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Project Manager P4 (NIRF/USDOL Project) 1

Hanoi (Vietnam)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-20

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Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/HANOI/P/2021/01
Publication date: 17 August 2021
Application deadline (midnight Hanoi time): 07 September 2021


Job ID: 6565 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Hanoi 
Location: Hanoi   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 06 months and possible extend subject to fund availability 


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.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.


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

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To achieve the goal of decent work for all in Viet Nam, the ILO Country Office supports the Vietnam Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), 2017-2021 with three priority areas: Labour Market Governance; Social Protection; and Employment and Sustainable Enterprise Development. In the implementation of the DWCP, the ILO Office works in close partnership with the Government of Viet Nam, in particular, its technical line ministry, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and its social partners, the employers' and workers' organizations. The Vietnam DWCP is an integral part of the One UN Plan.


The technical cooperation project "Creating and Activating New Industrial Relations Framework in Respect of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work" (hereafter NIRF Project) aims at assisting Viet Nam to reform, build and improve legal and institutional framework of industrial relations in respect of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in the context of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (CPTPP) and EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement.


In partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the NIRF project will engage with a wide range of government agencies, social partners and major stakeholders in its implementation. The project's overall development objective is "to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth by building effective industrial relations institutions and practices based on freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining".


The project takes multi-pronged strategies to achieving the objective by combining following approaches:


  • Assisting the government in creating enabling legal environment through labour code revision, with particular focus on freedom of association and right to bargain collectively. 
  • Assisting the government in creating and building new units within the government in charge of managing NIRF, including units with responsibility for managing mediation and arbitration of workplace disputes and the registration of new workers' organizations
  • Assisting the government in strengthening labour inspection for effective law enforcement, including through development and implementation of an electronic case management system (ECMS) for the labour inspectorate. 


The ILO is seeking candidates for the post of NIRF Project Manager.  The incumbent will work under the supervision of the ILO Country Director in Viet Nam, or Officer-in-Charge (OIC).    Support from ILO Technical Specialists throughout Asia and in Geneva will specifically be sought on project deliverables, reporting, linkages with the work of other regional specialists and external partners, and knowledge sharing. The Project Manager will also receive technical support from Labour Law and Reform Unit (LABOURLAW), Inclusive Labour Market, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK), Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH), ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) and ILO's Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACTEMP).


Please note that while a Fixed Term contract has been advertised, the initial contract type will be Short Term and may be converted to Fixed Term upon confirmation of funding.


Description of Duties


1. Ensure the effective implementation of the NIRF project in close collaboration with MOLISA and other major stakeholders in Viet Nam.

2. Organize meetings and seminars, and develop knowledge products designed to forge partnerships, share good practices and foster sub-regional networks of government policymakers, workers' and employers' organizations and civil society organizations to reach the project's goals.

3. Ensure the development of monitoring and evaluation and project information systems, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programmes.

4. Ensure project synergy with the different ILO projects and programmes implemented in Viet Nam and within the sub-region as appropriate.

5. Any other relevant project-related duties requested by the ILO Country Director.


Technical duties:


6. Provide technical support for the government in line with the revised Labour Code and in full consideration of national contexts as well as core Conventions related to freedom of association, collective bargaining, and non-discrimination under the ILO FPRW Declaration, with special focus on building capacity to develop and implement new national industrial relations policies and related administrative systems (particularly relating to the registration of workers organisations and dispute resolution) in line with the revised labour code improving labour inspection system

7. Guide and support works of national project coordinators and others under his/her supervision in carrying out the above technical duties.

8. In coordination with the ILO office and other relevant projects, to assist the government, National Assembly and social partners in making a progress for ratification of ILO core Convention No.87).

9. Ensure gender and non-discrimination is consistently integrated into project activities and approaches.


Managerial duties:


10. Effectively manage human and financial resources for the project in accordance with ILO and USDOL rules.  Currently, the project team consists of 5 national staff. 

11. Maintain communication with the donor and ensure the preparation and delivery of quarterly reports and periodic information requested by the donor.



Advanced university degree in labour law, industrial relations, labour economics, management, social science or related field with demonstrated expertise.





At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in the above fields of which at least three years at the international level carrying out project management, supervision, administration and implementation of technical assistance projects. Working experience in ASEAN countries and Viet Nam, and with UN/ILO programme/projects is an advantage.




Excellent command of English.





  • Strong commitment to personal professional integrity;
  • Proven capacity to develop, manage and deepen inter-personal relations and trust with a full sensitivity to diversity and local contexts;
  • Proven capacity to communicate in a clear and effective manner, adapting language, tone and style to match the audience; ensures messages are understood; is attentive to others, and encourages open, two-way communication;
  • Proven capacity to initiate and implement technical co-operation projects and activities with ILO constituents and NGOs, including negotiation skill with governments, social partners, industry associations, and mobilizing the support of international donor agencies;
  • Ability to research and interpret various guidelines and policies for application to address difficult administrative related issues;
  • Decision making and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent drafting skills, negotiation skills, and organisational and management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively monitor work programme and resources.
  • Ability to work under time and political pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


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.

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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.

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.

Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including technical tests or interviews.


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