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National Project Coordinator

Manila (Philippines)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Manila (Philippines)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-02

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Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: DC/MANILA/NO/2020/14
Publication date: 03 November 2020
Application deadline (midnight Manila time): 02 December 2020


Job ID: 4936 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Manila 
Location: Manila   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months 


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.


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 entry level salary for this position is 1,114,544.00 (Philippine Peso) yearly.



The Government of the Philippines (GoP) regards the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) as a  pivotal moment in migration management and governance history. It considers migration as a priority policy area with the GCM mainstreamed into the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) through an entire new chapter on “Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration.”  The PDP establishes a benchmark for relevant government agencies in assessing how the Philippines is achieving the GCM’s objectives and commitments, both as a migrant-sending and a migrant-receiving country. Further, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has developed guidelines on the collection and use of migration data based on international migration statistics and standards. This enables government agencies to share comparable data on international migration and responds to the GCM’s emphasis on the importance of data and statistics for effective policy formulation. Despite such progress, the Government itself  recognizes that noticeable gaps remain in the implementation of the GCM’s 23 objectives. In particular, the Government has identified Objective 8 (Facilitate fair and ethical recruitment and safeguard conditions that ensure decent work) and Objective 21 (Cooperate in facilitating safe and dignified return and readmission, as well as sustainable reintegration) as their priority GCM objectives. 


The Joint Programme BRIDGE seeks to support the GoP in achieving Objectives 8 and 21 through the lens of the GCM Thematic Area 4: Facilitating regular migration, decent work and enhancing the positive development effects of human mobility. This will be accomplished by ensuring a) Government initiatives to promote fair and ethical recruitment as well as reintegration services are evidence-based, gender-responsive and coordinated through a people-centered, whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach and b) the Government establishes mechanisms to translate evidence into policy and best practices pertaining to recruitment and reintegration through the migration cycle. Both results seek to ensure human mobility in the Philippines is fully utilized and facilitated in a regular, safe and orderly manner that contributes towards sustainable development effects for migrants, their families and even communities. BRIDGE supports the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, Ambisyon Natin 2040 (long-term vision and strategies), the Philippines-UN Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development (PFSD) 2019-2023, and the ongoing programmes of IOM, ILO and UN Women in the areas of recruitment and reintegration in the Philippines context.

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Reporting lines:

Under the direct supervision of the Director of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila), the National Project Coordinator (NPC) shall work in close collaboration with the Senior Programme Officer and the labour migration projects of CO-Manila: the Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR); and the Safe and Fair project: Realizing migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region. S/he shall regularly consult with the Regional Labour Migration Specialist of the Decent Work Team in Bangkok. The NPC  will also coordinate with her/his counterparts - project staff of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNWOMEN, the participating UN agencies in this MPTF on Migration Joint Programme in the Philippines.


The NPC is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Joint Programme (JP) and the realization of the JP results in the Philippines. S/he will work closely with Joint Programme partners to implement the activities. S/he should be familiar with ILO standards, policies and programmes on labour migration, including discourses in regard to the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The NPC shall supervise the Programme and Administrative Assistant of the ILO component of the JP.

