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Project Manager (CTA)


Grade: P4 

Vacancy no.: DC/BRASILIA/P/2023/01
Publication date: 26 January 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 9 February 2023


Job ID: 10404 
Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 
Organization Unit: CO-Brasilia 
Location: Brasilia   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year with possibility of extension 


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, with possibility of extension. 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 ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to





Under the Project to Increase Worker Voice and Address Forced Labour, Child Labour, and Other Labour Violations in Cattle Raising Areas of Brazil and Paraguay, a Project Director (CTA) shall be hired to monitor, evaluate and manage the activities that will be undertaken during the duration of the Project. 


Funded by the USDOL, the main outcomes of the Project are: 
•    Outcome 1: Strengthened capacity of worker organizations and civil society organizations to identify labour violations and advocate on behalf of workers in cattle raising areas of Brazil and Paraguay;
o    Sub-outcome 1.1: Increased organizational resiliency of worker organizations and civil society organizations;
•    Outcome 2: Increased capacity of worker organizations and civil society organizations to provide services addressing labour violations for workers and their families; and
•    Outcome 3: Increased worker organization and civil society organization engagement with private sector stakeholders to advocate for better work conditions.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of CO-Brasilia, in close coordination with the Director of the DWT-Santiago; and in collaboration with the Regional Office’s units and projects; FUNDAMENTALS and other relevant HQ units; CO-Brasilia and DWT-Santiago units, projects and specialists; as well as ILO staff based in Paraguay; the incumbent will undertake the following functions:

Description of Duties


  • Revise the project document in line with the scope of Work approved by the donor and in line with ILO quality criteria. Develop and ensure the timely delivery of a work plan of activities in line with the main outcomes identified in the project document and ensure high quality of project deliverables.
  • Manage the programming and control of the Project funds, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations to management for remedial action.
  • Responsible for the implementation of project activities with specialists in field offices, DWTs and at Headquarters; ensure timely technical input to project activities and contribute to office-wide knowledge sharing. Ensure external knowledge sharing on project activities and outcomes through the channels identified by the Office for this purpose.
  • Strengthen relationships with ILO constituents, including workers’ and employers’ organisations and other key stakeholders, such as UN AFPs and civil society organisations, to ensure political support for and ownership of project results. Advise and guide project personnel, constituents, donors, institutions, or other partners to achieve programme objectives. 
  • Ensure good collaboration with project partners, including UN AFPs, follow-up on contractual arrangements and ensure timely delivery by project partners. 
  • In accordance with the project work plan, support the development and implementation of intervention models on related topics and increase the capacities and resiliency of target organizations.
  • Supervise and guide the work of project personnel. Effectively manage human resources including recruitment, staff development and performance management of the personnel under the project.
  • Within the scope of the Project, formulate evidence-based policy recommendations and give advice on the effective application of international labour standards on forced labour, child labour and other related labour violations; advocate ILO policy on the elimination of forced and child labour; and ensure representation in donors’ meetings, international, regional and local forums, and promotional campaigns.
  • Supervise research under the Project and coordinate the contracting of services and good following ILO contract modalities. 
  • Contribute to knowledge management and sharing in close collaboration with relevant units in the field and at HQ on project outputs and outcomes. Ensure external knowledge sharing on project activities and outcomes through the channels identified by the Office for this purpose.  
  • Monitor the progress of project activities, evaluating their efficiency and effectiveness and prepare technical reports by reviewing, verifying and analysing the work plans and checking on clarity, consistency and completeness.
  • Participate in or lead project-related missions. Participate in non-project related missions upon donors’ request or agreement. 
  • Perform other project-related duties as assigned by the supervisor.  

Required qualifications



Advanced university degree in Management, Law, Economics, Social Sciences or another related field.  A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the fields mentioned above with an additional two years of relevant experience will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.



Seven years’ experience in managing projects on forced labour and/or child labour of including at the international level. Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures, as well as USDOL project reporting requirements, including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations, working with multiple sub-recipient(s) and/or contractor(s), and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to donor. Understanding of the cattle raising sector and/or relevant agricultural sectors. 



Fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese is required. 



Technical Competencies 

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders and to engage in coalition building and public-private partnership promotion;
  • Demonstrated and recognized management and leadership skills;
  • Ability to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects;
  • Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development;
  • Knowledge of the Office’s financial rules and regulations;
  • Understanding of qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research;
  • Provide advice on best practices;
  • Formulate new concepts and methodologies;
  • Develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings;
  • Design and synthesize strategies for programme development;
  • Proven capacity to initiate and implement technical co-operation programmes and activities with ILO constituents and NGOs, including negotiation skill with governments, social partners and mobilizing the support of international donor agencies;
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal; Demonstrated experience as an effective public speaker;
  • Team-leadership, ability to work in a team, and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to supervise, train and guide personnel;
  • Ability to work within a complex political context, and meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.

Behavioural Competencies

All ILO core personal or behavioral competencies: Integrity and transparency, Sensitivity to diversity, Orientation to learning & knowledge sharing, Communication, Client orientation, Orientation to change, Takes responsibility for performance, Quality orientation and Collaboration is mandatory to observe by its personnel, however this position emphatically requires the following competences: Integrity and transparency, Takes responsibility for performance, Client orientation and Collaboration.


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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.


Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


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To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organisation, the ILO may conduct a background verification of candidates under consideration.


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