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National Project Coordinator - EIIP. NOB (DC)


Grade: NOB  

Publication date: 31 March 2021
Application deadline (midnight local time Kampala, Uganda): 29 April 2021

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/NO/2021/4


Job ID: 5875 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Dar es Salaam 
Location: Kampala   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.


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


*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 136,118,000  (Ugandan) yearly.


The Government of the Netherlands has launched a new partnership initiative – the PROSPECTS Partnership Programme (hereafter referred to as the “programme”) in response to the Global Compact on refugees underpinned by the  New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants adopted at the the UN General Assembly in September 2016 and its Annex the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF). PROSPECTS builds on the combined strengths, experience and values of specific development and humanitarian organizations to develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement crises. The partners include: the Government of the Netherlands, International Labour Organization (ILO), International Finance Corporation (IFC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Bank. The programme aims to help transform the way governments and other stakeholders, including the private sector, respond to forced displacement crises – and in particular: (1)to enhance the enabling environment for the socio-economic inclusion of forcibly displaced persons (to mitigate their plight during years of exile and to best prepare them for their return); (2) to enhance access to education and child protection for vulnerable children on the move; and (3) to strengthen the resilience of host communities through inclusive socio-economic development that also benefits forcibly displaced persons.


The PROSPECTS Partnership is implemented in eight counties covering two regions: MENA (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon) and the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan). The partnership will be grounded on results-based and country-led approaches (“bottom up”). The programme aims to accelerate efforts to find sustainable solutions for countries confronted with large influxes of refugees. It will also aim to develop and implement evidence-based solutions, tailored to each context – as well as to test, and learn from, innovative operational solutions, including improving the availability, collection and use of data and evidence.


The ILO brings to the programme significant expertise and experience in supporting enabling environments to underpin inclusive socio-economic growth and decent work, strengthen labour markets and promote access to improved working conditions and fundamental rights at work, including through the involvement of its tripartite national constituents The ILO intervention will stimulate labour market demand and immediate job creation through employment-intensive investment, local economic and business development and promotion of specific value chains and market systems. The ILO will provide targeted support to labour market institutions, services and compliance and monitoring mechanisms that facilitate the integration of refugees into the labour market. The ILO will also bring expertise on technical and vocational education and training and on the recognition of prior learning for certifying the skills of refugees to better ensure access to the labour market, and methods for assessing labour market demand to provide the right skills to refugees needed by employers.


The ILO’s Employment Intensive Investment programme (EIIP) supports countries in the design, formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies and programmes aiming to address unemployment and underemployment through public investment, typically in infrastructure development and environmental works. EIIP works entail employment-intensive and local resource-based approaches for the production of public assets in a range of sectors such as road construction and maintenance, water and drainage, irrigation infrastructure, reforestation, and soil conservation. The approach entails the application of a well-designed system optimizing local resources, technology and management processes to produce or maintain public social and productive assets to the required technical standards cost efficiently and effectively to meet desired objectives, while generating local employment directly and stimulating the local economy. Central to the effective application of the approach is the development of technical skills and management capacity within both the public, private sector and skilled and unskilled workers. EIIP is an integral part of the ILOs technical assistance to stimulate the local labour market demand, create immediate job creation through employment-intensive investment and ensure skills and enterprise development for sustained application of local resource-based approaches.


The EIIP National Programme Coordinator will be responsible for the delivery of all EIIP elements within PROSPECTS and other ILO projects/programming seeking and ensuring complementarity with other ILO PROSPECTS components and the partner project activities in Uganda. ILO interventions can provide important levers and links to all other partner agencies to increase market driven skills training, stimulate the local economy and create resilient, inclusive labour-markets and decent jobs for the refugees and their host communities. In particular, the project will be implemented in three refugee settlements: Rhino Camp and Imvepi in the West Nile region, and Nakivale in the South West region of Uganda. The project will benefit both refugee and host communities in the three districts of Terego, Madi Okollo and Isingiro. The overall objective of the project is to enhance the prospects of vulnerable refugees and host communities through improving psychosocial wellbeing, skills and livelihood opportunities and social cohesion. This will be done by promoting wellbeing and creating pathways to self-reliance through skills-building, enterprise promotion, decent work opportunities and supporting community-led activities that engender social cohesion. Together with UNHCR, the project will establish multi-purpose community centres that will offer mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), skills training, enterprise development and livelihood support.  The process of establishing and operating the centres will foster community cohesion and build a common sense of purpose. The project will work with local district authorities in planning and operating these centres to ensure their institutionalization and sustainability


