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ILO - JPO on enterprise development and job creation


General Information
Title: Junior Professional Officer on enterprise development and job creation

Department: Decent Work Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe

Unit: Employment Specialist

Country and Duty Station: Budapest, Hungary

Duration of assignment: 2 years with possibility of extension for another year. Please note that the extension of appointment is subject to yearly review concerning priorities, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance.

Please note that for participants of the JPO-Programme two years work experience are mandatory!

Direct Supervision by: Employment Specialist

Overall Supervision by: Director, ILO Decent Work Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe

Content and methodology of supervision:
The JPO will become part of the office team currently consisting of 60 staff members. S/he will participate in the full range of office operations, including planning, programming, and delivery of technical assistance to the ILO member States, thereby providing the JPO with a good overview on the functioning of the office and of the multiple ways in which the ILO carries out its mandate.

The incumbent will be directly assigned to one of the international specialists of the office, in this case the Employment Specialist. This direct supervision will guarantee extensive technical learning in the area of employment and job creation, which has been facing the highest demand from ILO constituents in the region. Regular meetings between the JPO and the supervisor are scheduled to monitor the implementation of the JPO’s work and learning plan and make the necessary adjustments to ensure that the assignment is carried out in a manner that is mutually satisfactory.
As necessary, detailed instructions, guidance and coaching will be provided by the supervisor in relation to the performance of the work-related assignments, as well as the development of core competencies in line with the ILO’s Core Competency and Values Framework. Additional coaching will be offered by the supervisor and the DWT/CO Director in relation to career development opportunities and initiatives.
The JPO may undertake missions and participate in seminars, workshops, meetings as relevant, alone or together with her/his supervisor or other senior staff.
Performance management will be implemented in accordance with ILO’s Performance Management Framework, as applicable to Junior Professional Officers.

The ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe provides advisory services to 18 member countries to develop policies and programmes that promote more and better jobs for all women and men. The work of the office focuses on the four strategic objectives of the ILO, promoting rights at work, encouraging decent and productive employment, enhancing social protection, and strengthening social dialogue. Geographically, the office concentrates on the Western Balkans, Moldova, and Ukraine. The office was established in 1993 and is located in Budapest, Hungary, with additional offices in the region. The team currently consists of 60 staff members and manages a project portfolio of USD 25 Mio.

The labour market challenges in the region are diverse ranging from persisting levels of high unemployment, to precarious employment, inactivity and a lack of skilled labour in certain sectors. Since the fall of the iron curtain, the private sector has become the main engine of job creation across the region. Nevertheless, important challenges remain preventing enterprises from living up to their promise of being a major contributor to the creation of more and better jobs.

In view of the diverse challenges, more emphasis is being given to systemic interventions on enterprise development improving the functioning of entire markets or sectors often referred to as market systems approach or making markets work for the poor. The focus of this approach is to modify the incentives and behaviour of enterprises and other market actors rather than to deliver solutions directly to the beneficiaries. This approach promises to create lasting and large-scale impact on the creation of productive and decent jobs.

The task of the JPO will be to assist the office in building up a portfolio of development cooperation projects on enterprise development and employment creation using a market systems approach. This will also include the possibility to closely cooperate with ILO headquarters in Geneva (a learning assignment at HQ can be foreseen).

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the DWT/CO and the direct supervision of the Employment Specialist, the JPO is expected to be actively involved in ILO’s activities to promote enterprise development and job creation based on a market systems approach in the region. Specific duties include:

  • Find and support opportunities for the market systems approach to be pragmatically adapted into technical projects i.e. helping projects use better initial market analysis to concentrate implementation, focus on sustainability and scalability, or monitor and measure results with a view toward improving programming.
  • Research, prepare and draft rapid market assessments and market systems analyses for selected sectors that are a promising target for interventions;
  • Develop and draft market or value chain intervention models with the aim of creating more and better jobs in field projects;
  • Carry out research and provide technical inputs in the preparation of country and regional analyses, reports and publications;
  • Undertake business travels on behalf of the office to provide advice and plan new interventions;
  • Strengthen the position of market systems in the regional portfolio by finding and developing new project opportunities to be submitted to donors,
  • Support technical projects to set-up and operationalise M&E systems as well as support these projects to monitor results to with a view toward improving implementation;
  • Assist in organising and delivering workshops and seminars;
  • Undertake any other tasks assigned to him/her by the Director of the Office or the supervisor.

Master´s degree, preferably in the areas of economics, development management and cooperation

Work experience:
At least two years of experience in enterprise development in international development cooperation. Working experience on market systems approach or value chain development would be an asset.

Skills required for the assignment:
Excellent writing skills, very good knowledge of project cycle management, ability to conceptualise, plan, and conduct both quantitative and qualitative research work, good computer skills, working experience in former transition countries would be an asset.

Excellent command of English, good knowledge of another ILO language would be an asset

ILO competencies:
The Expert will be expected to be self-motivated, have strong analytical and problem solving skills and be comfortable in dealing with a variety of parties both inside and outside the ILO in a multicultural environment. Gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required. They should be able comfortable presenting to groups and working at high levels with UN agencies, government, employers, workers and their representatives

Training components:
The JPO will be integral part of the team currently consisting of 60 staff member. He or she will be invited to participate in all trainings and planning seminars organised for the office covering core employability skills as well as technical topics related to the world of work. Initial business travels will be conducted with the support of an experienced ILO official to ensure learning and feedback.

Learning elements:
The incumbent will learn about the operations of a UN agency, about the use of market systems approaches for job creation, how to conduct field missions and provide advice to both project partners and constituents. He/she will be strongly exposed to project management skills and will learn how to draft and execute projects in line with project cycle management. He/she will also acquire basic competencies in Monitoring and Evaluation of projects.

This position will also offer a unique opportunity to learn about the role of international organizations in supporting the efforts of member countries to become EU members or partners.


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Administration, management, Economic and employment promotion, Other specialisations, Sonstige Fachgebiete, Verwaltung/Management, Wirtschafts-/Beschäftigungsförderung


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