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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that focuses on labor issues, promoting social justice, and improving working conditions worldwide. It was established in 1919, making it the oldest UN agency.

The primary goal of the ILO is to promote decent work for all. It sets international labor standards, develops policies and programs, and provides technical assistance and research on various labor-related topics. The organization brings together governments, employers, and workers from its member states to shape labor standards and policies through a tripartite structure.

The ILO’s work covers a wide range of areas, including employment creation, labor rights, social protection, occupational safety and health, labor migration, and the elimination of forced labor and child labor. It also addresses issues such as gender equality in the workplace, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the promotion of sustainable enterprises.

The organization adopts international labor standards in the form of conventions and recommendations. Conventions are legally binding international treaties that establish minimum standards for labor rights and can be ratified by member countries. Recommendations provide guidelines for member states on labor issues and are not legally binding but serve as important references for national policies and practices.

The ILO carries out its work through a network of field offices around the world, where it provides technical assistance to member states in implementing labor standards and policies. It also conducts research and produces reports on global labor trends and challenges.

Overall, the ILO plays a crucial role in promoting social justice and improving working conditions globally, aiming to ensure that all people have access to decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and dignity.

Why work at ILO

  1. Impact: The ILO’s work directly contributes to improving the lives of workers worldwide. By promoting decent work, labor rights, and social justice, the organization addresses pressing global challenges such as unemployment, poverty, inequality, and exploitation. Being part of the ILO means having the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on a global scale.
  2. Multidisciplinary Approach: The ILO brings together professionals from various backgrounds, including economics, law, social sciences, and development. This multidisciplinary approach allows for collaboration and diverse perspectives in addressing labor issues. Working at the ILO enables you to engage with experts from different fields and broaden your knowledge and skills.
  3. International Environment: The ILO is a truly global organization, with member states from around the world. Working at the ILO means being part of an international community and having the chance to work with colleagues from different countries and cultural backgrounds. This multicultural environment fosters understanding, cooperation, and learning.
  4. Policy Development: The ILO is involved in setting international labor standards and developing policies that shape national labor laws and practices. Working at the ILO provides an opportunity to contribute to the formulation of these standards and policies, influencing labor practices at both the national and international levels.
  5. Collaboration and Partnership: The ILO works closely with governments, employers’ organizations, and workers’ organizations, following a tripartite structure. This collaboration allows for dialogue, negotiation, and consensus-building in addressing labor issues. Working at the ILO involves engaging with these stakeholders and fostering partnerships to promote social dialogue and achieve sustainable solutions.
  6. Professional Development: The ILO offers opportunities for professional growth and development. It provides training programs, capacity-building initiatives, and knowledge-sharing platforms. Working at the ILO allows you to enhance your skills, expand your network, and stay updated on the latest developments in the field of labor and employment.
  7. Work-Life Balance: The ILO promotes a healthy work-life balance and values the well-being of its employees. It offers competitive compensation packages, flexible working arrangements, and a supportive work environment. The organization recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between work and personal life.

Details to the post

Position Title : Programme Manager
Duty Station : Yerevan, Armenia
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 04 June 2024


  1. Coordinate and supervise the administration, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the
    activities of the programmes in the areas of migration governance and legal identity, in line with
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    the project documents as well as donor requirements.
  2. Provide operational guidance and technical supervision to the project staff, assisting on
    programmatic strategy and implementation. Monitor project progress specifically aimed at
    increasing effectiveness and recommending appropriate action.
  3. Recommend possible priority areas for project development and contribute to the
    development of new projects by selecting and summarizing background information, assessing
    the local context and drafting segments for new project proposals.
  4. Supervise the staff assigned to the project, and monitor the work of Consultants/Implementing
    Partners (IPs) recruited to support and/or undertake specific activities. Contribute to the
    development of, and organize and deliver capacity building activities to build capacity of staff,
    partners, government officials, and other humanitarian actors.
  5. Support monitoring and compliance with project partners, project staff and implementing
    entities. Liaise with Government entities, IPs, United Nations (UN) agencies and other
    stakeholders in the project.
  6. Coordinate the adequate information management on project related activities including
    visibility by drafting regular updates, summaries, press releases and other relevant materials, in
    close coordination with the donor and relevant Units at Headquarter (HQ).
  7. Draft quality progress Financial, Narrative, and other reports related to the project activities.
    Coordinate the elaboration and dissemination of reports for donors, government and other
    relevant stakeholders by facilitating timely submission and compliance with donor and IOM
  8. Participate in relevant conferences, workshops, steering committees, and technical working
    groups, as well as other forums; participate in coordination efforts and the presentation of IOM
  9. Undertake duty travel as required to support coordination and monitoring activities for project
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
    Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Business or Public
    Administration, International Studies, or a related field from an accredited academic institution
    with two years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
  • Experience in programme development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and/or
  • Good knowledge of and experience with legal identity, immigration, mobility and border
    management, risk analysis, and to the extent possible, digital identity;
  • Experience in the thematic area relevant to policy development, capacity building to national
    partners, immigration and border governance;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with national and
    international institutions;
  • Experience working in South- Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe;
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  • Experience in implementation of the EU funded projects.
  • Good understanding of internal and international migration issues in the country and in the
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government
    counterparts, international organizations and private sector entities;
  • Good supervision, coordination, and information management skills;
  • Knowledge in the thematic area of border management and/or legal identity;
  • Knowledge of migration data, labour migration patterns in Armenia and ability to negotiate with
    government authorities;
  • Good conceptualization, analytical and writing skills;
  • Good communication, organizational and interpersonal relationship skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimum supervision; and,
  • Ability to maintain partnerships with development partners, government counterparts, UN
    agencies, local authorities and other relevant stakeholders.
    IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish. All staff members are required to be
    fluent in one of the three languages.
    For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of another
    official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is an advantage.
    Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process,
    which may include written and/or oral assessments.


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