Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), Doha

Organization: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Country: Qatar

City: Doha, Qatar

Office: ILO in Doha, Qatar

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Monday, 22 February 2021

Grade: P5

Vacancy no.: DC/DOHA/P/2021/01

Publication date: 8 February 2021

Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 22 February 2021

Job ID: 5424

Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut

Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut

Location: Doha

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: Three years

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.


In 2017, the Government of the State of Qatar and the International Labour Organization (ILO) agreed to the establishment of a Project Office in Doha and the implementation of a comprehensive technical cooperation programme. During the first phase 2018-2021 of the project, the ILO provided support to the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) in the adoption of significant reforms, including, inter alia, legislation that led to greater labour mobility, the removal of exit permits, the introduction of a non-discriminatory minimum wage, and regulation on the establishment of joint committees. The second phase of the project will begin in July 2021, and will continue the collaboration with ADLSA and other key stakeholders in Qatar, to build on the previous achievements and expand into new areas in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

The second phase of the project has four strategic priorities: (1) Labour market and labour migration governance; (2) Enforcement of labour laws and access to justice; (3) Workers‘ voice and social dialogue; and (4) International cooperation and exchange of experience.

The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) will be responsible for the overall leadership, coordination and management of the Project and for providing advice on the procedures and actions which need to be taken to ensure the completion of the project as set out in the implementation plan, including activities and outputs.

REPORTING LINES: The project is located in Doha, Qatar, and will report to the Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS), and will supported by ROAS-DWT, the International Labour Standards Department (NORMES) and the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) of the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE).

With a view to ensuring full coordination of ILO activities in Qatar, the CTA will report on a monthly basis to the Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for Arab States to provide updates on progress and to facilitate joint planning with respect to technical advisory support provided by the Regional Office to Qatar.

The incumbent will also oversee the work of international experts, national officers, General Service Staff and any other international and local consultants hired during the course of the project.

Description of Duties

Responsible for effective management, coordination and planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all project activities through timely provision of inputs, effective backstopping, and efficient delivery of outputs, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures, in consultation with the responsible HQ Department and Field Office.

Manage funds/budgets allocated to the project and ensure the preparation of periodic progress reports for submission in accordance with the established rules and procedures.

Responsible for designing, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of project activities, and ensure effective coordination in collaboration between NORMES and ILO Regional Office for Arab States, to ensure integrated and comprehensive interventions.

Manage efficiently the human resources of the project including recruitment and performance management, as well as organize, plan, supervise and control the work of the team. Recommend action on personnel, budgetary and procedural matters relating to the efficient operations in Qatar.

Provide technical expertise and advice to the project team and when required to the stakeholders of the project including relevant government agencies and other key institutions. Ensure that technical interventions and decisions are well founded and take into account the specific nature of the project objectives.

Build partnerships and maintain excellent relations with the concerned Government and the employers‘ and workers‘ organizations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academia, youth groups, the target groups and donors, provide advice on policies and promote opportunities for collaboration towards planning and implementation of activities under the project.

Prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO Departments and field offices.

Coordinate the design communication and knowledge-sharing strategies, and lead the development of the project / program information materials.

Represent the project and the Office in the UN Country Team, at meetings, seminars and evaluations in Qatar, and build and enhance strategic partnerships and networks of government policymakers, workers‘ and employers‘ organizations and civil society organizations.

Perform any other duties as required.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in a relevant field.


At least ten years of professional experience in development, implementation and management of development cooperation activities, of which at least seven years at the international level. Proven experience on advising governments on migration governance and/or forced labour policies, laws and programs. Working experience in the region will be an advantage.


Excellent command of English and good knowledge of another ILO official language would be an advantage.


Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards.

Tags access to justice forced labour human resources international cooperation international labour standards knowledge sharing labour law labour market labour mobility monitoring and evaluation performance management technical cooperation transparency

Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the project/programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development.

Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.

Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.

Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research.

Ability to develop training strategies and design training materials.

Ability to formulate project proposals, policy documents and procedural matters.

Ability to promote knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office, and to focus and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.

Proven capacity to initiate and implement development cooperation project/program activities with partners.

Excellent negotiation skills and ability to provide high quality services.

Ability to plan and support the development of individual’s skills and abilities for a more effective fulfilment of job/role responsibilities.

Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.

Drive to seek or encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to organisation challenges and opportunities for improvement.

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

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.

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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.

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