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National Officer Social Sector (NO-SS) - NOB (DC) 1


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Polokwane
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
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  • Closing Date: 2022-07-01


Grade: NOB  

Vacancy no.: DC/PRETORIA/NO/2022/03
Publication date: 01 June 2022
Application deadline (midnight local time): 01 July 2022


Job ID: 8623 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Pretoria 
Location: Polokwane   
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.


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 [email protected].


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 possibility of further extension pending availability of 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.


*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. 


Introduction: general information about the context in which the official will work:

The ILO is providing a technical assistance to the South African Government in the planning, coordination and monitoring of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which is one of its flagship programmes aimed at combating persistent unemployment, inequality and poverty particularly among the historically disadvantaged people. The EPWP is one of the largest public employment programmes in the world and implemented in four sectors: infrastructure, environment and culture, social and non-state (Not for Profit) sectors. It’s greatest strengths include leveraging public infrastructure investments to maximise employment and employability through technical and entrepreneurial skills development as well as to improve service delivery for the vulnerable sections of the community. 

The ILO provides support in building capacity of public implementing bodies and private sector service providers towards the effective coordination and implementation of EPWP as well as in the developing   technical and managerial procedures and processes for application of employment intensive approach in line with international good practices. The ILO also supports the development of local training capacity for Employment Intensive technology and promotes energy resilient construction techniques as well as research and development on innovative and transformative infrastructure delivery. 

The ILO has deployed two teams of qualified engineers, one at National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and the other based in Limpopo Province. The Limpopo Team is keen to also unlock the job creation potential of the Social Sector of the EPWP which is implement key programmes including Home Community Based Care (HCBC) and Early Childhood Development (ECD) amongst others. The project also intends to ensure that the EPWP practices are environmentally friend and sensitive to and mitigate Climate Change. It also intends to identify and assist stakeholders to exploit current and future job opportunities in the Green Economy. The National Officer Social Sector (NO-SS) will be joining the team at the Limpopo Department of Public Works Roads and Infrastructure (LDPWRI) and will be based Polokwane.

Reporting lines


Under the overall supervision of the Director ILO Country office for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, and the direct supervision of the ILO Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) in Polokwane, the incumbent of the position will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the infrastructure, Environment & Culture and Social Sector components of the Expanded Public works programme (EPWP) in Limpopo province. 

In order to provide a coordinated input and ensure delivery of the project, the incumbent will work closely with EIIP Specialist attached to the ILO Decent Work Team in Pretoria, staff from other ILO supported projects operating in South Africa, LDPWRI and its EPWP Chief Directorate led by the Chief Director, Limpopo Department of Social Development (DSD) which leads the EPWP’s Social Sector as well as the Limpopo Departments of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Health (DoH) and Education (DoE).


Description of Duties

The NO-SS will support the implementation of the infrastructure, Environment & Culture and Social Sector components of the EPWP with a special focus on Job Creation in Socioeconomic aspects of these areas.

More specifically, NO-SS will carry out, but not limited to, the following duties:

  1. Analyse the Social Sector and its linkages with other EPWP Sectors and make recommendations on innovative strategies for enhancing employment and employability;
  2. Assess the EPWP infrastructure, Environment & Culture and Social Sectors to identify skills under threat and those skills needed in the medium and long term in the context of sustainable development;
  3. Coordinate and participate in carrying out capacity needs assessment and develop a comprehensive technical assistance plan including targeted skills upgrading;
  4. Assisting in developing provincial strategy for the EPWP Social Sector;
  5. Participate in the development of a guidelines on social protection of the young, elderly, People with Disabilities (PWD), other minority and vulnerable groups;
  6. Actively Support the DSD, DoH, CoGHSTA and DoE in unlocking their job creation potential in their EPWP sub-programmes and projects;
  7. Provide technical Support to the Social Sector, Environment & Culture Sector and assist in the development of their plans, identification and formulation of new and innovative projects;
  8. Assist in preparing periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of the ILO technical assistance to EPWP and interventions in the social and environmental sectors
  9. Perform other relevant duties as required.

Required qualifications

Qualifications requirements: education, language, experience and competencies.


First level university degree (Bachelor’s or Equivalent) in Social Science, Development, Economics or other related fields. A Qualification in Public Health or related disciplines will be added advantage.


Minimum of three years of professional experience in economic and social development planning or related areas.




Excellent command of English is required and the ability to speak at least one of the local languages is considered an asset.


  • Good knowledge of social protection or health economics.
  • Socioeconomic evaluation of development projects.
  • Report writing.
  • Good knowledge of PC software such as Microsoft Office (including e.g. MS Word processor and MS Excel).


In addition to the ILO core competencies [Integrity and transparency, Sensitivity to diversity, Orientation to learning and knowledge sharing, Client orientation, Communication, Orientation to change, Takes responsibility for performance, Quality orientation, Collaboration], this position requires:

  • Ability to interpret and work within applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new software and systems.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Good drafting skills.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • A high degree of discretion with sense of responsibility in dealing with confidential matters.
  • Interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy when dealing with others.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Ability to interpret and work within applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to oversee the work of and provide guidance to staff.
  • Ability to work under time pressure, manage multiple tasks and work streams and meet deadlines.
  • 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.


Recruitment process


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


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