Project Coordinator, Geneva

Organization: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: ILO HQ Geneva

Closing date: Monday, 22 February 2021

Grade: P4

Vacancy no.: DC/FUNDAMENTALS/P/2021/01

Publication date: 05 February 2021

Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 22 February 2021

Job ID: 5387

Department: GOVERNANCE

Organization Unit: FUNDAMENTALS

Location: Geneva

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: One year (with possibility of renewal)

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 seeks to recruit a Project Coordinator at the P4 level to manage a Development Cooperation project "Alliance 8.7 Accelerator Lab to Combat Modern Slavery", which is a multi-donor pooled funding project. In the first phase, the project will focus on combatting forced labour and trafficking of fishers at sea.

The position is located in the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) of the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE) which provides advice on labour laws, based on ILO conventions and recommendations, technical support and capacity-building to labour ministries and assists labour inspectorates to build capacity and develop strategies to achieve compliance with labour laws.

The FUNDAMENTALS Branch carries out technical cooperation, research, statistical and advocacy functions to assist ILO member States to respect, promote and realize fundamental principles and rights at work, which are: freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; effective abolition of child labour; and elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. The Branch also coordinates the strategic development of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour (IPEC+), one of the five ILO flagship programmes.

The Solution and Innovation Unit provides technical backstopping to country-level implementation of the portfolio of FUNDAMENTALS projects. It also has the lead responsibility for resource mobilization, donor relations and generation of innovative solutions.

The ILO FUNDAMENTALS also acts as the Secretariat of Alliance 8.7, which has been set up as an inclusive global partnership committed to achieving Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (eradication of forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour). It provides a platform for governments, UN agencies, employers, workers, and civil society, to accelerate action, drive innovation, exchange information, good practices and lessons learnt. With now 24 pathfinder countries, a network of more than 300 institutional partners and over 7,000 registered followers, constant communication, membership service and engagement are required for the Alliance 8.7 to play an important role in the implementation of the UN International Year on the Elimination of Child Labour in 2021 and the V Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour in 2022.


The Alliance 8.7 was established to accelerate progress towards the eradication of child labour and forced labour. Over the past years, it has been instrumental to mobilize a wide range of actors to share information and knowledge, focus on key challenges through its action groups and strengthen the political commitment of Governments to accelerate efforts. With these achievements, the Alliance is at a critical stage of its life to demonstrate that through the joint efforts of its partners, it can accelerate progress on the ground. A focus on the "accelerating" factor of Alliance 8.7 is even more critical now that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased pressure to demonstrate the added value of global cooperation and create more demand to invest funds in solutions that can prevent a regression of the progress made over the past decades.

For this, the project will establish an Alliance 8.7 Accelerator Lab to enable members of the Alliance 8.7 Action Group on Supply Chains and the Global Business Network on Forced Labour to increase the impact of interventions that have proven to be successful in high risk supply chains or sectors. To do so, the Accelerator Lab will invest on three complementary tracks:

Identification and scaling up of existing solutions through the joint efforts of Alliance 8.7 partners;
Utilize opportunities offered by new technologies to accelerate digital innovations to achieve SDG Target 8.7;
Advocate and support a smarter financing approach of SDG 8.7 to maximize the impact of partners‘ contributions and increase investments on solutions that work.


This project will support the creation of the Alliance 8.7 Accelerator Lab and its implementation at the global, regional and country level. To accelerate progress, the Accelerator Lab will start by focusing on the fishing supply chain, where risks of modern slavery are particularly high and where cooperation across actors is indispensable, given the complex cross border nature of this supply chain. By the end of the project, the Accelerator Lab will have shown how to scale up solution in the fishing sector and collect evidence for the adaption of this experience in other sectors. Since Alliance 8.7 Accelerator Lab is a multi-donor pooled funding for Alliance 8.7, it can be scaled to other sectors, regions and countries with additional resources mobilized from other donors and partners.

The expected results of the Project are as follows: The planned effect on society (impact) is: The prevalence and scope of modern slavery in selected partner countries and sectors is reduced.

