NPC Resiliency National Expert -NOB (DC) Child Labour project
Vacancy no.: DC/LUSAKA/NO/2023/14
Publication date: 30 August 2023
Application deadline (midnight local time): 8 September 2023
Job ID: 11190
Organization Unit: CO-Lusaka
Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract duration: 1 year
Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.
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ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
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*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade. The entry level salary for this position is K 821,470 ( Zambian Kwacha) yearly.
The Resiliency National Expert will work on the project on “Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor in Critical Mineral Producing Communities in Zambia”, funded by the US Department of Labour’s Bureau of International Labour Affairs (ILAB). The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical expertise and advice to the project team aiming at meeting the project Outcomes:
Outcome 1: Increased capacity of government to address child labor and forced labor in critical mineral producing communities.
Outcome 2: Increased resiliency of members of vulnerable households in communities producing critical minerals.
The project will work in mining communities in two of the following provinces: Northwestern, Copperbelt, Central and/or Luapula. The project will use an integrated area-based approach to address child labor and promote sustainable community solutions to reduce the impact on children in relation to increases in the demand for critical minerals.
The project will conduct two needs assessments:
(1) Within the first six months of award, the grantee will refine the proposed strategy related to Outcome 1 by conducting a needs assessment that includes consultation with government stakeholders to determine geographical areas to improve government capacity to address child labor and forced labor in mining communities.
(2) Within the first 12 months of award, the grantee will carry out an in-country needs assessment to assess, refine, and/or validate the proposed strategy for Outcome 2 and to inform the design and delivery of interventions. This needs assessment should use a participatory approach to identify the needs of households vulnerable to child labor and forced labor in project areas, the communities and households that should be targeted by the project, how they should be reached; how the project can effect sustainable change; and how the context might affect the delivery, uptake, and outcome of the activities, including potential risks.
The project will support regional engagement and collaboration between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo along the borders of the two countries to address child labor and forced labor where they have similar interests in the production and transportation of critical minerals. The project will also work with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to assist with the cross-border engagement and collaboration.
More specifically, the Resiliency National Expert will be responsible for Outcome 2 of the project: Increased resiliency of members of vulnerable households in communities producing critical minerals.
“Resiliency” refers to a household’s ability to cope with and recover from stresses and shocks and maintain or enhance present and future capabilities and assets in a way that helps them overcome the need to rely on the labor of their children to meet basic needs or be vulnerable to forced labor. Resiliency takes into account, but is not limited to, a household’s income, wealth, knowledge base, skills, as well as a household’s access to social services. It also takes into account the quality of, and benefits derived from, social services provided by the state and/or non-governmental organizations, including education, health services, sanitation, and infrastructure, among others. A household’s resiliency can also be impacted by crosscutting issues that affect the household as well as the community it is situated in, such as issues of security, or the lack thereof, and potential environmental challenges.
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A “household” consists of all persons—related family members and all unrelated persons—who occupy a housing unit and have no other usual address. A household must include at least one member who is at high-risk of entering or is engaged in child labor and/or forced labor.
Under the overall responsibility of the ILO Country Office Director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique (CO-Lusaka), the National Project Coordinator – Resiliency National Expert will report and be under the direct supervision of the National Project Manager. He/she will receive technical guidance and support from FUNDAMENTALS’ Solutions and Innovation Unit. He/she will also benefit from exchange with other colleagues working on USDOL funded project in Africa, through a community of practice.
Description of Duties
1. Carry out an in-country needs assessment to assess, refine, and/or validate the proposed strategy for Outcome 2 and to inform the design and delivery of interventions. Provide support for designing a participatory approach to identify the needs of households vulnerable to child labor and forced labor in project areas, the communities and households that should be targeted by the project, how they should be reached; how the project can effect sustainable change; and how the context might affect the delivery, uptake, and outcome of the activities, including potential risks.
2. Design and implement an area-based approach in mining communities producing critical minerals in two or more of the Northwestern, Copperbelt, Central and/or Luapula provinces taking into account strategic gender needs.
3. Design prevention strategies that take into consideration future risks to children related to surges in the production, extraction, and transportation of critical minerals in Zambia.
4. Assess the most significant obstacles that keep households of working children or children at high-risk of entering child labor in the mining sector from achieving sustainable livelihoods without depending on child labor, and design and implement strategies that address those obstacles and provide livelihood services to households of target children according to their needs.
5. Contribute to the designing and implementing strategies on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), sector diversification, and productivity of Zambia’s workforce, including cooperatives and smallholder miners.
6. Assist in addressing the strategic needs of children of vulnerable households, such as through the provision of formal and/or non-formal education, including mobile schools; health; and/or nutrition service.
7. Provide support to youth of legal working age in vulnerable households, such as through the provision of vocational or entrepreneurial training to develop skills for employment in safe work outside of the mining sector. Provide support for workforce development assistance for adult youth up to age 21 in vulnerable households, such as the provision of vocational training for employment in safe work in the mining of critical minerals and assistance with job placement services in formal mining companies, through linkages with the private sector.
8. Ensure support for the participation of women of vulnerable households in the workforce, including in the mining sector, and/or addressing their access to finance. Provide support for addressing the needs of adults of vulnerable households, such as increasing access to livelihood services and health services.
9. Organise training programmes and awareness raising activities including gender mainstreaming to improve the understanding and knowledge of adult workers in vulnerable households of their labor rights and/or facilitating legal assistance if needed to reduce child labor and forced labor in critical minerals communities.
10. Assists the local civil society and worker’s rights organizations to take efforts to reduce child labor and forced labor in the critical mineral communities, including by strengthening the labor environment for all workers through organization and action at the community-level.
11. Links members of vulnerable households to relevant governmental and non-governmental social protection programs. Social protection programs may include, but are not limited to, health insurance, unemployment services, vocational training programs and employment injury benefits.
12. Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
First level university degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Development studies or related field and strong knowledge on development issues particularly in Zambia.
At least three years of experience in a position responsible for increasing resiliency of vulnerable households, reducing poverty, and/or strengthening access to and quality of social services is required.
• Demonstrated experience collaborating with local government officials, community leaders, and villagers is required. Experience in working on issues relevant to the mining sector of Zambia is preferred.
• Experience in child rights, and child and forced labour issues.
• Experience in project management, administration, and implementation of grant/cooperative agreement requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to the project donor).
Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of one major local language of the duty station is required.
• Proven ability to manage teams including personnel management and remote capacity project management proved (project planning and management of financial and monitoring procedures)
• Ability to establish and maintain relationships and negotiate with government officials, representative(s) of civil society, representatives of workers ‘and employers’ organizations and academics.
• Ability to lead work teams to the achievement of objectives and results.
• Knowledge of the ILO regulations and procedures of system and / or the United Nations would be an asset.
• Good knowledge about social, economic development, including labor and employment, trends in the country
• Ability to maintain good working relationships with all project stakeholders.
• Demonstrated experience collaborating with local government officials, community leaders and villages if required
• Excellent ability to time management and good organizational skills.
• Demonstrated ability to incorporate gender analysis in the implementation of the project.
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
• Ability to write reports on the organization’s strategy in the field of Child Labour protection and employment generated by employment-intensive investment or for the implementation of the project.
• Good knowledge of common office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and communication (internet and email).
• Proving experience of drafting research reports.
• Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviours and attitudes.
This position is contingent on the award decision from the U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (USDOL-ILAB)
Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position.
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