National Project Coordinator, Child Labour, Vientiane

Organization: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Country: Lao People’s Democratic Republic

City: Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Office: ILO Vientiane, Laos

Closing date: Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Grade: NOB

Vacancy no.: DC/VIENTIANE/NO/2020/02

Publication date: 27 August 2020

Application deadline (midnight Bangkok time): 9 September 2020

Job ID: 4238

Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific

Organization Unit: CO-Bangkok

Location: Vientiane

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: One year (with possibility of renewal)

Under article

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 entry level salary for this position is US$27,013 yearly.


Lao PDR is predominantly rural with multiple issues combining to create high levels of vulnerability. While relevant data is scarce, the results of the 2010 Labour Force and Child Labour Survey reveal that out of the child population of 1,767,109 children (857,962 girls) aged 5-17 years, 178,014 (96,368 girls) are in child labour. Amongst these are children under 14 years of age, those who work longer hours than stated in the labour law and those who work in hazardous condition prohibited by the labour law. In addition, youth employment faces issues of low productivity, unremunerated work concentrated in the agriculture sector and only one in every employed youth earns enough to escape poverty.

The COVID-19 crisis has affected mostly those who were already socially and economically vulnerable. This includes workers in informal employment, migrants, women and children. While children are not the face of the crisis, it will have long-term impacts on their wellbeing, education and health. It will hit children particularly hard and the root causes of child labour - poverty, social marginalization, discrimination and the lack of quality education - are likely to be exacerbated. Globally, it is estimated that 42-66 million children could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the crisis this year, adding to the estimated 386 million children already in extreme poverty in 2019.

The massive disruption to education and the lack of distance-learning solutions are expected to drive child labour numbers up. Households may resort to child labour in order to cope with job loss and health shocks associated with COVID-19, in particular if children are not at school. Children who are from marginalized minority groups, disabled, homeless, or from single or child-headed households, migrants, or disaster affected areas are more vulnerable and at risk of child labour. Girls in particular might be burdened by increased domestic chores and care responsibilities.

The International Labour Organization seeks to recruit a Child Labour Project National Coordinator to support the implementation of the ‚Strengthened implementation of National Plan of Action (NPA) to Eliminate Child Labour and Promote Decent Work for Youth in Lao PDR towards achieving SDG

7‘ project. The Child Labour Project National Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating activities of the project. He/she will contribute to developing, providing direct technical support to and monitoring the delivery of the activities envisaged in the project’s work plan. The incumbent will promote ILO policies and principles in the related technical areas of the child labour, working conditions for youth. The position is located within the ILO Office in Vientiane Capital of Lao PDR.

The Child Labour Project National Coordinator will work under direct supervision of the Director of the Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR. He/she will work in close coordination with the ILO Coordinator in Lao PDR. Overall technical supervision is provided by the ILO DWT in Bangkok, in particular, the Senior Specialist on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. He/she will also collaborate with other DWT Specialists and other related programmes/projects of the ILO Country Office in Lao PDR as required.

Description of Duties

1. Ensure effective management (including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) of the project’s activities in coordination with the ILO Coordinator in Lao PDR and in accordance with the policies, programme strategies, programming guidelines, administrative and financial procedures of the ILO and country/action programmes.

2. Prepare periodic and ad- hoc progress notes on the status of the project planning and implementation and establish coordination with other UN partner agencies; national partners and development partners in Lao PDR.

3. Review and analyse development plans and policies in Lao PDR, legislation, socio-economic data, reports and other information relevant to the implementation of the project activities. Provide written analysis of the findings to the ILO Country Office Director.

4. Work in close collaboration with the ILO Coordinator in Lao PDR to review and update the project’s work plan (according to evolving needs and priorities) and support the mobilisation of additional resources for implementation of the project’s activities.

5. Lead or assist, as required, in the preparation of briefs, background information, technical reports and periodic progress reports and statistical data on the overall activities of the project on behalf of the ILO.

6. Be responsible for the effective management and timely delivery of funds/budget assigned to the project, as well as in ensuring the effective coordination with other ILO programmes/projects.

7. Conduct research and provide technical inputs for country analyses, reports and publications related to child labour issues in Lao PDR, including translation when necessary.

8. Assist in the programming and monitoring of available resources, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by comparing and analysing the resource situation with planned activities. Identify problems and propose solutions.

9. Provide programming and administrative support and closely cooperate with other related projects and activities of the ILO, to identify opportunities for enhanced synergies and better outcomes.

10. Coordinate with and organise meetings and events with government officials, including high-level officials, as needed for the implementation of project activities. Coordinate and cooperate with the Project Advisory Committee as required. Follow-up with counterparts in the government, development agencies and other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets.

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11. Participate in the organisation and facilitation of conferences, seminars, workshops, trainings and consultative meetings. Speak on behalf of the ILO and promote ILO principles when attending these gatherings alone.

12. Provide technical assistance to national partners, particularly the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, trade unions and employer organisations, the tripartite focal points on child labour in the finalization and implementation of Lao PDR National Plan of Action to Eliminate Child Labour and Promote Decent Work for Youth 2020-2025/2030 and following up on the implementation of the recommendations from Committee on the Application of Standards.

13. Contribute to the development of training material, particularly by providing information and recommendations on the local context and challenges. Promote ILO principles and standards during this development.

14. Assist in collecting statistical data and projections related to child labour and youth employment from government agencies, research organisations and development partners.

15. Undertake missions independently or accompanying others.

16. Prepare terms of references for external collaborators, identify consultants, guide and assess their work.

17. Carry out other duties as may be assigned.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in social sciences, economics, law, development studies or a relevant field. A Master’s degree would be an added advantage.


At least three years of professional experience at the national level in the area of project/programme management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation with a thematic emphasis on child labour, child protection, working conditions, and/or capacity development.

Proven experience in working effectively with government agencies in charge of policy making and development partners.

Familiarity with UN policies and procedures and experience working with officials of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lao Federation of Trade Unions in Lao PDR is desirable.


Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of another official language of the Organization or Lao.


Knowledge of the national social protection system (context and challenges) and of the mandate and structure of related institutions in Lao PDR.

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Ability to communicate well with the government, trade unions, employer organisations, civil society, academia and media on issues related to social protection.

Good knowledge of programming and results-based management principles and concepts.

Good knowledge of the programming cycle (planning, budgeting, administration, monitoring, reporting and evaluation). Knowledge of the ILO’s financial rules and regulations would be an asset.

Ability to interpret and work within applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures, and to maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders.

Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non- discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Ability to identify, analyse and solve problems effectively and efficiently.

Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing.

Good drafting skills.

Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Ability to work independently and take initiative and responsibility, while also being a team player.

Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, web browsers and database applications, and adaptability to new software apps and systems.

Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.

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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