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Technical Officer (Sustainable Enterprises Development ) - P3


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: DC/LUSAKA/P/2020/05
Publication date: 8 May 2020
Application deadline (midnight Zambian time): 5 JUNE 2020


Job ID: 3764 
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 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.




Reporting lines:


Under the overall guidance of the ILO CO-Lusaka Country Director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, the Technical Officer will report directly the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of MozTrabalha. Furthermore, the Technical Officer will be technically backstopped by specialists in the Decent Work Team (DWT) for Eastern and Southern Africa based in Pretoria, South Africa, and especially by the Senior Specialist for Sustainable Enterprises Development. Additional advice and guidance will be provided through experts at the ENTERPRISES department at ILO HQ in Geneva.

This Technical Officer position is meant to strengthen the advisory and capacity building role of the project in the areas of sustainable enterprises development and green jobs with a focus on delivering practical activities and tangible outcomes as per the key deliverables of the project document.

Reporting lines, including: (1) to whom the position is reporting (one position only); (2) which position will give technical guidance; and (3) the management responsibilities of the position if applicable. If relevant, collaboration lines can be indicated. 

Description of Duties

1. Undertake research and prepare analytical reports on sustainable enterprises and value chain development to inform a sound understanding of critical constraints to be addressed by the project and to provide economic analysis of employment and enterprise development opportunities in the targeted sectors and value chains.
2. Provide technical inputs to project studies including sectoral studies, market systems assessments, and value chain assessments as well as the policy environment as the basis for project supported gender equality focussed interventions while also taking into account COVID-19 enterprise recovery needs and challenges.
3. Contribute to the continuous implementation of ongoing enterprise development interventions and find synergies with other project interventions as well as collaborate with project staff that are task leads on these other interventions in order to ensure the implementation of a gender mainstreamed, holistic and consolidated work plan.
4. Support constituents to implement tri-partite action plans based on the completed assessment of the enabling environment for sustainable enterprises (EESE) and support the dialogue with the Government to further improve the environment for sustainable enterprises and especially with a view to promoting gender equality and especially, women’s economic empowerment.
5. Support Business Development Services (BDS) providers and strengthen their capacity to deliver gender mainstreamed entrepreneurship and business management and skills training to SMEs, Cooperatives and their workers in the identified target sectors and value chains where interventions have been initiated by the project.
6. Undertake missions - individually and/or as part of the project team - for the purpose of providing technical recommendations following ILO guidelines, manuals and standards in the areas of sustainable enterprises and value chain development. 
7. Actively contribute to the project’s overall monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on but not limited to its enterprise development components.
8. Conduct research and prepare training materials carried out by external collaborators and contribute technically to the development of research and training manuals.
9. Organise and facilitate training seminars and workshops on sustainable enterprises development and value chain development and act as a resource person in other project supported training interventions run by partners and by the International Training Centre of the ILO.
10. Represent the ILO country office and the project in international, regional and national fora as well as in UN Joint Programmes and country processes when requested.
11. Pro-actively and regularly engage in resource mobilisation activities, such as liaising with donor and financial organisations on potential collaboration opportunities, as well as producing concept notes, project documents and 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 future project work on promoting employment and decent work
12. Any other relevant duty as requested by the Country Office Director and the CTA.

Required qualifications

First level university degree in Business Management, Social Sciences, Development Economics, International studies or a related field. An Advanced degree will be an added advantage.


Five years of relevant professional experience in the area of enterprise development or at least three years at the international level. Applied experience in project monitoring and evaluation is an added advantage.


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 written and spoken English and good knowledge of Portuguese

  •  Capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of sustainable enterprises development
  •  Ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse data sets covering issues related to sustainable enterprises development and gender equality
  • Ability  to provide technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of specialization;
  • Ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialized technical field;
  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies;
  •  Project formulation, management and evaluation techniques and practices;
  • Ability to prepare gender sensitive reports and publications of a high quality
  •  Ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations
  • Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation.
  • Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation and ability to provide  technical support to senior specialists carrying out research, project formulation and implementation;
  • Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and to provide technical inputs for the ILO Decent Work Agenda;
  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques;
  • Good computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.





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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