Project Manager - P4

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 08 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 27 January 2019

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Vacancy no.: DC/KABUL/P/2019/01
Publication date: 06-Jan-2019
Application deadline (midnight Kabul time): 27-Jan-2019

Job ID: 926
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific
Organization Unit: ILO-Kabul
Location: Kabul
Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: 12 months (with possibility of renewal)

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 candidature 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.


THINK SDG! ACT DWCP! is the motto adopted by the constituents for the recently approved DWCP (2018-22). The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) is the lead institution for 6 Afghanistan SDGs, 11 Targets and 16 Indicators, and this and future DWCPs will support their efforts.

Afghanistan is struggling to emerge from an environment where governance and the rule of law has been significantly undermined and foreign investors discouraged by the security situation. It is recognised, as articulated in various dialogue forums, that improvements in the rule of law and governance underpin social and economic development, and are needed to build the confidence of the Afghan people in their own future. It is seen as integral to expanding employment opportunities, reintegrating displaced groups (internal and external) and facilitating a return to normalcy.

This project primarily contributes to DWCP Priority 3 – Institutional capacities strengthened, social dialogue enhanced and fundamental Conventions and other international labour standards applied - and which focuses on building the capacities of the Government, Employers’ and Workers’ institutions to be effective stimuli for decent work for all. It will focus on achieving results under AFG826, AFG801 and AFG802.

This project responds specifically to a request from the tripartite constituents for ILO Office support for capacity building, education and awareness of their management and membership, and the wider public of the Decent Work Agenda and the DWCP. Its purpose is to strengthen social dialogue, reduce gaps in application of ratified Conventions, prepare the ground for the ratification of other relevant instruments, improve reporting to the supervisory bodies and effectively deliver the DWCP in support of achieving the Afghanistan SDGs.

The ILO will draw on its extensive portfolio of development cooperation on improving labour market governance, and in particular by enhancing compliance of labour policies, laws and regulations. This project will also assist the tripartite constituents to work collaboratively to review and revise labour legislation in line with international labour standards, and in response to comments of the ILO supervisory bodies in a way which is evidence based, forward looking and supportive of investment, job creation and decent work. Work will also begin on revamping the labour administration system for effective policy implementation, and the promotion of ratification of the remaining un-ratified fundamental Conventions and selected technical Conventions.

Theory of Change:

IF by 2020 the knowledge and skills of the Government, employers’ and workers’ organisations has been successfully built in a number of areas of DW, and IF this has resulted in labour laws and regulations being collaboratively revised in line with ILS, then it is more likely that the labour administration system can be a strong mechanism to support inclusion (SDG 10), social protection (SDG 1), skills and employment for all, especially youth and migrant workers, in safe workplaces (SDG 4, 8), reduce gender inequalities (SDG 5), eradicate unacceptable forms of work, especially child labour (SDG 8, 16).

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Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the project, the Project Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation management, including its operational, financial, administrative and human resources management, and will provide technical advisory services for the development of any future related or follow-on projects/programmes to be developed. S/He will ensure that the project’s results are attained within the stated time frame and budget and will ensure compliance will the ILO, and the project’s financial and operating procedures. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the project related technical areas.

Reporting lines:

The Project Manager will report to, and work under the direct supervision of the Senior Coordinator of the ILO Kabul Office, and will receive technical support from ROAP and specialists in the Decent Work Technical Support Team for South Asia (DWT New Delhi) and relevant HQ technical units; NORMES, ACT/EMP, ACTRAV, LABADMIN/OSH, GED, DIALOGUE and ENTERPRISES.

S/He will also oversee the work of a Project Assistant, and any other international and locally recruited consultants hired during the course of the project.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Technical leadership and advice:

  1. Undertake policy formulation and provide advice to ILO constituents on issues regarding the application of international labour standards and the strengthening of labour legislation, labour relations practices, and labour market governance institutions, including through coordination with ILO technical units and I collaboration with the ILO Kabul Senior Coordinator.
  2. Collaborate with ILO specialists in the field and at headquarters to provide advice on labour law reform and prepare coordinated comments on draft laws based on international labour standards and comparative labour law and practice
  3. Conduct research on legal frameworks, institutions and practices that may be useful for sound labour market governance and the promotion of mature social dialogue and negotiations based on principles of ILO Convention No. 144 on Tripartite Consultation
  4. Promote ratification and implementation of international labour instruments, particularly those instruments comprising fundamental principles and rights at work, through the provision of direct technical assistance and coordination and collaboration with ILO technical units in the region and headquarters.
  5. Educate, advise and raise awareness of the tripartite constituents and other key stakeholders on the mandate and agenda of the ILO, and their roles and responsibilities in contributing to the achievement of the Afghanistan Sustainable Development Goals through the implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme and the One UN: Mutual Accountability Framework, 2018-21.

Project management:

  1. 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 programmes, and administrative and financial procedures in consultation with the responsible field office if applicable.
  2. Responsible for the effective management of funds/budget assigned to the project.
  3. Efficiently manage the human resources of the project including recruitment, performance and talent management aspects.
  4. Prepare reports for the DWCP Afghanistan Technical Working Group, which will act as the project advisory committee, as well as for other meetings such as with the donor.

Advocacy, networking and partnership:

  1. Strong emphasis will be placed on the Project Managers’ ability to ensure complementarity with the other ILO activities and projects contributing to the implementation of the DWCP.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of the tripartite constituents to cooperate and coordinate with other concerned government institutions, non-governmental and other non-state actors, and other development partners with a contributory role to the project.
  3. Liaise with other UN agencies’ counterparts to promote ILO's values, increase the project's visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the project's interventions beyond the duration of the project.
  4. Promote ILO policies in the related technical areas of the project/programme, other fundamental rights at work and the relevant International Labour Standards in collaboration with other technical/labour standards specialists.

Mobilization of resources:

  1. Coordinate and assist the tripartite constituents to enhance local resource mobilization networks and activities with multi-lateral and bilateral development partners for future and complementary activities linked to the project, in consultation with ILO Kabul and PARDEV.

Knowledge management and sharing:

  1. Write and disseminate information materials on the project in close collaboration with other relevant technical specialists in ROAP and DWT New Delhi.
  2. Prepare periodic reports on the status of programme planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programmes.
  3. Identify training needs and organize training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, and other key stakeholders to enhance their knowledge management and sharing capabilities, with a results orientation.
  4. Any other project related duties requested by the responsible chief.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in economics, business, management, social science or a related field.


Seven years' experience in programme and/or development cooperation activities, of which at least three years at the international level.

Proven management experience, preferably with the ILO or a UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of programme and/or project cycle management, i.e. results-oriented design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and with demonstrated ability to mainstream gender across the project cycle. Demonstrable experience in partnership building and networking and in effective fundraising, resource mobilization and donor relations.

Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with ministries responsible for labour issues, and employers’ and workers’ organisations would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of another ILO language of the Office.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

  • 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 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 develop project proposals, alternative courses of action, and 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 diversity in order to interact effectively with individuals;
  • Proven capacity to initiate and implement development 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.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Conditions of employment

  • 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.
  • Any extension 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.

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