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Knowledge Management and Advocacy Officer

 

Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: DC/BANGKOK/NO/2019/01
Publication date: 25 January 2019
Application deadline (midnight Bangkok time): 24 February 2019

 

Job ID: 1000 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Location: Bangkok   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year (with possibility of renewal) 


 

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 entry level salary for this position is 1,412,438 (Baht) yearly.

Introduction

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations specialized agency devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. The organisation’s main objectives are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities for all, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. Many ILO instruments adopted since 1919 touch upon global supply chains, most prominently the “MNE Declaration”. The subject gained further prominence in 2002, when the ILO established the World Commission for the Social Dimension of Globalization, which in 2004 published its ground-breaking report entitled “Fair globalization”. The report observed that “the emergence of global production systems that drove the increasing flows of FDI has created new opportunities for growth and industrialization in developing countries. 

 

The "Responsible Supply Chains in Asia" (RSCA) project (RAS/16/13/EUR) is a three years project developed by the European Union together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Taking guidance from the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (ILO MNE Declaration, 2017) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (2011), the project will promote corporate social responsibility (CSR)/responsible business conduct (RBC) with regard to the environment, decent work and the respect of human rights. The overarching objective is to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by ensuring that investors and businesses have a better understanding and practical examples of responsible behaviour. It is also to create policy environments conducive to promoting responsible conduct and increased opportunities for dialogue.

 

The project is present in six countries in the region: China, Japan, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, targeting specific economic sectors in each of the countries. It aims at contributing to an enhanced respect for labour standards and decent work by businesses engaged in supply chains in Asia, in line with international instruments on CSR, RBC and Business and HR.

 

The KMA Officer will be located in the ILO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, and will report to the Programme Manager of the RSCA project. The Officer will also liaise with National Project Coordinators (NPCs), relevant units at the ILO’s HQ and with relevant specialist in the ILO DWT for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific. The KMA officer will work in collaboration with the partners of the project, the EU and the OECD, as well as with relevant UN agencies.

Description of Duties

The KMA Officer will be directly involved in the planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting on the activities of the project. She/He will be directly involved in activities related to advocacy, outreach and follow-up to networks established in the context of the project. Specifically, the KMA Officer will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Provide knowledge and information management support for activities of the project.

2. Support the programme manager in ensuring appropriate visibility and advocacy of the project, in line with ILO and donor requirements.

3. Provide support in areas related to project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, including for the preparation of evaluations and progress reports.

4. Facilitate internal knowledge sharing with ILO’s offices, DWT specialists and departments in the ILO Headquarters.

5. Conduct research to inform the project advocacy, by collecting information and research products from the National Project Coordinators (NPCs) on socially responsible business practices in the sub-region.

6. Provide support and follow-up to the design and development of tools and training materials and support the project’s training component, through providing inputs/acting as a resource person in seminars, workshops and technical meetings.

7. Draft internal and external advocacy documents including, but not limited to, letters, talking points, updates, media outreach, issue briefs, fact sheets, advocacy reports, newsletters, progress reports, invitations, and update reports to support the outreach component of the project.

8. Prepare information and reports to the ILO regional programming team on the progress of the project and its alignment with internal ILO and UN programming frameworks, including the SDGs.

9. Provide support to the project for the application of policies, standards and guidelines established for monitoring and evaluation activities, following ILO’s and Donor’s standards and guidelines on the matter.

10. Liaise with National Project Coordinators (NPCs) to collect and systematise information generated by the implementation of the project.

11. Carry out other duties assigned by the programme manager, including development of Terms of References, revision of documents, assisting in drafting of presentations and support to external consultants.


 

Required qualifications

Education

First level university degree (Masters) in international relations, international law, development studies, business management, CSR, history, communications, social sciences, economics or other relevant discipline, or its equivalent.

Experience

Two to three years of relevant professional experience in the field of CSR, Responsible Business Conduct, Supply Chain Management, programme management, CSR public communications, compliance, private sector development or another related field. Knowledge and experience of working with ILO, multilateral international organisations, civil society organisations, government institutions and/or private sector. Experience in interacting with government institutions and the private sector is an asset.

Languages

Excellent command of spoken and written English and Thai language. Knowledge of an additional UN official language will be an asset.

Competencies

  • Excellent writing skills including an ability to nuance and adapt messages to culturally diverse audiences.
  • Advanced working knowledge of relevant computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Skills in advocacy and/or communication activities.
  • Knowledge in the field of corporate social responsibility, responsible business conduct, and/or business and human rights.
  • Good analytical skills, creativity and own initiative.
  • Ability to develop training materials and facilitate training.
  • Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Conditions of employment

 

Conditions of employment:

 

Starting salary:              Baht1,412,438.- per annum

Allowances & benefits:  Affiliation to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund

                                      Affiliation to the ILO-ITU Staff Health Insurance Fund

                                      Dependants’ allowance

                                      30 working days of annual leave


 

Recruitment process

 

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at https://jobs.ilo.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

 

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