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Project Manager (P4)- Social Protection

International Labour Organization (ILO)

This is a Full-time position in Lusaka posted 15/12/2021.

Project Manager (P4)- Social Protection Jobs in International Labour Organization (ILO) Lusaka vacancies in Lusaka at International Labour Organization (ILO

# Job Description

Grade: P4

Vacancy no.: DC/LUSAKA/P/2021/14
Publication date: 14 December 2021
Application deadline midnight Zambian local time: 31 December 2021

Job ID: 7194
Department: RO-Africa
Organization Unit: CO-Lusaka
Location: Lusaka
Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: 1 year

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


The International Labour Organization with funding from the Irish Government
has implemented the Inclusive Growth, Social Protection and Jobs Creation
Project. The project is part of ILO’s Flagship programme on Building social
protection floors for all. It has two components, namely, social protection
and employment intensive public investment.

The overall goal of the project is to enable national governments to use
appropriate, well designed and well managed social protection measures and
employment intensive public works programmes in order to promote resilience,
access to services and employment opportunities for poor and vulnerable
people, contributing to Inclusive Economic Growth in the target countries. The
selection of the two components is premised on the fact that social protection
and public investments in employment programmes offer the potential for an
integrated approach to investing in human capital and contributing to the
interrelated and mutually supportive strategic objectives of promoting the
right to work and ensuring universal social protection floors.

The key outcomes of the two components are, among others: 1 increasing the
share of public investments that goes to employment and social protection
programmes; 2 building an adequate institutional framework/capacity with
sufficient budgetary resources to achieve highest impact on job creation and
social protection coverage, and; 3 enhancing monitoring and evaluation
systems, improved data collection and distribution to enable realistic
analyses and decision-making at all governance levels.

The Social Protection component of the ILO-IrishAid Project in Southern Africa
RAF is guided by the following objectives: a the creation of political and
public debate on social protection, b building the capacity of governments to
effectively and efficiently delivering social protection transfers, c
supporting the design of national social protection policy and prioritised
implementation plans, and d supporting sustainable and progressively
domestically funded social protection financing framework. The IrishAid funded
Project covers three countries under the responsibility of ILO-Lusaka Office,
namely Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.

In recent years, the Irish-Aid partnership has promoted positive reforms for
the consolidation of social protection within the normative framework of the
ILO and has contributed to the extension of social security to the informal
sector through, for example, the Green Jobs initiative, and especially through
the development and roll-out of the TRANSFORM initiative which is now a
cornerstone of capacity building in social protection in Africa and a major
focus of the project.

Reporting lines :

The Project Manager will report to the Director of CO-Lusaka.

The Project Manager will liaise and work under general technical supervision
of the Director of the Social Protection Department in the ILO Headquarters,
as well as the Deputy Director and Head of the Flagship Programme, and receive
technical guidance, support and collaboration from other relevant technical
specialists at Headquarters and in the region. The Social Protection
Specialist in DWT/CO-Pretoria will provide technical backstopping.

The incumbent will lead the CO-Lusaka Social Protection Team for Zambia and
Malawi and oversee the work of international and national officers and any
other international and local consultant hired during the course of the

Description of Duties

Project :

1\. Ensure effective implementation of the projects in the CO-Lusaka Social
Protection/Social Security SP/SS portfolio in Zambia and Malawi, and closely
collaborate with the Social Protection Project Manager SP PM based in
Mozambique, through timely provision of inputs, efficient delivery of outputs,
and planning, control, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in
conformity with ILO policies, and in accordance with ILO programming
guidelines and procedures. The managerial processes related to the Irishaid
project, including regular coordination meetings of the partnership, the final
report and the final evaluation, and the preparation of the new PRODOC, will
be prepared closely with the coordinator of the Irish Aid partnership.
2\. Responsible for the effective management of funds/budget and related
reporting processes assigned to the projects in the CO-Lusaka SP/SS portfolio.
Ensuring high delivery of the funds allocated in CO Lusaka social protection.
3\. Responsible for the regular update of Project and country information in
the Results Monitoring Tool of ILO Flagship Programme, for applying the Social
Security Inquiry in both countries to update statistics on the social
protection situation of both countries, for the update of country pages on
Zambia and Malawi, the preparation of evidence based communication products
e.g. short Info stories, videos on the project’s approach and its results,
the dissemination of information on the project both internally through the
GTT and externally among national partners, the UN and development partners.
4\. Manage efficiently the human resources of the CO-Lusaka SP Team including
recruitment, performance and talent management aspects. Plan, organize,
supervise and monitor the work of officials working under the Irish Aid
project, the UNJP on Social Protection in Zambia and forthcoming UN Joint
Programmes in the areas of Social Protection covered by CO-Lusaka, in close
collaboration with the SP PM based in Mozambique.
Technical leadership and advice :

