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Project Manager, Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/LIMA/P/2019/01
Publication date: 8 February 2019

Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 3 March 2019


Job ID: 1056 
Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 
Organization Unit: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 
Location: Lima   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months (with possibility of renewal) 


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 (midnight Geneva time).


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.


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 programme on "Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean", jointly implemented by the ILO, OECD and OHCHR and funded by the EU, aims to contribute to promote sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU and Latin America and Caribbean by supporting responsible business conduct (RBC) practices in line with international instruments such as ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy (MNE Declaration), the UN Guiding Principles on Business and human rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The nine target countries of the project are Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, and Peru.


To achieve this objective in the nine target countries, the project has three main components, as follows: (1) supporting Latin American governments and other key actors for the development and/or implementation of National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights/RBC; (2) enhancing stakeholders' capacity skills (mainly enterprises) to understand and implement due diligence processes; (3) facilitating the sharing of experiences and lessons learned and development of joint initiatives that promote RBC practices.


The Programme Manager will be in charge of the technical and strategic management and coordination of the ILO component of this joint EU-ILO-OECD programme in the nine target countries in Latin America.


Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO, the /Programme Manager will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the project, including its operational, financial, administrative and human resource management, country and regional operations, the content of training manuals and information materials, and public statements, among others. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the programme related technical areas.


The /Project Manager will report and work under the direction of the Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Technical backstopping and supervision will be provided by the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement unit (MULTI) in ILO HQ. The /Programme Manager will obtain technical support from other relevant ILO departments in HQ and also work closely together with the directors in the ILO offices in the nine targets countries under the action and the DWT specialists in the region.

Description of Duties


1. Ensure effective implementation of the ILO programmed activities in the nine target countries, through timely provision of inputs, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, and planning, control, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures. The incumbent will also take a particular lead in the timely implementation of project activities in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.


2. Responsible for the effective management of funds/budget assigned to the nine countries in the programme.


3. Manage efficiently the human resources of the programme team in the nine countries including recruitment, performance and talent management aspects. Plan, organize, supervise and monitor the work of staff working under the programme.


4. Prepare reports for the Joint Steering Committee meetings – joint programme management structure comprised of EU, ILO, OECD and OHCHR and participate in meetings.


5. Prepare the required implementation reports for the EU, ensuring coordination with the OHCHR on their inputs for such reports as per the EU-ILO implementation agreement. 


6. Liaise on a regular basis with the EU Delegation in Brasilia overseeing this EU Action to ensure EU is being kept abreast of the progress of the programme and further synergies can be identified in a timely manner.


7. Provide policy and technical advice and advocacy to government, workers and employers organizations, on issues of relevance to CSR/responsible business conduct and business and decent work in the framework of the implementation of this programme and in coordination with technical specialists in the countries concerned, in close collaboration with the Responsible Chief.


8. Review, analyse and interpret economic, social and political trends in the nine countries under the programme. Identify trends or developments for which further research and programme development work is required to adequately respond to growing and changing needs in the area of CSR/responsible business conduct.


9. Ensure technical coherence among various ILO activities and projects in the area of CSR/responsible business conduct in the nine countries under the programme and promote linkages between CSR-related activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.


10. Strengthen cooperation with the governments, ministries and employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations and the donors, in the planning and implementation of activities on CSR in the nine target countries of the project. Prepare proposals for mobilization of human, technical or financial resource in the area of CSR/responsible business conduct.


12. Formulate and develop conceptual approaches, policy framework for technical cooperation activities in the area of CSR/responsible business conduct and seek funding to expand the project portfolio of the region in this area.


13. Contribute to the region’s knowledge management system in area of CSR, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of programme planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programs.


14. Disseminate information produced under the framework of the programme through publications and, press releases, as well as ensuring representation in international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.

15. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications



Advanced university degree in economics, social sciences, business administration, law or a relevant field, with a strong knowledge of CSR/responsible business conduct issues in the region.



At least seven years’ experience in the technical area, including three years at the international level.  At least three years of experience implementing or providing technical backstopping of activities and development cooperation projects on CSR/responsible business conduct or related fields in the region is required. This includes field experience in a leadership role for the implementation of projects in the technical field of corporate social responsibility. Proven management experience, preferably with the ILO or a UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of project cycle, i.e. design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Proven experience in partnership building and networking and in effective fundraising, resource mobilization and donor relations.




Excellent command of Spanish and English is required.



- Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with directors and specialists in ILO offices as well as with officials of ministries of labour and social partners,
- Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
- Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the project/programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development;
- Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
- Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research;
- Ability to develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings;
- Ability to promote knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office, and to focus and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners;
- Should be open to and able to make changes to accommodate culture and gender differences in order to interact effectively with individuals;
- Proven capacity to initiate and implement technical co-operation programmes and activities with ILO constituents, including negotiation skills with governments, social partners and to mobilise the support of international donor agencies and provide quality services;
- Ability to plan and support the development of individual’s skills and abilities for a more effective fulfilment of current or future job/role responsibilities;
- Develop self-awareness and show empathy by demonstrating the qualities, traits, or attributes that contribute to the ability to effectively relate to and identify with others;
- 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;
- Drive to seek or encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to organisation problems and opportunities for improvement;
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.



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.

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