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National Project Officer, Abuja- NOA (DC)


Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: ABUJA/DC/NO/2019/02
Publication date: 08 february 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 25 February 2019


Job ID: 1045 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Abuja 
Location: Abuja   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration:  


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. 


The position will be located in the ILO Country Office in Abuja. The main objectives of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Africa are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

The project is centrally managed by the ILO Regional Office in Africa. 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 contribute more effectively to the achievement of equitable and inclusive growth is a major urgency.

The National Project Officer will work on the “Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in Africa” project. This four year project has the overarching goal to accelerate the elimination of child labour in Africa, through targeted actions in selected supply chains in Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. It will address child labour in a multi-country and multi-sectoral approach, enhancing synergies and developing innovative and evidence-based solutions in contexts where more than one prominent driver of child labour coexist. The outcome of the project will go beyond the targeted countries, thus benefiting the whole region through the promotion of partnerships and knowledge sharing.

Description of Duties

  1. Contribute to the effective implementation of the project through the technical, efficient and timely execution of tasks in accordance with the policies, values and procedures of the ILO, the strategies of the project and the schedule of activities.
  2. Initiate, sustain and guide cooperation with key partners, in close collaboration with the National Project Coordinator, relevant ILO technical specialists to ensure the performance and results of the project and ensuring that gender is mainstreamed in planning and project implementation to achieve the desired results.
  3. Ensure a flow of regular and complete information on the status of the activities planned and implemented between the Project team, ILO CO Abuja and Technical Units in DWT Dakar and HQ.
  4. Participate in the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings in collaboration with the technical support of experts and represent the project in various meetings as may be required.
  5. In collaboration with the NPC, organize and conduct technical missions in target regions, guide and advise national and international experts on site and remotely and ensure the proper and effective use of project resources.
  6. Assist in the monitoring and coordination of research carried out by external collaborators.
  7. Disseminate project information through publications and press releases and ensure good communication with all partners. Ensuring project visibility, representation during meetings related to the project with the United Nations agencies and donors, regional and national forums and conduct awareness campaigns.
  8. Establish and maintain strong working relations with the ILO’s tripartite constituents and other relevant stakeholders in Nigeria, in particular organizations and representatives of national government concerned with child labour issues, employer and worker organizations.
  9. Prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analyzing and monitoring the situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations for remedial action.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned by the NPC & the Director of the Office as part of the implementation of the project.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in economics, social sciences, or related field and strong knowledge on development issues particularly in Nigeria.


At least one or two years of experience in project management, 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).

Work experience in the field of labor law and/or human rights or a relevant field at national level.


Excellent command of English.


  • Proven ability to manage teams including personnel management and remote capacity project management proved (project planning and management of financial and monitoring procedures).
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships and negotiate with government officials, representative(s) of civil society, representatives of workers 'and employers' organizations and academics.
  • Ability to lead work teams to the achievement of objectives and results.
  • Knowledge of the ILO regulations and procedures of system and / or the United Nations would be an asset.
  • Excellent ability to time management and good organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate gender analysis in the implementation of the project.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to write reports on the organization's strategy in the field of Child Labour protection and employment generated by employment-intensive investment or for the implementation of the project.
  • Good knowledge of methods of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Good knowledge of common office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and communication (internet and email).
  • Proving experience of drafting research reports.


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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