Assignment title
B664 - The Gambia: Jobs, Skills and Finance (JSF) for Women and Youth
Duty station
The Gambia (Bakau)
Section unit
International Trade Centre (ITC), Division of Country Programmes (DCP)
Contract level
LICA, Level 3
1 year (with the possibility of extension)

General Background 

About ITC
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, focusing in particular on developing the export capabilities of small and medium-sized businesses in developing and transition economies. ITC is 100% "Aid for Trade", supporting trade that delivers inclusive and sustainable development results. ITC’s mandate covers all developing countries and transition economies with special emphasis on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDs) the Fragile States and Sub-Saharan Africa. ITC Headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland. ITC projects and programmes contribute to the global efforts to achieve UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Aid for Trade agenda. ITC works at three levels:
Strengthening the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy,
Improving the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), and enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to better support them,
Improving the international competitiveness of SMEs.
In close collaboration with the Government of the Republic of The Gambia, ITC is implementing a number of private sector development initiatives in The Gambia including the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), SheTrades Gambia, initiatives under the UN Peacebuilding fund aimed at economic development and social cohesion, and the Jobs Skills and Finance (JSF) Project implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).

About the Jobs, Skills and Finance (JSF) for Women and Youth in The Gambia
The “Jobs, Skills and Finance (JSF) for Women and Youth in The Gambia” Programme funded by the 11th European Development Fund and contributes to stabilizing the economic, social and security situation of the country during the democratic transition by facilitating social inclusion and employment of the youth and women, with a specific emphasis on promoting gender equality and addressing climate change. The overall intervention logic for the project includes three complimentary result areas:
  • Green and climate-resilient local investments through “cash-for-work” and procurement to local MSMEs (under the LoCAL mechanism - ER 1.1)
  • Skills development programmes (ER1.2).
  • Improved access to finance (ER 2.1).

Purpose and Scope of Assignment 

The position is based in the ITC office in The Gambia. Under the overall guidance of the ITC Programme Officer and the direct direction supervision of the Operations Officer, the Driver will be responsible for the following duties: 
  • Drives vehicles safely for the transport of authorised personnel.
  • Makes deliveries of parcels, documents, etc., between the office and other offices and institutions, including Ministries, Embassies, Permanent Missions, Implementing Partners and others.
  • Makes minor purchases and collects urgent purchases from local suppliers as requested.  Collects goods from the customs with due regard to customs regulations and formalities.  May make or collect payment for goods.
  • Meets official personnel at the airport.
  • Deals effectively and tactfully with officials and visitors.
  • Takes care of the day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicles, check oil, water, battery, brakes, tires, etc.; performs minor repairs and arranges for other repairs and ensures that vehicle is kept clean.
  • Logs fuel consumption, maintenance etc.
  • Ensures that the steps required by rules and regulations are taken in case of an accident.
  • Applies good judgment in the context of assignments given.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualification & Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent. 
  • Driver training with a valid driver’s license.

Work Experience 
Required experience:
  •  Experience as a driver with a safe driving record of a minimum of 2 years. 
  • Experience in driving a variety of makes and models of vehicles.
Desirable skills and experience:
  • Ability to plan and use time efficiently, prioritize work
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic computer literacy
Language (s)
Fluency in oral and written English is required. Understanding of other Gambian languages is an asset.
Functional Competencies
Professionalism:  Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to a particular sector, functional area or other specialised fields.  Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Interested candidates should submit a cover/motivational letter and updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) in pdf format to on or before 15th January 2021 at 4 pm. Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.