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National Project Coordinator – Skills Development NOB (DC) – Nairobi


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3 Year
Male, Female, Both
Bachelor Degree

Organization: ILO – International Labour Organization
Location: Nairobi
Grade: Junior level – NO-B, National Professional Officer – Locally recruited position
Occupational Groups:
Human Resources
Labour Market Policy
Project and Programme Management
Managerial positions
Closing Date: 2024-05-28

Grade: NOB

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/NO/2024/04
Publication date: 15 May 2024
Application deadline (midnight local time Dar es salaam, Tanzania): 28 May 2024


Job ID: 11960
Department: RO-Africa
Organization Unit: CO-Dar es Salaam
Location: Nairobi
Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: 1 year (12 months) renewable


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 above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.


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*
*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to ilojobs@ilo.org.


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.


*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade. The entry level salary for this position is 7,142,238 (Kenyan Shilling) yearly.

The ILO with catalytic financial support from Sida in Kenya has been implementing project titled ‘Inclusive Growth in the Great Rift Valley since May 2018.Due to the project’s positive impact, a second phase has been designed to ensure the continuity of the project for additional period of 48 months starting July 2024. Phase 2 of the project will therefore be based on a market systems development (MSD) approach, combined with interventions aiming at systemic change in skills development and lifelong learning services, while, to the extent possible, building on the partnerships established during Phase 1.

The overarching aim of the programme is to contribute to the inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development of the Great Rift Valley where the overall development objective is a contribution to employment creation and economic development through three outcome areas namely: a)enhanced employability and job access through vocational education and skills development, b)inclusive job opportunities in growing sustainable enterprises and value chains, and; c)enhanced community engagement towards inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development.


The ILO is recruiting a National Programme Coordinator for skills development. He/she will coordinate all skills development interventions, working closely with the private and public sectors and with vocational and technical training providers. He/she will contribute to the development, design, implementation, and assessment of vocational education and training systems and institutions, involving national vocational qualifications, skill standards and skills assessment and recognition, upgrading of non-formal, and encouragement of workplace training and ensure these are based on market demand


Reporting Lines

The position works under the supervision of the Project Manager (PM) for Inclusive Growth through Decent Work in the Great Rift Valley. The overall technical backstopping will be done by the Employment Specialist based in CO Dar es salaam, the specialists for Skills Development and Lifelong Learning and for Sustainable Enterprises, Productivity and Just Transition, DWT Pretoria.

Description of Duties
n coordination with the Project Manager, provide programming, organizational, and administrative support to activities, including workshops for sectoral training bodies and vocational training centres.
Conduct consultations with line-Ministries, central and county government departments; employers’ and workers’ organizations, private sector, development agencies on enterprises development issues particularly on skills development.
Support the coordination of project implementation including through discussions with project implementing partners, field visits, development and analysis of progress reports, and participation in reviews and evaluations determining targets delivery.
Organize training and orientation courses, seminars and workshops envisaged within the programme, taking notes of proceedings and write associated reports.
Prepare briefs, periodical reports and data on status of project activities to ILO Dar es Salaam Country Office, Decent work country team Pretoria, Regional office and Headquarters.
Ensure visibility of the project activities by drafting news items, taking quality pictures etc. and sharing them with the office communication unit Dar es salaam, Pretoria, regional office, and HQ.
Assist in the capacity building of selected implementing partners to facilitate knowledge, awareness and smoother implementation of enterprise development programmes and strategies; working closely and collaboratively with them to implement project activities.
Undertake missions to relating to project implementation.
Collaborate with the project professional team and national partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities, and in coordination with the ILO Field Offices and HQ.
Provide inputs for budget preparation and other administrative related matters, including preparing relevant documentation for responsible ILO entities.
Collaborate closely with relevant ILO programmes and projects, ILO units and responsible ILO offices and DWT as appropriate, to obtain technical inputs and share best practices and lessons learned.
Prepare background information, programme briefs, periodical reports, gender analysis and related technical reports and statistical data on status of programme activities for internal and external distribution.
Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
Required qualifications
First level university degree in economics, public policies, development studies or a relevant field. An advanced degree on studies on Skills development would be a strong advantage.

At least three years of work experience of programme/project implementation around skills development, entrepreneurship, monitoring and evaluation, applied research, or social work. Familiarity with ILO policies, technical programmes, and procedures, including experience working with the United Nations. Experience in implementing development projects funded by donors is an asset. Experience in working with Governments, Employers and Workers organizations will be an advantage.


Technical requirements: Proven experience in working effectively with government bodies in charge of skills development such as Technical Vocational Educational Training Authority (TVETA), National Industrial Training Authority (NITA), Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Ministry of Education, Kenya National and Qualification Authority (KNQA), Curriculum Development, and Assessment Council (CDACC) and with development partners would be an asset.

Excellent command in English. Working knowledge of Kiswahili is required.

Knowledge of project and budget, project administration, and evaluation concepts and procedures, and of the mandate and structure of labour market institutions in Kenya.
Knowledge of the office’s financial rules and regulations.
Good knowledge of the context and challenges for the project areas of expertise.
Strong analytical skills and ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution, and good drafting skills.
Good ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyze problems with implementation
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to clarify information
Demonstrate collaborative and team work experience and ability to work effectively with a multicultural and interdisciplinary team, as well as to work on his/her own initiative.
Ability to work independently, quickly, precisely, and take initiative and responsibility.
Ability to work under pressure and to meet the deadline.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, web-browsers and database applications.
Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.

Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities.

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