National Project Manager

National Project Manager (NPM- ENHANCE PROJECT)

Grade: NOC 
Vacancy no.: DC/HANOI/NO/2019/02
Publication date: 22 January 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 10 February 2019

Job ID: 961
Department: GOVERNANCE
Organization Unit: GOVERNANCE
Location: Hanoi  
Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract duration: 14 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 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.

*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 International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour (IPEC+) under the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) of the International Labour Organization is operational in over 90 countries worldwide and has the long-term objective of the effective abolition of child labour. In the short and medium term, the programme aims at assisting member States in designing and implementing policies and programmes which help them combat the worst forms of child labour. IPEC+ also aims at heightening the awareness of member States and the international community on the problem of child labour and forced labour as well as assisting them in implementing the relevant international labour conventions.

In partnership with MOLISA as the key Government of Viet Nam partner, and its Department of Child Affairs as implementing focal point, the project "Enhancing National Capacity to Prevent and Reduce Child Labour in Viet Nam" is operational since 2015 by engaging with a wide range of government, social partners and civil society in its implementation. The Project's overall development objective is to build a comprehensive and efficient multi-stakeholder response for the prevention and reduction of child labour in Viet Nam. Placing capacity building for sustainable solutions at the heart of its interventions, the Project will deliver interventions under three mutually reinforcing components to achieve the following immediate objectives:

  • Increased capacity of national institutions and stakeholders to identify, monitor and respond to child labour, as part of the promotion of international labour standards.
  • Raised awareness of child labour, the associated hazards and prohibitions against it among all levels of society.
  • Implemented and documented direct intervention models for preventing and withdrawing child labour in selected geographical areas and sectors.

Reporting line:

The NPM works under the general supervision of the Director of the ILO Office in Hanoi. He/she is responsible for the project implementation contributing to the timely and effective delivery of activities and outputs of the Project. He/she is the project focal point to work with Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and other project partners. The work is carried out within the rules and regulations of the ILO and close working contacts are maintained with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and with ILO Headquarters as and when required.

The incumbent will work under the technical guidance of the sub-regional specialist on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in DWT Bangkok. Technical guidance will specifically be sought on project deliverables, reporting, linkages with the work of other regional specialists and external partners, knowledge sharing, donor and host country relations. The NPC will also receive technical support from FUNDAMENTALS in ILO headquarters, and additional expertise will be sought from other departments, including LABADMIN/OSH, Better Work, ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities, ILO's Bureau for Employers' Activities, etc.

A number of staff will also report to the NPC as their immediate supervisor, including a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, a Capacity Building Officer, an Awareness Raising Officer, Provincial Coordinators and Finance Assistants.

Description of Duties

  • Lead, coordinate and supervise the implementation of the project "Enhancing National Capacity to Prevent and Reduce Child Labour in Viet Nam" in close collaboration with MOLISA (the project Management Unit and other related Departments), the social partners and other major stakeholders in Viet Nam.
  • Building on the ILO's established country positioning and Vietnam's ratification of both ILO child labour Conventions (C138 and C182), maintain and expand the ILO position as the lead agency on all child labour issues, coordinating and mobilizing support from other stakeholders in order to strengthen the country's ability to combat child labour.
  • Provide technical guidance in the development of legal documents and policies related to child labour.
  • Build capacity of MOLISA and other relevant government agencies and social partners to detect, prevent, reduce, supervise child labour and evaluate on child labour related efforts.
  • Provide technical guidance in clarifying key child labour concepts in research, in-depth evaluation and data collection on the awareness of relevant stakeholders, risks and current situation of child labour in the project site. Coordinate the development of appropriate survey questionnaires and methodologies on child labour in line with international standards in close collaboration with ILO-IPEC statistical programme (SIMPOC).
  • Conduct training seminars, workshops and meetings on all project invention areas (CL surveys, research, advocacy, awareness raising and provision of direct educational, vocational and livelihoods services to project beneficiaries and their families); develop/adapt training guides, manuals and other knowledge-sharing materials to local environment.
  • Strengthen relationship to cooperate and coordinate 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 under the project and engage in coalition building and public-private partnership promotion.
  • Promote ILO policies in the technical area of child labour, other fundamental rights at work, the relevant International Labour Standards and other international instruments such as the Child Rights Convention, etc. in collaboration with other technical/labour
  • standards specialists.
  • Ensure the development of monitoring and evaluation and project information systems covering ILO technical activities covered by the project, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of programme planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programmes.
  • Identify training needs and organize training workshops and meetings for the tripartite partners, NGOs, other agencies, target groups and staff as appropriate to reinforce the professional capabilities.
  • Organize meetings and seminars, and develop knowledge sharing tools designed to forge partnerships, share good practices and foster sub-regional networks of government policymakers, workers' and employers' organizations and civil society organizations to reach the project's goals.
  • Ensure project synergy with the different ILO projects and programmes implemented in Viet Nam and within the subregion as appropriate.

Description of Duties (cont.)

  • Liaise with the other UN agencies counterparts to promote ILO's values, increase visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the project's interventions especially through the development of the national alliance for achieving Target 8.7 of SDGs on the elimination of child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. Ensure a more effective coordination with a range of relevant national policies and the strategies of various ILO projects, including those being undertaken by other agencies and donors or in complementary fields of activity.
  • Effectively manage human and financial resources for the project, including recruitment, staff development, performance management of the project personnel, and financial oversight and reporting.
  • Lead the transition of the project’s management until the closure of the project.
  • Any other relevant project-related duties requested by the ILO Country Director.


Advanced university degree in economics, management, social science or related field with demonstrated expertise.


At least seven years of work experience in the technical fields related to child labour, child protection, basic education, vocational skills training, and livelihood development of which at least three years of experiences in carrying out project management, supervision, administration and implementation of development cooperation projects. Having working experience in managing/implementing child labour related projects in Viet Nam is an advantage.


Excellent command of English and Vietnamese


  • Strong commitment to personal professional integrity.
  • Proven capacity to initiate and implement development co-operation programmes and activities with ILO constituents and NGOs, including negotiation skill with governments, social partners, industry associations, and mobilizing the support of international donor agencies
  • Experience in working on child labour issues in a sector-specific setting such as garment, traditional handicraft, fisheries and agriculture, in value chain issues.
  • Wide knowledge of area based monitoring and referral systems, migration, labour law enforcement, education, vocational training and social protection of children.
  • Ability to research and interpret various guidelines and policies for application to address difficult administrative related issues.
  • Sound knowledge of office's policies, administrative procedures and practices.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial rules and regulations.
  • Decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent drafting skills, negotiation skills, and organisational and management skills.
  • Tact and persuasiveness in dealing with people.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively monitor work programme and resources.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to train and guide personnel.
  • Ability to work under time and political pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.

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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Sun, 2019-02-10