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National Project Coordinator - NOB (DC)


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Abuja
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed


Grade: NOB 

Vacancy no.: ABUJA/DC/NO/2024/02
Publication date: 05 June 2024
Application deadline (midnight local time): 19 June 2024


Job ID: 12003 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Abuja 
Location: Abuja   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration:  


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


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 European Union Project “Supporting Sustainable and Social Protection System in Nigeria” will be implemented by UNICEF and ILO over the period of 36months, ending on 31st March 2027. 

The overall objective of the project is to ensure more people living in Nigeria have increased access to social protection during shock. This component of the programme seeks to achieve the overall objective by ensuring that by 2026, the Social Protection System is shock responsive at the Federal and state level with a reinforced Policy framework and a financial mechanism integrated in the national budget and planning efforts. To this end, the programme includes the following key outcome and outputs at both Federal and State with a focus on Abia, Benue, Oyo, and Sokoto, as below: 

Outcome: By 2026, the Social Protection System is shock responsive at the Federal and state level with a reinforced Policy framework and a financial mechanism integrated in the national budget and planning efforts.
Output 1.1: Strengthened and Functional National Social Register (NSR) expanded to integrate more poor and vulnerable people.
Output 1.2: Improved capacity of staff and Policy makers at the national and state level on social protection.
Output 1.3: Strengthened national and state social protection policy and legal framework with the development with of a social protection policy and bill, aimed at realizing the rights to social protection for consideration by the National and State Assembly

The ILO Country Office Abuja is therefore seeking to recruit a National Project Coordinator who will be responsible for management, implementation and coordination of the project. The incumbent will ensure operational coordination of activities and liaise with the project partners, including the Government, social partners, UNICEF and EU, to ensure completion of activities according to the project work plan. The incumbent will ensure that the objectives stated in the project document are attained within the stated time frame and budget and in compliance with ILO’s financial and operating procedures. 

Reporting line:

The incumbent will report to the Director of ILO-CO, Abuja. S/he will liaise and receive technical support from the technical specialist, social protection at the Decent Work Team in Dakar, Senegal.

Description of Duties

1.    Ensure operational coordination of project implementation, monitor conditions set out in the project document, budget and grant agreement and facilitate coordination with the donor. 

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

3.    Initiate, sustain and guide cooperation with key partners in Nigeria, in close collaboration with relevant ILO technical specialists to ensure the performance and results of the project, and ensuring that gender is mainstreamed in planning and project implementation to achieve the desired results.

4.    Coordinate and monitor project activities implemented by project and implementing partners, consultants and trainers and ensure the quality of outputs, by reviewing, verifying and analysing partners work plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness. 

5.    Regularly brief responsible government officials, employer and worker associations on project status and consult with other United Nations agencies, development partners and NGOs whose mandates and programmes are similar to those of the project.

6.    Ensure a regular flow of information on the status of the activities planned and implemented between the ILO-CO Abuja, the Regional Office for Africa, the Decent Work Team in Dakar and SOCPRO at ILO headquarters. This will include accurate implementation, performance, risk and financial monitoring.

7.    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.

8.    Coordinate and monitor research carried out and studies undertaken by external collaborators.

9.    Update project work plans, implement the reporting, monitoring and evaluation plan in line with the outcomes, outputs, activities and indicators set out in the project document and grant agreement, monitor progress on a continuous basis and prepare and validate project progress reports.  

10.    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.

11.    Facilitate technical input, knowledge exchange and thematic discussions. Develop knowledge products including fact sheets and policy briefs. 

12.    Perform other tasks as may be assigned by the supervisor within the framework of his/her competence.

Required qualifications


First level of University degree in economics, social sciences, international development or a related field and a strong knowledge on development issues around social protection particularly in Nigeria. 


At least three years of relevant professional experience, preferably in relation with employment and labour migration issues including experience working with officials of ministries of labour, foreign affairs, social partners and migration institutions and associations. Record of familiarity with ILO/UN policies and procedures, including development cooperation procedures would be desirable. Experience managing and implementing ILO/UN projects would be an advantage.


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


  • 1.    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.
    2.    Ability to develop clear strategic goals consistent with the program’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for program development and resource mobilisation. 
    3.    Ability to advocate and provide policy advice. Political awareness and understanding of policy debates and developments in the area of employment, migration and labour migration. Good knowledge of national counterparts, development partners as well as international organizations. 
    4.    Proven ability to manage teams including personnel management and remote capacity project management (project planning and management of financial and monitoring procedures).
    5.    Ability to oversee the work of and provide guidance to staff and consultants working for the project 
    6.    Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
    7.    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.
    8.    Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
    9.    Knowledge of the regulations and procedures of the ILO and/or other UN entities would be an asset.
    10.    Excellent time management, planning and organizational skills.
    11.    Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    12.    Ability to write progress reports for the implementation of the project in a concise and timely manner. 
    13.    Good knowledge of common office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and communication (internet and email).
  • An offer of appointment will be dependent on the Project being approved by the Donor

    “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”


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.


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This vacancy is now closed.