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Specialist, Labor Market Information System Harmonization and Coordination

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Specialist, Labor Market Information System Harmonization and Coordination


FHI 360, through the USAID African Union Partnership (AUP) program, is providing technical assistance to the African Union Commission (AUC) to strengthen youth economic empowerment in Africa. The African Union intends to strengthen its capacity to deliver results through the enhancement of its human capacity in the area of labor, employment and social protection policies, among other initiatives. The 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments adopted the Declaration and Plan of Action on Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development for the next decade.

Drawing lessons from past policies, the implementation of the Declaration and Plan of Action will be deliberately guided by the existence of functional labor market information system at all levels. In this respect, the AU Labor Market Information System Harmonization and Coordination Framework (LMIS-HCF) will be pivotal; and it sets roles and responsibilities at national, regional and continental levels and is deployed under the guidance of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Labor Market Information and Informal Economy, which includes representatives of workers and employers’ organizations.

Thus in order to facilitate the implementation of the LMIS-HCF, FHI 360 through the USAID AUP program is recruiting an LMIS Specialist who will be seconded to the AUC. The ideal candidate will have expert technical knowledge of labor statistics and economics as well as strong management and interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate effectively with diverse actors across the African continent.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

Technical – LMIS Design, Implementation and Deployment

  • Assist the AUC/DSA in the deployment of the LMIS-HCF.
  • Develop and manage a user friendly LMI data management system at continental level, including dissemination of approaches such as web-based communication.
  • Work with the Secretariat of the RECs to facilitate the implementation of their Regional LMIS Roadmaps defined during the LMIS-HCF capacity building and planning workshops.
  • Support the implementation of the component of the Labor Migration joint Programme related to Labor Migration Data and Statistics, working with the RECs.
  • In collaboration with the Africa Regional Labor Administration Centers (ARLACs), develop and implement a training program for MS, AUC and RECs experts on LMIS.
  • Update and complete the LMIS harmonization tools and other related guidelines.

Research, Analysis and Communication

  • Propose and implement a continent-wide research and study program on labor, employment and social protection;
  • Contribute to the preparation of analytical and policy options reports to the Commission on LMIS
  • Working with other team members, consolidate various inputs into cohesive, analytically solid and user-friendly reports for presentation to the Commission on LMIS.
  • Prepare issues papers and policy briefs for consideration by managerial staff of the Commission to guide strategy and policy formulation.
  • Draft, as part of a team, various parts of the Commission’s annual reports on LMIS and specialized studies.
  • Oversee the preparation of a triennial “trends” publication that summarizes in user-friendly format and analyzes major indicators related to the themes under consideration by the Commission.


  • Serve as coordinating and liaison person between AUC, RECs, Member States (MS) and international partners on LMIS
  • Provide administrative support to the Joint Secretariat of the Technical Working Group on LMIS and Informal Economy
  • Prepare publications in the areas of work of the Technical Working Group

Key Deliverables

  • Develop AU labor market information database
  • Implement key activities of the Work programme of the LMIS Technical Working Group
  • Follow-up on the ongoing AUC-FHI survey on LMIS in selected countries
  • Develop informal economy statistics and data measurement system
  • Initiate labor migration statistics database
  • Initiate social protection statistics
  • Liaise with RECs on LMIS activities

Workload Weighted Distribution

  • 60% technical
  • 20% coordination and administration
  • 20% assisting in conference and meetings organization


  • Master’s Degree in statistics, with focus on labor statistics and economics, social science, economics, and/or other science is highly preferred. Bachelor's degree is required.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in labor market information systems development (labor statistics, labor market data analysis, and labor software).
  • At least 3-5 years of management experience and proven supervisory ability as well as technical leadership to establish and maintain effective working relationships as both a team member and a team leader.
  • At least 5 years of experience in international organization preferably including Regional Economic Communities.
  • Experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders at regional and international levels.
  • Experience coaching and delivering capacity building training, as well as designing trainings.
  • Ability to identify clients’ needs and develop appropriate solutions, and establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients.
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate, implement and review own work plan and those under supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for gender and diversity;
  • Proven ability to write and speak concisely and clearly and communicate effectively. Ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations on key issues by formulating positions, articulating options concisely, and making and defending recommendations.

Language Requirement

Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (English, French, Arabic and Portuguese) is a must. Knowledge of second or all of the other working languages would be an added advantage.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: FHI 360
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-30

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