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Technical Officer - Supply Chain and Enterprises - P3


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: DC/ABIDJAN/P/2018/07
Publication date: 24 December 2018
Application deadline (midnight Abidjan time): 30 January 2019


Job ID: 922 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: RO-Africa 
Location: Abidjan   
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 present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.


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.


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 position will be located in the ILO Regional Office for Africa in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire (ROAF). The ROAF has overall political and management responsibilities for the promotion of ILO principles, policies and decent work priorities in the region as well as provides strategic guidance and support to all country offices and Decent Work Technical Support Teams (DWTs) in Africa. Furthermore, the ROAF is responsible for promoting collaboration on decent work issues with continental institutions like the African Union, African Development Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The main objectives of the ILO in Africa are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.


Africa’s population is rising the fastest. The pressure to provide decent work opportunities for new labour market entrants will be particularly acute in Africa. The ILO in the region has given priority to promoting employment in the rural and informal economies, and underscored the need for action to tackle youth unemployment. Building the capacity of its constituents to accelerate the promotion of decent jobs in order to contribute more effectively to the achievement of equitable and inclusive growth is a major urgency.


The Technical Officer will work on the project “Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa”. The project has the overarching goal to accelerate the elimination of child labour in Africa, through targeted actions in selected supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. To achieve this goal, the project has identified four inter-related components (i.e. three outcomes and one cross-cutting knowledge component). The project will work on a) public policy and good governance; b) empowerment and representation, and c) partnership and knowledge sharing among global supply chain actors with operations or supply chains in Africa. In addition, the project will be supported by continuous research and identification of good practices from the project implementation and from other sources. Gender is considered as cross-cutting theme; all outcomes will address gender-strategic needs.


      Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO, the Technical Officer will contribute to the effective implementation of the project, by advising on and providing support to the implementation of the supply chain components of the project.


Reporting lines:


The Technical Officer will report to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of the project and will work under general supervision of the Deputy Regional Director for Africa.

The position will receive technical support from FUNDAMENTALS’ technical team on supply chains and will coordinate closely with specialists concerned in the Sectoral Policies Department (SECTOR), ENTERPRISES, ROAF and Decent Work Teams in Africa.

Description of Duties

  • Be the focal point on labour rights due diligence, supply chain and responsible business for ILO staff in the six countries under the programme and be available more broadly in the Africa region for policy advice and advocacy to Government, Workers’ and Employers’ organizations, key partners and other influencers on issues of relevance to business and decent work / responsible supply chains.


  • Review, analyse and interpret economic, social and political trends in the six countries under the programme. Identify trends or developments for which further research and programme development work is required to adequately respond to growing and changing needs in the area of due diligence/corporate social responsibility (CSR)/responsible supply chains. Provide analysis and recommendations to senior management on technical cooperation activities and formulate and set priorities.


  • Work jointly with country offices and provide technical inputs to support the implementation of the project’s outputs and activities related to supply chains of priority industries/sectors at country office level.


  • Engage with business, industry associations, global/regional sustainability and supply chain initiatives and conferences, presenting and promoting respect and support for FPRW.


  • Identify training needs of project partners, in particular employers’ organizations and enterprises; organize and conduct training workshops and meetings on tackling child labour in global supply chains and more generally on due diligence/corporate social responsibility (CSR)/responsible supply chains.


  • Provide technical advice to ILO's constituents in the six countries under the programme on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of technical cooperation activities on due diligence/CSR/responsible supply chain.


  • Liaise with industry focal points to develop initiatives, guidance and best practice for the supply chains of the priority industries/sectors.


  • Support research, policy and guidance on child labour in global supply chains, with a focus on the CSR priority industry work-streams – identify key impacts at industry levels and provide guidance on cross-cutting issues such as FPRW.


  • Contribute to the region's knowledge management system in the area of CSR, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of programme planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programs.


  • Provide technical inputs to ILO studies, reports and publications on CSR/responsible supply chains.


  • Monitor and coordinate the work carried out by external collaborators.


  • Undertake technical missions in relation to project implementation.


  • Lead the documentation of good practice, responses and changes in business practices by partners and external private sector actors and governments, ensure systematic collection and analysis of programme and partnership outcomes and processes. Share learning across the organization and develop capacity building and learning resources. Participate in training seminars and workshops as resource person.


  • Coordinate, liaise and promote linkages and share best practices and lessons learned with ROAF, FUNDAMENTALS, SECTOR and other ILO technical departments concerned.


  • Carry out other duties as required.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Economics or other related fields


At least five years of relevant professional experience, including three years at the international level, and experience advancing public private partnerships on decent work and fundamental principles and rights at work and supply chains. Work experience in agricultural and extractive (mining) supply chains. Technical background in business and human rights, corporate sustainability, sustainable supply chains, or child labour and business is required. First-hand experience working on the mining and/or agriculture sector in Africa would be an asset. Demonstrated experience in conflict minerals, minerals/commodity traceability and due diligence through direct collaboration with relevant national, regional and local stakeholders.


Good knowledge of operational issues, ILO project cycle and project management. Strong analytical skills and management systems experience. Good technical understanding on fundamental rights at work and decent work. Solid research, information gathering, and structuring experience.


Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of French.   


  • Ability to provide technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of specialization.
  • Ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialized technical field.
  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies.
  • Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation.
  • Ability to provide technical support to senior specialists, carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.
  • Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and to provide technical inputs for the ILO Decent Work Agenda.
  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes.
  • Ability to build networks through effective communication and cooperation with national, regional and local stakeholders.



Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • Any extension 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.

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Recruitment process

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Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.


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