National Project Coordinator

International Labour Organization, Pretoria, South Africa

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd June, 2021

Job Description

Reporting lines:

Under overall guidance of the Decent Work Team (DWT) / Country Office (CO) Director, the National Project Coordinator will report directly to the DWT Skills Specialist as well as to the Programme Manager of the Southern Africa Migration Management (SAMM) Project for all operational, technical and administrative issues. S/he will also receive technical assistance from the Youth Employment Officer of the Regional Office for Africa (ROAF), based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The incumbent will be responsible for operational activities of both the ILO/ITU and SAMM programmes in South Africa.

Description of Duties

  • In close collaboration with the Skills Specialist, support the effective implementation of Joint Programme activities in South Africa with criteria of timeliness, quality and effectiveness, ensuring the achievement of planned results in the time frame and within budget, in accordance with regional programme requirements and the policies, values and procedures of the ILO.
  • Support the implementation of a National Digital Skills Innovation Challenge under the Joint Programme for South Africa. This includes supporting the launch of the Innovation Challenge, shortlisting of proposals and facilitation of the selection process, in close collaboration with the project partners and experts collaborators (e.g. appointed jury)
  • Support the effective communication of the South Africa Joint Programme’s objective and results to internal and external audiences through developing content for communication products such as flyers, brochures and social media material as well as actively supporting their dissemination
  • Maintain partnerships with organisations and constituents working on the implementation of the National Digital and Future Skills Strategy (2021-2025)
  • Provide substantive and logistical support in the preparation of Technical Working Group as well as National Advisory Committee meetings, including by preparing concept notes, agendas, minutes, action points, presentations as well as organizational and coordination support.
  • Assist in coordination of activities under SAMM project Output 1.4, with a particular focus on 1.4.1. National assessments and capacity building on uptake of SADC regional qualifications framework and other mechanisms for skills recognition and mobility, including support to experts identification, technical supervision of consultants’ deliverables and organisation of capacity building activities, in close collaboration with the SAMM Programme Manager.
  • Regularly update the SAMM and ILO/ITU project and programme work plans and ensure their timely implementation.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisors.

Required qualifications


  • A first level university degree in economics, international development, public policy, social science, or a related discipline/field.


  • The successful candidate should have at least two years of professional experience in the area of project coordination and implementation and a solid background in at least one of the core technical areas of work: skills development, youth employment programmes and projects, labour migration programmes or projects and/or development projects on job creation in the digital economy. Prior experience in the field of communication for development is considered an asset. Experience in working with other ILO projects or with government agencies, social partners or civil society organizations would be an advantage.


  • Excellent written and oral command of English. Knowledge of local languages would be an asset.


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