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.
Please note that this recruitment is subject to final confirmation of the project.
About Better Work
We mobilize global brands, governments, factory owners and workers to improve working conditions, drive competitiveness and create a more equitable, more prosperous world.
The Power of Convening
As a partnership between the UN’s International Labour Organization and the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation, we know how to bring diverse groups together to create positive action that improves working conditions while stimulating productivity and competitiveness.
A Proven Approach
We create lasting, measurable change by empowering factories to improve the working conditions in their facilities. Our assessments are the global gold standard for rigour and integrity. Our training programs and advisory services change attitudes as well as behaviours.
National Action/ Global Influence
Through our comprehensive, university-led research, and by sharing best practices from our on-the-ground experience, we are able to shape the agenda well beyond the countries in which we work, influencing governments, brands and policy makers to make improving working conditions a top priority.
Our work and our research have demonstrated – to employers, unions, global brands and governments – that improving working conditions and defending the rights of workers benefits all of us. We’ve improved the lives of more than 3 million workers, and millions more family members, while enhancing the profitability of their employers. There is no trade-off between better work and better business.
Better Work Pakistan (BWP) will be launched as a 3-year pilot country programme based on an in-depth preparatory phase and engagement with the tripartite constituents in Pakistan. The programme will open its office in Karachi with selected staff based in Islamabad, but will cater to factories across the country. The vast majority of garment factories are located in Sindh and Punjab provinces. The planned pilot programme is anticipating to work with approximately 120 factories in this first phase. In parallel, BWP will work on an already agreed upon Action Plan with the government, employers and workers to create a more enabling environment for a successful BW programme. This Plan includes work on legal frameworks, the application of national legislation and ILO Conventions and standards (ILS), capacity building of constituents etc.
BWP will support ILO constituents’ efforts in realising the priorities outlined in the DWCP, and subsequently the UNSDCF, all while collaborating with ILO Pakistan’s other projects intervening in the said sector.
The impetus to address challenges in ILS compliance in the country’s textile and apparel sector is prompted by Pakistan’s GSP+ status in confronting decent work deficits related to freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of forced or compulsory labour, the abolition of child labour and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. Broader aspects of the DW agenda will also be confronted such as wages, OSH, skills, labour administration, enterprise development, social dialogue, gender and possibly social security aspects.
Please note that Karachi is a non-family duty station
Function & Supervision
The incumbent will manage all aspects of the BWP programme as part of the global Better Work programme and within the policy and procedural requirements established by the global programme and the ILO.
Under the direction of the Better Work Programme Director, the BWP Programme Manager reports to the Head of Better Work in Asia, based in Bangkok, for Better Work-related activities. The BWP Programme Manager will remain under the direct supervision of the ILO’s Country Director with respect to political and administrative matters of the BWP Programme.
Description of Duties
- In collaboration with other Better Work Country Programmes and with support from Better Work Global, based in Bangkok and Geneva, lead the establishment of all aspects of the Better Work Pakistan (BWP) programme.
- Lead the effective implementation and technical oversight of all project components including enterprise compliance assessments, advisory services, training, stakeholder engagement and policy influencing work. Ensure a high degree of programme transparency, accountability and credibility, both internally and externally, in accordance with ILO’s policies, procedures and values.
- Oversee capacity building efforts of national partners to ensure compliance with international labour standards and national laws. This will entail ensuring strong collaboration with related and complementary activities of the ILO, IFC and other institutions.
- Effectively manage human resources including recruitment, staff development and performance management with a particular focus on increasing management and leadership skills of senior national staff to enable them to independently manage factory services and expand their responsibilities for policy influencing and stakeholder engagement and mainstreaming gender equality and the principles of equal opportunity. Lead by example the growth of a positive working culture that promotes excellence and accountability for results as well as a respectful and supportive workplace environment that encourages teamwork and personal growth.
- In accordance with donor agreements, take responsibility for the maintenance of effective and efficient administrative and financial systems for the programme, including the administration of revenue collection, in compliance with the ILO financial/procurement rules and regulations.
- Oversee the development of robust internal systems to support quality delivery of services including the collection, management and analysis of data as appropriate in order to inform implementation, monitoring, evaluation, quality control and operational efficiency as well as to support the programme’s policy and research portfolio and support buyer relationships.
- Manage the implementation of Pakistan’s component of the global monitoring and evaluation strategy, and support further research and analysis as required. Improve information sharing between staff for the purposes of knowledge building and programme efficiency.
