The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen social dialogue.
The National Programme Coordinator (NPC) will coordinate the Work in Freedom (WIF) Programme in Bangladesh. WIF is an ILO programme aiming to reduce vulnerability to forced labour of women and girls in South and West Asia funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office. WIF works with women and girl migrants in source and destination locations in Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and Nepal. It primarily focuses on occupational sectors of women’s work including domestic, garment and textile work. In Bangladesh the project targets areas with high outflows of migrant women. In each country a National Programme Coordinator implements the programme together with project partners and constituents. WIF has four streams of work focusing on women and girls: (1) a women’s empowerment component in areas with high outflows of women migrants, (2) a worker organizing component and (3) a fair recruitment component, (3) a law and policy component and a (4) research and evaluation component. The programme will end in March 2023.
The National Programme Coordinator will draw on his or her knowledge of women’s labour and mobility in Bangladesh, to propose, coordinate and implement the programme. S/he will report directly to the Country Director and technically to the Chief Technical Adviser:
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Context analysis and planning:
- Review and analyse the evolving landscape of women’s work and mobility, especially affecting excluded low-income households. Review and analyse policies and disaggregated data underpinning such trends and identify possible policy interventions of the programme.
- Keep abreast of other forced labour and migration related activities of the ILO and other organisations.
- Assemble and edit basic data required for planning and negotiation of project activities, considering different approaches and alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and problem resolution; consider project partners’ suggestions and needs in updating activities and work plan. Draft terms of reference for partnership agreements, consultants or service providers.
- Monitor progress of ILO by contributing to the development of work-plans, progress reports, final reports and other data and reviewing and analysing them for clarity, consistency and concision; Prepare briefs, periodical reports, lessons learned and statistical data on status of the project activities and themes addressed by the project.
- Provide programming and administrative support to project in areas of responsibility. Ensure adequate coordination for timely exchange of financial, technical and administrative data with the programme, technical team, administrative and financial section and the project team based in other countries; participate actively in the periodical/weekly coordination meeting of the project via in-person, skype/phone conference.
- Provide guidance to the administrative and programme assistant based in the ILO Dhaka Country Office.
- Assist in the programming and control of resources from the donor, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analyzing and monitoring situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations to management for remedial action.
- Coordinate and liaise with stakeholders, national and non-government organizations in order to facilitate project implementation.
Knowledge sharing and communication:
- Take the lead, coordinate and participate in the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings related to the programme. Serve as a resource person to the project’s partners and during conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings.
- Follow-up with project colleagues in other countries, relevant departments at headquarters and regional office, executing agencies, government offices, constituents and other organizations to ensure implementation and meet targets.
- Draft in, or translate into, local language(s) news releases, official correspondence, statements and speeches and other documentation.
- Contribute information (news, project updates) to the various ILO knowledge sharing platforms (ILO website, Asia-Pacific Knowledge Sharing Platform)
- Undertake missions to project sites, accompanying other officials.
- Support training activities and identify or adapt training material to the national context for capacity-building and knowledge sharing.
- Participate in the development of project research and publications.
- University degree in social sciences (e.g. anthropology, sociology, gender studies), law or a similar discipline.
- At least two or three years of professional experience managing programmes affecting women’s mobility and labour taking into account political economy of gender, class and migration.
- Proven capacity to design, monitor and report on programmes at the field level, provide technical support and training to project officer for data collection, processing and analysis and distil international experience, lessons and practices into local initiatives and cooperation programmes.
Excellent command of English and Bangla.