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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: TC/2009/TANZANIA/02
Title: Chief Technical Advisor

Grade: P.5

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract:  12 months (with the possibility of extension)  

Date: 30 November 2009
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 20 December 2009 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:   EMPLOYMENT

Duty Station:  Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Project title: Youth Entrepreneurship Facility - Unleashing African Entrepreneurship

Starting date: 1 January 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project duration: 60 months.


This is a Technical Cooperation position, a one-year fixed-term contract will be given.

"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. Similarly, extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance."

The following are eligible to apply:

- ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 15 and 16 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.

- External candidates.

The Office is a non-smoking environment.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Youth Employment Network (YEN) will be executing the "Youth Entrepreneurship Facility - Unleashing African Entrepreneurship" programme in the countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda from 2010 through 2014. This is a USD23 million dollar regional programme to promote youth entrepreneurship in East Africa, which is being funded by the Africa Commission established by the Government of Denmark.

The Facility aims to spread a culture of entrepreneurship across East Africa to ensure that the largest number of youth ever to come onto labour markets will have opportunities as well as the abilities to lift themselves out of poverty and contribute to national development, economic growth and employment creation. The programme is based on a systemic approach to enterprise development and seeks to address the youth employment challenge in East Africa through the promotion of enterprise culture and entrepreneurship education, through the provision of business development services and access to finance, and through competitive grants scheme for youth organizations and evidence based advocacy for effective youth entrepreneurship. The programme is supporting the implementation of the Regional Decent Work Programme (RDWP) developed by the East Africa Community as well as the individual Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) developed by ILO constituents in the three countries.

For the position as Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of the Youth Entrepreneurship Facility the ILO is recruiting a highly motivated and committed professional with demonstrated and recognised skills and expertise in entrepreneurship development and programme management. The CTA will be responsible for finalising the overall 5 year programme through an initial six-month inception phase and will subsequently be managing the Facility and its operations in the three countries, the national and international partnerships forged by the Facility, and will lead and guide national and international staff towards achieving the goals of the programme.
Description of Duties

The CTA will report to the ILO Director for Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and in technical matters to the ILO Senior Enterprise Specialist in Pretoria. The CTA will be responsible for the technical, financial and human resource management of the Youth Entrepreneurship Facility based in Dar es Salaam and its country operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. She or he will be responsible for realising the outcomes in terms of improved entrepreneurship culture and education, improved youth access to business development and financial services, improved youth participation in national development and in evidence based advocacy. To achieve these outcomes the CTA will successfully lead and motivate a team of more than ten national and international experts in youth entrepreneurship and s/he will develop new and innovative training methodologies suitable for youth entrepreneurship as well as apply and monitor the application of these across national education and training institutes.

The CTA will furthermore develop partnerships with national ministries, private sector and business member organisations, social partners, financial institutions as well as civil society organisations, including youth organisations. This involves the provision of policy advice to ministries of labour, youth and others and the provision of specific technical advice based on the design and lessons learned from appropriate training, business development service and financial services methodologies in youth entrepreneurship. The CTA will lead the development of common standards for youth entrepreneurship in areas such as curriculum development, mentorships and instructional technologies s/he will therefore also be taking a leading role in conducting training seminars, workshops and meetings as well as lead and guide the development of manuals and training guides in youth entrepreneurship. Finally, the position entails a substantial level of knowledge sharing and engagement with national stakeholders and the public through a series of knowledge sharing events and conferences at which the CTA will represent the ILO and the YEN and on a regular basis share experiences and lessons learned by the programme.

Specific Duties

1. Develop and facilitate national consultation processes with ILO constituents and other ministries and national partners in the public, private and civil sector in each of the 3 countries during a 6-months inception phase in order to finalise the 5 year programme.

2. Recruit national staff and international staff and manage and appraise the performance of staff on a regular basis based on ILO human resource development policies and guidelines.

