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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: BANGKOK/2017/04
Title: Project Manager, ILO/Japan Social Protection

Grade: P.4

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract:  One year (with possibility of renewal)  

Date: 6 October 2017
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 18 October 2017 Selection in Progress
Organization unit:   RO-ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Duty Station:  Bangkok, Thailand
For any questions related to this post, please contact Mr Sho Sudo, sudo@ilo.org

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 following vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their curriculum vitae online by the above date (midnight Geneva time).

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.

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

Conditions of employment are described in Appendix II.

The Office is a non-smoking environment.

There is globally and in the Asia-Pacific region a growing consensus that the extension of social protection systems, including floors, is a key element of the policy framework to reduce poverty and inequalities and achieve inclusive and sustainable development. It is at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. During the past decade, ASEAN Member States have made progress in extending social protection, with the emergence of statutory schemes in all countries. In October 2013, ASEAN Heads of State adopted a Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection, pledging for the completion of social protection floors as a priority to achieve growth with equity. However, coverage and level of protection across the population and across countries remain unequal and insufficient. There is still a need for improving policy and institutional framework for the effective and efficient delivery of social protection.

The ILO/Japan Project on Extending Social Security Coverage in ASEAN (March 2016- March 2019) intends to generate better knowledge, understanding and expertise on extension of social protection, and stimulate South-South cooperation across ASEAN Member States. The regional Project also provides direct support to Indonesia and Viet Nam for improving its legal, policy and institutional frameworks, administration and services in view of increasing social security coverage, in particular among informal economy workers, self-employed and micro, small and medium enterprises workers. Lessons learnt, experiences and good practices from the two countries will be disseminated across the other ASEAN Member States and worldwide.

The Project Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the ASEAN-wide project on extending social security as well as providing technical support to constituents in Indonesia and Vietnam for the improvement of their social protection systems. He/she will ensure that the project contributes to coherent country programmes on social protection, including national plans for the achievement of the SDGs, within the overall ILO country framework and decent work agenda. He/she will work under the overall supervision of the Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific with technical backstopping of the Senior Technical Social Protection Specialist of the Decent Work Technical Team for South East and East Asia and the Pacific (DWT-Bangkok), and the administrative and financial supervision of the Overall Coordinator of Japan Multi-bilateral Programme (CTA of the ILO/Japan Programme).
Description of Duties
The Project Manager will be responsible for the design, supervision and monitoring of all activities required for the achievement of project objectives and their related outputs, in accordance with the project Implementation Plan and the Performance Plan.

The incumbent will be specifically required to:

1. Develop and implement the overall project strategies and policy, and monitor, review and report on the progress of regional project monitoring plans and work plans, following the project's logical frameworks and indicators, at ASEAN and country levels;

2. Lead the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of project's activities required for the timely and effective achievement of all project outputs in conformity with ILO policies and ILO regional priorities, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines, and administrative and financial procedures; ensure the flow of project funds and request budget revisions to CTA of the ILO/Japan Programme, and ensure financial delivery of the project

3. Maintain effective relationships with and provide technical services to governments, social security institutions, employers' and workers' organizations, the ASEAN Secretariat, and other project stakeholders, in view of supporting the increase in population coverage, improvement of adequacy of benefits and fostered financial sustainability and overall management of the social protection systems in ASEAN, and in particular in Indonesia and Viet Nam;

4. Promote ILO policies and relevant International Labour Standards related to social security for women and men, and the engagement of social partners in dialogues related to social protection at ASEAN and country levels;

5. Conduct research and awareness raising, produce and publish technical reports and policy notes, document good practices on the extension of social security in the ASEAN;

6. Develop terms of reference for consultants and supervise the development of policy-oriented research and publications related to social protection, at ASEAN and country levels;

7. Strengthen constituents' capacity in the field of social protection by designing, implementing and monitoring capacity building and training programmes;

8. Organize, facilitate and provide technical inputs during ASEAN-level meetings and technical workshops on social protection;

9. Coordinate closely with other ILO projects in the region and countries of operation, ILO DWT-Bangkok, other ILO units and external stakeholders as appropriate to obtain technical inputs, and share project approaches and lessons learnt for replication and mainstreaming;

10. Recruit, guide, monitor and supervise the work of project staff based in Bangkok, Jakarta and Hanoi;

11. Ensure, in collaboration with the regional and country offices' communications officers, the efficient communication of the project results achieved by the project;

12. Carry out other duties as may be assigned under the project.
Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in economics, social sciences, law or other relevant fields, with demonstrated expertise on social protection issues.
Eight years of relevant experience at the national level or five years at the international level. Experience in designing, supporting the implementation and assessing social protection policies and programmes. Experience in the design and/or management of international development programmes or projects is an advantage, as is relevant experience in the South East Asia region. Experience in working with ILO constituents would be an asset.
Excellent command of English is required including ability to draft quickly and clearly.
- High standards of integrity, professionalism, personal discipline and impartiality;
- Demonstrated ability to implement and manage technical co-operation projects of international organizations, including negotiations with governments, and social partners;
- Ability to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Excellent trouble-shooting and problem solving skills;
- Ability to train and guide personnel, and national counterparts;
- Ability to communicate with a variety of audiences;
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team;
- Flexibility and openness to learn and develop personally as well as professionally;
- Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision;
- Ability to work under political and time pressure, and meet deadlines;
- Ability to represent the office;
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes;
- Oriented to knowledge management and knowledge sharing;
- Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, Power point, Excel, and WP).
Additional Information:
** Please note that this position is of a temporary nature and that there is no expectation of continued employment within the established policies and procedures of the ILO. The contract renewal will be subject to good performance and availability of funds.**


Grade: P.4
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 70647
rising to Maximum 89091
Post adjustment for Bangkok Minimum 25574
Maximum 32251

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 Bangkok, 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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