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Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) Moztrabalha- P5


Grade: P5  

Vacancy no.: DC/LUSAKA/P/2020/06
Publication date: 8 May 2020
Application deadline (midnight Zambian time): 5 JUNE 2020


Job ID: 3765 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Lusaka 
Location: Maputo   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 1 year 


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.


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 International Labour Organization (ILO), with funding from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), is supporting the Government of Mozambique (GoMZ) to implement the National Employment Policy (NEP) with the aim of creating more, sustainable and better jobs for all Mozambicans. The project on Decent Work for Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Transformation in Mozambique (MozTrabalha) is anchored in the goals of the NEP and is designed to support and contribute to the NEP`s implementation. The project will support implementation of the NEP, by promoting pro-employment policy implementation, employment-intensive investment, and sustainable enterprise development, as well as women economic empowerment (among other areas).

The project aims to address the employment challenges in Mozambique and it focuses on two immediate objectives:

i) A strengthened national policy and institutional environment leads to increased promotion of decent employment and sustainable economic transformation and,
ii) Sectors are stimulated to create decent, sustainable and green employment opportunities for Mozambican women and men, in particular youth and those living in rural areas.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) seeks to recruit the services of a Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) at P5 grade to manage the implementation of the ILO Project on Decent Work for Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Transformation in Mozambique. The position is based in Maputo, but with extended travel to project sites across Mozambique, as well as occasional travel to the ILO offices in Lusaka, Pretoria and Geneva.


Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the MozTrabalha Project, the CTA will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of all aspects of the project including its operational, financial, administrative and human resource management, resource mobilisation, country and global operations, the content of training manuals and information materials and public statements. The incumbent will promote ILO polices in the project related technical areas and other fundamental rights at work.

The CTA will lead the MozTrabalha Project and provide overarching technical guidance to the whole project team, as well as partnering constituents and stakeholders on a range of issues pertaining the promotion of decent work, including the implementation of the National Employment Policy, employment-intensive investment programmes, and sustainable enterprise development, as well as women`s economic empowerment.


Reporting lines:

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Director of ILO Country Office for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, the CTA will be responsible for the managerial of the ILO’s MozTrablha project. He/she will receive technical guidance and advice, support and collaboration from relevant technical specialists from the Decent Work Team in Pretoria, as well as from relevant HQ departments.


He/she will oversee and manage the work of international experts, national officers, local staff and any other international and local consultant hired during the course of the project in line with the ILO core competency and values framework and will be undertaking performance appraisal of staff in consultation with the ILO Director. He/she will furthermore report to and be guided by a Project Steering Committee (PSC), comprising members from the Government of Mozambique, organised business and organised labour representatives, the Government of Sweden and the ILO, which oversees project activities. The CTA will be based in the ILO project office in Maputo.



Description of Duties

Project management:

The CTA will be fully responsible for the coordination, planning, implementation, supervision as well as overall leadership and management of the MozTrabalha project. The incumbent will serve as lead technical expert and manage project activities ranging from high-level technical and policy advisory services, to guidance, facilitation and monitoring of the implementation of all components of the project. He/she will ensure that project staff-incl., sub- contractors, consultants and other actors within the project- have adequate understanding of and commitment to a pro-employment and sustainable enterprise development approaches when implementing the project’s activities. More specifically the CTA will carry out the following functions:
1.Ensure through robust and regular capacity development, provision of appropriate incentives and monitoring, that the project’s activities are pro-employment in nature.
2.Ensure administration and internal control of project resources as well as ensure that reporting is adequately carried out, and for the efficient management of all aspects of the Project, as elaborated in the Project Documents
3.Plan , manage, coordinate , implement and monitor the project through timely provision of inputs, project activities and timely and efficient delivery of output and in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures
4.Be responsible for the effective and cost-efficient management of funds/budgets assigned to the project.


