Junior Technical Officer

Full Time

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 candidature online by the above date.

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.


The International Labour Organization, with funding from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the United Kingdom (FCDO), the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) is embarking on the implementation, jointly with UNICEF (Administrative Agent) of the new UN Joint Programme on Social Protection in Mozambique, which will run until 31 December 2021.

The Joint Programme has been structured around a coherent package of interventions, all of which are included in the Mozambique’s National Strategy for Basic Social Protection 2016-2024 (ENSSB II) and fully aligned with its Operational Plan around the 38 “Strategic Actions”, but where the UN agencies have the mandate, capacity and strong working relationships with government partners so as to further strengthen the social protection system and legal framework in the country. Over the course of the programme (2018-2021), the two UN agencies involved (ILO and UNICEF) will work with partners at national, provincial and district levels to deliver the following results:

1. By 2020, clear programmes and policies designed to operationalize the ENSSB II
2. By 2020, robust evidence and clear advocacy on key components of the ENSSB II
3. By 2020, strengthened MGCAS’s capacity to coordinate and implement the ENSSB II.

The Joint Programme builds on previous support to establish and further develop a Social Protection Floor in Mozambique and is informed by the lessons learned in previous phases. UNJP will provide support consisting of technical expertise, capacity building and financial and material support to strengthen the capacity of National Institute for Social Action (INAS) and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action (MGCAS) to roll out social protection programmes in a more effective, reliable and accountable manner.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) seeks to recruit a Project Junior Technical Officer in Social Protection at P2 level to support UNJP on Social Protection implementation. The Social Protection Officer will be working as part of a project team consisting of international and national experts. The Social Protection Officer is to be based in Maputo, Mozambique, working in close collaboration with other members of the Social Protection team in Mozambique, as well as in Malawi and Zambia, countries under ILO CO-Lusaka. The incumbent will be responsible for developing, providing direct technical support and monitoring the delivery of the activities envisaged in the respective work plans. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the project related technical areas.

Reporting lines:

Under the overall guidance of the ILO CO-Lusaka Country Director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, the Project Junior Technical Officer – Social Protection will directly report to the Project Manager – Social Protection based in the ILO Project Office, Maputo.

The incumbent will work in coordination with project staff and national partners involved in the coordination and implementation of Social Protection Programmes in Mozambique. S/he will also work closely with the Social Protection Specialists attached to the ILO Decent Work Team in Pretoria and in SOCPRO.

Description of Duties

1. Provide administrative and technical backstopping to UN Joint Programme on Social Protection in line with the ILO policy, rules and regulation and final project document and work plan. Ensure good administrative and financial execution of the UN Joint Programme on Social Protection
2. Collaborate in the elaboration of the Annual Work Plan for the Project, corresponding budgets and activity reports.
3. Collaborate in the monitoring of the programme implementation through discussions with technical staff, field visits, analysis of progress reports and participation in reviews and evaluations. Provide technical inputs in the preparation of reports based on the information obtained as an input to corrective decision making and revisions.
4. Collaborate in the monitoring of UNJP on Social Protection project and report its progress to donors. Liaise on operational matters related to the project with donor representatives and undertake visits to donor organizations as required.
5. Participate in workshops and seminars and prepare reports, training materials and presentations.
6. Collaborate closely in the coordination of the technical assistance to the Government of Mozambique and Social Partners and provide inputs in the definition and implementation of social protection policies and programs, including the area of Social Protection budget analysis.
7. Contribute to the development of training material, definition of programme and implementation of capacity building activities targeting the Mozambique officials in the areas related to the extension of Social Protection.
8. Contribute actively to Social Action Working Group and Development Partners Group and chair the groups if necessary, as well as to the UN Joint Programme Technical Working Group and its Steering Committee.
9. Contribute actively in the policy dialogue process with the Government of Mozambique and other Development Partners in issues related with Social Protection and to the implementation of the UNDAF in Mozambique, participating and contributing to the M&E group and Outcome 5 (Social Protection) group.
10. Identify, describe and justify project proposals in connection with approved technical cooperation programmes and ongoing activities and in collaboration with the responsible chief.
11. Review and adjust project proposals to ensure consistency with national, sub-regional, regional and sectorial priorities and programmes, taking into account available resources.
12. Carry out research and provide technical inputs in the preparation of regional and country analyses, reports and publications related to social protection issues in Mozambique, particularly on social protection coordination, advocacy and public debate for social protection, economic analysis/modelling of social protection reform and social protection financing.
13. Undertake other duties as required.
Required qualifications


First level degree in the relevant field (such as Economics, Social Services, Social Protection, Statistics, Development Studies, Actuarial Science). Demonstrated expertise in the relevant technical field (Social Protection) and strong knowledge of development issues, particularly in Mozambique, would be an advantage.


Three years of relevant professional experience in Social protection, Social security including two years at the international level, preferably in the Mozambican context.

Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with officials of ministries of labour and/or education would be an advantage.


Excellent knowledge of English and good working knowledge of Portuguese (written and verbal).


– 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.
– Ability to deal with people with diplomacy.


Conditions of employment

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
Any extension 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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit: https://jobs.ilo.org/content/International/?locale=en_GB

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

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