National Programme Officer – NOA (DC)

ঢাকার চাকরির খবর

Job title: National Programme Officer – NOA (DC)

Company: International Labour Organization

Job description: Grade: NOA

Vacancy no.: DC/Dhaka/NO-A/2020/24
Publication date: 01 September 2020
Application deadline (midnight local time): 16 September 2020

Job ID: 4302
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific
Organization Unit: CO-Dhaka
Location: Dhaka
Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: One year

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 above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.

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 recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.

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.

*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.


In 2018, UNICEF announced the hosting of a new global partnership called Generation Unlimited. Generation Unlimited (Gen U) aims to ensure that every member of youth is either in education, receiving skills training or in employment by 2030. Bangladesh has been selected as one of the front runner countries to roll out the Gen U. Gen U was officially launched in Bangladesh by the UNICEF Executive Director in February 2019 through a joint initiative by ILO and UNICEF Bangladesh with the support of the government of Bangladesh.

Since the launch, UNICEF and ILO have been coordinating activities across a group of foundation partners including the a2i initiative within the ICT Division of the government of Bangladesh, and BRAC. Collectively the foundation partners have developed a collaborative strategy to enable progress on youth skills and employability in Bangladesh up until 2030. Similarly, a multi-stakeholder National Steering Committee, chaired by the government of Bangladesh and uniting government, UN agencies, private sector and CSO has been created to oversee the strategic direction of the Gen U roll out in Bangladesh.

Ultimately, the key purpose of the Gen U approach in Bangladesh is to ensure a coordinated approach to achieve:
– The scale up of existing good practices;
– Strengthened linkages between the education, skills and private sectors;
– A more supportive policy environment for youth skills and employability.

GEN U is aiming to ensure at least 7.3 million new opportunities for youth on skills and employability by 2030 linked to the Gen U approach. Three strategic imperatives underpin the future direction. These are:

Long Description

1. Evidence generation, policy dialogue and advocacy: to identify bottlenecks, address knowledge gaps and ensure a supportive policy environment that catalyzes progress;
2. Scaling equitable service delivery: to enable accessible and inclusive services on skills and employability for all youth, with a focus on the most vulnerable;
3. Partnerships and participation: to ensure the direct participation of youth in this agenda and to maximize partnerships with government, the private sector, UN and civil society organization.

The National Program Officer under CO-Dhaka will work closely with the government of Bangladesh, Gen U partners and internally at ILO, with programme sections, particularly the skills, migration and child Labour. This post will deliver a key role in ensuring the successful roll out of the Gen U Bangladesh strategy and achievement of targets which the ILO is responsible for.

Guidance and supervision

The National Programme Officer will work under the overall management and responsibility of ILO Director in Dhaka, and under the technical supervision of the Skills and Employability Branch in Geneva. The Skills and Employability Branch conducts comparative research and provides policy guidelines and technical assistance to help constituents integrate skills development into national and sector development strategies.

The ILO’s work with constituents focuses primarily on three areas: linking training to current labour market needs as well as anticipating and building competencies for the jobs of the future; building quality apprenticeship systems and incorporating core skills into training for young people; and expanding access to employment-related training in rural communities in order to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty, and equip women and men to work in the formal economy.

Description of Duties

1. Under the direct supervision of the Country Director, oversee the continued roll out for ILO Bangladesh, further development, monitoring and evaluation of the Gen U Bangladesh strategy to ensure that targets are achieved or surpassed in joint collaboration with UNICEF and other GEN U partners.
2. Working closely with all relevant stakeholders, which includes but is not limited to government of Bangladesh, UNICEF, the Foundation Partner group, the National Steering Committee, other UN agencies, ILO programme sections to support development of a joint advocacy strategy that establishes a more enabling environment for youth skills and employability within Bangladesh.
3. Work closely with UNICEF, the Gen U Bangladesh Foundation Partner group and aligned UN agencies to enable a highly coordinated approach to scale opportunities for youth on skills and employability.
4. Work closely with UNICEF’s Private Sector Fundraising Team and the Resource Mobilization Manager to develop a joint resource mobilization strategy for Gen U Bangladesh to enable effective scale up and delivery of the Gen U Bangladesh.
5. Work closely with chambers and Industry Associations in Bangladesh to engage them in defining and delivering an enhanced focus on youth skills and employability within their sectors.
6. Secure flagship partnerships on Gen U in Bangladesh with private sector organizations and bi-lateral donors which support delivery of the Gen U Bangladesh strategy.
7. Act as overall ILO focal point for Gen U in Bangladesh to enable both internal and external communications on progress and to support stakeholder engagement priorities.
8. Represent ILO Bangladesh at key external forums, conferences and events to promote the Gen U Bangladesh approach and support stakeholder engagement.
9. Deliver on other priorities relevant to the role and as instructed by the direct supervisor.

10. Carry out regular planning exercises: produce and review work plan together with partners for the smooth implementation of the project activities; review activities as necessary to achieve project outputs, considering changing context, lessons learned and alternative approaches and methods.

11. Provide ILO Feedback on all reporting requirement of GEN U to UNICEF.


Overall responsibility for coordinating and strengthening inter-agency coordination between ILO, UNICEF and Foundation Partner group of GEN U. Participate in relevant groups and bodies, take initiative to ensure sharing of resources and experiences and where appropriate joint planning and activities with the UN agencies and other stakeholders.

Data generation analysis and coordination: Coordinate with participating UN agencies GEN U Foundation Partner group for better data generation and analysis to monitor the situation of youth employability in Bangladesh with primary disaggregated data on education and skills, apprenticeship, entrepreneurship.

Coordinate capacity building training, awareness raising activities: Coordinate with Skills 21 project, Migration and Child Labour initiatives to contribute in developing the activities specified in those respective project documents contributing to the GEN U target for Bangladesh.

Work relations

The National Programme Officer is required to coordinate frequently with other staff in the ILO office to clarify issues, to obtain cooperation and resolve problems with support from other work units. The NPO will be solely responsible to liaise regularly and effective with UNICEF and other GEN U Foundation Partner group ensuring smooth coordination.

Required qualifications


university degree in development studies or related fields like Public Relations, Technical Education, Business, Sustainability


  • At least three years of professional experience at the national level in either private sector engagement, project management, partnerships, or a related field, preferably including international organizations. Practical experience in working with related technical cooperation projects is an asset.
  • Substantial demonstrable experience of managing complex multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Knowledge of the Bangladesh skills landscape is desirable and previous experience with ILO or a UN agency in a Country Office setting would be a strong advantage.


Excellent knowledge of English/Bengali.


  • Proven capacity to manage, initiate and implement project activities, or projects in areas such as research, advocacy and training. Experience in working with international development cooperation agencies is an advantage
  • Good research and analytical skills to organize and conduct studies; proven reporting/writing/presentation skills; organizational and supervisory skills in order to implement and manage projects and programmes
  • Ability to understand and work effectively with government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, other UN agencies and development partners.
  • Ability to negotiate, promote tripartism and social dialogue.
  • Knowledge of programme and budget, project administration and evaluation concepts and procedure will be an advantage.
  • Effective inter-personnel and leadership skills, and ability to manage and work in a multi-cultural environment and in a team.
  • Good computer applications skills.

Recruitment process

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

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Expected salary:

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Job date: Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:56:04 GMT

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