International Labour Organization (ILO)

National Project Coordinator

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: NOB Vacancy no.: DC/COLOMBO/NOB/2020/01 Publication date: 14 AUGUST 2020 Application deadline (midnight local time): 28 AUGUST 2020 Job ID: 4091 Department: RO-Asia and The Pacific Organization Unit: RO-Asia and the Pacific Location: Colombo Contract type: Fixed Term Contract duration:One year 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 one-year fixed-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. Introduction The Project title is ‘Skilling Sri Lankan Migrant Workers affected by Covid-19 for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship’ The proposed interventions are principally the development of: (i) work-based learning and quality apprenticeships; (ii) innovative and inclusive skills programmes and services for returnee and blocked migrants; skills matching and forecasting of future labour market needs; and (iii) sustainable and resilient micro and small enterprises through skilling for entrepreneurship – with a strong focus on the inclusion of women. These outcomes are in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, the Employers Federation of Ceylon, and workers’ organisations. Reporting lines The NPC will work under the overall supervision of the Director of the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with technical backstopping assistance from the ILO Decent Work Technical Support team in New Delhi and other specialists in Bangkok and Geneva. Description of Duties
  1. Lead the project timely implementation, monitoring and evaluation through management functions, including provision of technical and administrative supervision to the project team in line with the ILO policy, rules and regulations and according to the final project document and work plan.

  2. Contribute proposals for programme/project development and serve as National Programme Advisor to the Directorate and draft portions of programme and budget proposals, project proposals, programme background, country strategy papers, objectives, project reviews and evaluation. 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.

  3. Maintain close cooperation and Coordination with government, employers' and workers' organisations in the planning and implementation of activities under the project.

  4. Establish and develop knowledge management system covering technical activities under the project including other economic and social issues of relevance to the project.

  5. Represent the project in various fora, under the guidance of the ILO Director.

  6. Develop and maintain strong links with ILO specialists within the ILO Decent Work Team in New Delhi and Bangkok, other colleagues in the field and HQ on specific technical areas requiring comprehensive and collaborative interventions.

  7. 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.

  8. Responsible for the effective administrative management of the project, including guidance and supervision of the Administration/Finance Assistant assigned to the project.

  9. Ensure high-level communications to increase project’s visibility at the national and international levels. This includes the responsibility to liaise with counterparts in other UN agencies, and key stakeholders, to ensure effective coordination with relevant national strategies and related technical projects.

  10. Other related duties as assigned.

Education First level university degree in economics, social sciences, or related field and strong knowledge on development issues particularly in vocational and technical education. Experience At least three years of experience in project management, supervision, administration and implementation of grant/cooperative agreement requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to the project donor). Technical requirements:Professional experience in implementation of skills for employment programmes, including previous working relationships with government stakeholders (TVEC, NAITA, VTA) is essential. Familiarity with entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development is an advantage. Collaborative experience with the Ministry of Labour (Department of Manpower and Employment; employers’ and workers’ organisations) is desirable. Languages Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of the national language(s) Competencies
  • Good knowledge about social, Economic Development, including labor and employment trends

  • 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-governmental organizations and UN agencies.

  • Ability to write analytical technical report in English.

  • Ability to conduct policy discussion.

  • Clear commitment to mainstream gender into project activities.

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.

The ILO is committed to ensuring the highest standards of ethical conduct and eliminating any risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. 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 - @ilo.org - 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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