Kenya: National Project Coordinator – NOB (DC)

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Organization: International Labour Organization
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 05 Sep 2018

Grade: NOB

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/NO/2018/01
Publication date: 06 August 2018
Application deadline 05 September 2018 (midnight local time in Nairobi, Kenya)

Job ID: 506
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 criteria.The ILO may only offer a contract to persons who are Kenyan nationals.

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 Shilings (Yearly)

Introduction

The Republic of Kenya has received a grant from the the Bureau of International Labour Affairs of the U.S. Department of Labour, to finance a technical assistance project to improve the capacity of the government, employers, workers’ organizations, and civil society to establish and expand workplace-based training programs with a focus on vulnerable and marginalized youth, in particular adolescents at or above the legal working age who are engaged in or at risk of engaging in the worst forms of child labour. The project, is for a maximum of 4 years (48 months) from the effective date of the award***.***

At macro level, the project will focus on improving the laws, regulations and policies that regulate, guide and promote the implementation of quality workplace based training, with a particular focus on the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized youth. At meso level, will support interventions to address negative perceptions and inadequacy of knowledge on workplace based training amongst employers’ organizations, workers’ organisations, training institutions, civil society and other stakeholders. At micro level, the project will work with training providers and other programs in Kilifi, Kitui and Busia on workplace based training and pre-apprenticeship or vocational training. The project will work with National Industrial Training Authority (NITA), Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), Central Organization of Trade Unions of Kenya and the Federation of Kenya Employers to strengthen the tools, instruments, curriculum, approaches and mechanisms of workplace based training with the aim of addressing gaps and weaknesses.

Accordingly, the ILO is recruiting a senior level national Project Director (National Professional – NO/B level) with competencies in skills development, work-based training, youth employment, the informal economy and project management. This position requires substantial and diverse experience in project implementation project. The Project Director will be based in Nairobi Kenya.

Reporting lines

The national project director will report to and be directly supervised by the ILO Country Office Director based in Dar es salaam. S/he will be technically supported by the Skills Development Specialist in Pretoria, with further technical support from the ILO regional office for Africa, as well as other technical specialists in HQ in Geneva and CO Dar es salaam as necessary.

Description of Duties

  1. Plan and provide overall programming, technical, and administrative support to the project activities, as well as preparation of reports to ILO, project steering and technical advisory committees and the donor as required.
  2. Ensure that the implementation of the project in line with the national priorities of the Government of Kenya, County Governments of Kilifi, Kitui and Busia, and related education frameworks, policies and strategies.
  3. Provide technical support and guidance to constituents and other implementing partners on all matters relating to the project.
  4. Develop partnerships with line ministries, county government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, private sector, BDS providers, and Master Craftspersons to implement and evaluate the project;
  5. Develop annual work plans and budgets for the effective and efficient implementation of the project and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of project activities, including project contribution to promoting gender equality.
  6. Undertake technical advisory missions independently and in collaboration with the Decent Work Team or technical units and departments from ILO Geneva and other ILO colleagues based in Harare
  7. Plan, organize and facilitate meetings, training seminars and workshops for dialogue and technical consultations as well as for capacity development of implementing partners.
  8. Prepare news releases, official correspondence, statements, speeches and social media messages for the public’s access to knowledge and information about the project and how to participate in activities and components of the project.
  9. Supervise the work of national consultants, programme officers and project support staff and conduct annual performance appraisals.
  10. Draft progress reports to the donor for office submission and attend meetings to update the donor and national implementing partners on project progress and related project matters.
  11. Developing Terms of Reference and supervising the work of national and international consultants engaged to deliver specific project activities.
  12. Prepare background information, project briefs, periodic reports and data on status of project activities to USOL, ILO Dar Country Office, DWT Pretoria, Regional Office and Headquarters
  13. Coordinate the drafting and review of tools, manuals, and other training materials for use by the project.
  14. Perform other duties related to the programme as requested by the ILO Country Director.

Required qualifications

Education

First level university degree in education/ technical and vocational education/ economic development, social science or a related discipline

Experience

Candidate should have two or three years’ relevant experience in the area of skills development or workplace based training programmes. Candidates having experience in the areas of formulation of policy and strategy, curriculum development, formal and informal apprenticeships, entrepreneurship training, trade testing or recognition of prior learning and project management will be preferred. Substantial knowledge in resource mobilization.

Languages

Excellent knowledge of English.

Competencies

Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for formulation, administration and evaluation of projects; Good knowledge of programme and budget, project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices; Demonstrated ability to consult, negotiate and work with multiple partners, including government, social partners and UN agencies and to foster cooperation and effective networks; Demonstrated ability to organise and facilitate meetings and workshops, good public speaking skills; Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural team, good interpersonal skills; Demonstrated ability in gender mainstreaming will be an added advantage; Demonstrated ability to manage Formal and informal Apprenticeship programmes; and Good command of computer application skills.

How to apply:

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO People. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

Fraud warning

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