ILO National Project Officer (South Africa)

Closes 14 April 2023

The position will be located in the DWT Pretoria Office, which maintains overall responsibility for the ILO’s presence and activities in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa. It also serves as the liaison office for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It takes supports its constituents in defining programme priorities, activities, monitoring, and overall programme delivery.

The National Project Coordinator will work on the project on Strengthening the prevention and elimination of Child Labour in the Agricultural sector in South Africa, funded by the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa. 

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Reporting lines

The incumbent will work under the overall responsibility and the direct supervision of the Director of DWT/CO- Pretoria with technical guidance and support from the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS). The incumbent will supervise the FAA of the project.

Description of Duties

  1. Ensure effective management including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project’s activities in accordance with the ILO policies, programme and using the ILO administrative and financial procedures of the ILO.
  2. Provide timely, accurate and pertinent information on programme and budget matters for operational decision-making purposes through the strategic use of the results-based management. Use baselines, milestones and indicators to measure, analyze and report on performance. Monitor and verify accuracy of data.
  3. Review and analyses South Africa social and economic development plans and policies, legislation, socio-economic data, national development strategies, reports and other information relevant to the implementation of the project activities, with emphasis on the policies and regulations relevant to the fight against child labor, in particular the National Action Plan to eliminate child labor. Provide written analysis of the findings and regularly prepare brief to reflect updates, changes and current situation.
Host NationSouth Africa
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Closing Date14 April 2023
Eligible CandidateDegree
ILO Job Summary
  1. Prepare periodic and ad-hoc progress notes on the status of the Project’s implementation and coordinate with concerned tripartite and other partners in the country, relevant UN agencies to ensure strong sustainability of the outputs.
  2. Contribute to the development or adjustment of training material, particularly by providing information and recommendations on the local context and challenges. Promote ILO principles and standards during this development.
  3. Prepare terms of references for external collaborators, identify consultants for conducting certain project activities, prepare cost estimation and provide support for preparing contracts and provide guidance and assess their work.
  4. Monitor the implementation and ensure the completion of contracts; identify difficulties and propose solutions based on reports and undertake field missions in relation to project implementation.
  5. Supervise the Finance and Administrative Assistant and undertake performance appraisals 
  6. Undertake regular and ad-hoc visits to monitor project activities and ensure quality delivery and compliance with ILO guidance.
  7. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Development studies or related field and strong  knowledge on development issues particularly in South Africa. 


At least one to two years of experience in project management, administration and implementation of grant/cooperative agreement requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to the project donor). 

Technical requirements: Work experience in the field of labour law and/or human rights or a relevant field at national level. Expertise in child labour would be a strong asset


Excellent command of English and good knowledge of local languages.

Required Competencies:

  • 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 advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.

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