National Project Coordinator - Sustainable Enterprises, Maputo

Organization: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Country: Mozambique

City: Maputo, Mozambique

Office: ILO Maputo, Mozambique

Closing date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020


Grade: NOB

Vacancy no.: DC/MAPUTO/NO/2020/08

Publication date: 25 August 2020

Application deadline ( midnight Zambian local time): 15 September 2020

Job ID: 4056

Department: RO-Africa

Organization Unit: CO-Lusaka

Location: Maputo

Contract type: Short Term

Contract duration: 6 months with possibility of extension

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 short-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 $ 39, 138 (US Dollars) yearly.


MozTrabalha is a 5-year development cooperation project supported by the Government of Sweden that aims at supporting ILO constituents in creating more and better jobs for all Mozambicans. The project has two components, one aiming to effect changes at the policy level and another one aiming to support enterprise and job creation in certain provinces and sectors selected as part of a consultative process.

The COVID-19 pandemic is now having a profound impact across the world including in Mozambique and it has therefore also influenced the objectives and operations of the MozTrabalha project. Measures to curb the spread of the virus, such as preventing work and enterprises activities in public areas, have severely affected Mozambique’s economy, which is largely informal with 92.7% of all enterprises being informal micro and small enterprises (MSEs) according to the latest enterprise census (2014-2015). ILO data suggest that 98.4% of Mozambican women and 92.7% of men are in informal employment, mostly in agriculture and informal self-employment, in commerce, handicraft and retail. The informal economy accounts for about a third (31%) of GDP. Over and above the health and socio-economic impacts, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the deep inequality that exists in the country in terms of access to basic infrastructure, including decent housing, water and sanitation, health services and access roads, etc., which in turn has put immense pressure on the national disaster-response capacity.

MozTrabalha has been implementing interventions in the horticulture and construction materials value chains applying a market system development (MSD) approach with a focus on promoting sustainable enterprises. The project has now received an additional allocation from the Government of Sweden to address the impact of COVID-19 on the informal economy. The additional funding will be used to support informal enterprises and workers in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 with access to credit and technical training and by making work places safer.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) seeks to recruit a National Project Coordinator (NPC) to support the timely and effective delivery of the enterprise component. The NPC will coordinate the implementation of the enterprise work stream of the MozTrabalha project that aims at mitigating the negative effects of COVID-19 for especially informal economy enterprises and for workers. The NPC will be based in the ILO’s project office in Maputo, with travel to the Sofala and Inhambane Provinces.

Reporting lines

Under the overall responsibility of the ILO Lusaka Country Director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique - the NPC will report to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) under the MozTrabalha Project in Maputo and, on a daily basis, work in close consultation and coordination with the international expert on sustainable enterprises. In addition, coordination will also take place with other project staff and national partners involved in the coordination and implementation of employment-intensive public employment programmes. The NPC will also receive support and technical backstopping from the Senior Specialist on Sustainable Enterprises at Decent Work Team in Pretoria and when required from ENTERPRISES, Geneva.

Description of Duties

1. Support the Technical Officer on Sustainable Enterprises in the timely implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the intervention under the Enterprise component, including provision of technical inputs in line with the ILO policy, rules and regulations and according to the final project document and work plan.

2. Identify problems and propose solutions and gender-responsive action and follow-up in the area of sustainable enterprise development and informal economy to expedite implementation and meet targets.

3. Organize training programmes and events with innovative methodologies (webinar, online training, IT tools) to improve the capacity of micro enterprises and informal workers.

4. Ensure the delivery of quality technical inputs and outputs in the area of access to credit, occupational safety and health (OSH) and enterprise development with a particular focus on COVID-19 mitigation measures on informal economy enterprises and workers.

5. Maintain close cooperation and coordination with government, employers‘ and workers‘ organizations in the planning and implementation of activities under the project and with other ILO projects and development partners active in the area.

6. Establish and develop knowledge management system covering technical activities under the project including other economic and social issues of relevance to the project.

7. Represent the ILO and the project in various activities and fora when requested, under the guidance of the CTA and ILO Director.

8. Develop and maintain good relations with backstopping ILO specialists at the ILO Decent Work Team in Pretoria, other colleagues in the field and HQ on specific technical areas requiring comprehensive and collaborative interventions.

9. Periodically report, monitor and facilitate the evaluation of the project’s components according to the project’s document and work plan. Prepare required technical progress reports and ad hoc reports on the status of project planning and implementation for submission to the ILO and the donor.

10. Ensure high-level communications to increase the project’s visibility at the national and international levels.

11. Other related duties as assigned.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in business management, economics, social sciences, or related field and strong knowledge on development issues particularly in the area of access to credit and informal economy in Mozambique.


At least three years of experience in the enterprise development area in project management, supervision, administration or implementation of development projects including grants to enterprises. Experience in working with ILO, other UN agency or Government agencies. Experience in projects with an interface in gender responsive and/or public health would be an asset.

Technical requirements: Good knowledge of labour economics as well as economic developments, poverty reduction, and social policies. Knowledge of the policy making process.


Good command of English and good working knowledge of written and spoken Portuguese


Good knowledge about social, economic development, including labor and employment, trends in the country

Ability to maintain good working relationships with all project stakeholders.

Ability to establish and maintain systems within project operations.

Demonstrated ability to manage technical co-operation projects of international organizations.

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Ability to understand and effectively work with Government, workers and employers organizations, non-government organizations and UN agencies.

Ability to conduct action oriented research and write analytical technical report in English.

Ability to conduct policy discussion and high-level political processes.

Good communication skills, both written and verbal, to successfully advocate for and mobilize action to promote freedom of association and right to collective bargaining principles.

Clear commitment to mainstream gender into project activities.

Ability to lead and work in a team and good interpersonal relations.

Ability to train and guide personnel.

Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.

Ability to work in diversified environments.

Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office

Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.


Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position.

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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