International Labour Organization (ILO)

National Project Coordinator

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: NOA Vacancy no.: DC/PRRETORIA/2020/NO/05 Publication date: 13 August 2020 Application deadline (midnight local time): 05 Septermber 2020 Job ID: 4033 Department: RO-Africa Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Pretoria Location: Mbabane Contract type: Fixed Term Contract duration:12 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. ONLY ESWATINI CITIZENS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. 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, with a possibility of extension. 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 NOA Step 1 of the UN salary scale. Introduction Eswatini, although classified a lower middle-income country has high rates of poverty. About 59% of the population live below the poverty line. There is no comprehensive social protection system in place and programmes are fragmented. The financing of social security is not fully aligned with the principles of solidarity and risk pooling. The conversion of the Eswatini National Provident Fund (ENPF) to a pension fund is a long-standing aspiration and yet to materialize. Maternity and sickness protection are provided through employer liability. The social security provisions largely exclude people in the informal economy resulting in significant coverage gaps. The unemployment rate in Eswatini is 23 percent and youth unemployment stands at 47.4% (15-24 years) and 32.4% (15-35 years). There is no unemployment protection scheme in place. Income support in periods of unemployment is generally minimal - through severance packages. There are no provisions for workers in case of insolvency of a company. Mechanisms to facilitate access to employment services and active labour market interventions are limited. The impact of Covid-19 on economic activity and employment has compounded the problem and heightened the need for unemployment protection. Recent information from the Ministry of Labour indicate that as at end May 2020, over hundred and fifty (150) companies filed applications to lay-off employees resulting in about 9000 unpaid lay-offs. These numbers were projected to increase. In response to this, the government announced plans to establish an unemployment benefit fund (UBF) to support recovery and mitigate the impact of future crisis or pandemics. The plan also includes a temporary COVID-19 unemployment relief fund to provide income support for unpaid lay-offs. In support of the Government’s COVID response, the ILO is implementing an RBSA project: Establishment of Unemployment Benefit Fund in Eswatini: towards comprehensive social protection for all and medium and long term transitioning to formalization. The main objective of the RBSA project is to support the establishment of a gender inclusive unemployment protection fund as part of a comprehensive national social security system building. Unemployment protection measures have positive impacts on poverty and formalization, and help vulnerable people to access decent and productive employment. This ILO project intervention builds and supports on ongoing efforts of ILO constituents towards a comprehensive social protection system in Eswatini. The ILO supported the government in developing a National Social Security Policy and its Implementation Action Plan and Strategy in 2019. A draft Employment Bill developed in 2017 is also undergoing reviews towards finalization and adoption. Description of Duties 1. Lead the timely implementation of the project. Ensuring effective planning and monitoring of all project activities, in conformity with ILO policies, programming guidelines, Country Programmes frameworks, and administrative and financial procedures; 2. Ensure effective implementation of the project through timely provision of technical inputs, effective backstopping, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, and monitoring of activities; 3. Facilitate the participatory generation of evidence and national dialogue and consensus building processes on social protection, in particular on unemployment protection. 4. Liaise with relevant ILO Units, departments, government offices and ILO constituents to ensure the smooth implementation of activities; 5. Provide oversight of project resources, including technical supervision of project staff, as applicable 6. Prepare briefs, periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of project implementation; 7. Plan and facilitate research activities and studies within the scope of the project – develop concept notes, provide technical inputs, review, verify, analyse and provide feedback on reports and other information; 8. Organize and support the delivery of seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings in line with project activities. 9. Establish effective partnerships and Coordination with the government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, social partners, private sector, and other UN Agencies in support of building comprehensive social protection in Eswatini. Uphold ILO principles and values in these partnerships and support resource mobilization initiatives. 10. Develop project information and communication materials and Knowledge Products. Liaise with ILO constituents and partners for effective dissemination of project results and enhance project visibility. 11. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Office Director. Required qualifications Education University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in economics, social protection, social sciences or related field. A higher-level degree would be an advantage. Experience At least one or two years of experience at the national level in project management and implementation related to social protection and inclusion. Experience in the area of unemployment protection or income or livelihood support programme is an advantage. Understanding of the ILO, the United Nations system, working with officials of government ministries, employers’ and workers’ organizations would be an advantage. Languages Excellent command of English. A good knowledge of an official language of the duty station is an advantage. Competencies
  • Substantive knowledge of issues of poverty, exclusion, inequality, unemployment, vulnerability, social protection and inclusion, and strategies for the extension of social protection to all.

  • Substantive knowledge of unemployment protection and complementary policy measures

  • Strong knowledge of trends and the reforms landscape of social protection in Eswatini, and regional and global developments in social protection.

  • Excellent analytical skills. Ability to contribute to research and policy oriented activities and reports.

  • Excellent drafting skills and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English.

  • Ability to establish and maintain systems for effective programme implementation, reporting and evaluation. Demonstrated ability to effectively implement a Development Cooperation programme.

  • Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development.

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

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

  • Good planning and organizational skills. Ability to work on own initiative, with minimum supervision, as well as a team member and team leader. Good Interpersonal Relations.

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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