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National Programme Officer - Skills Development

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Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Mid level
Posted date:
November 2, 2022
Close date:
November 12, 2022
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Job Description

Grade: NOB

Vacancy no.: DC/Dhaka/ NO/2022/10
Publication date: 27 October 2022
Application deadline (midnight local time): 12 November 2022

Job ID: 10169
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific
Organization Unit: CO-Dhaka
Location: Cox's Bazar  
Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: 12 Months (Renewable)

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.

The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to

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.


The ILO Country Office for Bangladesh is anticipating launching a project to enhance the economic opportunities for the people of Cox’s Bazar through skills and livelihood programmes.  

The envisioned project aims to economically empower the NEET youth, women, persons with disabilities, indigenous and religious minorities, and other vulnerable groups in the Cox’s Bazar district through gender-sensitive environment-friendly market-relevant skills development linked to the creation of employment and self-employment opportunities in priority and growth sectors such as tourism, construction, agri-business, and other relevant emerging industry sectors.

The project interventions aim to improve resilience and self-reliance and enhance the economic empowerment of vulnerable women and youth
in Cox’s Bazar, ensuring employment and decent work. It will provide support through skills and entrepreneurship development for the vulnerable group using ILO tools and methodologies.

The project adopts a leaving no one behind strategy by identifying challenges all persons - particularly women, youth, ethnic and religious minorities, and persons with disabilities - are facing to access and benefit equally from the services; adopting targeted measures to tackle them; and involving beneficiaries in the design, implementation, and review of interventions. This project will also involve multi-level stakeholders relevant to the skills development and employment generation in the target areas, creating a sustainable ecosystem for women to utilize their potential through the project.

The incumbent will provide technical support and guidance to the project team and partners, including the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Industry Associations, Business Development Services (BDS), workers, MSMEs to implement the enterprise development and value chain development related activities of the project in the Cox’s Bazar district.
The incumbent will contribute to the design and delivery of market-driven quality-assured skills development programme in cooperation with the local public and private training providers, employers, and workers' organisations. S/he will provide technical support to the project team and partners.  

Guidance and Supervision:

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director of ILO Country Office, Chief technical Adviser and direct supervision of the Project Manager, Programme Officer (Skills Development) will contribute to the implementation of the project in the areas of skills related component of the project. S/he needs to work closely with the members of the project team of ILO, partners organisations, TVET institutions, private sectors, industry associations and ILO constituents.

Description of Duties

  • Review and analyse country specific and district level development plans and priorities, socio-economic data, reports, and other relevant information
  • Work effectively with ILO constituents, stakeholders, and private sectors to implement skills development strategy and programmes as per the UN skills development framework for the Cox’s Bazar and National Skills Development System
  • Provide technical support to conduct skills anticipation survey, design and deliver market-driven competency-based skills training package
  • Prepare workplan and budget for skills development component of the project,
  • Strengthen the capacity of selected TVET Institutions including up-gradation of laboratory facilities and Training of Trainers to deliver inclusive TVET training programmes addressing environmental sustainability following National Skills Development System
  • Provide technical advice to the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in setting up career guidance and job placement cells modelling best practices covering NEET, women, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
  • Assist the RTOs in providing entrepreneurship and management training programmes for potential and existing entrepreneurs
  • Provide orientation and training for ILO TVET partners on skills development on ILO’s relevant tools and methodologies (especially for identification of alternative livelihoods/income generating opportunities for tourism, constructions, fishing and farming communities and organizing community-based skills training) following quality standards, consistency, and coherence in the interventions
  • Support RTOs in establishing management advisory boards for promoting industry driven training following National Skills Quality Assurance System
  • Assist the management advisory boards in developing a measurable and results-oriented action plan for the implementation skills development programme in collaboration with the private sectors
  • Monitor progress of the Project and activities by reviewing, verifying and analysing work-plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness
  • Provide public relations liaison and relations support and promote Project-specific as well as general ILO activities. Draft, edit in, or translate into local language(s) news releases, official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information material
  • Plan, organize and facilitate consultative meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars, training sessions and speak on behalf of the Project; Provide public relations liaison and relations support and promote Project-specific as well as general ILO activities
  • Prepare briefs, background information, periodical reports, subject matter related technical reports and statistical data on status of programme/project activities
  • Brief ILO specialists, project experts, associate experts and visiting officials on Project-related matters and provide relevant information
  • Undertake missions to project sites independently or accompanying other officials.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in education, TVET, economics, development studies or social sciences.


At least three years of experience in skills development, crisis response work and extensive project management and implementation capacity. Field experience in community-based training, workforce development, skills training, and enterprise development.


Excellent command of English and Bengali.


  • Good knowledge of programme and budget, project implementation and evaluation techniques and practices.
  • Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development.
  • Knowledge of the office’s financial rules and regulations.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution and ability to negotiate.
  • Good computer applications skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to work on owns initiative as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Recruitment process

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

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