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Technical Specialist for Enterprise and Market Systems Development P4 (DC)

Nairobi (Kenya)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-16

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Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/P/2019/04
Publication date: 15 August 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time in Nairobi, Kenya): 16 September 2019

Job ID: 1678 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Dar es Salaam 
Location: Nairobi   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 1 Year 


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 present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.

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 subject to final approval and receipt of technical cooperation funds. 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.
Introduction

Large mixed migration movements continue to top the global political agenda, as reflected in the 2016 UN New York Declaration, and remain at the forefront of concerns, discussions and collaboration across the multilateral system and beyond. These movements create considerable challenges for countries of first asylum, transit and destination, as well as countries of origin, including through impact on socio-economic environments, such as labour markets of host countries, particularly where these may have already been under pressure and there is high unemployment. The majority of refugee populations are hosted by low- and middle-income countries. As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are becoming more focused on durable solutions to support more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them to facilitate self-reliance and empowerment and strengthen social cohesion. It is paralleled by regional and country-level efforts in several areas, including in the Middle East and North Africa region and in the Horn of Africa.
 
In this context, the Government of the Netherlands has launched a new partnership initiative – the PROSPECTS Partnership Programme (hereafter referred to as the “programme”) – built on the combined strengths, experience and values of specific development and humanitarian organizations to develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement crises. The partners include: the Government of the Netherlands, the International Finance Corporation, the ILO, the UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank. The programme aims to help transform the way governments and other stakeholders, including the private sector, respond to forced displacement crises and in particular: (1) to enhance the enabling environment for the socio-economic inclusion of forcibly displaced persons (to mitigate their plight during years of exile and to best prepare them for their return); (2) to enhance access to education and child protection for vulnerable children on the move; and (3) to strengthen the resilience of host communities through inclusive socio-economic development that also benefits forcibly displaced persons.

The programme will be grounded on results-based and country-led approaches (“bottom up”) in two identified regions: MENA, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, and the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan. It aims to accelerate efforts to find sustainable solutions for countries confronted with large influxes of refugees. It will also aim to develop and implement evidence-based solutions, tailored to each context – as well as to test, and learn from, innovative operational solutions, including improving the availability, collection and use of data and evidence. The overall ILO’s vision within the programme is to strengthen decent work in countries impacted by forced displacement to mitigate stress factors at all levels and support inclusive socio-economic enablers for access to labour markets and empowerment of host communities and of forcibly displaced populations.

The ILO will bring to the programme significant expertise and experience in supporting enabling environments to underpin inclusive socio-economic growth and decent work, strengthen labour markets and promote access to improved working conditions and fundamental rights at work, including through the involvement of its tripartite national constituents The ILO will stimulate labour market demand and immediate job creation through employment-intensive investment, local economic and business development and promotion of specific value chains and market systems.

Introduction Continues

Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO, the Technical Specialist for Enterprise and Market Systems Development will support programme implementation in the specified technical areas across the ILO’s country programmes in the context of the Partnership in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan. S/he will also provide technical inputs and advisory services towards development of future programmes in line with ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.


Reporting lines

The incumbent will report directly to the Deputy Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) for operational and administrative issues and will be under the overall guidance of the Global Programme Manager in Geneva for all relevant outputs and overall implementation. S/he will receive technical guidance and advice from the Global Coordinator for Value Chain Development and Entrepreneurship, and the Cooperative Development and Social Finance Specialists in the ENTERPRISES Department at the ILO headquarters in Geneva and the Employment Specialist in the ILO Country Office in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, ensuring the delivery of technical-related outputs. S/he will also coordinate closely with Enterprise Specialists in ILO Dar-es-Salaam and Decent Work Teams for North Africa (ILO Cairo) and for Eastern and Southern Africa (ILO Pretoria). The incumbent will work closely with other specialists supporting the programme as relevant.

Description of Duties
  1. Provide advice to the country teams in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan on analysis of economic and labour market trends in host communities and refugees settlements.
  2. Design and support implementation of interventions for enterprise development and small business promotion (including interventions related to cooperative development and access to financial services) as well as aligning them with the broader policy frameworks, the value added of the ILO and employment creation potentials through a market system approach.
  3. Provide advice and support to the programme country teams in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan in order to ensure effective and results-driven implementation of technical components linked to enterprise and market systems development.
  4. Provide advice on the implementation of appropriate inclusive labour market and market systems development interventions with a clear theory of change and aiming at providing benefits to refugee and host community populations.
  5. Lead capacity-building measures for local partners in the programme countries including training providers, business development service (BDS) providers and social partners in close consultation with the technical Enterprises team in ILO headquarters.
  6. Establish and maintain close working relations with Partnership agencies and key stakeholders of the programme at regional and country level, ensuring that approaches are complementary, synergies are sought and opportunities for joint delivery are leveraged.
  7. Respond to requests for technical assistance, policy advice and capacity-building in the area of enterprise development, integrated market systems approaches, micro-finance and cooperatives by programme teams, ILO constituents and other key stakeholders in the context of the programme, and establish and maintain close working relations at the technical level with other projects, donors and stakeholders’ programmes and organizations operating in the same space.
  8. Ensure, in collaboration with the Communications Officer in headquarters and programme countries, efficient and effective communication of the programme context and challenges and of the results achieved by the Partnership.
  9. Support the effective monitoring and evaluation of project interventions in the focus countries and provide support to project partners on effective use of tools and methodologies for planning, monitoring and reporting on project interventions.
  10. Provide input and advice on Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM) systems, as well as progress and evaluation reports in the areas of enterprise and market systems development for the project teams in the focus countries.
  11. Participate in and, as appropriate, lead the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and other project events including representation of the ILO at meetings related to the project, thematic donor/partner meetings and sector meetings of tripartite partners.
  12. Perform other duties as may be assigned.
Required qualifications
Education

Advanced university degree in development, business management, social science, economics, labour, technical and vocational education or a related discipline/field.

Experience
  • At least eight years’ experience at national level or at least five at the international level in designing, managing, and implementing projects on small enterprise development, value chain and market systems development or related fields.
  • Experience in market systems development and/or livelihoods promotion in forced displacement contexts would be a strong added advantage.
  • Professional experience in the focus region would be an added advantage.
Languages

Excellent knowledge and command of English. Good working knowledge of an additional official would be an advantage.

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 develop clear strategic goals consistent with the Partnership’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development.
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to promote a knowledge-sharing and learning culture, and to focus and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners.
  • Excellent computer/information application skills, including word processing, excel, powerpoint, etc.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Drive to seek or encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to organisation challenges and opportunities for improvement.

Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • Any extension 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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit: https://jobs.ilo.org/content/International/?locale=en_GB

Recruitment process

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

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