International Labour Organization National Project Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

International Labour Organization National Project Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

Main purpose

  • The ILO seeks to recruit a National Project Coordinator at the NOB level for a new project that aims to contribute to strengthening the capacity of the Kenyan Government to Address Child Labor and/or Forced Labor/Trafficking in Persons, and Violations of Acceptable Conditions of Work.

  • The project seeks to promote enhanced enforcement of the legal framework and policies pertaining Child Labor and/or Forced Labor/Trafficking in Persons, and Violations of Acceptable Conditions of Work – this includes improvement of assistance services for victims of child labour and forced labour and strengthening partnerships to accelerate progress in addressing child labour, forced labour and violations of acceptable forms of work.

  • The National Project Coordinator (NPC) will coordinate the national (Kenyan) component of the project.

  • As a team member, the NPC will provide leadership of the project team based in Nairobi by ensuring comprehensive and professional services in the design and implementation of project outcomes and outputs that facilitate implementation of the overall Project and the Office’s programme of work.

  • The NPC will oversees the work of the Finance and Administration Assistant (FAA) and Driver and may also be required to oversee other operational areas such as procurement, facilities and asset management, security, communications, information management and information technology (IT).


    Reporting Line

  • Under the overall responsibility of the Director of ILO Country Office for the United Republic of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda (CO-Dar Es Salaam) and under the technical and direct supervision of the Project Manager based in Nairobi, the NPC will coordinate the Kenyan component of the Project.

  • He/she will work in close cooperation and coordination with Programme Unit of the Kenya Office and other Projects in other additional countries of the Project.

  • He/she will also receive technical guidance of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Specialist based in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa (DWT-Pretoria) and Desk Officer based in FUNDAMENTALS HQ.

  • The NPC will actively collaborate with other specialists in the DWT-Pretoria, the FUNDAMENTALS team based in Geneva under the overall supervision of the Head of the Solutions and Innovation Unit at FUNDAMENTALS, the Regional Office and other units within the ILO.

  • This position will be based in Nairobi.

    Description of Duties

  • Lead the implementation of project activities in Kenya with criteria of timeliness, quality and effectiveness, ensuring the achievement of planned results in the time frame and within budget, in accordance with global project requirements and the policies, values and procedures of the ILO.

  • Responsible for the effective management of funds allocated to national activities within the project. Implement the reporting, monitoring and evaluation plan in line with the outcomes and outputs set out in the project document and monitor progress on a continuous basis. Ensure operational coordination of project implementation, monitor conditions set out in the project document, budget and cooperative agreement and facilitate coordination with the donor. Implement the communications strategy ensuring: visibility of project’s results, dissemination of project information through publications and press releases, and good communication with all partners.

  • Work in close collaboration with the Government, social partners and other major stakeholders to design and revise project annual work plans and country budget, and implement its components, considering different approaches and alternative methods, management, problem identification and problem resolution, especially for the parts of the Project supporting the institutional and capacity development of constituents, Government agencies, line ministries/departments, and social partners. Regularly brief responsible government officials, employer and worker associations on project status

  • Review, verify and analyze work plans, progress and final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness and monitor the progress of Project activities. Follow-up on delayed documents, clarify information, and answer questions about clearance and processing requirements to support successful completion of agreed activities.

    Description of Duties Continue

  • Provide programming and administrative support to cooperation activities in the area of child labour, forced labour, trafficking in persons
    and violation of acceptable conditions of work. Actively participate in and provide inputs to fundamental principles and rights at work documents and strategies. Manage the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, multi-stakeholder consultations, training sessions and meetings in collaboration with the technical support of experts and represent the project in various meetings. Organize project management meetings, draft meeting notes and solicit comments from relevant project partners.

  • Identify training needs and organize and conduct training sessions and workshops on all project intervention areas for Government agencies, social partners, NGOs, other agencies, target groups and staff as appropriate to reinforce their technical capabilities on the fight against child labour, forced labour, trafficking in persons and violation of acceptable conditions of work including minimum wage, hours of work and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).


  • Three years of professional experience at the national level in the area of project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in relation to Child labour, forced labour/Trafficking in Persons. Proven experience in working effectively with Government bodies in charge of policy making, with development partners and/or the private sector/informal economy would be an asset. Similarly, experience in working on child labour and/or forced labour and/or violation of acceptable conditions of work including minimum wage, hours of work and Occupational health and Safety (OSH) will be an asset. Record of familiarity with ILO policies and procedures, including development cooperation procedures. Experience managing and implementing ILO DC projects would be an advantage.

  • Technical requirements: Good knowledge of labour laws and policies and/or human rights as well as economic developments, poverty reduction, and social policies. Knowledge of the policy making process. Knowledge of area based monitoring and referral systems, migration, labour law enforcement, education and social protection of children and vulnerable groups.


  • Excellent spoken and written knowledge of English; good knowledge of another official language of the duty station.


  • Good knowledge of programming and results-based management (RBM) principles and concepts and understanding of the programming cycle (planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation). Demonstrated ability to incorporate gender analysis into project implementation.

  • Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the program’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for program development and resource mobilisation.

  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice. Political awareness and understanding of policy debates and developments in the area of migration and labour migration. Good knowledge of national counterparts, development partners as well as international organizations.

  • Proven ability to manage teams including personnel management and remote capacity project management (project planning and management of financial and monitoring procedures).

  • Ability to oversee the work of and provide guidance to staff and consultants working for the project

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders such as government officials, representatives of workers’ and employers' organizations, representative(s) of civil society, and academics.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.

  • Knowledge of the regulations and procedures of the ILO and/or other UN entities would be an asset.

  • Excellent time management, planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to write progress reports for the implementation of the project in a concise and timely manner.

  • Good knowledge of common office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and communication (internet and email).

    How to Apply

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