Description of Duties


1. Coordinate closely with FAIR, and Safe and Fair projects of the ILO to ensure that common CO strategies are employed in implementing labour migration activities to maximize country impact.
2. Ensure the delivery of committed outputs in the Joint Programme BRIDGE, particularly towards the development objective of strengthening the implementation of the GCM in the Philippines allows the Government to be responsive to the needs and protection of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from recruitment to reintegration.
3. Establish constructive working relations with her/his JP counterparts with IOM and UNWOMEN in order to harmonize targeting of areas and beneficiaries to be supported by this Joint Programme.
4. Review and analyse the national action plan to implement GCM to inform JP implementation design, approaches, management, and reporting.
5. Prepare country-level inputs to technical and financial reporting requirements, including documentation of good practices, lessons learned and relevant experiences, as well as preparations for mid-term and final evaluations.
6. Lead in the preparation of briefs, background information, and statistical data on status of overall activities of the Joint Programme. Provide inputs to draft sections of relevant ILO policy briefs, research, tools, guidelines, and other ILO publications.
7. Ensure the visibility of the JP and its donor by using relevant identifiers on all relevant materials and publications, and at workshops and events. Relevant communications should be coordinated with the UN Resident Coordinator Office’s communication focal point and the JP counterparts of IOM and UNWOMEN.
8. Prepare and provide inputs to the development of terms of reference for implementing partners and consultants necessary to implement activities in line with the Joint Programme Document. The NPC will oversee the implementation of these contracts.
9. Monitor progress of the Joint Programme against agreed targets by reviewing, verifying and analysing implementing partners' work-plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness. Identify problems, propose solutions and action, and follow-up with implementing partners to expedite implementation and meet targets. Follow-up on delays, clarify information and data provided, and act as the primary focal point for partners' enquiries about clearances and processing requirements. Assist in the development and maintenance of information systems for use in monitoring and reporting activities and performance.
10. Ensure adherence to the ILO rules and regulations for financial, procurement and administrative matters and ensure timely fulfilment of all obligations and delivery of expected results of the Joint Programme activities.
11. Organize, participate as a resource person, and represent the ILO at JP activities, consultative meetings, seminars and training workshops. Serve as a focal point for migration related technical subjects and prepare speeches, make presentations and address meetings at the national and, where necessary, regional level on behalf of the ILO component of the JP.

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12. Follow-up with relevant technical officers with counterparts in organizations and line ministries a national level, partner and executing agencies, government offices, constituents and in other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets.
13. Assist in the programming and control of resources from the Joint Programme and, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring resources as compared to planned activities, anticipate delays and make recommendations to project management for remedial action.
14. Brief ILO specialists, project staff and consultants, and visiting officials, academics, UN and
15. NGO partners and provide relevant information on project-related matters. Provide interpretation to other ILO staff and consultants where appropriate.
16. Undertake missions to project sites independently or accompanying other officials, to provide guidance and coaching to partners on implementing the project and reporting requirements, and to identify challenges and propose solutions to resolve them. Specific coaching on M&E and gender is expected.
17. Establish and maintain close and positive links with the relevant national and local stakeholders such as national local authorities, employers' and workers' organizations, international organizations, non-governmental organization, private sector actions and the media that are active in the area of migration, human rights, women's empowerment, violence against women and trafficking.
18. Draft, edit, or translate into local language official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information materials to communicate project activities.
19. Supervise the work of the project's Programme and Administrative Assistant and national consultants.
20. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Country Director.

Required qualifications

First level university degree in social sciences or another field that is relevant to the position of the NPC.


At least two year of professional experience at the national level in the area of project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Proven experience in working effectively with government bodies in charge of policymaking and with development partners, and labour migration work experience, would be an asset.


Technical requirements: Good knowledge of labour migration as well as multilateral frameworks of cooperation such as the GCM, the link between migration & development, and other relevant migration policies that promote migrant workers’ rights. Having knowledge of the recruitment and reintegration processes would be an asset.


Excellent knowledge of the working language of the duty station (Filipino) and excellent knowledge and skills in reading, writing, communicating in English.


Candidates interested in the position should consider that the nine core competencies of the ILO, listed below, may be evaluated during the selection process: Integrity and transparency, Sensitivity to diversity, Orientation to learning and knowledge sharing, Client orientation, Communication, Orientation to change, Takes responsibility for performance, Quality orientation and Collaboration. Among these nine competences, the following are of particular importance for this position: Customer Orientation, Communications, Collaboration


Technical competencies: 

  • Knowledge of programme and budget, project administration and evaluation concepts and procedures and of the mandate and structure of labour market institutions in the Philippines
  • Knowledge of the office's financial rules and regulations
  • Good knowledge of the context and challenges for the project areas of expertise
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution and good drafting skills
  • Good ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyze problems with implementation
  • Ability to communicate effective Iy both orally and in writing. Ability to clarify information
  • Demonstrate collaborative and team work experience and ability to work effective Iy with a multicultural and interdisciplinary team as well as work on his/her own initiative
  • Ability to work independently, quickly, precisely, and take initiative and responsibility
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet the deadline
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, web-browsers and database applications
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work in a team and in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


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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