's gross domestic product per capita growth has been among the fastest in the world, averaging 6.4 percent a year in the 2000s. Despite uncertainties in the global environment, Vietnam's economy remains resilient, and the country's medium-term outlook remains favourable, with GDP expanding by 6 percent in 2016. However, its rapid economic growth has been accompanied by high levels of inequality, and limited access to social protection for many.

Social Protection falls under the remit of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). A number of targeted social assistance programmes were introduced since 2001 with the aim to support ethnic minorities and marginalized mountain populations. By 2013, the social assistance programmes covered 3 per cent of the population, with an estimated 20 per cent of the intended target group receiving no benefits. The Master Plan on Social Assistance Reform (MPSAR) (2017-2025), approved by the Prime Minister in April 2017, aims to improve effectiveness of delivery, in particular outreach to those most in need, and to increase coverage and adequacy of benefits by 2030.

More specifically, the project will support the implementation of the MPSAR through collaborating within the UN's Inclusive Growth and Social Protection Result Group. Areas of collaboration are:
- Technical assistance and social dialogue to support the development and improvement of social assistance policies and schemes, including on disasters' risks management;
- Support to the development of the legal framework of social assistance;
- ILO participation in a joint UN Social Protection Training Programme to deliver streamlined training, based on individual agencies' training materials and respective expertise, to be conducted in collaboration with MOLISA.

In addition, the project provides an opportunity to contribute to global debates on social protection through South-South exchange, knowledge generation and capacity building, with the explicit objective of ensuring that these debates are informed by country and regional experience and best practices.

The Programme Officer will work under the supervision of the Director of the ILO Office for Viet Nam. The Programme Officer will be backstopped by the Social Protection Specialists of the Decent Work Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific, in Bangkok, Thailand, and will be implemented in collaboration with the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of the ILO/Irish Aid Project "Inclusive Growth, Social Protection and Jobs", in Lusaka, Zambia. The Programme Officer will also work in close coordination with other social protection-related development cooperation projects implemented in Viet Nam.
Description of Duties
1. Identify, describe and justify project possibilities in connection with approved development cooperation programmes and on-going activities.

2. Assist the Office Director to ensure the effective project's implementation in Viet Nam, notably by coordinating closely with other development cooperation projects in Viet Nam, the Social Protection Specialists and the CTA of the ILO/Irish Aid project.

3. Provide technical inputs and administrative backstopping to the project's implementation in Viet Nam.

4. Exchange information required for project implementation and evaluation with relevant substantive units, field offices, administrative services, and donor agency representatives.

5. Under the guidance of the Office Director, review and adjust project proposals to ensure consistency with national, sub-regional, regional and sectoral priorities and programmes, and with available resources.

6. Under the guidance of the Office Director, monitor the project's implementation in Viet Nam, propose corrective measures if needed, and report on their progress to the project's beneficiaries and donor. Maintain working contact with donor representatives and undertake visits to donor organisations as required.

7. In consultation with relevant technical units, explore opportunities for additional resource mobilization in Viet Nam, draft project proposals, follow up on donor negotiations, and prepare project agreements with donors upon approval.

8. Participate in workshops and seminars and prepare reports, training materials and presentations in relation to project implementation.

9. Coordinate ILO participation in the UN's Results Group on Inclusive Growth and Social Protection.

10. Provide technical inputs to the implementation of the global component and development of global inputs under the Project ILO/Irish Aid Project "Inclusive Growth, Social Protection and Jobs".

11. Carry out other duties as may be assigned by the responsible chief.
Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in economics, social science, or other relevant field.
- At least five years of professional experience in the management and implementation of development cooperation programmes, including three years at the international level.
- Knowledge and experience in social protection is required.
- Knowledge and experience in project management and capacity building is an added advantage.
Excellent knowledge of one working language of the Office (English) and good working knowledge of another one.
- 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.
- 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.


Grade: P.3
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 58583
rising to Maximum 75656
Post adjustment for Hanoi Minimum 15114
Maximum 19519

Please note that the above salary levels are determined according to the criteria established by the International Civil Service Commission. The ILO is an international public sector employer and salary and other employment conditions are not negotiable. The post adjustment (cost of living adjustment) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates set by the ICSC for the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. Therefore, the figures quoted (based on the rate at the time of publication of this vacancy) are only indicative.

Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment:

  • Family allowance
  • Children's education grant (per child per year)
  • Pension and Health Insurance schemes;
  • 30 working days' annual leave;
  • Settling-in Grant;
  • Entitlement to transport expenses of personal effects;
  • Repatriation Grant (if applicable);
  • Home-leave travel with eligible dependants every two years;
  • Rental subsidy (if applicable).

Recruitment is normally made at the initial step in the grade.
Salaries and emoluments are exempt from taxation by the Swiss authorities and, on the basis of international agreements or national law relating to presence or residence abroad, are generally exempt from taxation by other governments. In the absence of exemption, in most cases tax paid will be reimbursed in accordance with an ILO document which will be supplied upon request.

While the successful candidate will be initially working in Hanoi, he/she may be assigned to any duty station designated by the Director-General of the ILO.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
To apply, please visit ILO's e-Recruitment website at: erecruit.ilo.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - @ilo.org - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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.

Selection in Progress

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