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.
Due to years of neglect and lack of capacity development, Trade Unions in Somalia have lost their place on the national policy development dialogue. Therefore, there is a need for technical assistance to the Trade Union movement to revive its functions for promoting decent work, peace and resilience in Somalia. This Project is going to support the most representative trade union in Somalia with necessary technical skills and systems to support constituent Trade Unions in their capacity development and start Social Dialogue on key labour-related issues in Somalia. Thereby, they will regain their position at the dialogue-table with the Government and Employers. In view of the decades of conflict and climatic crises, the focus of this Project will be to build capacity of Trade Unions to promote decent work, peace and resilience – in line with ILO Recommendation of 2017 (No. 205).
The project is taking place against the backdrop of a weak social dialogue in Somalia. The country has a weak history of independent tripartite structures. The industrial relations framework is also not well developed to support a robust social dialogue. The weak social dialogue framework undermines the role of employers’ and workers’ organizations in the country’s socio-economic and political processes.
The key social dialogue challenges in Somalia emanate from skills gaps in the area of social dialogue among union leaders and weak institutional capacity particularly of the trade unions to undertake effective membership organization, recruitment and retention; and difficulties in organizing the marginalized and vulnerable groups of workers such as the workers in the informal economy and the under-employed workers in the industries. There is also lack of capacity of the trade unions to effectively engage policy issues such as national employment, labour law reform, constitutional review process and other labour related policies/laws. Coupled with this is also the decent work deficit of gender disparity in representation and treatment in employment. This is besides the challenge of integrating and mainstreaming women and the youth in trade union and social dialogue activities.
- The National Project Coordinator (NPC) will directly report and work under the overall supervision of the Country Director for CO-Addis Ababa. At national level, s/he will coordinate with office and other projects through the Head of Office in Somalia.
- The National Project Coordinator will work in close collaboration with ILO Technical Specialist on Workers’ Activities, based in Addis Ababa, and will implement the Project in collaboration with Trade Unions in Somalia – in particular with Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) and coordinate with Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs (MoLSA), where needed.
Description of Duties
- Undertake measures for institutional capacity of the most representative Trade Union in Somalia developed to further build capacities of young women and men Trade Union representatives;
- Enable Trade Union Federation to improve capacity of constituent Trade Unions on key areas of Decent Work promotion in Somalia
- Support capacity development of trade unions in contributing towards Policy development at National, Regional and Enterprise levels – through effective Social Dialogue process
- Ensure a flow of regular and complete information on the status of the activities planned and implemented between the Project team in Somalia, and ILO CO Addis Ababa.
- Ensure timely implementation, monitoring and evaluation through management functions, including provision of technical and administrative supervision to the project team in line with the ILO policy, rules and regulations and according to the final project document and work plan.
- Participate in the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings in collaboration with the technical support of experts and represent the project in various meetings, including technical working group committee meetings.
- Organize and conduct technical missions in target regions, guide and advise national and international experts on site and remotely and ensure the proper and effective use of project resources.
- Assist in the monitoring and coordination of research carried out by external collaborators and implementing partners
- Review project reporting timelines and assist in the preparation of relevant technical reports to donors and the steering committee.
- Periodically report, monitor and facilitate the evaluation of all project’s components according to the project’s document and work plan. Prepare required technical progress reports and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation for submission to the ILO and the donor.
- Identify problems, propose solutions and action and follow-up with relevant departments at headquarters and regional office, executing agencies, government offices, constituents and other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets
- Ensure high-level communications to increase project’s visibility at the national and international levels. This includes the responsibility to liaise with the UN country team, and other key stakeholders to ensure effective coordination with relevant national strategies and related technical projects. Under direct guidance of CO-Addis Ababa maintain relations with mass media and concerned media groups in order to increase the impact of the project in society as a whole.
- Liaise and co-ordinate with NGOs, other UN Agencies and government departments operating complementary activities and initiatives
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Technical Officer & the CO- Addis Ababa Director as part of the implementation of the project.
First level university degree in Social Science, Business Administration, Economics and any Specialization on Labour Studies or Industrial Relationsor related field and strong knowledge on development issues particularly in Somalia.
At least three years of experience in trade union / workers organizations relations, and capacity building on labour-related issues.
Good knowledge of Somali and a excellent knowledge of English
- 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.
How to apply:
“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”.
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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