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Local Economic Development (LED) Coordinator (Two Positions)

 

Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: DC/KABUL/NO/2018/01
Publication date: 05-12-2018
Application deadline (midnight Afghanistan time): 31-12-2018

 

Job ID: 828 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: ILO-Kabul 
Location: Mazar-i-Sharif   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One 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 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.

 

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.

 

*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. 

Introduction

Road to Jobs (R2J) is a three-year project funded by Swedish SIDA that aims to create more and better jobs in Samangan and Balkh provinces of northern Afghanistan connected to the major urban centre of Mazar-i-Sharif. The project follows a market systems approach to address important underlying constraints inhibiting better employment and income creation, which in turn contribute to improving livelihoods and poverty reduction. R2J targets poor and vulnerable rural households and income earners who work either in rural communities, urban centres or major centres of employment in both provinces.

 

The overall objective of Road to Jobs (R2J) project is to create more and better jobs in Samangan and Balkh provinces of northern Afghanistan connected to the major urban centre of Mazar-i-Sharif. The project follows a market systems approach to address important underlying constraints inhibiting better employment and income creation, which in turn contribute to improving livelihoods and poverty reduction. R2J targets poor and vulnerable rural households and income earners who work either in rural communities, or in urban centres and other major centres of employment in both provinces.

 

The implementation strategy/approach is to promote market-driven, locally-owned strategies that build on the incentives and capacities of various public and private actors to change. Applying a systemic approach to address the underlying causes of weak market performance and build on, within a variety of proven local economic development (LED) and value chain development tools. This facilitative intervention approach will act as a ‘catalyst’ for change, allowing local players to ‘own’ the process of development. The Project will continue to strengthen the capacity of the forum of local stakeholders in both urban and rural districts so that they have a common view and strategy of developing their own area and can make use of available resources to support that.

 

The project is working to enhance competitive agro value chains and urban labour market through multi-faceted interventions that respond to the underlying constraints inhibiting pro-poor sector growth. Giving special attention to vulnerable and marginalized groups, including women, the project is building on knowledge and experience from the 2.5 years of implementation in the two provinces. It is drawing on lessons from the successful pilots in grapes, livestock, almonds, poultry, dairy and cotton to promote market-driven, locally owned strategies that build on the incentives and capacities of various public and private actors to change and hence increase prospects for more and better jobs to be created and sustained-based on social dialogue at the local level.

 

As the project is in the final twelve months, the focus of the implementation will be brokering and structuring market deals with the private sector to scale up the tested pilot models.

Reporting lines

The positions report to the project's Chief Technical Adviser and is based in Mazar-e-Sharif and under the responsibility of the ILO Office for Afghanistan in Kabul (ILO-Kabul), which will be backstopped technically by the Small and Medium Enterprises Unit in the Enterprises Department (ENT/SME).

Specific Duties

Under the direct supervision of the CTA of the project, the LED Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of project activities related to local economic development, including but not limited to the following duties:

  1. Support the CTA and Market Development Officer in the development, implementation and monitoring of a project’s work plan for the assigned provinces as the main liaison function of the project with the local stakeholders.
  2. Lead operations and provide relevant technical knowledge to a team of district LED facilitators and other stakeholders to conduct a local economic competitiveness assessment (PACA) in the target provinces following the guidance of the Senior Market System Development Consultant.
  3. Coordinate the identification and appointment of the facilitators for LED from the target districts who can manage the process properly with sufficient quick win agendas, win-win opportunities and facilitation skills.
  4.  Organize and facilitate seminars and workshops with local stakeholders in support of the PACA assessment and subsequent value chain analyses (VCA).
  5. Assist in brokering and structuring market deals with private sectors and other market actors to enable job creation and better incomes for the poor.
  6. Support the Senior Market System Development Officer in the elaboration of a work plan to conduct value chain analysis in selected sectors.
  7. Lead and coordinate the implementation of VCA related activities which includes leading a team of local consultants to conduct field research for VCA; organise workshops with local stakeholders; analyse findings and prepare draft VCA reports with a set of proposed interventions.
  8. Contribute to creating knowledge on the use of LED tools for job creation in post conflict environments enhanced; prepare, develop and contribute to the printing of LED materials.
  9. Forge partnerships and collaboration with local players to select and train LED provincial and municipal participants and team members, including business and community members.
  10. Coordinate and deliver training and capacity building services to municipalities in strategic planning for economic development.
  11. Perform other relevant assignments as requested by Senior Coordinator of ILO-Kabul or the CTA of the project.

Education

First level university degree in economics, social sciences, or related field and strong knowledge on development issues particularly in Afghanistan.

Experience

At least three years of experience in project management, supervision, administration and implementation of grant/cooperative agreement requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to the project donor).

Technical requirements: Good knowledge of labour economics as well as economic developments, poverty reduction, and social policies. Knowledge of the policy making process.

Languages

Excellent command of English as well as Dari and/or Pashto. Knowledge of any other ILO language will be an asset.

Competencies

In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

  • Good knowledge about social, economic development, including labor and employment, trends in  the country
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with all project stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain systems within project operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage technical co-operation projects of international organizations.
  • Ability to understand and effectively work with Government, workers and employers organizations, non-government organizations and UN agencies.
  • Ability to conduct action oriented research and write analytical technical report in English.
  • Ability to conduct policy discussion and high-level political processes.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, to successfully advocate for and mobilize action to promote freedom of association and right to collective bargaining principles.
  • Clear commitment to mainstream gender into project activities.
  • Ability to lead and work in a team and good interpersonal relations.
  • Ability to train and guide personnel.
  • Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in diversified environments.
  • Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.


 

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.

 

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