Child Labor Officer - NOB (DC)
Vacancy no.: CIUDAD DE MÉXICO/DC/NOB/2022/075
Publication date: 16 June 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 29 June 2022
Job ID: 8808
Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean
Organization Unit: CO-Mexico
Location: Mexico City
Contract type: Fixed Term
This advertisement is aimed at the public with nationality in Mexico.
Eligible to apply:
- External candidates.
- Internal candidates, in accordance with the provisions of the Staff Regulations.
The ILO values the diversity of its staff and encourages applications from qualified women and men, with or without disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to [email protected]
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The International Labour Organization (ILO) will implement the Project “Building a Comprehensive Government Approach to Combating Child Labor and Forced Labor in Mexico”, a US$ 13,000,000 effort that will work to address child labor and forced labor in the migration context at the federal, state and local level with specific and direct interventions in the Southern states of Chiapas, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo, as well as regional interventions that include Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. This project is part of USA President Biden´s Executive Order to address the root causes of migration in Central America (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/07/29/fact-sheet-strategy-to-address-the-root-causes-of-migration-in-central-america and https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Collaborative-Migration-Management-Strategy.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery).
The project will support Mexico to advance its commitments as an Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder Country aiming to by accelerate actions to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Target 8.7 that calls for countries to 8.7 Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms. The Alliance 8.7 is an inclusive global partnership initiative launched during the UN General Assembly in September 2016. Its main objective is to assist all UN member states and other partners in their efforts to achieve SDG Target 8.7. As an Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder country, and with the contributions of the three orders of government (executive, legislative, and judicial), Mexico has adopted a Road Map that establishes 10 priority actions to eradicate child labor, forced labor and human trafficking. The project will provide support to implement the Road Map. Mexico is also member and co-chair of the advisory board of the Global Initiative for Fair Recruitment that aims, amongst others, to prevent forced labor. The project will support Mexico to promote Fair Recruitment practices nationally. Moreover, the project will strengthen Mexico´s role in the Regional Initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labor (RILAC), a regional platform that coordinates closely with Alliance 8.7. To date, the RILAC has showed significant results in the region, including the creation of a South-South and Triangular Cooperation mechanism and the development and implementation of the Child Labor Risk Identification Model (CLRISK). The RILAC has represented an important platform to foster partnerships, innovation, coordination and mutual cooperation, and has prioritised migration related to child labor in their strategic planning for 2022-2025.
The Child Labor Official will report to the Director of ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba and will receive technical guidance and supervision from FUNDAMENTALS/MIGRANT through the Labour Migration specialist based in Brasilia and San José and specialists in Geneva. The Child Labor Official will also oversee the work of consultants hired during the course of the project.
Description of Duties
1. Work in close collaboration with the Project Coordinator and the rest of the project team in Mexico, and with the other partners/counterparts to design and review the work plans of the project, as well as the preparation of the budget proposal, considering different approaches and alternative methods, management, identification of problems and their solution, especially for the parts of the project that support the institutional and capacity development of the constituents, government agencies, relevant ministries and social partners.
2. Review, verify, and analyze work plans, progress reports, and final reports, and other data for clarity, consistency, and completeness, and monitor the progress of project activities. Follow up on delayed documents, clarify information, and answer questions about clearance and processing requirements to support the successful completion of agreed activities
3. Actively participate in national and local coordination spaces on child labor, for example, the National Committee on Child Labor (CITI),; to contribute to the maintenance and strengthening of effective cooperation relations with key national and State level counterparts (governmental and civil society), and other international organizations involved, and to explore synergies and avoid duplication of actions; support the MoL in their role as member of the Alliance 8.7 and the Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean free of child labor; provide technical assistance on child labor prevention and eradication to key actors, including the design and implementation of Child Labor Survey.
4. Support in the programming and control of project resources; prepare budget estimates and expenditure projections by analyzing and monitoring the status of resources against planned activities and make recommendations for corrective action. Identify problems, propose solutions and actions. Follow up on the products ordered from external consultants and other entities contracted under the Program, in accordance with the standards established by the Organization.
5. Coordinate the exchange of experiences with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize with the Officials on Forced Labor and on Labor Migration, the exchange of pertinent information with the ILO Specialists, project experts and associate experts, on the areas of the project that correspond to their area of expertise. Coordinate and systematize the information of the technical assistance to the regional and national counterparts, through the follow-up of their reports of activities, products and results in the matters of the scope of the project for its national and subregional articulation.
6. Act as a link with other related projects that act in similar and/or complementary fields for the establishment of synergies and joint actions. Maintain contacts and coordination with the corresponding departments of the headquarters, the ILO offices in the region, and with UN agencies to facilitate the execution of the project and achieve the objectives.
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7. Monitor and systematize the impact on results of the activities carried out in Mexico.
8. Prepare terms of reference for the studies and hiring of specialists and consultants foreseen in the Project and make the necessary coordination with them for the proper follow-up of their products.
9. Prepare, coordinate and participate in the organization and development of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and technical meetings in the field of the project that are requested.
10. Carry out, when requested, missions to assist the counterpart institutions of the Federal Entitties in the scope of the project. Prepare detailed reports on each activity, as well as on each mission, which must be sent to the ILO Office in Mexico.
11. Write reports related to the results of the project (including regular reports to the Directorate of the Office in Mexico on the progress of the Work Plan) and prepare public information materials, or support materials.
12. Any other duties requested by the Director of the ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba.
University degree in the field of social sciences, international relations, human rights, development, economy, or other relevant fields.
Minimum of three years of experience advising and working with Government and other key actors on child labor prevention and eradication.
Experience in strengthening the capacities of Federal, State and local governments, employers and workers to improve child labor policy coordination, strategic planning, action plan development and implementation, and incorporation of child labor issues into social protection programs. Experience working with government agencies and civil society organizations engaged in promoting improved child labor.
Excellent written and spoken command of Spanish and English.
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:
- 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 project/programme’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development, as well as identify linkages with other programmes.
- Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
- Demonstrated experience in negotiating, facilitating, and public speaking, with the significant ability to explain complex issues to diverse stakeholders, build will, identify common goals, develop agreed-upon next steps and deliverables, define and identify roles and responsibilities, and hold stakeholders accountable.
- Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research.
- Ability to develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings.
- Ability to promote knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office, 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.
- Significant interpersonal skill, including listening; showing understanding, courtesy, and concern; developing and maintaining effective relationships with project staff and stakeholders; and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity, gender, age, and disabilities, and other individual differences.
- Proven capacity to initiate and implement technical co-operation programmes and activities, including negotiation skills with governments, social partners and to mobilise the support of international donor agencies and provide quality services.
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