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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: DC/2017/CO-HARARE/02
Title: Project Manager

Grade: P.4

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract:  one year with possibility of extension, up to a total of two years  

Date: 30 October 2017
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 29 November 2017 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:   CO-HARARE

Duty Station:  Harare, Zimbabwe

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 present 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


With funding from the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) in Zimbabwe, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is executing a technical cooperation project, Green enterPRIZE Innovation & Development in Zimbabwe with the Government of Zimbabwe and with organised business and labour, as well as with selected civil society organisations.

The project seeks to contribute to solving the inter-related development problems, such as high levels of youth employment, low levels of formal and growth oriented entrepreneurship and unsustainable production processes of SMEs in Zimbabwe. The project will support green and growth-oriented male and female owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to stimulate the market for green products and services through expansion of access to skills for green jobs and through the greening of existing enterprises.

Specifically, the project will contribute to providing solutions to the challenges of "sustainable growth, productivity and jobs" by focussing on gender equality, green skills, green entrepreneurship and responsible business practices. The end-of-project outcome is an improved pool of sustainable SMEs where i) young men and women with green technical and entrepreneurial skills start economic activities in the green economy; ii) innovative green and growth oriented male and female owned SMEs access financial and non-financial BDS and grow their businesses and; iii) SMEs have greener management practices, improved work place cooperation and improved gender sensitive working conditions. The ultimate goal is the creation of green and decent jobs for women and men, and particularly young women and men, through sustainable enterprises.

For the position of Project Manager (PM), the ILO is recruiting a motivated and committed professional with demonstrated and recognised competencies in sustainable enterprises development, green skills development, green jobs and project management. This is a fully-fledged professional level position requiring substantial and diverse experience with primary technical responsibilities for the implementation of the project. The incumbent will be based at the ILO Country Office for Zimbabwe and Namibia in Harare (CO-Harare) and will coordinate and provide technical support to ILO constituents and national development partners in collaboration with staff in the CO-Harare for the successful implementation of the project.

The incumbent will report directly to the ILO Country Office Director for Zimbabwe and Namibia and will be technically backstopped by the Senior Specialist on Enterprise Development and Job Creation in the Decent Work Support Team at the ILO in Pretoria, the Senior Specialist for Skills Development, as well as other DWT specialists when required. The PM will furthermore receive technical advice and support from the SME Unit and the Green Jobs Unit of the Enterprises Department, as well as the SKILLS department, both in Geneva, Switzerland. The incumbent will supervise project staff comprising a National Project Officer, a Finance Assistant and a Driver.
Description of Duties

- Assume overall technical responsibility of all areas of project implementation and provide overall guidance and strategic direction for the project and to national implementing partners

- Ensure effective implementation of the project through timely provision of inputs, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, and planning, control, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures in consultation with the responsible field office if applicable.

- Review the national and institutional framework in which the project is operating to ensure that the project provides appropriate policy advise and capacity development for the benefit of the Government of Zimbabwe and social partners

- 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

- Identify and further develop gender sensitive training methodologies, manuals and training guides suitable for emerging and established green and young entrepreneurs based on the ILO's existing suite of entrepreneurship and business management training programmes

- Identify and select appropriate vocational and technical training institutions and apply, monitor and evaluate green skills curriculum and training applied in these selected training institutions, including through capacity development of teaching staff

- Organise and oversee annual business competitions to identify growth oriented young green entrepreneurs and design tailor made support packages consisting of financial and non-financial Business development services

- Oversee and guide the selection of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) for their participation in the Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) factory based capacity development programme and guide and oversee the implementation and monitoring of the training programme

- Develop a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation system to allow the project to monitor and track all project activities and outputs to ensure progress towards meeting outcomes and development objectives are measured and reported

- 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

- Plan, organize and facilitate meetings, training seminars and workshops for dialogue and technical consultations as well as for capacity development of implementing partners

- 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

- Supervise the work of national consultants and manage efficiently the human resources of the project: programme officers and project support staff, including recruitment, performance and telant management aspects.

- 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

- Prepare and act as the secretary for Project Steering Committee meetings

- Perform other relevant duties, as may be assigned by the ILO Director.
Required Qualifications

Advanced university degree in business management, economics, development studies, sustainable development and/or environmental studies with a clear social development focus or related field

Seven years of professional experience in the management of technical cooperation activities in a senior position of which at least 3 years at the international level, with demonstrated expertise in enterprise development, skills development, green jobs, renewable energy and project management.

Excellent command of English. Good knowledge of a second official working language of the ILO is an advantage.

- Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
- Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the project/programme's objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development;
- Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
- Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research;
- Ability to develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings;
- Ability to promote knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office, and to focus and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners;
- Should be open to and able to make changes to accommodate culture and gender differences in order to interact effectively with individuals;
- Proven capacity to initiate and implement technical co-operation programmes and activities with ILO constituents and NGOs, including negotiation skills with governments, social partners and to mobilise the support of international donor agencies and provide quality services;
- Ability to plan and support the development of individual's skills and abilities for a more effective fulfilment of current or future job/role responsibilities;
- Develop self-awareness and show empathy by demonstrating the qualities, traits, or attributes that contribute to the ability to effectively relate to and identify with others.
- Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures;
- Drive to seek or encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to organisation problems and opportunities for improvement.


Grade: P.4
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 70647
rising to Maximum 89091
Post adjustment for Harare Minimum 33769
Maximum 42585

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 Harare, 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.
The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - @ilo.org - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.

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