Gaza Project Coordinator

International Labour Organization




The conflict in Gaza has inflicted severe damage on Palestinian society and its economy. Over 33,000 Palestinians have lost their lives, with 75,000 injured, and widespread destruction of infrastructure has left over a million people homeless. The devastation brought upon the Gaza Strip’s economy, as well as the disruption to the West Bank’s everyday economic life, has led to substantial losses in employment and livelihoods. The ILO estimates that 507,000 jobs have been lost as of 31 January 2024 which comprise 201,000 jobs lost in Gaza Strip and 306,000 jobs lost in the West Bank. These job losses translate into daily labour income losses of USD 21.7 million The unemployment rate in the OPT will soar to a staggering 57 per cent in the first quarter of 2024 affecting all economic sectors except agriculture, which is expected to remain stable.

In countering the aftermath of the war in Gaza on the labour market in the OPT, the ILO embarked on an emergency response programme detailing a set of interventions across three phases of relief, review, and recovery. The ERP has a fundamental objective in supporting national systems and strengthening the role of tripartite constituents in mitigating the devastating impact of the situation and recognizes the criticality to working closely within the wider context of UN’s relief and recovery programming to address the emerging immediate needs of the Palestinian labour market. The first phase focuses on relief, involving the immediate provision of material assistance, including emergency income support for Gazan workers ousted from their jobs in Israel and stranded in the West Bank without any form of social protection. The second phase centres on review, entailing data collection and impact analysis to better understand the ramifications of the current crisis for the labour market and support the prioritization and fine-tuning of recovery phase interventions. The third phase aims at recovery and will concentrate on restoration of jobs and businesses in the West Bank and Gaza through the coordinated execution of three interconnected components: Jobs, Social Protection, and Business Recovery and Resilience.

Reporting Lines

  • The official will be based in Gaza and responsible for supporting the planning and implementation of the ERP activities in Gaza as per the duties outlined in the description below.
  • Under the general supervision of the Representative of the ILO office in Jerusalem the National Project Officer will report to the ERP Programme Manager and will coordinate closely with the programme analyst. He/she will perform the following tasks:

Description of Duties

  • Review and analyse the country’s specific development plans and priorities, socioeconomic data, reports and other relevant information. Identify potential technical cooperation areas and provide written analysis on the findings to the Programme Manager/Country Director.
  • Work in close collaboration with local partners to design and revise project annual work plans, as well as preparation of the budget proposal, considering different approaches and alternative methods, management, problem identification and problem resolution, especially for the parts of the project supporting the institutional and capacity development of constituents, government agencies, line ministries, and social partners. Promote the inclusion of gender equality and non-discrimination in all aspects of the project.
  • Review, verify and analyze work plans, progress and final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness, and monitor the progress of project activities. Follow-up on delayed documents, clarify information, and answer questions about clearance and processing requirements to support successful completion of agreed activities.
  • Follow-up with relevant technical officers with counterparts in organizations and line ministries at national level, partner and executing agencies, government offices, constituents and in other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets. Support the enhancement of capacity among ILO constituents and implementing partners to lead recovery initiatives, leveraging national systems and incorporating ILO decent work principles and approaches such as EIIP into early recovery interventions.
  • Assist in the programming and control of resources of the project, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations for remedial action. Identify problems and propose solutions and actions.
  • Participate in the preparation and conduct of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions, and consultative meetings. Draft in, or translate into, local language(s) news releases, official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information material.

Description of Duties (continued)

  • Brief ILO specialists and provide relevant information on project matters. Support national partners with identifying, analysing, interpreting, and making recommendations on project activities, in coordination with counterparts, DWT-Beirut specialists, INGOs and NGOs, as well as relevant technical units at ILO-HQ.
  • Support the documentation of best practices and developing guidelines along with policy suggestions concerning recovery efforts, intended for wider UN consultation and advocacy purposes
  • Lead in the preparation of briefs, background information, technical reports and periodic progress reports and statistical data on status of the overall activities of the Project.
  • Work closely with other UN agencies and the cash working group to integrate decent work principles and contribute to ensure sustainability of interventions.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Country Director.

Required qualifications


  • First level University degree in Engineering, Economics, Business administration, Finance or Law. An advanced degree in Engineering would be a strong advantage.


  • At least one year of professional experience at the national level in the area of project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Proven experience in working effectively with government bodies and with development partners would be an asset.


  •  Excellent command of both Arabic and English.






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