PROSPECTS Programme in Uganda

The PPROSPECTS Programme in Uganda aims to achieve the overall impact of improved sustainable living conditions for women, men, girls and boys in refugee and vulnerable host communities in Uganda by 2023. The theory of change stipulates that this will happen IF the programme results in:

  • An increased number of women, men, girls and boys in refugee and host communities with quality education, relevant skills and knowledge for school, life and transition to decent work.
  • An increased number of women and men in refugee and host communities with enhanced livelihoods and/or employment in safe/decent work
  • Increased protection and inclusion for women, men, girls and boys in refugee and host communities

Reporting Lines
Under the overall guidance of the Director of the ILO Country Office in Dar es Salaam, the EIIP National Programme Coordinator will perform the duties outlined below, under the direct supervision of the Programme Technical Officer leading country-level implementation of the PROSPECTS programme and will receive further technical guidance from the DWT Specialist, the EIIP Regional Specialist for the programme based in Addis Ababa.

Description of Duties

  • Lead the implementation of all EIIP components within the PROPECTS programme ensuring complementarity with other components and partner activities.
  • Identify emerging EIIP capacity development needs, demands and priorities of partners at district and national level, including those of ILO constituents and partners relevant to the PROSPECTS Programme.
  • In consultation with the beneficiary institutions and stakeholders at National level and in PROSPECTS target districts, propose and design EIIP interventions to address needs and review on-going interventions recommending actions to be taken, in line with the programme targets.
  • Prepare a detailed work plans and budgets for the EIIP component and indicators to measure progress towards results.
  • Draft TORs for external service providers as necessary, for the implementation of EIIP activities and participate in their procurement as appropriate.
  • Develop mechanisms for support and oversight supervision of the delivery of outputs by the external service providers and partners. This will include taking lead in the technical design and implementation of all labour-based (LB) infrastructure project works and capacity building activities under the PROSPECTS Programme.
  • In consultation with the Skills, Enterprise and Employment leads of the PROSPECTS Programme, develop EIIP-related training activities and review/prepare materials for all categories of project beneficiaries, partners and stakeholders.


  • Organize for and train target project beneficiaries (including policy/decision makers, engineers/technical officers, contractors, communities and workers) and partners on EIIP concepts, technology, approaches and management systems, procedures and tools used in EIIP project cycle, including on ILO decent work and mainstreaming cross cutting issues of environment and gender.
  • Draft activity summaries and provide inputs to technical progress reports including alerts and recommendations on areas of criticality and support regular update of the programme work plan.
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with the national line ministries and agencies and stakeholders (including community leaders and private sector actors) relevant for the delivery of EIIP components in the Programme.
  • Collaborate with the programme partner agencies -UNHCR, UNICEF, World Bank and IFC and others engaged in infrastructure in the project areas, to assist their project teams to incorporate EIIP procedures in infrastructure project design and implementation and provide technical backstopping.
  • Promote and create awareness of the ILO’s EIIP approach, prepare and participate in briefings, presentation for government, partners and donors and support the organization of events and mobilization of beneficiaries and stakeholders.
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the direct supervisor and or the Country Office Director.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in a technical field related to  Civil Engineering, Development, Economics or another related discipline


Three years’ experience in infrastructure sector, rural economic development and proven experience on employment intensive approaches. Knowledge of local government structures and their operations, governments’ refugee response programmes and modus operandi is an added advantage.


Excellent knowledge and command of English. Good knowledge of another official language of the duty station.


  • Knowledge of EIIP approaches or knowledge in any national Labour based approaches at community level is an added advantage.

  • Ability to interpret and work within applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Ability to identify and analyse information needs and classify them according to ILO standards.
  • .Ability to maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders at national and local level.
  • Attention to detail and skills in EIIP and Labour based works design.
  • Ability to foster effective two-way communication with partners and disseminate information to a varied audience including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.


  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Familiarity with ILO policies, technical programmes and procedures, including experience working with officials of ministries of labour and/or education would be an advantage, as would experience of working in crisis settings.
  • Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
  • Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development.
  • Excellent computer/information application skills, including word processing, excel, power point etc., use of a GPS, GIS systems, photo editing software, and AutoCAD.
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to promote a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office.
  • Proven ability to supervise staff
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
  • Proven ability to train and supervise staff. 


Substitution of experience for university degree


Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of a University degree in accordance with the table below.


Education required

Equivalency for applicants who do not possess a university degree or post-secondary diploma

Equivalency for applicants who do not possess a university degree but who possess a post-secondary diploma

University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in a field relevant to the job


Completion of secondary school


Six years of relevant work experience (in addition to the number of years of experience required in the job description)


Completion of secondary school


Diploma/certificate from post-secondary education


Four years of relevant work experience (in addition to the number of years of experience required in the job description)



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.


Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position


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