Description

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 present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.

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.

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 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 [email protected].

Introduction

“Promotion of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Iraq” is a five year project funded by the KFW.

The project aims to provide sustainable access to financial services for already operating but also start-up SMEs in Iraq for an improved job creation with focus on youth and women. This will take place through credit guarantees offered to commercial banks which lend to SMEs. Capacity building within project national partners including ICBG and participating financial institutions is a first step followed by funds injection in ICBG. The overall objective is to contribute to Iraq’s private sector development through enhancing the productivity of SMEs and hence their job creation potential.

The proposed Project structure combines three components, which are considered necessary for a significant contribution to the financial inclusion of SMEs in Iraq:

(i) SME window established by selected private PFIs through their own capital funds for SMEs.

(ii) an effective credit guarantee scheme: which is critical to overcome the obstacles that SMEs face in securing acceptable collaterals.

(iii) Technical assistance to capacitate the Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs), Iraqi Company for Banking Guarantees (ICBG), as well as the SMEs.

Reporting Lines

The Technical Officer will report to the Chief Technical Advisor of the project and under the overall supervision of the ILO Country Coordinator in Iraq. The incumbent will receive technical guidance from the Regional Enterprise Specialist in the Decent Work Team in Beirut, as well as Social Finance and SMEs units of the HQ Enterprise Department. The incumbent will work closely with PROSPECTS team in Iraq.

Description of Duties

1. Contribute to the effective implementation of the project components related to access to finance for SMEs, Credit guarantees and entrepreneurship promotion through timely provision of inputs and outputs, and undertaking field missions to plan, control, and monitor project activities, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures.

2. Provide technical support and deliver training programs and advice to national implementing partners, project partners, consultants on the implementation of the access to finance for SMEs and entrepreneurship components. Provide ongoing technical support and mentorship to build the team’s capacity in risk assessment, financial analysis, and reporting.

3. Provide implementation support, assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for guarantee facility. Ensure that the guarantee facility operations are aligned with project goals and industry best practices.

4. In collaboration with national project partners, and in coordination with the technical officer for the banking sector, develop a detailed action plan for the implementation of activities related to the guarantees and provision to finance for SMEs components.

5. Monitoring and Evaluation, develop monitoring and evaluations frameworks to assess the performance of the guarantee facility. Prepare regular reports on the facility activities, outcomes, and impact.

6. Coordinate with the other agencies on entrepreneurship development activities namely referrals pathways and maintain close liaison with constituents, key stakeholders, and financial institutions to ensure smooth implementation of the project.

7. Prepare and submit technical reports related to project implementation and progress reports for submission to donors and other partners.

8. Draft and/or provide technical input into the development, peer review and editing of policy briefs, working papers, reports, publications and other knowledge products and contribute to their dissemination. Provide evidence-based technical content for social media, digital and other knowledge-sharing tools and platforms, with a view to reaching broad and diverse audiences.

9. Synthesize and share good practices and lessons learned, taking into account complementarities with other technical areas of the ILO Decent Work Agenda.

10. Participate in the identification of capacity development needs of constituents in relation to access to finance, and credit guarantees components and make proposals on how to address them. Prepare related training and learning materials and activities. Deliver training to diverse audiences using innovative methods and communication tools and leveraging the use of digital technologies. Participate in knowledge sharing activities.

11. Participate in national, regional, international and UN inter-agency and other stakeholder working groups, consultations and forums to engage with potential and existing partners to present and promote the ILO approach on the matter and discuss joint work/initiatives.

12. Perform any other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications

Education

Advanced level university degree (master’s or equivalent) in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, development studies or other relevant fields.

A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned field(s) or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience

At least five years of experience of relevant professional experience at the national and/or international level involving access to finance for SMEs in the context of local economic development, entrepreneurship and business start-up development. Experience working with financial institutions and credit guarantees is a must. Familiarity with ILO enterprise development work is an asset.

Languages

Excellent command of written and spoken English. Working knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

Competencies

In addition to the ILO core competencies [Integrity and transparency, Sensitivity to diversity, Orientation to learning and knowledge sharing, Client orientation, Communication, Orientation to change, Takes responsibility for performance, Quality orientation, Collaboration], the following is required:

Knowledge and technical/behavioural competencies

  • Good knowledge and understanding of theories, trends and approaches in the area of SMEs development, entrepreneurship and financial inclusion.
  • Knowledge of the substantive nature of Organization’s work programmes and activities.
  • Knowledge of IT applications for information collection, management and dissemination.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial institutions, credit guarantee tools and SME’s finance – issues in conflict-affected settings and good understanding of entrepreneurship and business start-up development.
  • Good understanding of the local economic and political contexts in Iraq.
  • Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  • Ability to identify sources and develop methods for data collection.
  • Good research and analytical skills.
  • Good drafting skills.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new IT software and systems.
  • Good communication skills, presentation skills. Persuasion and ability to present technical arguments to convince counterparts on a course of action.
  • Ability to maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with key stakeholders and work well in a tripartite context.
  • Ability to present/promote the technical area of work and the ILO’s position on it to partners using a wide range of techniques and technologies.
  • Ability to assess, adapt and amend individual and group assignments (policies, approaches, models) to meet new or changed needs and situations.
  • Ability to share knowledge and provide technical advice and guidance in the technical area.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate and model gender-responsive, non-discriminatory, and inclusive behavior and attitudes.

Candidates assessed by the Panel and considered to be 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.

Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • Any extension 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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.

How to apply

Recruitment process

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

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.

Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including technical tests or interviews.

The ILO has zero tolerance for acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and is determined to ensure that all staff members and all beneficiaries of ILO assistance do not suffer, directly or indirectly, from sexual exploitation and abuse.
To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organisation, the ILO may conduct a background verification of candidates under consideration.

Fraud warning

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