Job Title: National Project Coordinator
Organisation: International Labour Organization (ILO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/GS/2022/08
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 organization 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: Under the overall guidance of the Social Protection Technical Officer, the incumbent provides comprehensive and professional services for the efficient, effective and client-oriented design, management, delivery and administration of the EC-ILO-UNICEF Action, in particular as regards the ILO allocation for Uganda. This includes technical inputs as well as project management, budget management, reporting, monitoring and evaluation and representation of the ILO in processes and meetings at national level as needed. The incumbent is expected to have a high degree of independence in completing work assignments.
The National Project Coordinator will work under the overall responsibility of the Director of the ILO Country Office for the United Republic of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda (CO-Dar Es Salaam) and under the direct supervision of the Social Protection Technical Officer. S/he may receive technical backstopping, support and guidance from the Social Protection Specialist of the ILO Decent Work Team in Pretoria and the EC DEVCO Team in SOCPRO, HQ Geneva.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide substantial professional services for the development and delivery of quality, timely and widely accessible outputs as established in the work plan, including knowledge products and research and oversee the work of and provide guidance to consultants.
- Support the project timely implementation, monitoring and evaluation through management functions, including the development of work plans, preparation and monitoring of budget, provision of technical and administrative support to the project team in line with the ILO policy, rules and regulations and according to the final project document and work plan.
- Help identifying suitable external collaborators and contractors for conducting certain project activities related to social protection, draft terms of reference, prepare work plan and costs estimates and provide support for preparing the contracts.
- Plan and organise quarterly in-house project review meetings, identify problems/challenges in technical and financial delivery of the project, and propose solutions, action and through the technical officer, follow-up with relevant ILO units including those in the headquarters and regional office, government offices, constituents and other organizations including project’s implementing partners to expedite implementation and meet technical as well as financial delivery targets.
- Periodically monitor and report progress of the project and activities by reviewing, verifying and analysing work-plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness. Prepare required technical progress reports and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation.
- In coordination with UNICEF, support communication and visibility activities of the project activities, including commission, research, write, edit and/or translate from/to the local language audience-specific communication and information products, conduct surveys, maintenance and updating of websites, organize press conferences, media interviews and other public information events, provide media briefings, in order to communicate persuasive, evidence-based and solution-oriented messages on the project activities.
- Coordinate day-to-day operational management of the project, facilitate budgeting and expenditure tracking, regular review of financial reports and records, monitor status of obligation
- Under the guidance of the Social Protection Technical Officer, coordinate with UNICEF and EU for the implementation of the project and HQ for reporting. This includes the timely development and regular updating of detailed work plans and budgets, support the setting up and subsequent participation in the national country steering committee of the Action, ensuring sound monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the ILO allocation at country level and developing related annual progress reports for the country level activities
- Perform other coordination and representation roles, as appropriate and required. Facilitate anchoring coordination within the Government’s Social Protection Agencies/units and ensuring a good floor of communication with national stakeholders.
- Promote and maintain partnerships within the UN family and with donors for better results of the project, such as for example WB and EU in the area of Public Finance Management; EU member countries for technical collaboration in social protection related programme/projects; UNDP.
- Support resource mobilization for long-term funding (domestic funding or development cooperation) to ensure future continuity of activities
- Maintain effective coordination with other ILO executed Projects in Uganda in particular, the PROSPECTS project which has a strong component on improving enabling environment for social protection, in particular in the area of health and in particular for refugees.
- Support the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings. Ensure documenting experiences and sharing of information across the other projects of the Action, e.g. by preparing briefs, periodical reports and statistical data on social protection.
- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal applicant for the International Labour Organization National Project Coordinator job placement must hold a first level university degree in one of the following disciplines: Economics, Social Protection, Political Sciences, Statistics, Development, Anthropology, Demography, and Population Studies;
- At least three years of experience in project management, supervision, administration and implementation of grant/cooperation agreement requirements.
- Experience in mobilising high level officials of the constituents to influence policy and institutional reforms, mainstreaming social dialogue, ILS and gender, and working with different SP stakeholders is a preference.
- Technical requirements: Strong knowledge of social protection administration and delivery as well as national policies, financing and legislations affecting social protection. Knowledge of the policy making process in Uganda. Experience in public finance management/fiscal policies desirable.
- Languages: Excellent command of English.
- Must be result focused and be able to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish strong working relationships, collaborative and good interpersonal relations in culturally diverse environments ;
- Strong analytical skills;
- Technical knowledge and experience in implementation of gender and disability sensitive approaches is a plus;
- Knowledge and experience in implementing of either public finance management or social protection programme
- 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 reports and project communication materials in English.
- Ability to conduct policy discussion and high-level political processes.
- Clear commitment to mainstream ILO, social dialogue and gender into project activities.
- 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 taking responsibility for the performance of activities, both in regard to the quality of the products and the results achieved;.
- Ability to synthesize and draw conclusions from empirical research on policy and managerial issues, and to transmit and share these knowledge to team members and to partners and beneficiaries of the project;
- Ability to evaluate and monitor activities and projects of technical cooperation
- Ability to work simultaneously with several institutions clients
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations International Labour Organization in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 9th August 2022