Technical leadership and advice:

5.Plan, organize, supervise, monitor and manage efficiently the work and of the project team (incl. national and support staff, as well as external collaborators). Allocate work to staff, assign staff to particular work streams, control the quality of outputs, provide guidance and training and evaluate the work performed by staff.
6. Ensure that the results of the project at impact, outcomes and output levels are achieved through the activities and interventions of the project, they are deemed sustainable, and the results are regularly documented, monitored, evaluated, reported, communicated and used for learning and adjustment of project.
7. Provide secretariat and technical support to ILO constituents, government agencies , other relevant stakeholders, and in particular the Project Steering Committee in undertaking their advisory responsibilities under the project
8. Resolve any arising difficulties in achieving the project objectives, and report any critical issues to the responsible chief without delay.

Advocacy, networking and partnership:

9. Review, analyse, interpret and remain updated on the socio-economic and political context in Mozambique, and the project-assisted provinces and sectors in particular, and keep the CO-Director and relevant DWT Specialists informed of crucial developments that may affect ILO activities in the country. In this context, identify trends or developments for which further research and project development work is required to adequately support respond to growing and changing needs

10. Write and disseminate information materials on topics relevant to the project and its activities, among others on decent work, pro-employment policies and policy implementation, employment-intensive investment programmes, and sustainable enterprise development, as well as women economic empowerment

11. Ensure the development of information systems covering ILO technical activities by or relevant to the project, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of the project planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programs.




Duties continued....


12. Strengthen relationship to cooperate and coordinate with the concerned governments, ministries and the employers’ and workers’ organisations, non-governmental organizations, the target groups and the donors, in the planning and implementation of activities under the project. Represent the ILO at inter-agency, governing body, stakeholder, donor and other meetings, and maintain close relations with donor and other partner agencies, including through promoting ILO principles, policies and procedures.
13. Develop training materials, alternatives courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings;
14. Promote ILO policies regarding workers’ rights, child labour, equal opportunities and treatment for women and men, environmental sustainability and relevant International Labour Standards.


Mobilization of resources:

15.  Liaise with the UN Country teams to promote ILO’s values within UN initiatives, increase the project’s visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the project’s interventions, including through the preparation of proposals for mobilisation of human, technical or financial resources as well as to support the achievement of the project. Ensure a more effective coordination with a range of relevant national policies and the strategies of various projects, including those being undertaken by other agencies or in complementary fields of activity
16.  Develop and manage a robust results measurement framework based on DCED principles, with indicators and targets for expected results at various levels
17. Actively and regularly engage and seek dialogue with donor and financial organisations on potential collaboration opportunities to promote ILO values and principles relating to employment promotion and creation, skills development and enterprise development among others
18.  Produce concept notes or proposals targeting bi/multi-lateral organization and other development partners for possible resource mobilization that will help in sustaining the benefits from Moztrabalha project as well as any potential work on promoting employment and decent work.
19. Any other relevant duty as requested by the Country Office Director.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Development Economics, International studies, Business Management or another business related relevant field.


At least ten years’ experience in the management of technical cooperation activities, of which at least five years at the international level. This includes field experience in a leadership role for the implementation of development cooperation projects, preferably in the fields of employment creation, employment intensive investment programmes and sustainable enterprise development. Work experience in Southern Africa and/or Mozambique is an added advantage.

Proven management experience, preferably with the ILO or a UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of project cycle management, i.e. from design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Proven experience in partnership building and networking and in effective fundraising, resource mobilisation and donor relations.



Concrete experience in one or more of the following areas will be an advantage:
• Implementation and monitoring and evaluation of public policies, with particular emphasis on macroeconomic, sectoral and national employment policies
• Employment intensive investment programmes and technologies
• Green Jobs and sustainable enterprise development
• Women economic empowerment
• Capacity building approaches targeted at ILO tripartite constituents with the aim of improved employment outcomes
• Resource mobilisation, especially with a focus on project development in the areas of employment, sustainable enterprises and decent work promotion


 Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with officials of ministries of labour and/or education would be an advantage.


Excellent knowledge of English and good working knowledge of Portuguese.

  • 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 strategies and design training materials.
  • Ability to formulate project proposals, policy documents and procedural matters.
  • 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.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners;
  • Proven capacity to initiate and implement development cooperation project/program activities with partners.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and ability to provide high quality services;.
  • Ability to plan and support the development of individual’s skills and abilities for a more effective fulfilment of job/role responsibilities;
  • 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 challenges and opportunities for improvement.
  • The 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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