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National Project Officer - Enterprise Development

Pretoria (South Africa)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Sustainable Business Development
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-29

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Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: DC/PRETORIA/NO/2021/08
Publication date: 08 October 2021
Application deadline (midnight Pretoria time): 29 October 2021


Job ID: 6769 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Pretoria 
Location: Pretoria   
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 12 months fixed-term contract will be given, with a possibility of extension.  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 ILO, SECO and NORAD are launching the new global programme Productivity Ecosystems for Decent Work. The Programme has global coordinating component managed by the ILO headquarters in Geneva and country project components in Ghana, South Africa and Viet Nam. The programme will run over the course of 48 months from December 2021 to December 2025. The Programme aims to address the root causes of low productivity and employment outcomes by strengthening and establishing sustainable virtuous cycles between productivity, employment and good working conditions. The Programme emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing productivity in an integrated manner across the enterprise level, the sector level and the policy level rather than intervening just at a single level or using a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The Programme is based on the principles of systems thinking and the development of evidence-based interventions as well as by facilitating change through incentives and capabilities development of key actors. The Programme is implemented jointly by the ILO’s ENTERPRISES and EMPLOYMENT Departments.

The position will support the Programme Manager of the South Africa component of the project in the implementation of the projects’ outcomes and activities related to sustainable enterprise development and market systems development. This will include providing technical advisory services to implementing partners and to beneficiaries within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the global Programme, promoting ILO policies and standards for sustainable enterprise development, and supporting the implementation of project interventions that focus on improving SME and sectorial productivity, working conditions and decent job creation in a sustainable manner.

The incumbent will work in a team of three (two national officers and a finance/admin assistant) under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager.

Reporting lines:

Reporting lines:


The position is located in Pretoria, South Africa and reports to the Programme Manager of the project. The incumbent will be technically backstopped by the specialists for sustainable enterprises and for employment policy as well as by other Decent Work Team specialists when required. The incumbent will also receive technical advice and support from the SME Unit and specifically the Global Productivity Ecosystems project team, located in the ENTERPRISES Department at ILO Headquarters, as well as from the EMPLOYMENT Department at ILO Headquarters

Description of Duties

The main duties of the position comprise: 
1.    Engage and consult with Constituents and external partners including UN agencies, as well as ILO technical units and DWT backstopping specialists in the preparation of Project activities, ensure the timely delivery of activities and outputs by implementing partners and raise any areas of concern regarding progress with the Programme Manager and backstopping specialists;
2.    Coordinate sector selection studies and gender-responsive market systems analyses of selected sectors. Review reports and ensure technical quality, and present findings in national dialogue events with Constituents and other stakeholders; 
3.    Provide technical advisory services to implementing partners and beneficiaries of the project on sustainable enterprise development, SME productivity and working conditions, with the objective of building capacity and local ownership of supporting functions available to SMEs
4.    Establish effective partnerships and coordination with the ILO Constituents, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, private sector organisation as well as sister UN Agencies in support of building a support environment for improvements to SME productivity and working conditions
5.    Undertake missions to project locations to monitor and report on project implementation, identify issues and propose corrective actions to the Programme Manager and to the backstopping technical specialists; 
6.    Organize and support the delivery of seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings in line with project activities; 
7.    Brief ILO specialists, experts and visiting officials and provide relevant information on Project matters and support additional resource mobilization efforts with the backstopping technical specialists; 
8.    Develop project information and communication materials and knowledge products in collaboration with the Communication Officer located in the project Global Team in the ILO Headquarters in Geneva. Liaise with ILO constituents and partners for effective dissemination of project results to enhance project visibility; 
9.    Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the Programme Manager.


Required qualifications



University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in industrial engineering, economics, social sciences or business management



Minimum of two years professional work experience at the national level related to enterprise development and/or employment creation programmes

Experience in market systems development is an advantage. Understanding of the ILO, the United Nations system, and experience in working with officials of government ministries, employers’ and workers’ organizations is an advantage.



Excellent command of written and spoken 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
•    Knowledge of office-wide activities and objectives
•    Ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyze problems with implementation
•    Good drafting skills. 
•    Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
•    Ability to clarify information
•    Good computer applications skills
•    Organizational skills
•    Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team. 
•    Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy
•    Ability to work 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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