Within the new project "Inclusive Labour Markets for Job Creation in Ukraine" ILO Ukraine will recruit 2 National Project Officers.

Project: Inclusive Labour Markets for Job Creation in Ukraine

Position Title: National Project Officer

Duty Station: Kyiv (Ukraine)

Level: NO-A

Duration: 12 months with a possibility of extension

Contract type: FT

To Apply: Please submit CV and a cover letter (both in English) stating your reasons for applying for this position and describing how your experience is relevant to the job to: < RECRUIT-BUD@ilo.org >

Please indicate “Inclusive labour markets” and your surname in the subject line.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Application deadline: Sunday, 25 February 2018

Starting date: As soon as possible

  1. Introduction

The position is located in Kyiv, Ukraine, being part of the ILO Decent Work Team/Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe (DWT/CO-Budapest). DWT/CO-Budapest provides technical support and guidance related to the ILO agenda in 18 countries of Central and South Eastern Europe (for more see www.ilo.org/budapest).

Within the framework of the Danish Neighbourhood Programme (DANEP) 2017-2021, the Government of Denmark is providing support to the Government of Ukraine to implement a thematic programme on Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development. In this context, the ILO will implement a project aimed at positively impacting the inclusiveness of the Ukrainian labour market. Entitled “Inclusive Labour Markets for Job Creation”, the project aims at supporting the public employment service agency and other labour market stakeholders in modernising their services and putting in place local partnerships for employment; working with the relevant national institutions and the social partners to address the skills mismatch and promote entrepreneurship development; supporting social dialogue mechanisms at the central and local levels concerning critical issues on the labour market, such as wages, undeclared work, and gender discrimination; and building the capacity of social partners in a systematic and strategic way.

  1. Reporting lines

The position reports to the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) of the project. The incumbent will receive guidance and technical advice from the relevant specialists in the DWT/CO-Budapest, the National Coordinator of the ILO in Ukraine, as well as the concerned Departments in Geneva.

  1. Duties and responsibilities

General duties:

  • Provide support to the CTA on the day-to-day implementation and administration of project activities in conformity with project objectives and in close collaboration and coordination with the DWT/CO-Budapest, the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (Geneva), the Employment Department, ILO National Coordinator, project partners, international and national experts and ILO constituents.
  • Identify difficulties or any change or development in the country that may be relevant for the project and take appropriate measures in consultation with the team to ensure timely fulfilment of all obligations and timely delivery of the project outputs.
  • Ensure administrative tasks related to the project are conducted according to ILO’s rules and procedures (for meetings, purchase of goods and services, hiring collaborators, etc…).
  • Ensure proper consultation and participation of ILO constituents and other project partners at the country level during the project implementation phases. In particular, ensure that gender issues be explicitly addressed and mainstreamed throughout the project activities and any outputs including final reports or events.
  • Contribute to the implementation of Decent Work Country Programme for Ukraine with respect to the issues related to employment and labour market issues.
  • Monitor progress (updating of Monitoring & Evaluation plan), assist in programming and budgeting and provide translation and interpretation, when required, for the CTA and/or the experts on mission during meetings and consultations.

Specific duties:

  • Draft the project work plan according to the project objectives as indicated in the project document, and update as necessary.
  • Assist the CTA in the preparation of periodic progress reports and the final project report for the DWT/CO-Budapest and the donor.
  • Prepare financial requests to Budapest and UN Financial Unit at the request of the CTA.
  • Support the CTA in managing the processes related to the employment and labour market outcomes of the project. In particular:
  • Facilitate the work with the public employment service at the central and local level;
  • Assist in the design and implementation of local employment partnerships;
  • Support the introduction of entrepreneurship training;
  • Support the work on TVET;
  • Ensure visibility of the activities related to social dialogue, international labour standards and labour law;
  • Support advocacy and capacity-building activities for the ILO’s tripartite constituents and other partners of the project;
  • Assist the partner institutions in delivering relevant activities; facilitate the collection of information for monitoring progress; document good practices and other salient elements of the implementation process.
  • Support the application of gender-transformative approaches throughout the implementation process.
  • Support advocacy and capacity-building activities for the ILO’s tripartite constituents and other partners of the project.
  • Collaborate with other relevant UN, international and European agencies, including UNDP, the World Bank, the European Commission and others.
  • Participate in relevant meetings and consultations, as required.
  • Ensure the quality of documents, including editing and translation.
  • Organize publication and dissemination of project outputs.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the CTA and the DWT/CO Director.
  1. Qualification requirements

Education – First level university degree in economics and social sciences. Other degrees but with relevant specialisation in labour, industrial, and employment issues would be an advantage.

Experience – At least two years of professional experience at the national level in the different aspects of the project cycle management with sound knowledge of monitoring and evaluation techniques. Professional experience in international projects and technical expertise in the fields of employment and labour market policies, public employment services, industrial relations, social dialogue, and labour law would be an advantage. Prior engagements with UN and ILO projects would be given special consideration.

Driving licence B category and willingness to self-drive.

Languages – Excellent knowledge of Ukrainian and English, both oral and written.

Technical competencies:

  • Ability to quickly gain and apply knowledge and skills.
  • Knowledge of programme and budget, project administration and monitoring & evaluation concepts and procedures and ability to apply results-based management.
  • Ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyse problems with implementation.
  • Good drafting skills.
  • Training and workshop facilitation skills and experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to clarify information.
  • Ability to engage with ILO’s constituents with tact and diplomacy.
  • Knowledge of the role and operations of the ILO and the UN system.
  • Technical knowledge of employment and skills policies.
  • ability to manage projects as well as to coordinate activities among projects.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  • Knowledge of the office’s financial rules and regulations would be an advantage.


Behavioural competencies

  • The ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are required.
  • Excellent trouble-shooting and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to plan and organize own work, work in a team and supervise collaborators and to provide guidance and explanations to other staff members.
  • Ability to negotiate and excellent communication skills.