- Oversee the effective implementation of activities outlined in the MOU and action plan between ILO and the constituents in Pakistan which frame the collaboration with national tripartite constituents over the course of the 3-year pilot programme. This includes a regular annual review process of the action plan with the tripartite constituents. This area of work also requires close liaison and collaboration with other ILO projects and departments in HQ, regional offices and ILO projects working in the field.
- Further develop the programme’s institutional sustainability efforts, including through partnerships with the tripartite constituents and other stakeholders and by triggering new levers of change such as partnerships with manufacturing groups.
- Ensure active engagement with the tripartite country Project Advisory Committee (PAC), including providing secretariat and technical support to the PAC and managing and facilitate regular buyers’ and other stakeholder fora.
- Mobilise resources to support the BWP programme and maintain strong relationships with the multi-lateral and bilateral donor community for resource mobilisation, project development and effective management of donor funds.
- Conduct high-level communications to increase the profile of BWP with international buyers, external stakeholders, policy makers and the media as well as within the ILO and IFC. This includes representing the programme at national and international levels. Lead on the programme’s convening and facilitating role to address industry wide issues, including those related to competitiveness as well as workers’ rights and safety issues, through multi-stakeholder dialogues and partnerships.
- Maintain and further expand strong collaboration with the ILO Regional Office, the Decent Work Technical Support Team, based in Delhi and other components of the ILO to support the implementation of Pakistan’s DWCP.
- Actively collaborate with other Better Work country programme managers to contribute, and to support the development and implementation of the global Better Work programme, including its policies, tools and strategies and help to ensure consistency in and effective delivery of Better Work country programmes.
- Support the ILO Country Office for Pakistan in meeting expectations of national and global stakeholders within the overall context of improving working conditions and workers’ rights in the garment industry in Pakistan.
Advanced university degree with demonstrated experience in international development, social sciences or other relevant field.
At least ten years of professional experience in the areas of social dialogue, working with the private sector in developing countries, capacity building, corporate social responsibility (particularly in the field of labour standards compliance), programme management or related fields in a senior level position, at least seven years of which has been at the international level. Experience of working with business is essential and experience of working with the garment sector is highly desirable. Relevant experience working in South Asia would be an advantage.
Excellent command of written and oral English. Working knowledge of Urdu and/or a regional language would be an advantage.
- Excellent administrative, financial, project and human resource managerial skills;
- Proven leadership ability to coach, motivate and train staff for continuous improvement of performance and transform team performance and commitment;
- Experience in managing change processes and capacity building, particularly within a developing country context, including ability to build partnerships between stakeholders to influence policy making for increased impact;
- High level technical knowledge of corporate social responsibility issues, such as compliance needs assessments, remediation, capacity building and training, including a proven capacity to liaise with international buyers;
- Experience in private sector development, preferably in the apparel sector, including a good understanding of the functioning of the global apparel value chain and Pakistan’s competitive position within the value chain;
- High level knowledge of project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and ability to mobilize resources;
- Demonstrated ability to define and resolve problems in a manner that reflects the interests of stakeholders in technical assistance projects and activities, the cultural situation in Pakistan, the ILO’s commitment to fundamental principles and rights, social dialogue and tripartism and the IFC’s mission of supporting sustainable private sector development;
- Good understanding of the key tenets and dynamics of industrial relations in Pakistan as well as a foundational understanding of industrial relations at the global level in the garment industry.
- High level of understanding of gender equality, gender mainstreaming and equal opportunity principles and approaches. Experience in mainstreaming gender and promoting inclusive and diverse workplaces in a project and among staff. Experience working in industries with high levels of migrant workers an advantage;
- Excellent analytical skills including demonstrated ability to devise socio-economic research and analysis and translate research results into practical policy directions and reports.
- Ability to provide authoritative policy and technical advice and guidance; and
- High level communications skills, both oral and written including capacity to represent the organisation, work with the media, and operate in a multi-cultural environment.
- The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
How to apply
Applicants can only attach one document to their application. This should include a cover letter, and must also include a 2-page statement addressing their claims against five or six of the above competencies. In doing this, applicants should include a heading and 2-3 paragraphs for each competency, explaining how their skills and experience show that they possess these competencies.
Applicants who do not attach this statement will not be considered for interview.
Better Work, as part of the ILO, values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities.
The closing date for applications is: 13 July 2021
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.
For more information on conditions of employment, please visit: http://ilo.plateau.com/icontent/CUSTOM/ilo/HRD_PMDOCS/Emp_Conds_EN.pdf
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