The International Labour Organisation (ILO) seeks to recruit a Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) at the P4 level to manage an upcoming project on “Engaging Cocoa Cooperatives to Combat Child Labour”. The project, if awarded to the ILO at the end of the bidding process, will be implemented in Ghana. The project will be funded by the Bureau of International Labour Affairs (ILAB) of the United States Department of Labour (USDOL). It will have a total budget of USD 4 million and be implemented over a period of 54 months.
Project outcomes include:
(1) I Improved accountability of cocoa cooperatives to monitor child labour in the cocoa supply chain (Strengthened capacity of enforcement agencies to enforce child labour laws within cooperatives; Strengthened capacity of cocoa cooperatives to monitor child labour); and
(2) Increased support to vulnerable cocoa households within cocoa cooperatives (Strengthened capacity of cocoa cooperatives to provide sustainable assistance and support to prevent child labour; Increased access to social protection and child labour remediation programs).
The project falls under the technical responsibility of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FUNDAMENTALS) Branch of the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE). The FUNDAMENTALS Branch carries out technical cooperation, research and advocacy functions to assist ILO constituents to respect, promote and realize the fundamental principles and rights at work, which are: freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; effective abolition of child labour; and elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
The CTA will report to and work under the direct supervision of the Director of the ILO CO-Abuja and the technical guidance of FUNDAMENTALS. He/she will closely coordinate with ILO Specialists of the Dakar-based Decent Work Team. He/she will supervise a number of staff, including National Project Coordinators, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, General Service staff and short-term national and international consultants.
POSITION: Chief, Technical Advisor
- Lead, coordinate and supervise the implementation of the project in close collaboration with the Ministries Labour and other major stakeholders. Guide and supervise the work of project staff and ensure effective coordination and collaboration between the various project components and with ILO regional and headquarters offices.
- Oversee the design, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of project activities, and ensure effective co-ordination of different elements and interventions in order to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the overall project. Ensure the development of a monitoring and evaluation system.
- Building on the ILO’s previous work in Ghana (and additional countries to be selected later), maintain the ILO’s position as a lead agency in advocacy and technical support. Coordinate and mobilize support from other stakeholders in order to strengthen the countries’ capacities.
- Effectively establish and maintain systems for managing project operations. Establish and develop information systems covering technical activities under the project and economic and social issues of relevance to the project; prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation; and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programs.
- Identify training and capacity development needs; organize and conduct training workshops and meetings on all project intervention areas for the tripartite partners, NGOs, other agencies, private sector, target groups and staff as appropriate to reinforce the professional capabilities; adapt training guides, manuals and other knowledge-sharing materials to local environment.
- Build the capacity of the Ministry of Labour and other relevant government agencies, social partners and the private sector identified during the bid preparation process.
- Develop knowledge sharing tools designed to forge partnerships, share good practices and foster networks of government policymakers, workers’ and employers’ organizations and civil society organizations to reach the project’s goals.
8. .Strengthen relationships to cooperate and coordinate with concerned government agencies, ministries, employers’ and workers’ organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations, target groups and donors, in the planning and implementation of activities under the project and engage actively in social and civil society dialogue, coalition building and public-private partnership promotion.
9. Liaise with the UN Country Team to promote ILO’s values within UN initiatives, increase the project’s visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the project’s interventions. Ensure effective coordination with a range of relevant national policies and strategies of various projects, including those undertaken by other agencies or in complementary fields of activity.
10. Effectively manage human resources including recruitment, staff development and performance management of project personnel. Effectively manage the funds/budgets allocated to the project.
11. Oversee the development and approval process of sub-contracts, monitor the performance of sub-contractors and ensure timely implementation of sub-contracts. Ensure that all USDOL rules and regulations related to the Cooperative Agreement are strictly applied.
12. Undertake any other relevant duties requested by the Director of CO-Abuja.
Advanced university degree in public policy, international development, social science, anthropology, education, economics, or related field preferred and with demonstrated expertise.
At least seven years of progressively responsible experience of which at least three years at the international level carrying out project management, supervision, administration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of technical assistance projects. Minimum of seven years’ experience in the implementation of cooperative agreement and/or contract requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations, working with multiple sub recipient(s) and/or contractor(s), and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to donor agencies), preferably in the country of implementation. Having working experience in Africa, particularly Ghana, would be an advantage. Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures would be an advantage, as well as having expertise and minimum of seven years’ experience working in the area of child labor in supply chains, including on implementation of traceability systems. Experience working on challenges in the cocoa industry preferred.
Excellent fluency in English and proficiency with public speaking is preferred.
- Ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including public, private, and civil society partners and effectively build partnerships between them.
- Proven leadership role in convening medium to large stakeholder meetings that resulted in continued commitments to address goals over long periods of time.
- Proven capacity to initiate and implement development co-operation programmes and activities with ILO constituents and NGOs, including negotiation skills with governments, social partners and mobilizing the support of international donor agencies and provide quality services;
- Wide knowledge of area-based monitoring and referral systems, educational and vocational training and social protection of children;
- Sound knowledge of office policies, administrative procedures and practices;
- Excellent knowledge of financial rules and regulations;
- Decision-making and problem-solving skills;
HOW TO APPLY
CLOSING DATE: Onging
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the days following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.
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Please note that this position is subject to availability of funding.
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
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