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National Project Coordinator - NOA (DC)


Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: DC/KABUL/NO/2020/01
Publication date: 10 February 2020
Application deadline (midnight local time): 25 February 2020


Job ID: 2568 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: ILO-Kabul 
Location: Kabul   
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. 


The ILO-DFID Asia Regional Child Labour Programme (here below, the Programme) is an ILO programme aiming to reduce child labour with a particular focus on its worst forms in South- and South-East Asia funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).  The Programme aims at eliminating child labour in six countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.  The Programme also aims at targeting hazardous sectors, where child labour is found.  The Programme is managed by a Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) based in ILO New Delhi Office.  In each country, a National Programme Coordinator implements the country component of the programme together with project partners and constituents.


The Programme has four thematic approaches to protect children’s rights and address child labour: (1) Child Labour and Poverty, (2) Child Labour and Education, (3) Social norms and values that trigger child labour, and a (4) Legal and Business Environment in reducing child labour.  The project will intervene in each country through the approaches of partnership, research and capacity building of key actors, with a specific country strategy.


In Afghanistan, the Programme will contribute to the 2018-2022 Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), and primarily to DWCP Outcome 2.4 (Existing and future workers, in particular the most vulnerable and especially children, are protected from unacceptable forms of work).  It will also contribute to Outcomes 3.1 – 3.3 which support the knowledge and capacity of the ILO’s tripartite constituents – the Government, employers’ and workers’ organisations to promote, advocate and facilitate the elimination of child labour.


Reporting lines

The National Project Coordinator (NPC), under the direction and supervision of the Country Director and technical guidance of the CTA based in New Delhi, India, will be responsible for implementing the project deliverables.  The NPC will work in close collaboration with ILO FUNDAMENTALS Branch in Geneva; the ILO Specialist on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) and other relevant specialists in DWT-New Delhi, and ILO projects in Afghanistan, to facilitate the highest technical integrity and effective delivery of project outputs, as identified in the project document.

Description of Duties
  • Ensure the project’s timely implementation, monitoring and evaluation, in line with ILO policies, rules and regulations and according to the final project document and work plan.
  • Under the guidance of the Country Director and the CTA, judiciously manage the project budget and ensure timely disbursement and settlement of funds, hiring of external collaborators and service providers and timely procurement and management of goods and services.
  • Review and analyse the evolving context of child labour in Afghanistan, related policies and legislation and research and identify interventions that can sustainably contribute to address them.  Share oral and written analysis with management.
  • Keep abreast of other FPRW related activities of the ILO and other organisations and identify either synergies or communication strategies in relation to them.
  • Assemble and edit basic data required for planning and negotiation of project activities, considering different approaches and alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and resolution; consider project partners’ suggestions and needs in updating activities and work plan.  Draft terms of reference for partnership agreements, consultants and/or service providers.
  • Identify problems, propose solutions and action, and follow-up with Country Office programme teams, relevant departments at headquarters and Regional Office, executing agencies, government offices, constituents and other organizations, to expedite implementation and meet targets.
  • Maintain close cooperation and coordination with government, employers' and workers' organizations in the planning and implementation of activities under the project.
  • Establish and develop or contribute to an existing knowledge management system covering technical activities under the project including other economic and social issues of relevance to the project.
  • Represent the project in various fora, under the guidance of the Country Director.
  • Periodically monitor, report, facilitate the evaluation of all project components according to the project document and work plan.  Prepare required technical progress reports and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation for submission to the ILO and the donor.
  • Effectively administer the project, including the guidance and supervision of any personnel assigned to the project.
  • Ensure effective communication to increase the project’s visibility at the national and international levels.  This includes the responsibility for liaison with other UN agencies, and other key stakeholders, to ensure effective coordination with relevant national strategies and related technical projects.  Under the direct guidance of the Country Director, maintain relations with mass media and concerned media groups in order to increase the impact of the project in society as a whole.
  • Take the lead, coordinate and participate in the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings.  Serve as a resource person to the project’s partners and during conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings.
  • Plan and organise regular meetings with other relevant ILO programmes and projects in the country for knowledge sharing, coordination and synergy building.
  • Draft in, or translate into, local language(s), news releases, official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information material.
  • Contribute information (news, project updates) to the various ILO knowledge sharing platforms (ILO website, ILO Kabul website, Asia-Pacific Knowledge Sharing Platform, etc.)
  • Other related duties as assigned.
Required qualifications

First level university degree in economics, social sciences, or related field


At least one year of professional experience at the national level in the area of project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Proven experience in working effectively with government bodies in charge of policy making and with development partners would be an asset.


Technical requirements: Good knowledge of labour economics as well as economic developments, poverty reduction, and social policies. Knowledge of the policy making process.


Excellent command of English and national languages.


Technical competencies

  • Good knowledge of social and economic development, including labour and employment trends in  the country
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with all project stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain systems within project operations.
  • Ability to understand and effectively work with Government, workers and employers organizations, non-government organizations and UN agencies.
  • Ability to conduct action-oriented research and write analytical technical reports in English.
  • Ability to participate in policy discussions and political sensitivity.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, to successfully advocate for and mobilize action to promote freedom of association and right to collective bargaining principles.
  • Commitment to mainstream gender into project activities.
  • Ability to 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 a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office.
  • 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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