Introduction: general information about the context in which the official will work:
The European Delegation in Pakistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Climate Change with the technical advisory services of the ILO and the World Wide Fund for Nature are embarking on a development intervention aimed at promoting and facilitating the compliance with and reporting on International Labour and Environmental Standards (ILES) Pakistan in SMEs. This intervention will be implemented in the Textile and Leather Sectors of Pakistan both of which contribute significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The intervention builds on the priorities of the EU for development cooperation with the Government of Pakistan, promotes sustainable development, decent work and adherence to environmental principles.
The context of the project is informed by the socio economic situation in Pakistan. The performance and global image of Pakistan’s compliance with international labour and environment standards (ILES) are far from optimal. In order to address this issue in Pakistan, the project aims to strengthen its ILES implementation and enforcement, enhance the implementation and monitoring capacity, and improve the ILES compliance by the private sector and SMEs, along with strengthening the reporting mechanisms. The ILES project is thus premised on the principle of promoting sustainable enterprises. The concept of sustainability in this context refers to the ecological, economic and social sustainability of enterprises.
This project aims at promoting compliance with ILES through a systemic approach that will intervene at the MACRO (Policy), MESO (Institutional), MICRO (Enterprise) and META (Knowledge-base) levels.
The ultimate goal of the project is to promote sustainable and inclusive growth in Pakistan by supporting the economic integration of Pakistan into the global and regional economy by improving compliance with labour and environmental standards and increased competitiveness.
This will be achieved through two Specific Objectives focusing on the (i) public-sector and (ii) private sector.
The programme’s overall Specific Objective is to promote the enforcement, implementation and compliance with the ILES by public and private sector institutions and organizations in Pakistan. Specific Objective 1 - To assist public sector institutions (Federal and in the four provinces of Punjab, Sindh, KPK and Baluchistan) to improve the enforcement of existing legislation and compliance with ILES in Pakistan as well as define new laws where necessary. Specific Objective 2 - To assist the textile and leather sectors’ SMEs to institutionalise the implementation of, and compliance with, ILES legislation through their active engagement.
Under the overall supervision of the Senior Project Officer and technical support of the Chief Technical Advisor, the Project Officer will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
Duties and responsibilities:
- Assist the Senior Project Officer in carrying out all project related activities (in KPK, Punjab, Baluchistan, Sindh) – particularly focusing on the planning, designing, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the project interventions and results.
- The Project Officer is also required to oversee and ensure the smooth functioning of different project activities (in their respective Provinces), so as to meet the targets of this project, which is to improve the effective enforcement of the existing legislation and compliance with the International Labour standards.
- Ensure regular interaction with key stakeholders including Government (Department of Labour), Employers’ and Workers’ organizations and selected Enterprises/Industrial Associations for project interventions.
- Follow-up with relevant departments at headquarters, regional office and ILO’s Decent Work Team (DWT) executing agencies, government offices, constituents and other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets
- Provide programming and administrative support to the project in areas of responsibility.
- Review and analyse country specific development plans and priorities, socioeconomic data, reports and other relevant information especially concerned with labour standards.
- Prepare briefs, background information, periodical reports, subject matter related technical reports and statistical data on status of project activities
- Assemble and edit basic data required for planning and negotiation of
- Programme/project activities, considering different approaches and alternative methods for project design, management, problem identification and problem resolution. Follow-up on delayed documents, clarify information, and answer questions about clearance and processing requirements.
- Assist in the programming and control of resources from all sources of funds, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing and monitoring situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations to management for remedial action.
- Assist in the development and maintenance of computerized information systems for use in monitoring and reporting on activities and performance.
- Participate/ Organise, conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings.
- Draft in, or translate into, local language(s) news releases, official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information material.
- Supervise the work of support staff.
- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications requirements: education, language, experience and competencies
Education – University degree in law, public administration, social sciences and other relevant field.
Experience – At least two years of national level professional experience in the project activity area.
Languages - Excellent command of English, Urdu and a working knowledge of the regional languages will be an advantage.
- Good knowledge of programme and budget, project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices as well as reporting for results.
- Knowledge of programme and budget, project administration and evaluation concepts and procedures.
- Knowledge of the office’s financial rules and regulations.
- Knowledge of office-wide activities and objectives.
- Ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyse problems with implementation.
- Good drafting skills.
- Good computer applications skills.
- Organizational skills and ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
- Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.