International Labour Organization (ILO)

National Project Coordinator

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: NOA Vacancy no.: KINSHASA/DC/NO/2021/02 Publication date: 15 April 2021 Application deadline (midnight Kinshasa Time): 05 May 2021 Job ID: 5887 Department: RO-Africa Organization Unit: CO-Kinshasa Location: Luanda 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.

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.

NB: "The ILO attaches great importance to ethical values, diversity among its staff and aims to ensure gender balance within its staff." 

Introduction

The position is located in Angola covered by ILO Country Office Kinshasa. The ILO (International Labour Organisation) is the United Nations specialized agency whose mission is to promote social justice through improved access of men and women to decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.

The European Commission (EC DEVCO) launched a project titled “Improving synergies between social protection and Public Finance Management (PFM)”, whose general objective is to increase the population's universal social protection coverage in partner’s countries. ILO and UNICEF will implement this project jointly.

The project has three objectives: - Improve partner countries’ design and financing of social protection systems in support of their efforts towards SDGs 1 and 10.

- Support governments in implementing and monitoring effective gender-sensitive and disability-inclusive social protection systems and programmes for all while ensuring financial sustainability and macroeconomic stability.

- Assist partner countries in developing and applying shock-sensitive social protection programmes and systems adapted to the needs of those living in protracted fragility and crises, including forcibly displaced persons.

Angola was selected for the implementation of this project.

Social protection coverage in Angola is very limited even though it is a middle-income country. In this context, the Project “Synergy between Public Finance Management and Social Protection” defines three interventions that, if correctly designed and implemented, would have a positive impact on the level of social protection coverage in Angola and all the Government actions in the field to achieve the NDP goal: (i) supporting the adoption of a Social Protection Policy, through an Assessment Based National Dialogue (ABND) process including identification of coverage gap, cost estimations to establish a social protection floor and fiscal space Analysis to identify options to fill the financing gap,; (ii) Improving coordination of the social protection system; and (iii) strengthening the capacity of public institutions to improve budgeting and delivery of social protection services. The project also foresees the opportunity to introduce expenditure-side components of the PFM equation in order to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness, improve impact and maximise the benefits of available resources and build further support for social protection programming The ILO seeks to recruit a National Project Officer (NPO) to support the implementation of the project “Synergy between Public Finance Management and Social Protection”, in Angola.

The NPO is to be based in Luanda, Angola, working in close collaboration with Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) of the project in Angola, as well as with colleagues from other countries under ILO CO-KINSHASA and the ILO Decent Work Team in Yaounde.

The NPO will be responsible for developing, providing direct Technical Support and monitoring the delivery of the activities envisaged in the project work plan. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the project related technical areas and other components of the ILO decent work agenda in the field.

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Under the overall responsibility of the Director of the ILO Country Office for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo and Gabon (CO-Kinshasa), the National Project Officer will directly report to the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) in Luanda, Angola. Technical and strategic oversight will be provided by the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) in Luanda, Angola.

The NPO will work in coordination with project staff from UNICEF and national partners involved in the implementation of the project “Improving synergies between social protection and Public Finance Management (PFM)”, .S/he will also work closely with the Social Protection Specialists attached to the ILO Decent Work Team in Yaounde who is the backstop of the project, and other technical experts from Social Protection Department (SOCPRO).

Description of Duties

1. Support 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 and budget.

2. Contribute proposals for programme/project development and serve as National Programme Advisor, drafting budget proposals, project proposals, programme background, country strategy papers, objectives, project reviews and evaluation. Monitor progress of ILO programmes, projects and activities by reviewing, verifying and analysing work-plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness.

3. 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.

4. Ensure the delivery of quality technical inputs, including qualitative and quantitative research in line with ILO core conventions on fundamental rights at work.

5. 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.

6. Ensure high-level communications to increase project’s visibility at the national and international levels. This includes the responsibility to liaise with the UN country team, and other key stakeholders to ensure effective coordination with relevant national strategies and related technical projects. Under direct guidance of CO-KINSHASA, maintain relations with mass media and concerned media groups in order to increase the impact of the project in society as a whole.

7. Provide technical cooperation support to counterparts in the areas envisaged in the project work plan for Angola, with a particular focus on social protection coordination, advocacy and public debate for social protection, economic analysis/modelling of social protection reform and public finance management.

8. Provide technical assistance to national partners, namely the Ministry of Public Administration, Labor and Social Security, the National Social Security Institute, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Action, Family and Women Promotion, the Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of Finance in the definition and implementation of social protection policies and programs (or any other that may be created if government’s changes occur). Contribute to the implementation of the Angolan DWCP regarding Social Protection priorities.

9. Support research and provide information and technical inputs for regional and country analyses, reports and publications related to social protection issues in Angola, particularly on social protection coordination, advocacy and public debate for social protection, economic analysis/modelling of social protection reform and social protection financing.

10. Organize and provide training programmes and awareness raising activities to support dissemination and foster debate on social protection issues in Angola and the region, with engagement of academic institutions, civil society, media organizations, etc.

11. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Required qualifications

Education

First level university degree in a relevant field in Economics, Social Sciences, Public Finance, Public Policy, Public Administration, International studies, International Cooperation and Internationl Development or other relevant field in Social Protection

Experience

- At least two years of relevant professional experience at the national level, with thematic emphasis on social protection and social security systems implementation and reform.

- Experience with social sector budgeting and financing in Angola, ability to identify key evidence gaps to support social protection (external and domestic) financing and public finance management.

- Experience with advocacy, communication and/or research work in the field of social protection, preferably in Angola.

Languages

Excellent command of English and good knowledge of Portuguese. Knowledge of French is an added value

Competencies

In depth knowledge of the Angola public sector; ability to interact with Government, Civil Society, Academia and the Media on issues related to social security reform; - Understanding of the ILO social security standards; - Good knowledge of programming principles and budgeting; - Project formulation, management and evaluation techniques and practices; - Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development; - Ability to conduct action oriented research and write analytical technical report - Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the formulation, administration and evaluation of projects; - Good  drafting and analytical skills; - Good organizational skills; - Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; - Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team; - Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.

- Good interpersonal skills; - Good presentation and facilitation skills; - Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office - Familiarity with UN policies and procedures including experience working with officials of ministries of Finance and Planning, Social Welfare, Social Security and/or Labour in Angola.

- Familiarity with debate on social protection coordination, institutional, legal and policy reform in Angola, ability to identify coordination challenges and elaborate proposals for effective institutional reform in the sector.

- Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

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.

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