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National Project Coordinator


Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: DC/BEIJING/NO/2018/001
Publication date: 13 December 2018
Application deadline (midnight Beijing time): 8 February 2019


Job ID: 898 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Beijing 
Location: Beijing   
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 446,406(Renminbi) yearly.


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialised UN agency with a tripartite governance structure encompassing representatives from government, employers, and workers.  It aims at achieving social justice and promotes decent work for men and women by setting and supervising the application of international labour standards, knowledge sharing and supporting countries through development cooperation. The ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia (CO-Beijing) works closely with its Chinese constituents including the government’s ministries and the organizations of workers and employers within the frameworks of the MOU established between the ILO and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and of the China Decent Work Country Programme (2016-2020).


The National Project Coordinator will report to the Project Manager (PM) who is based in CO-Beijing. S/he will receive project and administrative support from the project’s Administrative, Finance and Programme Assistant.  S/he will coordinate the work with the programming unit of CO-Beijing to ensure programme coherence with other work in the China Decent Work Country Programme.


In support of the achievement of the planned Decent Work Country Programme outcomes and UN Development Assistance Framework for the People’s Republic of China Outcome 1 “More people, particularly the vulnerable and disadvantaged, enjoy improved living conditions and increased opportunities for economic, social and cultural development”, CO-Beijing will be implementing a European Union funded project entitled “Improving China’s institutional capacity towards universal social protection.”  The project will be implemented during the period 2019-2021. The project is a part of the EU-China Cooperation Programme on Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, which aims at supporting economic and social resilience in the EU by cooperating with China on sustainable and inclusive growth, decent jobs and social protection. The objective of the “Improving China’s institutional capacity towards universal social protection” Project is to enhance China's employment, social affairs and inclusion through the promotion of (i) improved coverage, adequacy and financial sustainability of the social protection system and (ii) regulatory convergence to international standards in selected areas. This component is organized in the form of an ILO Extra budgetary Development Cooperation Project. The Project also contributes to ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All notably by developing and sharing knowledge on pension adequacy and sustainability, extension of social protection to informal economy and non-standard forms of employment, and building a culture of social protection. It also contributes to achieving SDG 1.3 by supporting the development of sustainable social protection systems and floors, and contributing to universal social protection.


The National Project Coordinator will report to the Project Manager (PM) who is based in CO-Beijing. S/he will receive project and administrative support from the project’s Administrative, Finance and Programme Assistant.  S/he will coordinate the work with the programming unit of CO-Beijing to ensure programme coherence with other work in the China Decent Work Country Programme.

Description of Duties

The National Project Coordinator shall be responsible for supporting the Project Manager to implement the project in close collaboration with ILO technical units and the EU Delegation in Beijing. S/he shall coordinate with the Chinese constituents of the ILO including the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS), All-China Federation of Trade Unions, China Enterprise Confederation, academic and research institutions, EU-funded projects in China especially in the field of employment and social protection, and other relevant government agencies and stakeholders for the achievement of project outcomes.


Specific areas of duties and responsibilities are as follows:


  1. Contribute to the effective coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in accordance with the policies, project strategies, programming guidelines, administrative and financial procedures of the ILO and country/action programmes.
  2. Analyse the development of social security policies in China and provide advice to the Project Manager on the development of project strategy
  3. Build and expand networks and relations with ministries and other government agencies, the employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations and other key stakeholders
  4. Organize seminars, workshops, technical meetings and training courses.
  5. Develop knowledge sharing tools designed to forge partnerships, share good practices foster academic research and facilitate stakeholder alignment to promote adequate, equitable and sustainable social protection for all in China.
  6. Contribute to the preparation of periodic and ad-hoc progress notes on the status of projects planning and their implementation
  7. Contribute to the development of project research, technical reports, policy notes;
  8. Perform quality assurance of technical and non-technical document in the Chinese language;
  9. Contribute to the development of terms of reference for consultants and supervise the development of policy-oriented research and publications.
  10. Under the guidance of the Project Manager, regularly assess progress, identify implementation problems and take corrective measures in line with the project’s monitoring framework and procedures. 

  11. Under the guidance of the Project Manager, develop visibility products such as newsletters and promotional materials, organize visibility events, and build networks and contacts with the relevant media partners.
  12. Oversee the development and approval process of implementation partnership agreement, monitor the performance of implementation partners and ensure timely completion of the work in accordance with the ILO’s financial rules, regulations, practise and procedures. 

  13. Perform other duties as may be required

Required qualifications


University Degree in economics, social sciences, law, international development cooperation or other relevant fields, with demonstrated knowledge on social protection issues.


At least two to three years of relevant technical cooperation project management experience.   Work experience in social security with the relevant government agencies, social partners or research institutions will be advantage. Experiences working with EU-funded projects in China is an asset. 


Excellent command of English and of Mandarin Chinese.


  • Good knowledge of China’s social security system
  • Good knowledge of social, economic and development structure and trends in China
  • Reasonable knowledge of labour relations, employment, fundamental principles and rights at work and good knowledge of gender and international human rights
  • 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 think-tank experts and UN agencies
  • Ability to conduct action oriented research and write analytical technical reports in English

  • Ability to conduct policy discussion and high-level political processes
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, to successfully advocate for and mobilize action to advocate collective bargaining and dispute resolutions in line with international labour standards principles
  • Clear commitment to mainstream gender into project activities
  • Ability to lead and work in a team and good interpersonal relations
  • Ability to train and guide personnel
  • Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in diversified environments
  • Knowledge of and ability to use computers, including Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.


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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