The planned effects for the target group of the Project (Outcome) are:

Partnerships among governments and social partners and Alliance 8.7 partners are strengthened to reduce modern slavery in high risk sectors;
Enhanced regional cooperation among key organisations to combat modern slavery in the relevant sector, including fisheries;
Governments adopt measures to prevent, identify and address modern slavery and to protect and monitor vulnerable groups and victims of modern slavery;
Business adopt measures to prevent, identify and tackle the use of human trafficking and forced labour, including the worst forms of child labour, in their own operations and supply chains;
Vulnerable individuals and groups have improved their capacity of resisting recruitment to modern slavery.

Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the "Alliance 8.7 Accelerator Lab to Combat Modern Slavery", the Project Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project implementation. He/She will provide technical advisory services towards the development and execution of any future programmes to be developed in the project sector. He/she will ensure that the objectives stated in the project document are attained within the stated time frame and budget and ensure compliance with the ILO and the project’s financial and operating procedures. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the project related technical areas.

Reporting Lines

The Project Coordinator will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. He/She will be responsible for supervising and managing the implementation of the project. He/She will work under the direct supervision and report to the Head of the Unit of Solution and Innovation within the FUNDAMENTAL Branch. He/she will closely coordinate with national and regional programmes working on relevant thematic areas. He/she will also benefit from global experiences, technical guidance, support and collaboration with other relevant technical specialists at the HQ.

He/She will also oversee the work of administrative and other support staff of the project, national officers and any other international and local consultants hired during the course of the project.

Description of Duties

Project management: 1. Revise the project document in line with the scope of work approved by the donor and in line with ILO quality criteria.

2. Ensure effective implementation of the project through timely provision of inputs, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, and planning, control, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programmes, and administrative and financial procedures in consultation with the responsible field office if applicable.

3. Responsible for the effective management of funds/budget assigned to the project.

4. Manage efficiently the human resources of the project including recruitment, performance and talent management aspects.

Advocacy, networking and partnership: 5. Strengthen relationship to cooperate and coordinate with the concerned governments, ministries and the employers‘ and workers‘ organizations, non-governmental organizations, the target groups, the donors and other Alliance 8.7 partners, in the planning and implementation of activities under the project.

6. Liaise with other UN agencies counterparts to promote ILO’s values, increase the project’s visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the project’s interventions.

7. Promote ILO policies in the related technical areas of the project, other fundamental rights at work and the relevant International Labour Standards in collaboration with other technical/labour standards specialists

Mobilization of resources: 8. Undertake resource mobilization activities with multi-lateral and bilateral donor community for the development of future activities linked to the project in coordination with the responsible Country Offices and PARDEV.

Knowledge management: 1. Write and disseminate information materials on project in close collaboration with other relevant technical specialists at the HQ.

2. Ensure the development of 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.

3. 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.

4. Organize meetings and seminars, and develop knowledge sharing tools designed to forge partnerships, share good practices with the main stakeholders of the project. .

5. Undertake any other duties requested by the responsible chief.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in economics, management, social science or law.


Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in the relevant field, of which at least three years at the regional and/or international level in coordination and leadership role. This includes field experience in project management and implementation of projects, preferably in the fields of fishing sector, forced labour, trafficking in persons and modern slavery. Proven capacity to initiate and implement technical co-operation programmes and activities with ILO constituents, private sector and NGOs, preferably in the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions. Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures would be an asset.


Excellent command of English. Knowledge of another official language of the ILO (French or Spanish) would be an advantage.


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’s objectives, and to design and synthesise strategies for programme development;
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Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills;
Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research;
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;
Should be open to and able to make changes to accommodate culture and gender differences in order to interact effectively with individuals;
Proven capacity to initiate and implement technical 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 current or future job/role responsibilities;
Develop self-awareness and show empathy by demonstrating the qualities, traits, or attributes that contribute to the ability to effectively relate to and identify with others.

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 problems and opportunities for improvement.

Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.

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.

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