National Project Officer- Social Protection NOA (DC)
International Labour Organization
Nigeria, Abuja
20h ago

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.
  • Introduction

    The project’s objective is to strengthen social protection institutionalization at the federal level in Nigeria and in Sokoto state.

    More specifically, it aims to generate impact by combining an institutional approach (policy and capacity strengthening) with the implementation of tangible interventions with a focus on innovative financing mechanisms for social protection.

    The joint programme will strengthen the right-based approach to social protection by supporting the institutionalization and legislation of the social protection system in Nigeria.

    Further, the programme supports the identification and facilitate the adoption of financial strategies to effectively implement the National Social Protection Policy.

    In Sokoto State, the joint programme will contribute to expand and articulate the cash transfer and universal health insurance scheme for greater impact on social protection access and improved health, education and nutrition especially among vulnerable groups.

  • Within this Joint programme, the ILO is responsible for the following outputs : Output 1.1 - Strengthened national social protection legal framework with the development of a social protection bill, aimed at realizing the rights to social protection for consideration by the National Assembly;
  • Output 1.2 - Increased and institutionalized social protection financing with reinforced institutional framework through identification and creation of fiscal space and setting-up of innovative financing for social protection and Output 2.

    2. Universal Health Coverage at state level accelerated using the Basic Health Care Provision Fund & community-based insurance mechanisms.

    As the project will enter the second year of implementation, the ILO is looking for a National ProjectOfficer (NPO) to support the implementation of the activities that fall under ILO’s responsibility.

    The National Social Protection Officer will be based in Abuja and will work under the supervision of the Director of the ILO Abuja Country Office and the Senior Social Protection Specialist for the West-African Region.

    She or He will work in coordination with the Social Protection Department in HQ and in close collaboration with all national and international staff working on social protection matters in the West-African region.

    Reporting Lines :

    The Incumbent will report to the Director ILO CO-Abuja.

    Description of Duties

  • Ensure operational coordination of project implementation and monitor conditions set out in the project document, budget and grant agreement.
  • Lead the implementation of project activities in Nigeria with criteria of timeliness, quality and effectiveness, ensuring the achievement of planned results in the time frame and within budget, in accordance with global project requirements and the policies, values and procedures of the ILO.
  • Update project work plans on a continuous basis and ensure their timely implementation.
  • Coordinate and provide technical follow-up assistance for the activities to be implemented in Nigeria. This includes the creation of concept notes and Terms of Reference for the activities not yet planned.
  • Provide technical support and coordinate the operationalization of an actuarial valuation study of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in cooperation with NHIS, consultants and in close collaboration with relevant ILO technical specialists.
  • This includes overseeing the facilitation of training workshops online and offline.

  • Provide technical support and coordinate the operationalization of an actuarial valuation study of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in cooperation with NHIS, consultants and in close collaboration with relevant ILO technical specialists.
  • This includes overseeing the facilitation of training workshops online and offline.

    Description contd.

    7. Provide technical support to the creation of a social protection bill for Nigeria aligned to regional and international standards and good practices as well as a fiscal space assessment and national financing strategy for social protection.

    8. Liaise closely with implementing partners including the UNicef (lead agency), WFP, UNDP and government and state (Sokoto) counterparts to ensure timely implementation of activities and sustainability.

    9. Ensure a regular flow of information on the status of the activities planned and implemented between the ILO-Abuja Office, the DWT Dakar, and HQ.

    This will include accurate implementation, performance, risk and financial monitoring.

    10. Implement the reporting, monitoring and evaluation plan in line with the outcomes and outputs set out in the project document and monitor progress on a continuous basis.

    Implement the communications strategy ensuring : visibility of project’s results, dissemination of project information through publications and press releases, and good communication with all partners.

    11Present progress updates on a regular basis including at project management meetings, ensure regular and timely reporting of project activities, results and indicators and prepare and validate project progress reports.

    11. In the context of the project, review the work of consultants, including through the drafting of terms of references, the selection of consultants, the provision of guidance as well as the monitoring of deliverables produced by consultants.

    12. Perform other tasks as may be assigned by the supervisor within the framework of his / her competence.


    First university degree in social (health) policy, public policy, international development, or any other related field..


    At least two years of professional work experience in project management, programme or policy development and implementation preferably with a particular focus on social protection, including social insurance.

    Previous experience in the strategic support with the implementation of social protection policies or programmes is an additional asset.

    Experience in project management is essential. Experience in working with other ILO projects or partners is highly desirable.


    Excellent command of English.


  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships and negotiate with government officials, representative(s) of civil society, representatives of workers 'and employers' organizations and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Ability to coordinate the achievement of objectives and results in a timely and results oriented manner.
  • Knowledge of the regulations and procedures of the ILO and / or other UN entities would be an asset.
  • Excellent time management, planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate gender analysis into project implementation.
  • Competencies contd.

    7. Ability to write progress reports for the implementation of the project in a concise and timely manner.

    8. Demonstrated knowledge of results-based management and the programming cycle within complex development portfolios.

    9. Good knowledge of impact evaluation and research methods.

    10. Good knowledge of common office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and communication (internet and email).

    11. Good knowledge of national counterparts, development partners as well as international organizations.

    12. Good knowledge of employment policies and interventions with a focus on Nigeria.

    13. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

    Candidates assessed by the Panel and considered eligible for appointment but who are not selected for this vacant post may be offered an assignment to another position at the same or lower grade provided that they meet the minimum qualifications required.

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