1 Apr 2020

National Project Coordinator at International Labour Organization (ILO)

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency dealing with labour problems, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities for all. The ILO has 187 member states: 186 of the 193 UN member states plus the Cook Islands are members of the ILO. In 1969, the organisation received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving peace among classes, pursuing decent work and justice for workers, and providing technical assistance to other developing nations.

Job Summary:

The National Project Coordinator (NPC) will work under the overall responsibility of the Country Director for ILO Country Office for the United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and will receive operational guidance from the FAIRWAY Program Manager (Africa component) based in Nairobi, Kenya. They may liaise with and receive technical support from the regional labour migration specialist at the Regional Office for Africa (Abidjan), the Labour Migration Branch MIGRANT (Conditions of Work and Equality Department), and the technical specialists of the Decent Work Teams in the fields of migration, skills, employment, ACTRAV (workers organizations) and ACT/EMP (employers organizations) and with other specialists in the fields of statistics and regional migration.

The incumbent will ensure operational coordination of activities and be responsible for project implementation and results in Uganda. The National Project Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the work of the project’s Administrative staff in Egypt as well as the hiring and coordination of the work of external collaborators for national activities. The NPC will facilitate coordination with the donor at the national level.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the implementation of project activities in Uganda with criteria of timeliness, quality and effectiveness, ensuring the achievement of planned results in the time frame and within budget, in accordance with global project requirements and the policies, values and procedures of the ILO. Deliveries and outcomes must be in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and the administrative and financial procedures in consultation with the responsible Field Office.
  • Ensure operational coordination of project implementation, monitor conditions set out in the project document, budget and grant agreement and facilitate coordination with the donor. Responsible for the effective management of funds allocated to national activities within the project.
  • Initiate, sustain and guide cooperation with key partners in Uganda, in close collaboration with relevant ILO technical specialists to ensure the performance and results of the project, and ensuring that gender is mainstreamed in planning and project implementation to achieve the desired results.
  • Develop country level work plans in consultation with tripartite partners and update project work plans on a continuous basis and ensure their timely implementation.
  • Coordinate and monitor project activities implemented by project partners, external collaborators (consultants or service providers) and trainers in Uganda and ensure the quality of outputs, by reviewing, verifying and analysing work plans, contract outputs, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness.
  • Regularly brief responsible government officials, employer and worker associations on project status.
  • Consult with United Nations agencies, bilateral donors and NGOs whose mandates and programmes are similar to those of the project.
  • Ensure a regular flow of information on the status of the activities planned and implemented between the ILO-Country Office, the ILO FAIRWAY Program Manager (Africa component), the relevant Decent Work Teams, and HQ. This will include accurate implementation, performance, risk and financial monitoring, including reporting on project linked CPOs in collaboration with the regional labour migration specialist.
  • Manage the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, multi-stakeholder consultations, training sessions and meetings in collaboration with the technical support of experts and represent the project in various meetings. Organize project management meetings, draft meeting notes and solicit comments from relevant project partners.
  • Implement the reporting, monitoring and evaluation plan in line with the outcomes and outputs set out in the project document and monitor progress on a continuous basis. Implement the communications strategy ensuring: visibility of project’s results, dissemination of project information through publications and press releases, and good communication with all partners.
  • Present progress updates on a regular basis including at project management and Steering Committee meetings, ensure regular and timely reporting of project activities, results and indicators and prepare and validate project progress reports taking into consideration inputs from the project team.
  • Organize and conduct technical missions in target regions, guide and advise national and international experts on site and remotely, and ensure the proper and effective use of project resources.
  • Perform other tasks as may be assigned by the supervisor within the framework of his/her competence.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) National Project Coordinator job vacancy must hold a University degree in law, economics, management, international development, social sciences or a related field.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience, preferably in relation with labour migration issues including experience working with officials of ministries of labour, foreign affairs, social partners and migration institutions and associations. Record of familiarity with ILO policies and procedures, including development cooperation procedures. Experience managing and implementing ILO DC projects would be an advantage.
  • Languages: Excellent spoken and written knowledge of English; good knowledge of another official language of the duty station.

Competencies

  • Good knowledge of programming and results-based management (RBM) principles and concepts and understanding of the programming cycle (planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation). Demonstrated ability to incorporate gender analysis into project implementation.
  • Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the program’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for program development and resource mobilisation.
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice. Political awareness and understanding of policy debates and developments in the area of migration and labour migration. Good knowledge of national counterparts, development partners as well as international organizations.
  • Proven ability to manage teams including personnel management and remote capacity project management (project planning and management of financial and monitoring procedures).
  • Ability to oversee the work of and provide guidance to staff and consultants working for the project
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders such as government officials, representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations, representative(s) of civil society, and academics.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
  • Knowledge of the regulations and procedures of the ILO and/or other UN entities would be an asset.
  • Excellent time management, planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to write progress reports for the implementation of the project in a concise and timely manner.
  • Good knowledge of common office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and communication (internet and email).
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Deadline: 15th April 2020






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