3. Set up project facility infrastructure and procure equipment for the Facility office in Dar es Salaam as well as for the country offices in Kenya and Uganda in a timely manner.

4. Prepare, manage and keep up to date a finance and administration system that facilitates a proper and effective interface with the admin and finance system of the ILO office in Dar es Salaam.

5. Develop an efficient Monitoring
Information System (MIS) that captures the Facility's outreach to in-school and out-of-school youth and other beneficiaries for all the components of the programme, and which enables the collection of baseline data against which longitudinal impact assessments of enterprise and employment creation can be carried out.

6. Develop a knowledge management and sharing strategy of the programme, including information materials, research and themes for a series of publications and a internet based resource platform to make information about the programme available to stakeholders and the public.

7. Develop and manage effective partnerships for youth entrepreneurship development with constituents, national counterparts, public and private sector organisations, including youth organisations.

8. Review national and local institutional frameworks in which national partners can best design, implement, evaluate and replicate youth entrepreneurship development strategies across the 6 components of the programme.

9. Provide direct technical advice to national partners and capacity building of staff, resource persons, teacher educators, trainers and consultants to ensure that outcomes are achieved and outputs are produced under each of the 6 components of the programme.

10. Develop resources and training materials in the areas of enterprise culture, entrepreneurship education, business development services for youth, access to finance for youth, competitive grant schemes and impact assessment methodologies.

11. Other relevant tasks requested by the ILO Country Director.

Required Qualifications

Advanced university degree in entrepreneurship development, business administration, development studies or a related social science discipline.

Ten to fifteen years' experience of which at least seven years at the international level; demonstrated and recognized expertise in entrepreneurship development and/or entrepreneurship education.

Excellent command of English is required. Knowledge of Swahili and another UN language would be an asset.

Demonstrated and recognized expertise in entrepreneurship development and/or entrepreneurship education; demonstrated expertise in project management and knowledge sharing and in devising new methods, concepts, approaches and techniques leading to development of standards, policies and technical guidelines; ability to prepare strategies and draft high quality research publications in the area of youth entrepreneurship; clear understanding of gender mainstreaming and demonstrated capacity to integrate gender into youth entrepreneurship development; ability to provide policy advice and the ability to manage large projects; and ability to motivate and supervise staff effectively in a multi-cultural environment as well as deliver outputs and undertake activities when under pressure.

Personal characteristics: visionary, strategic, results driven, consensus builder, motivator, communicator, emotional intelligence.

Additional Information:
Deadline for receiving applications December, 20th. The expect applicants to hand in an application letter (max. 2 pages) in which they also explain to what extent they meet the key requirements of the job description.


Grade: P.5
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 84721
rising to Maximum 103835
Post adjustment for Dar-es-Salaam Minimum 34905
Maximum 42780

Please note that the above salary levels are determined according to the criteria established by the International Civil Service Commission. The ILO is an international public sector employer and salary and other employment conditions are not negotiable. The post adjustment (cost of living adjustment) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates set by the ICSC for the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. Therefore, the figures quoted (based on the rate at the time of publication of this vacancy) are only indicative.

Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment:

  • Family allowance
  • Children's education grant (per child per year)
  • Pension and Health Insurance schemes;
  • 30 working days' annual leave;
  • Settling-in Grant;
  • Entitlement to transport expenses of personal effects;
  • Repatriation Grant (if applicable);
  • Home-leave travel with eligible dependants every two years;
  • Rental subsidy (if applicable).

Recruitment is normally made at the initial step in the grade.
Salaries and emoluments are exempt from taxation by the Swiss authorities and, on the basis of international agreements or national law relating to presence or residence abroad, are generally exempt from taxation by other governments. In the absence of exemption, in most cases tax paid will be reimbursed in accordance with an ILO document which will be supplied upon request.

While the successful candidate will be initially working in Dar-es-Salaam, he/she may be assigned to any duty station designated by the Director-General of the ILO.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
To apply, please visit ILO's e-Recruitment website at: erecruit.ilo.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
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