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Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/NO/2019/12
Publication date: 01 October 2019
Application deadline:  15 October 2019 (midnight local time): Kampala, Uganda


Job ID: 1703 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Dar es Salaam 
Location: Kampala   
Contract type: Special Short Term 

Contract duration: 5 months 


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. The ILO may only offer a contract to persons who are Ugandan.


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 five months short-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 127,809,000 (Ugandan Shiling) yearly.


Uganda’s National Development Plan II aims to strengthening the country’s competitiveness for sustainable wealth creation, employment and inclusive growth for the period ending 2020. The Plan spells out 4 key development results which are based on macroeconomic projections, previous performance, Sustainable Development Goals, and Uganda Vision 2040 targets. The key result areas are; a competitive economy, increased employment and wealth, and skilled human capital. On the other hand, the 2011 Government of Uganda’s National Employment Policy (NEP) has 10 key priority focus areas which provide a guiding framework for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Workers and Employers as well as Development Partners to create conditions for decent employment. It is important to note that employment intensive growth, skills development and youth employment promotion feature prominently in both the NEP of 2011 as well as in the new generation of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) under its Priority Two; Promotion of Youth Employment, which is under development the period 2018 – 2021. Previously, ILO support was provided towards Employment Diagnostic Analysis (EDA) study, development of a National Apprenticeship Framework as well as a National Youth Policy and its Plan and endorsed by government.


Evidence from the 2018 SIDA-funded Employment Diagnostic Analysis (EDA) suggests that the Ugandan economy has experienced decades of ‘jobless growth’—growth accompanied by insufficient job creation. Since 1990s, annual average GDP growth of 6.8% has seen only 2.96% growth in employment that falls short of the growth of labour force (at 3.1%). Yet this could be an understatement of the problem at hand given that data on employment is inherently unreliable. Studies estimate that there is only one job for every 500 qualified applicants in Uganda. But the challenge is not just to create jobs; Uganda urgently needs to create high-quality, productive, decent jobs that will foster new economic opportunities for the rapidly expanding young population, boost growth (which has lately waned), reduce poverty (which has recently increased to 21.4%) and increase social cohesion.


The EDA has so far provided the Government of Uganda and social partners with vital situational analysis and indicative proposals / recommendations on inclusive growth and productive employment which are being considered as possible areas of focus in order to review the 2011 NEP as well as areas for consideration in developing the third generation of Uganda’s National Development Plan (NDP III) and Employment Strategy as well as the next Decent work Country Programme for Uganda EDA and its recommendations as a basis for further work on Employment in Uganda, the ILO CO Dar is currently engaging the Swedish Embassy in Kampala on resource mobilization efforts to fund ILO’s support to government in implementing the EDA recommendations.


Considering that Improving youths’ job prospects and productivity, especially among the most vulnerable, is a key priority in Uganda, the ILO plans to invest more technical support and increase dialogue and dissemination of the EDA as well as to kick start implementation a pilot apprenticeship programme with government in at least one key sector as guided by the NDP II.


The ILO-SIDA global partnership for Outcome-based funding (OBF) in Uganda (UGA/18/51/SWE), is hence targeted at supporting the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to deliver on key areas employment and skills areas as per the national priorities.


It is against this background that the ILO would like to recruit a National Project Coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating and leading the implementation of this ILO-SIDA global partnership for Outcome-based funding (OBF) in Uganda (UGA/18/51/SWE). She/he will coordinate with key Government of Uganda tripartite partners, project partners, development partners, private sector and other project partners and ensure support adequate and efficient planning and implementation of the project. 

More specifically, the National Project Coordinator will contribute to the delivery of three key project outcomes ie;

  1. A roadmap for the implementation of the policy suggestions of the EDA is formulated, supported by an intersectoral  coordination mechanism and encompassing integrated employment actions, with emphasis on youth and the poor;
  2. Capacities of tripartite partners are built to support the effective implementation of the roadmap and ensure the centrality of employment in the NDP;
  3. A pilot project on Apprenticeship for youth employment promotion is finalized in at least one sector.

