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Background

The International Labour Organization is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social and economic justice by setting international labour standards. Founded in October 1919 under the League of Nations, it is one of the first and oldest specialised agencies of the UN.

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About ILO

The ILO is a United Nations agency that sets labor standards, develops policies, and devises programs promoting decent work for all. It was founded in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the ILO has 187 member states as of 2023. It has a unique tripartite structure, with representatives from governments, employers, and workers. This structure allows the ILO to develop international labor standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations that reflect the diverse perspectives of its constituents.

The ILO’s primary focus is on promoting rights at work, encouraging decent employment opportunities, enhancing social protection, and strengthening dialogue on work-related issues. Its major areas of work include employment, social protection, labor rights, and social dialogue. The organization has achieved notable successes, such as the adoption of the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention and the Minimum Age Convention.

In recognition of its contributions to social justice, the ILO was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1969. As a leading global authority on labor issues, the ILO plays a vital role in shaping policies and improving working conditions worldwide, ensuring that the perspectives of workers, employers, and governments are all represented.

Why work at ILO?

Here are the reasons why someone might consider working at the International Labour Organization (ILO), presented in paragraphs:

The ILO‘s core mission of promoting social justice, decent work, and improving labor standards globally is highly meaningful and impactful work. Employees can feel a strong sense of purpose in contributing to this important global agenda. This mission-driven nature of the organization is a significant draw for many prospective workers.

As a UN agency, the ILO attracts a diverse workforce from countries around the world. This provides employees with the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from colleagues from varied cultural and professional backgrounds. Working in this multinational environment can be a stimulating and enriching experience.

Joining the ILO also allows individuals to be directly involved in shaping international labor policies and standards. Employees can play a role in advancing socially-conscious agendas on the global stage, influencing the course of labor-related policies and initiatives worldwide.

The ILO has accumulated deep expertise on labor issues over its century-long history. Employees can leverage this institutional knowledge and the organization’s extensive global networks to develop their own skills and expertise, benefiting from the wealth of resources and experience available within the institution.

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Details on the post

Grade: G4 

Vacancy no.: BEY/DC/2024/08
Publication date: May 28, 2024
Application deadline (midnight local time): June 11, 2024

Job ID: 11751 
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut 
Location: Beirut   
Contract type: Short Term 

Contract duration: Starting 01 July 2024 for 5 months (Parental Leave Replacement) 

Description of Duties

1. Assist in the daily monitoring of work conditions on assigned EIIP construction sites, ensuring adherence to the Environmental and Social Safeguard Framework, with focus on Decent Work principles, Local Resource Based approaches, and environmental standards.

2. Assist in the daily communication and coordination with local authorities.

3. In close coordination with the ESSF Compliance team, monitor recruitment and payment processes for workers, double check and facilitate transfer of employment information from contractor’s muster roll to ILO the Office.

4. Under the guidance and in close coordination with the ILO engineer provide technical support and on-the-job training on decent work principles and local resource-based technology, and monitor that outputs are delivered by contractors on time, to the agreed quality and within budget.

5. Under the guidance the Senior ESSF Coordinator undertake data collection and simple surveys.

6. Help identify issues, blockages, misunderstandings, or other possible misgivings occurring at community level and provide suggestions for/undertake corrective actions and facilitate the complaints mechanism and report to Senior ESSF Coordinator any grievances.

Description of Duties (continued)

7. Assist in coordination with relevant SDC’s of the Ministry of Social Affairs and facilitate linkages with other potential national partners (including Organizations of Persons with Disabilities).

8. Assist in organising community meetings and awareness-raising activities and training relating to the social & environmental safeguards framework and local resource-based techniques to ensure these are put into practice throughout the EIIP program.

9. Participate in the preparation and conduct of seminars, workshops and training at municipal and project levels with a view to increasing required skills and knowledge.

10. Support and promote the effective inclusion component (targeting women and Persons with Disabilities) in the infrastructure works.

11. Participate in relevant meetings, evaluations, assessments, evaluations, workshops etc.

12. Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications

Education

A degree or diploma in Civil Engineering or related field from tertiary education is required.

Experience

  • Minimum 2 years work experience, including civil works supervision.
  • Good knowledge of EIIP local resource-based approaches would be considered an advantage.
  • Knowledge of Lebanese labour law and ILO Decent Work principles as it pertain to the construction sector (knowledge of EIIP Social Safeguards Framework) would be considered an advantage.
  • Experience of facilitating and organizing meetings, seminars and on-the-job training at local level (eg for municipal officials, project beneficiaries, etc.)  
  • Ability to use MS Office software programs.
  • Previous experience involving the UN or other international organisations would be considered an advantage.

Languages

Excellent command of English and Arabic.

Competencies

  • Ability to work well in a team, with good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision, and take initiative and responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, good computer skills. 

  • Strong organizational abilities, ability to work to tight deadlines, and ability to respond to urgent requests from team members, contractors, local authorities and community members. 

  • Ability to deal with people from different cultures and different religious background with tact and diplomacy and to build strong working relationships. 

  • Good knowledge and understanding of the local context and challenges in the project areas of operation.
  • Good awareness of current environment and local surrounds, ability to interpret project information, and ability to identify, analyse and address problems with implementation.

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