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Senior Project Officer(ILES Project)
Full Time/Permanent ( First Shift (Day) )
University degree in law, public administration, social sciences, occupational safety and health, or other relevant field.
3 Years(Three years of experience in the implementation of project activities and a good understanding of ILS and Labour laws.)
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 countrys 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 Pakistans 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 programmes 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 Country Director CO-Islamabad and technical support of the Chief Technical Advisor, the Senior Project Officer will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
Duties and responsibilities:
- The Senior Project Officer (SPO) will be responsible to implement the Labour component of the Project along with the Project Team and under the leadership of a Chief Technical Advisor. In doing so, the SPO will also coordinate with WWF who are responsible to implement Environmental component of the project.
- Closely monitor the development of national or sectoral strategic frameworks and plans concerning labour and social issues
- Supervise in-country monitoring and evaluation activities, and document project experiences, lessons learned and emerging good practices.
- Ensure effective alignment of project activities with relevant national policies, projects, and their implementation strategies.
- Provide technical inputs to and supervise the development and implementation of project activities by local stakeholders and partners.
- Facilitate effective tripartite consultation on all project activities so as to achieve the goal of this project.
- Liaise with the concerned Ministries on all aspects of project implementation i.e. Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Industries (for leather sector) and the Ministry of Climate Change (for environmental issues), where needed.
- Ensure the integration and smooth implementation of international labour standards and coordinate development of tools and instruments required to ensure the implementation of the Office's strategy to support compliance with international labour standards (ILS) and labour legislation in Pakistan as required by the project.
- Plan, develop, coordinate and implement training activities
- Coordinate SCORE activities with selected enterprises and industrial associations.
- Review and analyse country-specific development plans and priorities, socio-economic data, reports and other relevant information; identify potential technical cooperation project areas and provide written analysis on the findings to management.
- Monitor progress of project activities, by reviewing, verifying and analysing work-plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness.
- Follow-up with relevant departments at headquarters and regional office, executing agencies, government offices, constituents and other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets.
- Provide programming and administrative oversight to project activities. Identify and implement synergies and efficiencies with ongoing ILO and related in-country projects, to enhance project impact.
- Prepare briefs, periodic reports and statistical data on status of project activities, as scheduled and requested by project officials in Geneva, Delhi and Bangkok.
- Assemble and edit basic data required for planning and negotiation of project activities, considering different approaches and alternative methods for project management, problem identification and problem resolution.
- Follow-up on delayed documents, clarify information, and answer questions about clearance and processing requirements.
- Oversee the work of the Finance Assistant to ensure administrative requirements are managed and executed in a timely and appropriate manner and according to the ILO rules and regulations; and also assist in 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.
- Oversee the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings
- Brief ILO specialists, project experts, associate experts and visiting officials and provide relevant information on project activities and elated developments.
- Draft in, or translate into, local language(s) news releases, official correspondence, statements and speeches and other materials for official distribution or public dissemination.
- Coordinate technical and policy advice related to the different components of the project to the constituents and stakeholders including labour administration and labour inspection, and institutional strengthening and application of ILO standards relevant to the project.
- Undertake missions to project sites, briefing and accompanying other officials.
- Supervise the work of support staff and junior national officer staff.
- Ensure a timely identification of risks in implementation of this project, at the national level and design alternative steps to eradicate those risks.
- Assemble and edit basic data required for planning and negotiation of project activities, considering different approaches and alternative methods for project design in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies as set out in the project document, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures, in consultation with the responsible technical support units.
- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor/Country Director.
Qualifications requirements: education, language, experience and competencies
Education University degree in law, public administration, social sciences, occupational safety and health, or other relevant field.
Experience Three years of experience in the implementation of project activities and a good understanding of ILS and Labour laws.
Familiarity with UN, including the sustainable development agenda 2030, would be an advantage
Languages - Excellent command of English and Urdu.
- Good knowledge of programme and budget, project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices.
- Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development. Knowledge of the offices financial rules and regulations. Knowledge of office-wide activities and priorities.
- Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the formulation, administration and evaluation of projects.
- Excellent drafting skills; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Excellent analytical skills. Ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution, and ability to negotiate.
- Good computer applications skills.
- Good organizational skills. Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
- Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
- Ability to supervise staff.