Project Manager (Sustainable global supply chains)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

New Delhi, , IN

For any questions related to this post, please contact Ms Panudda Boonpala, [email protected]

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 following vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their curriculum vitae 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

Conditions of employment are described in Appendix II.

The Office is a non-smoking environment.

The ILO Office in New Delhi consists of the Country Office (CO) for India and the Decent Work Team (DWT) for South Asia. The CO for India in New Delhi works in close collaboration with the government, trade unions and employers’ organizations to realize decent work for all through the implementation of the India Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2013-2017. The priority areas of work include 1) promoting the ratification and enhancing the application of international labour standards, 2) promoting job-rich and inclusive growth with particular attention to women, youth and people with disabilities, 3) building a national social protection floor and strengthening workplace compliance, and 4) strengthening labour administration, tripartism and social dialogue at the national and state levels. Informal economy and gender equality are cross-cutting issues. The DWT New Delhi services 7 South Asian countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The DWT New Delhi provides technical advisory services in various technical fields to promote decent work in South Asia.

The project titled “Towards fair and sustainable global supply chains: Promoting decent work for invisible workers in South Asia” is a sub-regional project based in the ILO CO for New Delhi. The project aims to contribute to the development of ethical and sustainable global supply chains, and is geared towards promoting decent work in global supply chains – specifically for those workers who are engaged at the lower tiers. They are typically home-based workers, subcontractors, and workers in medium and small enterprises in the informal economy in South Asia.

The project will be implemented in India and Nepal for the duration of 3 years with financial support from the Government of Japan, made through the ILO/Japan Multi-bilateral Programme. It will build on the progress made by the earlier ILO/Japan project titled “Way out of Formality: Supporting the transition from the informal to the formal economy in South Asia” implemented during 2012-2016. This project will work towards developing successful models through integrated approaches that promote decent work at the lower tiers of global supply chains that have been generally overlooked in efforts to realize fair and sustainable global supply chains.

The Project Manager (PM), to be based in the ILO Decent Work Team (DWT) for South Asia and the Country Office for India in New Delhi (CO-NEW DELHI) will be recruited for the overall coordination and management of all aspects of the project including its operational, financial, administrative, and human resource management in compliance with ILO policies and procedures. At country level, the project team will include the National Project Officer (NPO) and Administrative Assistant located in each of the ILO Country Office for India (CO New Delhi) and the ILO Country Office for Nepal (CO Kathmandu). The PM will also oversee the work of national project staff as well as international and national consultants hired during the implementation of the project.

The PM will liaise and work under direct supervision of the Director of the ILO DWT for South Asia and CO for India in New Delhi, and will receive technical guidance, support and collaboration from the gender specialist of the DWT for South Asia. The PM will also work closely with the International Labour Standards, Employment and Enterprise Specialists as well as the Specialists on Employers’ Activities and Workers’ Activities in the DWT for South Asia and call upon the technical assistance of the other specialists in the ILO DWT for South Asia in New Delhi, the ILO Regional Office in Bangkok and Headquarters as required to support the achievement of various outputs. The PM will maintain close coordination with the Chief Technical Advisor, Programme Officer, and the Administrative Assistant of the ILO/Japan Multi-bilateral Programme based in Bangkok for the communication with the donor.

Description of Duties
Project Management

– Ensure effective coordination and 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.

– Prepare country work plan, technical and financial progress reports, good practice documentation as well as other technical documents and knowledge products in close consultations with the project team members and other relevant stakeholders.

– Coordinate and guide the preparation of operational plans for the implementation and evaluation of the country programme drawn up by national professional staff within their area of expertise and responsibility. Control the utilization, and propose the allocation of the financial resources available to the project;

– Responsible for the effective management of funds/budget assigned to the project.

– Manage efficiently the human resources of the project including recruitment, performance and talent management aspects. Plan, supervise and monitor the work of the project team. Allocate work to staff, control the quality of output, and evaluate the work performed by the staff of the project. Provide new staff with guidance and training.

Technical leadership and advice

– Provide technical support to relevant government agencies and other key institutions in close coordination with the Director of the ILO DWT for South Asia and the Country Office for India in New Delhi and the gender specialist of the ILO DWT for South Asia.

– Ensure overall technical quality of the Project as well as design, development and validation of policy-oriented research, analytical work and knowledge products.

– Develop and maintain reference/resource information on specific topics, policy related issues, recent developments and trends in areas relating to global supply chains and the informal economy including for home-based workers.

– Maintain close relations with donor agencies and other international agencies and provide advice on policies and procedures.

Advocacy, networking and partnership:

– Establish and maintain cordial relationship with the concerned governments, ministries and the employers’ and workers’ organizations, non-governmental organizations, the target groups and the donors, in the planning and implementation of activities under the project. This involves identifying and pursuing opportunities for project collaboration with potential strategic partners including in the private sector.

– 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.

– Maintain relations and develop cooperation with donor agencies and other international agencies for collaboration as appropriate.

– 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:

– Undertake local resource mobilization activities with multi-lateral and bilateral donor community for the development of future activities linked to the project in coordination with the responsible Country Office and PARDEV.

Knowledge management:

– Promote and support the dissemination of project information among colleagues, the project team and project stakeholders. Write and disseminate information materials on project in close collaboration with other relevant technical specialists in the field and at the HQ.

– Ensure the development of information systems covering ILO technical activities covered by the project, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programmes.

– Organize meetings and seminars, and develop knowledge sharing tools designed to forge partnerships, share good practices with the main stakeholders of the project.

– Represent the project team at the national advisory committee and donor meetings and present reports, policy documents and programme proposals.

Any other duties requested by the responsible chief.

Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in a relevant field, such as social sciences, business administration, economics, or international development studies or another relevant field.
Seven years’ of professional experience in the design, implementation and supervision of technical cooperation activities in a senior position of which at least three years at the international level in the following technical areas: informal economy; home-based workers and skill development, global supply chains, business environment; local area growth policy and strategy; local economic development; child labour; Fundamental rights; gender mainstreaming, and/or value-chain development. Previous experiences in working with the government of Japan and managing a sub-regional project would be considered as an added advantage.
Excellent command of English. Good working knowledge of a second official language of the ILO is an added advantage.
– Sound knowledge of socio-economic conditions in South Asia including on gender and the informal economy.
– Excellent knowledge of technical cooperation principles, concepts and techniques.
– Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organizational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
– Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the project/programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesize strategies for programme development.
– Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
– Ability to represent the office.
– Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
– Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, and to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research.
– Ability to develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings.
– 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 differences in order to interact effectively with individuals.
– Proven capacity to initiate and implement technical co-operation programmes and activities with ILO constituents and NGOs, including negotiation skills with governments, social partners and to mobilize the support of international donor agencies and provide quality services.
– Ability to promote knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office, and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level.
– 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;
– 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 different and innovative approaches to problems and opportunities for improvement.