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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: DC/2018/CO-LUSAKA/03
Title: Junior Technical Officer - Social Protection

Grade: P.2

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract:  one year  

Date: 4 April 2018
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 18 April 2018 Selection in Progress
Organization unit:   CO-LUSAKA

Duty Station:  Lilongwe, Malawi

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 present 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


In November 2013 Irish Aid initiated a partnership with the ILO to deliver a regional programme of support to Governments in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique for the strengthening of national social protection policies and programmes. The regional programme on Building Social Protection Floors in Southern Africa aimed at developing capacities of KPC governments to formulate, fund and implement comprehensive social protection programmes came to an end in December 2016.

A new phase of the collaboration has been agreed between ILO and Irish Aid in December 2016 in the framework of a global partnership on Inclusive Growth, Social Protection and Jobs. The new ILO-IrishAid partnership programme will have two thematic components - Social Protection and Employment Intensive Investment. The Social Protection component will maintain a strong focus on Southern Africa giving continuity to previous work on strengthening Social Protection systems in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, as well as an emphasis on regional knowledge development and knowledge sharing. The Southern Africa component of the project will be managed by a Chief Technical Advisor based in the ILO-Lusaka Country office.

The Social Protection component of the new ILO-IrishAid programme in Southern Africa will be guided by the following objectives: a) the creation of political and public debate on social protection, b) building the capacity of governments to effectively and efficiently delivering social protection transfers, c) supporting the design of national social protection policy and prioritised implementation plans, and d) supporting sustainable and progressively domestically funded social protection financing framework. The ILO-IrishAid programme is expected to run between December 2016 and December 2021, with an inception phase of 6 months and a subsequent implementation phase.

In Malawi the project will focus on: a) developing and supporting the implementation of a successor to the Malawi National Social Support Programme based on a national dialogue process, b) improving Government's capacity to increase the efficiency and coordination of the national social protection system, and c) building awareness and knowledge on social protection in Malawi through public debates.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director, ILO Country Office for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, and within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the Project, the incumbent will be responsible for providing direct technical support to the above project and contribute to the expected outcomes.

The incumbent will report directly to the CO-Lusaka Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) on Social Security and receive additional technical backstopping by the Social Security Specialist of the DWT-Pretoria.
Description of Duties

- Assist in reviewing and analysing country specific development plans and priorities, socio-economic data, reports and other relevant information ; assist in identifying potential technical cooperation project areas and draft analysis on the findings to management.

- Support the CTA in managing results chains, including providing key insights on program results, lessons learned and strategies for course correction. Ensure and monitor progress of programming and project activities by preparing, reviewing, verifying and analysing work-plans and progress reports.

- Assist in the monitoring of specific aspects of project implementation and in identifying problems and propose actions or solutions. Draft comments on designated aspects of project progress.

- Support the delivery of technical cooperation support to counterparts in the areas envisaged in the project work plan for Malawi, with a particular focus on social protection policy development, coordination and national dialogue.

- Assist in organizing trainings and workshops on aspects of social protection and in the design, preparation and implementation of training materials. Participate in workshops and seminars as resource person.

- Support the design and implementation of research and knowledge creation activities. Leverage technical expertise in the social protection sector to support, national regional and cross-country knowledge development and knowledge sharing opportunities. Promote linkages and share best practices and lessons learnt in the areas of social protection policy development coordination and national dialogue.

- Support the revision and improvement of Malawi's social protection framework through the provision of background research, analyses, and stakeholder's consultations. Organize initiatives to support dissemination and foster debate on social protection issues in Malawi, with engagement of academic institutions, civil society, media organizations, etc.

- Select, organize and summarise background information to describe the overall context and background relevant to funded activities in the area of social protection in Malawi. Asses the local context for the planning and administration of funded activities. Contribute creative ideas for programme/project development and assist in the management and drafting project proposals

- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.
Required Qualifications

First level university degree in the relevant field, such as Economics, Social science, International studies or a related field.

At least three years of relevant professional experience including two years at the international level in project work in the social sector. Knowledge and professional experiences in the field of social policy and social protection. Experience with economic analysis and quantitative research methods would be an advantage. Knowledge of Malawi context would be an advantage. Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with officials of ministries of labour, social welfare or finance would be an advantage.

Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of a language of the duty station 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.


Grade: P.2
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 46026
rising to Maximum 61294
Post adjustment for Lilongwe Minimum 14958
Maximum 19921

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 Lilongwe, 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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