5\. Be the CO-Lusaka focal point for SP/SS issues in Zambia and Malawi, in
collaboration with the SP Manager based in Mozambique, provide high-level
policy advice and advocacy to Government, Workers and Employers organizations,
key development partners on issues of relevance.
6\. Ensure technical coherence among various ILO activities and projects in
the area of SS/SP in Zambia and Malawi, in close collaboration with the SP PM
based in Mozambique, promote linkages between SP/SS activities under CO-
7\. Formulate and develop conceptual approaches, policy framework for
technical cooperation activities in the area on SP/SS and seek funding to
expand the project portfolio CO-Lusaka. Prepare proposals for mobilization of
human, technical or financial resources as well as to support the achievement
of the projects in the SP/SS portfolio of CO-Lusaka.

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duties continued….

Advocacy, networking and partnership :

8\. Strengthen relationship with the concerned governments, ministries and the
employers’ and workers’ organizations, non-governmental organizations, the
target groups and the donors, in the planning and implementation of activities
in the SP/SS portfolio of CO-Lusaka in Zambia and Malawi, in close
collaboration with the SP PM based in Mozambique.
9\. Liaise with the UN Country Teams to promote ILO’s values within UN
initiatives in Zambia and Malawi, in close collaboration with the SP PM based
in Mozambique, increase the ILO visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of
the ILO interventions in the area of SP/SS. As well as support cooperation
processes between the organization and the officials of UN agencies,
International Financial Institutions WB and IMF, donor agencies and
governments for the formulation and operation of country related technical
cooperation programmes in the area of SP/SS.
10\. Provide policy advice to ILO’s constituents in Zambia and Malawi on
institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the
promotion of technical cooperation activities on SP/SS, in close collaboration
with the SP PM based in Mozambique.

Mobilization of resources :

11\. Undertake local resource mobilization activities with the multi-lateral
and bilateral donor community for the development of future activities linked
to the project/programme in coordination with the responsible Country Office

Knowledge management:

12\. Ensure the development and promotion of information and knowledge
management approaches for ILO in the area of SP/SS, including the TRANSFORM
initiative, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of program
planning and implementation, develop or supervise country briefs on the
development of social protection in the two countries.
13\. Review and revise SP/SS related publications and materials prepared by
CO-Lusaka in Zambia and Malawi, in close collaboration with the SP PM based in
Mozambique. In addition, collaborate with the ILO Social Protection Department
and DWT/Pretoria and ensure that country and regional products feed the
production of global products.
14\. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in economics, management, social sciences or a
related field.


At least seven years’ experience in the management of development
cooperation activities, of which at least three years at the international
level. This includes field experience in a leadership role for the
implementation of projects , preferably in the fields of social security
and social protection . Proven management experience, preferably with the
ILO or a UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of
project cycle, i.e. design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Proven
experience in partnership building and networking and in effective
fundraising, resource mobilization and donor relations.

The candidate should have least three years’ demonstrated expertise in
senior positions in the technical field of social security and social

Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with
officials of ministries of labour and/or education would be an advantage.
Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working
with officials of ministries of labour and/or education would be an


Excellent command of English. Good working knowledge of Portuguese is an


–>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.
–>Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
–>Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills.
–>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.
–>Proven capacity to initiate and implement development co-operation programmes and activities with ILO constituents and NGOs, including negotiation skills with governments, social partners and to mobilise the support of international donor agencies and provide quality services.
–>Ability to plan and support the development of individual’s skills and abilities for a more effective fulfilment of job/role responsibilities.
–>Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures;
–>Drive to seek or encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to organisation challenges and opportunities for improvement.
–>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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