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National Project Coordinator - NOB (DC)


Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/NO/2019/01
Publication date: 08 Janauary 2019
Application deadline: 24 January 2019 (midnight local time- Nairobi, Kenya)


Job ID: 901 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Dar es Salaam 
Location: Nairobi   
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 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. ILO may only offer a contract to persons who are Kenyan.


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. The entry level salary for this position is 5,049,571 Kenyan Shiling yearly.


Large mixed migration movements continue to top the global political agenda, as reflected in the 2016 UN New York Declaration, and remain at the forefront of concerns, discussions and collaboration across the multilateral system and beyond. These movements create considerable challenges for countries of first asylum, transit and destination, as well as countries of origin, including through impact on socio-economic environments, such as labour markets of host countries, particularly where these may have already been under pressure and there is high unemployment.

The majority of refugee populations are hosted by low- and middle-income countries. As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are becoming more focused on durable solutions to support more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them to facilitate self-reliance and empowerment and strengthen social cohesion. It is paralleled by regional and country-level efforts in several areas, including in the Middle East and North Africa region and in the Horn of Africa.

In this context, the Government of the Netherlands has launched a new partnership initiative built on the combined strengths, experience and values of specific development and humanitarian organizations to develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement crises. The partners include: the Government of the Netherlands, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the ILO, the UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank. The Partnership aims to help transform the way governments and other stakeholders, including the private sector, respond to forced displacement crises – and in particular: (1) to enhance the enabling environment for the socio-economic inclusion of forcibly displaced persons (to mitigate their plight during years of exile and to best prepare them for their return); (2) to enhance access to education and child protection for vulnerable children on the move; and (3) to strengthen the resilience of host communities through inclusive socio-economic development that also benefits forcibly displaced persons.

The Partnership will be grounded on results-based and country-led approaches (“bottom up”) in two identified regions: MENA and the Horn of Africa. The programme aims to accelerate efforts to find sustainable solutions for countries confronted with large influxes of refugees. It will also aim to develop and implement evidence-based solutions, tailored to each context – as well as to test, and learn from, innovative operational solutions, including improving the availability, collection and use of data and evidence.

Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the Partnership Programme, the National Programme Coordinator (NPC) will support the Programme Manager (PM) in the day-to-day management of the programme implementation in Kenya and provide technical advisory services as required towards the development and execution of future programmes to be developed in the programme fields of activity. S/he will ensure that the objectives stated in the programme documents (Country Vision Note, exploratory phase and future Country Programme) are attained within the stated timeframe and budget and ensure compliance with the ILO and the programme's financial and operating procedures. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the programme-related technical areas and other components of the ILO Decent Work Agenda and in line with the Decent Work Country Programme.

Description of Duties

  1. Support effective implementation of the programme through: the provision of inputs, the delivery of outputs, and the planning, monitoring and evaluation of activities. Deliveries and outcomes must be in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programmes, and the administrative and financial procedures in consultation with ILO CO Dar-es-Salaam.
  2. Support the effective management of funds/budgets allocated to the programme, in accordance with ILO rules and regulations.
  3. Provide support to relevant government ministries, social partners and other key national and international partners, in close collaboration with the PM, ILO CO Dar-es-Salaam, the Decent Work Team in Pretoria and HQ units as relevant and within the context of the Decent Work Country Programme.
  4. Support efforts to strengthen relationships to cooperate and coordinate with government ministries, employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations, other development organizations, target groups and donors in the planning and implementation of programme activities.
  5. In consultation with the PM, liaise with other UN counterparts to promote ILO's values, increase the programme's visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the ILO's interventions.
  6. Promote ILO policies in the related technical areas of the programme, other fundamental rights at work and the relevant International Labour Standards in collaboration with other technical/labour standards specialists.
  7. Support efforts as required and in consultation with the PM to ensure the meaningful engagement of the ILO in areas of planning, implementation and follow-up to the CRRF and Nairobi Declaration National Action Plans, including participation in and contribution to relevant committees, forums and networks relating to these initiatives and strengthen relationships to cooperate and coordinate with the national refugee authority and UNHCR in line with the ILO-UNHCR MOU and joint action plan and its follow-up.
  8. Undertake local resource mobilization activities with the multilateral and bilateral donor community for the development of future activities linked to the programme in coordination with the PM.
  9. Support the monitoring and evaluation of the programme’s activities, in close collaboration with the PM and relevant national and international stakeholders, ILO CO Dar-es-Salaam, the ILO DWT in Pretoria, the ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) in Abidjan and technical specialists in HQ, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO country and action programmes.
  10. In consultation with the PM, support efforts to develop information databases covering programme activities; prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the implementation status and coordinate with concerned ILO departments and programmes.
  11. Identify and document lessons learned and contribute to knowledge management activities within the ILO to expand and enhance learning on supporting the access of refugees and host communities to decent work and write and disseminate information on programme materials in close collaboration with the PM and relevant technical specialists at HQ.
  12. Identify training needs and, in consultation with the PM, organize training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, NGOs, other agencies, target groups and staff as appropriate to reinforce the professional capabilities.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in development, social science, economics, labour, technical and vocational education or a related discipline/field.


The successful candidate should have three years of professional experience in the area of project design, management and implementation. Familiarity with ILO policies, technical programmes and procedures, including experience working with officials of ministries of labour and/or education would be an advantage, as would experience of working in crisis settings.


Excellent command of one working language of the office (In this case English) and good knowledge of another official language of the duty station.



  • 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 programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development.
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability 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 promote a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
  • Excellent computer/information application skills, including word processing, excel, power point etc.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Good knowledge of ILO programme and budget, project formulation and evaluation techniques and practices.


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.


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


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