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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: IPEC/2011/04
Title: P3 International Programme Officer

Grade: P.3

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract:  12 months with a possibility of extension  

Date: 17 May 2011
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 31 May 2011 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:   IPEC
ILO Abuja

Duty Station:  Accra, Ghana
We regret that due to the anticipated high volume of interest in this post, ILO will respond to short listed candidates only within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy notice. To check whether the vacancy has been filled, please refer to the vacancy status of the list of positions that you applied for.
The International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), a programme of the International Labour Organization, is presently operational in 70 countries worldwide and is supported some 20 donors. Its objective is the effective abolition of child labour, assisting member States and social partner constituents in designing and implementing policies and programmes to prevent and eliminate child labour in accordance with international labour standards, including a focus on the elimination of the worst forms of child labour as a matter of urgency.

IPEC is implemented through national, subregional and regional programmes, which include country-based and regional technical cooperation projects. IPEC provides assistance through technical advisory services to ILO constituents for policy and legal reform; training; advocacy; development of tools and methodologies; research and statistical surveys; direct action for the withdrawal, prevention and protection of child labourers; institution and capacity building; and regular sharing of good practice and collection and dissemination of information. It promotes a worldwide movement to advocate for and provide resources to support national action and works through various interagency partnerships and task forces.

IPEC partners in a country include the ILO's constituents, who are the Ministries of Labour, employers' and workers' organizations, as well as others concerned in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

ILO/IPEC is presently implementing some major interventions in West Africa which include:

- the USDOL funded RAF/09/51/USA Project "Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour in West Africa and Strengthening Sub-Regional Cooperation through ECOWAS - (WA/ECOWAS I) which aims at pursuing efforts at the regional and national levels in West Africa to combat the WFCL in cocoa (in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana), mining (in Ghana), child domestic work (in Côte d'Ivoire) and fishing (in Ghana);
- the USDOL funded RAF/10/53/USA Project, "Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour in West Africa and Strengthening Sub-Regional Cooperation through ECOWAS (WA-ECOWAS II) which expands and extends work of WA-ECOWAS I in cocoa sector in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana, and in mining and stone quarries in Benin and Nigeria;
- the USDOL funded RAF/10/54/USA Cocoa Project "Towards child labour free cocoa growing communities through an integrated area based approach" in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, and;
- the public-private partnership (PPP - RAF/11/01/GIG) with the Global Issues Group in the chocolate and cocoa industry which will focus on child labour elimination in cocoa growing communities in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire and complements the Cocoa Project.
Description of Duties
The International Programme Officer will ensure an effective and timely management and reporting of ECOWAS II project under the guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor.

1. Assist the CTA in the implementation of the ECOWAS II project in the four project countries (Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria) through timely provision of inputs, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, and monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in conformity with ILO policies, agreements with the donor and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO administrative and financial procedures and IPEC programming in the four countries;
2. Provide assistance to the project staff and national partners in the project countries in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in coordination with the ILO Offices in Abuja and Dakar and IPEC HQ;
3. Review action programmes submitted by relevant project technical staff and implementing agencies, and provide technical support in their efficient implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
4. Coordinate the preparation of the project's draft technical progress reports for ILO-IPEC every six months and "ad hoc" reports on the status of programme planning and implementation requested by the donor, IPEC and ILO field offices; ensure the quality of reports and liaise with all stake holders concerned.
5. Assist the CTA in the recruitment and supervision of national/general service project staff for ECOWAS II in the four project countries;
6. Provide necessary training to national project and general service project staff and conduct workshops and meetings with implementing agencies and social partners in the four countries in order to ensure smooth implementation of the project;
7. Prepare or participate in missions in line with the project implementation plan;
8. Advise and assist in the recruitment external collaborators, and in the monitoring and coordination of their research activities;
9. Contribute to resource mobilization activities in view of sustaining project interventions against child labour in the sub region;
10. Provide technical inputs for regional and country analyses, ILO/IPEC reports and publications;
11. Contribute to and promote collaborative and supportive work by the ILO/IPEC Country Teams in the four countries and ensure that the work under the project is linked to the ILO's Decent Work Country Programmes;
12. Promote ILO policies regarding child labour, equality of opportunity and treatment for women and men, tripartism and social dialogue and relevant International labour standards in the four countries;
13. Perform other project related tasks as requested by the CTA or IPEC HQ.

This position reports to the Chief Technical Advisor located in Accra under the technical guidance of IPEC HQ and the overall guidance of the ILO Office Abuja.
Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree / first level degree with two years relevant experience (in addition to the experience stated below) in economics, social sciences or a related field.
At least five years' development cooperation experience of which at least three years at the international level; demonstrated expertise in the fields of child labour and project management; development experience in the West Africa region would be an advantage.
Excellent command of English and good command of French.
 Understanding of the ILO's Decent Work Agenda;
 Ability to provide advice on ILO child labour policy and IPEC strategies, and ability to provide training, engage in policy dialogue, and represent the project at high level and stakeholders' meetings; ability to design and synthesise strategies for programme development in project countries;
 Demonstrated and recognised technical ability that would facilitate the attainment of the objectives and promotion of policies underlying the project;
 Ability to communicate and work with a wide range of partners, in particular public authorities and representatives of employers' and workers' organizations, and to build trust and partnerships concerning child labour initiatives;
 Ability to work and advise in multicultural and diverse contexts;
 Ability to work under time and political pressures and meet deadlines;
 Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision and;
 Ability to team work with the project staff and the integrated management team of IPEC projects in West Africa.
Additional Information:
Candidates who do not fulfill the required qualifications/experience are appointed at P2 level.


- Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
- The first contract will be issued for a twelve-month period (for Geneva-based positions) and a twenty-four month period (for non-Geneva based positions).
- A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
- Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

Grade: P.3 CAN'T SHOW PA
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 58583
rising to Maximum 75656
Post adjustment for Accra Minimum 0
Maximum 0

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 Accra, 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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