National Project Coordinator

International Labour Organization, Kampala, Uganda

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsPolicy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th March, 2021

Job Description

The Project is seeking to recruit a National Project Coordinator located in the Project Office in Kampala, which is under the ILO Country Office (CO) for East Africa Dar Es Salaam and working closely with the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa (DWT-Pretoria). The Office also supports technical cooperation projects in a number of areas related to its mandate in close collaboration with the umbrella organizations for employers and workers.

Reporting Line

  • Under the overall responsibility of the Director of ILO Country Office for the United Republic of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda (CO-Dar Es Salaam), the National Programme Coordinator will be under the direct supervision by the Technical Specialist.
  • The National Programme Coordinator will be responsible for planning, implementation, coordination, supervision and financial control of this action.
  • S/he will have a considerable track record in project management and implementation cutting across the areas of employment promotion, public finance and financial management, employment impact assessments, employment mainstreaming  of public policies and budgets, employment-intensive investment capacity building, tripartite engagement and management of national-level projects.
  • S/he will be responsible for running project activities on a day-to-day basis, including regular engagements and follow-ups with tripartite constituents as well as international development partners, as well as organising training, sub-national planning events and consultative fora.
  • S/he will be coordinate ILO constituents’ involvement and leadership in the strategy development process.
  • S/he will be ensure the project work benefits from the ILO’s knowledge and international experience.
  • S/he will coordinate the development and implementation of a technical work plan for the project, as well as terms of references for engaging technical specialists for the delivery of project outputs.

Description of Duties

  • Work in close collaboration with the Technical Specialist to develop Country level and project work plans, informed by key stakeholder consultations and with guidance from DWT Pretoria and CO Dar backstopping Specialists
  • Assist in the programming and control of project resources; prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring the situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations for remedial action.
  • Actively participate in planning and roll out of capacity building training on PFM, employment strategy, employment intensive PFM, local and national employment governance, and LMIS. Participate in conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions related to project activities.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relations with the ILO’s tripartite constituents and other relevant stakeholders including representatives of national government concerned with employment promotion, LMIS, employer and worker organizations. Facilitate and support regular meetings with tripartite partners and report on project progress.
  • Support the review and analysis of national development plans and other employment and labour market information. This will include coordinating desk research, sourcing and analysis of statistics and facilitating consultations with ILO constituents and other stakeholders, organizing stakeholder steering groups and monitoring external collaborators.
  • Organize and conduct stakeholder workshops that are required to validate studies and reports such as the national employment governance and related research findings and follow-up with agreed actions and undertake missions to project sites, independently or accompanying other officials.
  • Contribute creative ideas for project effective implementation and provide technical inputs to the project‘s core technical areas of work.
  • Prepare and submit quarterly progress updates, periodical reports, and related technical reports on project activities.
  • Collaborate with other projects of the Country Offices to identify and take advantage of opportunities for synergies and resource mobilization and co-funding for the extension and expansion for the project and/or opportunities.
  • Keep an up to date brief of the national situation and legal and policy developments around employment, LMIs, and employment intensive skills development and provide brief notes on major developments to the Project Team.
  • Support development of an M&E system for monitoring, documenting and reporting on employment related interventions in Uganda.
  • Participate in UN and Government thematic meetings related to employment promotion, ensuring to reflect project work in UN and Government Plans (i.e. UN Sustainable Development Corporation Framework- UNSDCF and annual Work Plans as well as in the Decent Work Country Programme.
  • Contribute to project design, proposal formulation and reviews as well as in resource mobilisation and funding discussions.
  • Plan and participate in national technical missions as may be required.
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the direct supervisor and or Country Office Director.

Required qualifications


  • A first level university degree in economics, public policy / finance, labour economics, development economics or other social sciences is required.


  • Three years’ working experience in areas such as public finance management, economic policy development and implementation, labour economics, macroeconomics, sectoral development and industrial policy including trade policies and/or in development and at least a year’s experience in implementation of development cooperation projects. Experience in and Familiarity with the mandate and the tripartite structure of the ILO would be an advantage. Experience in drafting research reports and making presentations effectively in is desirable.


  • Excellent written and verbal command of English language. Good knowledge of another official language of the duty station.


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