Project Officer skills Development

International Labour Organization

Jigjiga, Ethiopia

Under overall guidance of the Director of the ILO/CO–Addis Ababa, the National Project Officer will report directly to the Programme Manager in Ethiopia for all operational, technical and administrative issues to ensure delivery of technical-related outputs and overall project implementation. S/he will also receive additional technical support and supervision from the Regional Technical Specialist for Skills and Employment based in ILO Addis Ababa.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Programme Manager, analyse economic and labour market trends and employment priorities in host communities and refugees’ settlements in order to help align skills development interventions of the project with the broader policy frameworks and employment creation potentials.
  • Support effective implementation of the programme through the provision of inputs, the delivery of outputs, and the planning, monitoring and evaluation of activities. Deliveries and outcomes must be in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programmes, and the administrative and financial procedures in consultation with the PM and ILO CO-Addis.
  • Support the effective management of funds/budgets allocated to the programme, in accordance with ILO rules and regulations.
  • Provide support to relevant government ministries, ILO social partners and other key national and international partners, in close collaboration with the PM, ILO CO-Addis, DWT Cairo and HQ units as relevant and within the context of the Decent Work Country Programme.
  • Support efforts to strengthen relationships to cooperate and coordinate with government ministries, employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations, other development organizations, target groups and donors in the planning and implementation of programme activities.
  • Provide inputs in the design and support for capacity building of project partners to facilitate knowledge, awareness and smoother implementation of skills development programmes and initiatives.
  • Initiate and maintain partnerships with organisations working on education and training and building synergies with other skills initiatives in Ethiopia with particular focus on host communities and refuges.
  • Provide technical guidance and support in the capacity building of selected implementing partners to facilitate knowledge, awareness and smoother implementation of skills development programmes and initiatives.
  • Support the coordination of project implementation including through discussions with project implementing partners, field visits, development and analysis of progress reports, and participation in reviews and evaluations determining targets delivery.
  • Provide technical inputs in drafting plans, curriculum, tools, manuals, and other training materials for use by the project, especially related to skills development and recognition.
  • Support efforts as required and in consultation with the PM to ensure the meaningful engagement of the ILO in areas of planning, implementation and follow-up to the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), including participation in and contribution to relevant working groups, committees, forums and networks relating to these initiatives and strengthen relationships to cooperate and coordinate with the Refugee Affairs Secretariat and UNHCR in line with the ILO-UNHCR MOU and joint action plan and its follow-up.
  • In consultation with the PM, support efforts to develop information databases covering programme activities; prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the implementation status and coordinate with concerned ILO departments and programmes.
  • Identify training needs of partners and, in consultation with the PM, organize and deliver training workshops for tripartite partners, relevant UN agencies and target groups as appropriate to reinforce the professional capabilities.
  • Representation of the ILO at meetings related to the project as well as with other UN agencies (including UNDAF processes), donors field visits and thematic donor meetings, county level as well as Sector meetings of tripartite partners.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Programme Manager.

Qualifications’ requirements:


  • First-level University degree (BA or equivalent) in development, business management, social science, economics, labour, technical and vocational education or a related discipline/field.


  • At least three years’ experience in the area of skills development, project design, management and implementation. Familiarity with ILO policies, technical programmes and procedures
  • Experience working with the United Nations, ministries of labour or other government ministries, departments and agencies, would be an added advantage, as would experience of working in crisis and refugee settings.


  • Excellent knowledge and command of English and Somali language.