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Employment Officer

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Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Entry level
Posted date:
May 8, 2023
Close date:
May 15, 2023
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Job Description

Job Identification 10335

Locations Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Posting Date 05/01/2023, 09:05 AM

Apply Before 05/15/2023, 05:59 PM

Job Schedule Full time

Agency UNDP

Grade NB4

Vacancy Type National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area Governance

Bureau Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Contract Duration 9 months

Education & Work Experience Master's Degree

Other Criteria Bachelor's Degree with 2 years of experience

Required Languages English and Mongolian

Vacancy Timeline 2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility no mobility required

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP:  we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The project implementation unit is comprised of 5 staff including the Project manager, Admin & Finance officer (AFO), Monitoring & Evaluation officer (M&E), Communication officer, and Chief technical advisor as a full-time Sustainable Development Economist.  Under the project implementing unit (PIU), a team of experts in line with components A, B, C, and D is located to ensure and coordinate the effective implementation of planned interventions per each component.

With this organizational chart, the employment part sets out 3 key members consisting of (1) a team leader and (1) employment, and (1) a TVET expert who will be responsible for common and specific areas in employment outcomes/outputs and relevant activities.

Rationale/background and the objectives of the project: The project is EU-funded “SDG-Aligned Budgeting to Transform Employment in Mongolia” project which aims to support increased employment and the promotion of decent work in Mongolia. The Project plans to achieve its goal by conjoining two main streams of activities:

  • Enabling and promoting employability in Mongolia via direct interventions and policy improvements
  • Improving the public finance management systems to absorb results-oriented, effective, and evidence-based policies and budget initiatives in the employment and labor sectors.

The Project is managed by UNDP in partnership with FAO and ILO and had the following four components below illustrated:

  • Component A: Bridging Policies with Budgets (UNDP-led)
  • Component B: Budget Oversight and Transparency (UNDP-led)
  • Component C: Employment Promotion: Boosting Employability (UNDP & FAO-led)
  • Component D: Effective Application of International Labour Standards by Strengthening Institutions of Work (ILO-led)

The main partners of the project are the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLSP), Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry (MOFALI), Ministry of Economy and Development (MED), Ministry of Education and Science (MOES), National Audit Office (NAO), Mongolian parliament, as well as Mongolian Employers’ Federation, Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions, industry representatives and civil society organizations.  

The project will implement for 42 months till March 2024. This technical assistance project is being implemented as a complement to the EU Direct Budget Support to Mongolia.

The expected service shall focus on component C: Employment Promotion and boosting Employability. The components have four main areas/outcomes as follows:

  • C.1 National programs on employment promotion strengthened and made more coherent (UNDP-led)
  • C.2 Ecosystem for innovation, start-ups, technology, business incubation, and enterprising reinforced (UNDP-led)
  • C.3 Capacity and skills for wage and self-employment boosted (UNDP-led)
  • C.4 Pilots, with scope for scaling-up, undertaken to build evidence, lessons, and support policy (FAO-led)

The main functions of this service are 1) to implement the process of strengthening employment policies and programs, based on regular, results-based analysis of relevant policies, strategies, and changing context of the country and 2) to promote engagement of multiple stakeholders, including government, private sector, training institutions, trade unions, employers and industry associations to scale up successful initiatives and employment generation programs which meet demands of future work under regular budgets.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Employment Officer will directly report to the team leader for their routine work and performances. In terms of specific technical areas or if required, he or she will report directly to the project manager for accelerating the work progress and its achievements.

Support and implement the employment promotion planning, and monitoring to produce decision-making evidence for necessary actions and adjustments to the project activities under component C Employment Promotion:

  • Undertake ongoing analysis as it relates to the project, including the labor market, employment generation, and furthermore ensuring strategic linkage between employment & labor sectors with results-based budgeting, etc, and recommend necessary actions and adjustments to the project activities;
  • Work closely with all stakeholders, including MLSP, MOFALI, and other stakeholders of the project to develop annual work plans along with realistic targets and indicators and monitor the relevance of the project theory of change by providing high-level monitoring of results and effectiveness of project activities, and track the realization of intended outcomes for project stakeholders and beneficiaries
  • Assist the team leader/Project Manager in preparing annual work plans, quarterly updates, and annual progress reports

Ensures the implementation of activities/outputs/outcomes engaging multiple stakeholders for ensuring ownership of national and local partners for further sustainability of employment promotion initiatives

  • Strengthening national programs on employment promotion, better aligning them with labor markets and local economic diversification by:
  • Scaling up and mainstreaming positive results and lessons learned by the project-made pilots incorporating new/updated employment support service delivery and programs;
  • Collaborating with respective stakeholders to develop better aligning modality with local contexts on decentralized local employment promotion programs (2023 modality and upscaling);  
  • Assisting in the establishment of inter-sectoral organizational management which coordinates and exchanges information on labor market supply and demand (MED, MOF, MOES E-job, tracking system, etc) along with the provision of technical support in maintaining and updating the major database among sectors
  • Take into account gender perspective, the principle of ‘leaving no one behind, and incentives the proposed initiatives create for wage and self-employment in scaling up the pilots and proposed programs;
  • Promote the start-up businesses with a particular focus on youth, remotely located job seekers, and persons with disabilities
  • Support and coordinate to designing, pilot testing,  and revision of counseling services and developing training modules on enterprising skills,soft skills, and  technology
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders on organizing annual common events to promote employer-employee interactions provisions with technical support to ongoing initiatives of strengthening legal and policy environment by mobilizing multiple stakeholders
  • Support and collaborate with stakeholders on the development of a job-relevant training model and model training hub in the fiber/leather sector and work with key stakeholders to mainstream such initiatives with regular budgets, ensuring responsibility and resources.


Core competencies:

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by the deadline
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is a pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open-minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination:  LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, be aware of unconscious bias, and confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts, and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

  • Risk Management: Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risk
  • Working with Evidence and Data: Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data to discover useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making

SDG finance  

  • Inclusive Markets/businesses and Value Chain Development


  • Youth socio-economic empowerment

Inclusive growth  

  • Local Economic Development
  • Job/ Employment /Decent work Promotion

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or higher in Social Sciences including Labour Relations, Economics, Finance, Business Management, SME Development, Vocational Training, Public Administration, and other closely related fields;
  • Bachelor’s degree may be considered with relevant work experience.


  • A minimum 2 years (with BA degree) of relevant work experience in the areas of employment promotion, product or service development, business management, policy analysis, economic and market analysis, enterprising, and other closely relevant fields
  • Experience working on developmental projects is desirable
  • Experience working at/with government authorities is desirable
  • Experience in development of employment measures is desirable
  • Good analytical skills and report writing skills
  • Research skills
  • Communication skills
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Zero tolerance for any harassment, i.e. any offensive behavior, words, and actions, including sexual and psychological harassment, bullying, etc.  

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge in Mongolian, both spoken and written; and intermediate level English is required


Important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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