These will be delivered through the following outputs:

  • A post-EDA roadmap for implementation of the policy suggestions
  • A multi-sectorial coordination mechanism for employment and productivity is strengthened to ensure more effective implementation and monitoring of employment policies and programmes.
  • Enhanced capacities of constituents to develop actions to promote inclusive and productive employment
  • Advocacy, training and knowledge sharing on mainstreaming employment in sectoral strategies and the national budget.
  • Technical inputs for ensuring the centrality of inclusive employment in the NDP II during the National Planning Authority’s’ review of the Development Plan
  • A pilot apprenticeship program in the tourism sector with young persons as main participants


Reporting lines:

The National Project Coordinator will report to the Director, CO Dar es Salaam. S/he will receive primary technical backstopping support from the Employment Specialist in CO Dar as well as, when appropriate, from the Employment Department Geneva. Additional technical backstopping support will be provided by the Employment Specialist as well as from the Skills and Employability Specialist, both from DWT Pretoria.

Description of Duties


  1. Take lead in coordination of the planning, design, delivery and monitoring of project implementation whilst ensuring consistency with national priorities of the Government of Uganda, national employment and skills agenda and related training and employment frameworks, policies and global best practices.
  2. Liaise with and engage all relevant stakeholders in implementation of this he ILO-SIDA global partnership for Outcome-based funding (OBF) in Uganda (UGA/18/51/SWE), and provide leadership and advocacy to ensure that skills and employment issues remain firmly on the national agenda. This will involve provision of technical support, advice, and coaching to tripartite partners to ensure that their capacities are enhanced to enable them to carry out their roles and functions in relation to skills development and pro-employment planning and budgeting more effectively.
  3. Develop and maintain cordial working relations with relevant Government agencies, social partners, private sector and business organizations, development partners other UN agencies and other stakeholders and ensure their participation in the project.
  4. Take lead in and participate in the preparation and facilitation of meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions, and various types of capacity building events, and speak on behalf of the ILO when attending these gatherings alone.
  5. Identify problems, propose solutions and actions, and follow-up with the CO Dar, DWT Pretoria and headquarters, constituents, implementing partners, government offices, and other UN organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets.
  6. Ensure programming and administrative synergies are created within and between the outputs; and ensure tracking of expenditures against the budget according to ILO financial rules and regulations.
  7. Take initiative in drafting of tools, manuals, and other training materials for use by the project, in doing so, adapt ILO global tools to national circumstances as well as apply them and monitor their application.
  8. Take lead in drafting Terms of Reference for and supervision of the work of external consultants.
  9. Provide technical support to missions by Employment and Skills Specialists.
  10. Prepare background information, programme briefs, periodical reports, gender analysis and related technical reports and statistical data on status of the project activities for internal/external use.
  11. Perform any other duties as requested by the Director, ILO Country Office Dar es Salaam
Required qualifications

First level university degree in Development, Social Science, Economics, Labour, Technical and Vocational Education or a related discipline


At least three years of professional experience in the area of Formulation of Policy and Strategy, Project Design, Management and Implementation Macro-Economic Policies, Employment Programming and Skills Development.  Additional experience in the areas of formal and informal apprenticeship and other forms of work based learning will be preferred. Substantial knowledge/experience in resource mobilization is essential.


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



Good knowledge in project formulation and experience in project management and implementation. Good knowledge of the role and operations of the ILO and UN system activities for development and particular knowledge on the development processes of National policies and programmes. Knowledge of the. Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the formulation, administration, implementation and evaluation of projects. Excellent writing skills. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Excellent analytical skills. Ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution, and ability to negotiate. Good computer applications skills. Good organizational skills. Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team. Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy. Ability to supervise staff. Demonstrated ability to consult and work with multiple partners, including government, social partners and UN agencies and to foster cooperation and effective networks; Demonstrated ability to organise and facilitate meetings and workshops; Demonstrated ability in gender mainstreaming will be an added advantage.


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 a lower grade provided that the said candidate possesses the minimum qualifications for this position.


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