International Labour Organisation National Project Coordinator - Skills Development - Jobs in Uganda

International Labour Organisation National Project Coordinator - Skills Development - Jobs in Uganda


Large mixed migration movements continue to top the global political agenda, as reflected in the 2016 UN New York Declaration, and remain at the forefront of concerns, discussions and collaboration across the multilateral system and beyond.

These movements create considerable challenges for countries of first asylum, transit and destination, as well as countries of origin, including through impact on socio-economic environments, such as labour markets of host countries, particularly where these may have already been under pressure and there is high unemployment.

The majority of refugee populations are hosted by low- and middle-income countries.

As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are becoming more focused on durable solutions to support more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them to facilitate self-reliance and empowerment and strengthen social cohesion.

It is paralleled by regional and country-level efforts in several areas, including in the Middle East and North Africa region and in the Horn of Africa.

In this context, the Government of the Netherlands has launched a new partnership initiative built on the combined strengths, experience and values of specific development and humanitarian organizations to develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement crises.

The partners include: the Government of the Netherlands, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the ILO, the UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank. The Partnership aims to:

  • To enhance the enabling environment for the socio-economic inclusion of forcibly displaced persons (to mitigate their plight during years of exile and to best prepare them for their return);
  • To enhance access to education and child protection for vulnerable children on the move; and
  • To strengthen the resilience of host communities through inclusive socio-economic development that also benefits forcibly displaced persons.

    Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the Partnership Programme, the National Project Coordinator- (Skills Development) will support programme implementation in selected field locations of Host Communities and Refugees and provide technical inputs and advise towards development/execution of future programmes in line with ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.

    Reporting lines

    Under the overall responsibility of the ILO Country Office Director for United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, the National Project Coordinator- (Skills Development) will report to the Programme Manager (PM) in Uganda and ensure delivery of technical-related outputs on skills development.

    S/he will receive additional technical support from relevant Specialists in DWT Pretoria, CO Dar-es-Salaam and HQ as required.

    Description of Duties

  • Analyse economic and labour market trends and employment priorities in host communities and refugees settlements in order to help align skills development interventions of the partnership with the broader policy frameworks and employment creation potentials.
  • Identify training needs of partners and, in consultation with the PM, organize and deliver training workshops for tripartite partners and target groups as appropriate.
  • Provide inputs in the design and support for capacity building of relevant government ministries, ILO social partners and other partners to facilitate knowledge, awareness and smoother implementation of skills development programmes and initiatives.
  • Support effective coordination and implementation by draft activities and overseeing implementation of skills development interventions, monitoring and evaluation of activities through field visits and discussions with project implementing partners, development and analysis of progress reports.
  • Provide technical inputs in drafting plans, curriculum, tools, manuals, and other training materials for use by the
    project, especially related to skills development and recognition.
  • Prepare terms of references for consultants and participate in sourcing and evaluation of local service providers/consultants as appropriate.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to implementing partners to facilitate smooth implementation of skills development programmes and initiatives.
  • Ensure meaningful engagement of the ILO and tripartite partners in relevant thematic working groups on skills development.
  • Development information databases covering programme activities and partnerships on education, training and skills initiatives in Uganda with particular focus on host communities and refuges.
  • Participate in and as appropriate, lead the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and other project events including representation of the ILO at meetings related to the project (including UNDAF processes), thematic donor/partner meetings and sector meetings of tripartite partners.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Programme Manager.

    Required qualifications


  • First level university degree in a relevant field in technical and vocational education, development, social science, economics, education, labour or a related discipline/field.

  • The successful candidate should have two to three years of professional experience in the area of skills development, project design, management and implementation.
  • Familiarity with ILO policies, technical programmes and procedures, including experience working with the United Nations, Ministries of Labour, Education, Trade or other government Ministries Departments and Agencies, would be an added advantage, as would experience working in crisis and refugee settings

  • Excellent command of one working language of English and good knowledge of another official language of the duty station.

  • 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 programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development.
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability 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 promote a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
  • Excellent computer/information application skills, including word processing, excel, power point etc.
  • 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 challenges and opportunities for improvement.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 6th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; International Labour Organisation National Project Coordinator - Skills Development - Jobs in Uganda

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