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National Project Officer - NOA (DC)


Grade: NOA 

Vacancy no.: DC/PRETORIA/NO/2023/01
Publication date: 17 March 2023
Application deadline (midnight local time): 14 April 2023


Job ID: 10547 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Pretoria 
Location: Pretoria   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months 


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 12 months 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 NOA Step 1 of the UN salary scale.


The position will be located in the DWT Pretoria Office, which maintains overall responsibility for the ILO's presence and activities in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa. It also serves as the liaison office for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It takes supports its constituents in defining programme priorities, activities, monitoring, and overall programme delivery.

The National Project Coordinator will work on the project on Strengthening the prevention and elimination of Child Labour in the Agricultural sector in South Africa, funded by the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa.  The project overall objective is to strengthen the prevention and elimination of Child Labour in the Agricultural sector in South Africa through the following Outcomes:

Outcome 1:     Key stakeholders (with a focus on civil society organizations, labour, and business organizations) are able identify gender responsive solutions to child labour in the agriculture

Outcome 2:     To support and strengthen the implementation of international frameworks and commitments for the protection of human rights, including the protection of the rights of the child

The National Project Coordinator will be responsible for managing the implementation of the project in selected provinces in South Africa.

Reporting lines


The incumbent will work under the overall responsibility and the direct supervision of the Director of DWT/CO- Pretoria with technical guidance and support from the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS). The incumbent will supervise the FAA of the project.

Description of Duties

  1. Ensure effective management including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project’s activities in accordance with the ILO policies, programme and using the ILO administrative and financial procedures of the ILO.
  2. Provide timely, accurate and pertinent information on programme and budget matters for operational decision-making purposes through the strategic use of the results-based management. Use baselines, milestones and indicators to measure, analyze and report on performance. Monitor and verify accuracy of data.
  3. Review and analyses South Africa social and economic development plans and policies, legislation, socio-economic data, national development strategies, reports and other information relevant to the implementation of the project activities, with emphasis on the policies and regulations relevant to the fight against child labor, in particular the National Action Plan to eliminate child labor. Provide written analysis of the findings and regularly prepare brief to reflect updates, changes and current situation.
  4. Prepare periodic and ad-hoc progress notes on the status of the Project’s implementation and coordinate with concerned tripartite and other partners in the country, relevant UN agencies to ensure strong sustainability of the outputs.
  5. Contribute to the development or adjustment of training material, particularly by providing information and recommendations on the local context and challenges. Promote ILO principles and standards during this development.
  6. Prepare terms of references for external collaborators, identify consultants for conducting certain project activities, prepare cost estimation and provide support for preparing contracts and provide guidance and assess their work.
  7. Monitor the implementation and ensure the completion of contracts; identify difficulties and propose solutions based on reports and undertake field missions in relation to project implementation.
  8. Supervise the Finance and Administrative Assistant and undertake performance appraisals 
  9. Undertake regular and ad-hoc visits to monitor project activities and ensure quality delivery and compliance with ILO guidance.
  10. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Development studies or related field and strong  knowledge on development issues particularly in South Africa. 


At least one to two years of experience in project management, 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: Work experience in the field of labour law and/or human rights or a relevant field at national level. Expertise in child labour would be a strong asset


Excellent command of English and good knowledge of local languages.


Required Competencies:

  • 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 advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
  • Good knowledge of programming and budgeting, project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques. Demonstrated ability to effectively implement a Technical Cooperation project
  • Good planning and organizational skills. Ability to work on own initiative, with minimum supervision, as well as a team member and team leader. Good interpersonal relations. Ability to supervise staff
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes. 
  • Ability to unite or find convergence in an inclusive manner among diverging perspectives and to build bridges among different stakeholders.


Written Examination and Interview – Prospective candidates will be required to sit in a written examination and take part in an interview.

Application: Qualified women and men are encouraged to apply. Only qualified candidates will be notified. Please submit application indicating the Vacancy Announcement Number along with your CV, three references and other supporting documents.

“Assessed 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 said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position”.



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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