International Labour Organization (ILO)

National Project Coordinator

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: NOB Vacancy no.: DC/LUSAKA/NO/2020/08 Publication date: 26 JUNE 2020 Application deadline (midnight Zambian local time): 6 JULY 2020 Job ID: 3870 Department: RO-Africa Organization Unit: CO-Lusaka Location: Lusaka Contract type: Special Short Term Contract duration:5 months 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 above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date. 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*

*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria. 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 special short-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. *Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade. The entry level salary for this position is K 513,913 ( Zambian Kwacha) yearly., Introduction The objective of the SPIREWORK project is to extend coverage of social security to informal and rural Economy Workers in Zambia. In partnership with the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA), the ILO will focus on piloting new benefit schemes geared at informal and Rural Economy workers. The project will work towards the following outputs: a) Development, and delivery of tailored benefit prototypes to informal and rural economy workers. b) Implementation of Capacity Development initiatives to identified NAPSA informal and rural economy service delivery partners. c) Communication and advocacy engaging national stakeholders to promote extension of social security to the informal economy workers. The National Project Coordinator (NPC) will support the implementation of SPIREWORK project activities, as well as supporting the technical reporting requirements in line with ILO policies and frameworks. Reporting lines Under the overall responsibility of and reporting to the ILO Lusaka Country Director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, the NPC will directly report to the Technical Advisor (CTA) – Social Protection in the ILO Lusaka Country Office. The NPC will also receive technical guidance from the Technical Specialist on Social Security in the Decent Work Team (DWT) in Pretoria and the relevant technical departments at ILO Headquarters. The NPC will work in Coordination and collaboration with other social protection projects under the mandate of the ILO Lusaka Country Office, specifically the UN Joint Program on Social Protection and the Irish Aid – Inclusive Growth and Social Protection. Description of Duties 1. Lead the timely implementation, monitoring and evaluation of project work plan, through Technical Support to the SPIREWORK Project Management Team. 2. Leverage technical experts in the social security sector to support the development of adapted solutions to benefit prototypes design and development of appropriate information technology systems. 3. Closely co-ordinate, promote cooperation and coordination with government, employers’ and workers’ association in the planning and implementation of activities under the project. 4. Identify problems, propose solutions and action and follow-up with relevant departments at headquarters and regional office, executing agencies, government offices, constituents and other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets. 5. Participate in systems and capacity development, feasibility assessments, research and studies leading to the design and finalization of the tailored benefit prototype for the informal economy. 6. Prepare training materials and conduct seminars and workshops and consequently contribute to stakeholders training and capacity development in the areas of extension of social security coverage. 7. Promote linkages and share best practices and lessons learnt with stakeholders, inclusive of social assistance, social health protection, workers compensation and disability inclusion, as well with with other relevant ILO projects and the donor community. 8. Raise the project profile through communication outreach activities and strategic engagements with a view to increase project impact as well as harness partnership and resource mobilization opportunities. 9. Periodically report, monitor and facilitate the evaluation of all project’s components according to the project’s document and work plan. Prepare required technical progress reports and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation for submission to the ILO and the donor. 10. Establish and develop knowledge management system covering technical activities under the project including other economic and social issues of relevance to the project. 11. Supporting the implementation of day to day project activities in collaboration with the broader Project Management Team from the National Pension Scheme Authority. 12. Undertake administrative management of the project inclusive of periodic reporting, monitoring and evaluation of all project components for submission to the ILO and project donor(s). 13. Perform other related duties as assigned. Required qualifications Education First level university degree in economics, social sciences, or related field and strong knowledge on development issues particularly in Zambia. A Master’s degree will be added advantage Experience At least three years of relevant professional experience at national level, with thematic emphasis on Social Protection and Social Security research, Administration, policy formulation and reform, project implementation. Technical requirements: Good knowledge of labour economics as well as economic developments, poverty reduction, and social policies. Knowledge of the policy making process. Languages Excellent knowledge of English and a working knowledge of another language of the duty station Competencies
  • Good knowledge about social, economic development, including labor and employment, trends in the Zambia

  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with all project stakeholders.

  • Ability to establish and maintain systems within project operations.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage technical co-operation projects of international organizations.

  • Ability to understand and effectively work with Government, workers and employers organizations, non-government organizations and UN agencies.

  • Ability to conduct action oriented research and write analytical technical report in English.

  • Ability to conduct policy discussion and high-level political processes.

  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, to successfully advocate for and mobilize action to promote freedom of association and right to collective bargaining principles.

  • Clear commitment to mainstream gender into project activities.

  • Ability to lead and work in a team and good interpersonal relations.

  • Ability to train and guide personnel.

  • Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work in diversified environments.

  • Proficient in basic Computer Software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office

  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.

ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED. “Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position”. Recruitment process Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. Fraud warning The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.
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