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National Project Coordinator (NOB)


Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: DC/DILI/NO/2019/15
Publication date: 2 October 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time):  3 November 2019


Job ID: 1826 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Jakarta 
Location: Dili   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 1 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 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. 


ILO is implementing the MAP’16 project, a global project funded by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) that aims to increase the knowledge base, raise awareness, strengthen capacity, and conduct policy engagement in support of international efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal Target (SDG) 8.7.


Project implementation will be framed within a combined strategy involving improved research methods and tools, empirical research, data-driven awareness raising, and policy engagement. It will be directed towards achieving four inter-related strategic outcomes: 1) Improved knowledge base on child labor forced labor and human trafficking; 2) Improved application of knowledge in support of efforts to eliminate child labor and forced labor: 3) Strengthened policies and improved capacity of governments, national authorities, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and other relevant entities to combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking through national, regional, and global initiatives; and 4) Strengthened partnerships to accelerate progress in combatting child labor, forced labor and human trafficking.


Within the overall global strategy of the MAP 16 project, it has country specific components including in Timor-Leste. The MAP 16 project’s Timor-Leste component builds on achievement of the USDOL funded - Global Action Programme on Child Labour (GAP) which ended in 2017, and contribute to Timor-Leste commitment to eliminate child labour.  The current project builds on the work completed on the previous project and has the following outcomes:

Outcome 1: Timor-Leste will have a solid knowledge and policy base on child labour that can be easily up-dated and expanded;

Outcome 2: The legal framework on child labour in Timor-Leste is up-to-date and in line with relevant international conventions;

Outcome 3: Children, parents, employers and the general public have a solid understanding of what child labour is and how it can be avoided;

Outcome 4: Key professional groups in government and civil society are well versed with child labour and have access to knowledge and procedures that allow them to take action as part of their daily work.


The duration of the project is 24 months

Reporting Lines

The National Project Coordinator in Timor-Leste will work under the overall supervision of the ILO Director for Indonesia and Timor-Leste with technical backstopping and guidance from the officer designated for backstopping the project from the FUNDAMENTALS Branch at ILO HQ in Geneva and ILO DWT ROAP Bangkok.

Description of Duties

The National Project Coordinator is the project key personnel and will have a critical role to play in ensuring the effective implementation of the project in accordance with the project document and work plan and be the main technical liaison for communication with stakeholders on project activities. The National Project Coordinator will work together with the National Commission against Child Labour (CNTI) and government authorities and will coordinate with other key actors including UN agencies, and Child Protection Working Groups. S/he will also ensure timely reporting and appropriate visibility of the project in different forums.


With the technical support from FUNDAMENTALS Branch ILO HQ, ILO DWT ROAP Bangkok and ILO CO-Jakarta, the National Project Coordinator will have the following responsibilities:


1.  Ensure the management and implementation of all project activities, through timely provision of inputs, effective backstopping, and efficient delivery of outputs, in conformity with ILO policies, programming guidelines and administrative and financial procedures.

2.  Draft Terms of Reference for consultants and contractors, coordinate their activities and ensure timely and high quality delivery of outputs.
3.  Initiate and process Action Programme proposals from governmental departments, employers’ and workers’ organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGO).
4.  Analyse and monitor child labour trends in Timor-Leste including through information gathered through the Child Labour Monitoring System and other sources.
5.  Coordinate and ensure synergies with other ILO related projects in Timor-Leste at the national level.
6.  Coordinate and build partnerships with the relevant national stakeholders, including governmental organizations, employers’ and workers’ organizations, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and donor’s active in the area of child labour in pursuance of the project’s objectives and ILO’s mandate.


7.  Monitor, evaluate and report on all project activities, building the information systems to ensure effective and timely progress and delivery. This includes the preparation and monitoring of the project monitoring plan (PMP) and system, as well as the Project annual work plan, including when action programmes and individual components have to be developed and implemented, in accordance with the ILO Technical Cooperation Manual and the ILO/IPEC Programme Operations Manual.

8.  As part of the overall monitoring and evaluation of the project, establish detailed monitoring and evaluation processes as appropriate for specific components and activities of the project, and prepare and submit (or provide inputs to) technical and financial progress reports as required, in a timely manner.

9.  Liaise closely with ILO Co-Jakarta, ILO DWT in ROAP Bangkok and FUNDAMENTALS on knowledge management, communications and M&E efforts including through submission of timely information, regular reporting on achievements and highlights of best practice and lessons learned.
10.  Co-lead training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, NGOs and other agencies and staff as appropriate.


11. Co-lead training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, NGOs and other agencies and staff as appropriate.

12.  Undertake regular and adhoc visits to project implementation sites in order to monitor and ensure quality delivery and compliance to ILO standards and policies.
13.  Promote ILO policy regarding child labour, equality of opportunity and treatment for women and men and the relevant international labour standards.
14.  Ensure safety and effective and efficient utilisation of ILO resources procured by and or assigned to the project.
15.  Ensure adherence to the ILO rules and regulations for financial and administrative matters.
16.  Perform other relevant tasks as requested by the Country Director.

Required qualifications

First level university degree in development studies, economics, social science, management, or related field.



At least 3 years relevant experience working in the development field, preferably on Child Labour or Child Protection with strong project management skills;

  • Field work and experience coordinating with local, national and other key stakeholders;
  • Previous experience and knowledge on child labour issues;
  • Knowledge and familiarity with development issues in Timor-Leste and the national context;
  • Experience in research and analysis, policy and advocacy work will be a distinct advantage.
  • Familiarity and previous work experience with the ILO or other UN agencies would be an added advantage.

Excellent written and spoken command of English and Tetum (duty station local language).


  • Demonstrated experience in planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating programs at the national level in the field of socio-economic development.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups (i.e governmental departments, employers' and workers' employers' organizations, non-governmental groups and research institutions) in various parts of the country;
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Good ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyze problems with implementation
  • Ability to work independently, quickly, precisely, and take initiative and responsibility
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet the deadline
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, web-browsers and database applications
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes


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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