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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that focuses on labor issues, promoting social justice, and improving working conditions worldwide. It was established in 1919, making it the oldest UN agency.

The primary goal of the ILO is to promote decent work for all. It sets international labor standards, develops policies and programs, and provides technical assistance and research on various labor-related topics. The organization brings together governments, employers, and workers from its member states to shape labor standards and policies through a tripartite structure.

The ILO’s work covers a wide range of areas, including employment creation, labor rights, social protection, occupational safety and health, labor migration, and the elimination of forced labor and child labor. It also addresses issues such as gender equality in the workplace, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the promotion of sustainable enterprises.

The organization adopts international labor standards in the form of conventions and recommendations. Conventions are legally binding international treaties that establish minimum standards for labor rights and can be ratified by member countries. Recommendations provide guidelines for member states on labor issues and are not legally binding but serve as important references for national policies and practices.

The ILO carries out its work through a network of field offices around the world, where it provides technical assistance to member states in implementing labor standards and policies. It also conducts research and produces reports on global labor trends and challenges.

Overall, the ILO plays a crucial role in promoting social justice and improving working conditions globally, aiming to ensure that all people have access to decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and dignity.

Why work at ILO

  1. Impact: The ILO’s work directly contributes to improving the lives of workers worldwide. By promoting decent work, labor rights, and social justice, the organization addresses pressing global challenges such as unemployment, poverty, inequality, and exploitation. Being part of the ILO means having the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on a global scale.
  2. Multidisciplinary Approach: The ILO brings together professionals from various backgrounds, including economics, law, social sciences, and development. This multidisciplinary approach allows for collaboration and diverse perspectives in addressing labor issues. Working at the ILO enables you to engage with experts from different fields and broaden your knowledge and skills.
  3. International Environment: The ILO is a truly global organization, with member states from around the world. Working at the ILO means being part of an international community and having the chance to work with colleagues from different countries and cultural backgrounds. This multicultural environment fosters understanding, cooperation, and learning.
  4. Policy Development: The ILO is involved in setting international labor standards and developing policies that shape national labor laws and practices. Working at the ILO provides an opportunity to contribute to the formulation of these standards and policies, influencing labor practices at both the national and international levels.
  5. Collaboration and Partnership: The ILO works closely with governments, employers’ organizations, and workers’ organizations, following a tripartite structure. This collaboration allows for dialogue, negotiation, and consensus-building in addressing labor issues. Working at the ILO involves engaging with these stakeholders and fostering partnerships to promote social dialogue and achieve sustainable solutions.
  6. Professional Development: The ILO offers opportunities for professional growth and development. It provides training programs, capacity-building initiatives, and knowledge-sharing platforms. Working at the ILO allows you to enhance your skills, expand your network, and stay updated on the latest developments in the field of labor and employment.
  7. Work-Life Balance: The ILO promotes a healthy work-life balance and values the well-being of its employees. It offers competitive compensation packages, flexible working arrangements, and a supportive work environment. The organization recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between work and personal life.

Details to the post

National Project Coordinator 

Grade: NOB 

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/NO/2024/03
Publication date: 15 May 2024
Application deadline (midnight local time Dar es salaam, Tanzania): 28 May 2024

Job ID: 11961 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Dar es Salaam 
Location: Nairobi   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 1 year (12 months) renewable 

Description of Duties

  • In coordination with the Project Manager, provide programming, organizational, and administrative support to activities, including workshops for sectoral training bodies and vocational training centres.
  • Conduct consultations with line-Ministries, central and county government departments; employers’ and workers’ organizations, private sector, development agencies on enterprises development issues particularly on enterprise development.
  • Support the coordination of project  implementation  including  through  discussions  with  project implementing partners, field visits, development and analysis of progress reports, and participation in reviews and evaluations determining targets delivery.
  • He/she will facilitate enterprise development, enhance the capacity of service providers and value chain actors, explore enterprise opportunities and solutions, and provide technical support for business plan development.
  • Prepare briefs, periodical reports, and data on status of project activities to ILO Dar es Salaam Country Office, Decent work country team Pretoria, Regional office and Headquarters.
  • Ensure visibility of the project activities by drafting news items, taking quality pictures etc. and sharing them with the office communication unit Dar es salaam, Pretoria, regional office, and HQ.
  • Assist in the capacity building of selected implementing partners to facilitate knowledge, awareness and smoother implementation of Market systems approach and enterprise development strategies; working closely and collaboratively with them to implement project activities.
  •  Undertake missions to relating to project implementation.
  • Ensures that program targets benefit from enhanced supporting and core market systems, identify and prioritize systemic issues/constraints, and promotes value addition activities through stakeholder consultations.
  • Provide inputs for budget preparation and other administrative related matters, including preparing relevant documentation for responsible ILO entities.
  • Collaborate closely with relevant ILO programmes and projects, ILO units and responsible ILO offices and DWT as appropriate, to obtain technical inputs and share best practices and lessons learned.
  • Prepare background information, programme briefs, periodical reports, gender analysis and related technical reports and  statistical  data  on  status  of  programme activities  for  internal  and  external distribution.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the immediate supervisor and ILO Country Office Director.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in economics, public policies, development studies or a relevant field. An advanced degree on studies on Market Systems development would be a strong advantage.


At least three years of work experience of programme/project implementation around market systems development, enterprise development, entrepreneurship, business development services, monitoring and evaluation, micro finance, applied research, or social work.   Experience in implementing development projects funded by donors is an asset. Experience in working with Governments, Employers and Workers organizations will be an advantage.

Technical requirements: Proven experience of Market System approach and facilitation, including extensive knowledge of local economic development, particularly market systems development, value chain development, private sector development and entrepreneurship in Kenya context.


Excellent command in English. Working knowledge of Kiswahili is required.


  • Experience in implementing a market systems development (MSD) project
  • Knowledge of project and budget, project administration, and evaluation concepts and procedures, and of the mandate and structure of labour market institutions in Kenya.
  • Knowledge of the office’s financial rules and regulations. 
  • Good knowledge of the context and challenges for the project areas of expertise.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution, and good drafting skills.
  • Good ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyze problems with implementation
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to clarify information
  • Demonstrate collaborative and team work experience and ability to work effectively with a multicultural and interdisciplinary team, as well as to work on his/her own initiative.
  • Ability to work independently, quickly, precisely, and take initiative and responsibility.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet the deadline.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, web-browsers and database applications. 
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.


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