The EU and its immediate neighbours have a mutual interest in cooperating, both bilaterally and regionally, in migration issues. Neighboring countries including Moldova and Ukraine have a keen need to regulate emigration and immigration to support development objectives as well as current and future skills and labour force replacement. Simultaneously, current demand for migrant workers in EU member states is fuelled by labour market and skills shortages and by the effects of demographic change: low fertility rates and ageing populations.
In this context, knowledge on the skills composition of migration flows of both potential out-going and returning migrants is extremely important for the design of legal labour migration schemes. Moldova and Ukraine are labour-sending countries and information on their labour market needs in different sectors, and occupations is crucial for ethical recruitment and prevention of skills waste. Detailed assessment of education and training systems in Moldova and Ukraine regarding development of policies, recognition of qualifications, skills upgrades, skills certification as well as addressing both domestic and foreign conditions are essential.
The Project responds to several objectives of the EUROPEAID programme, namely: 1) Fostering the links between migration and development; 2) Promotion and capacity building for well-managed labour migration, temporary or circular, by improving: (i) policy dialogue and policy making, based on sound research and data and (ii) formulation of labour migration policies, with a particular focus on proper skills matching, vocational training provision for adequate skills development and portability of social security benefits; and 3) Protection of migrants' rights and prevention of exploitation and exclusion, based on the ILO rights-based approach defined in the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration and ILO Conventions 97 and 143.
With a view to achieve the overall objective, and recognising the multifaceted dimension of international labour migration movements and its employment dimension, the Project is designed to seek achievement of four independent, yet complementary, specific objectives, along the following area:
Building capacity to analyse the skills shortages and oversupply as a result of migration;
Enhancing the capacity of the migration sending countries to balance migration flow and return with national needs and EU Member states' skills needs;
Building capacity to negotiate and manage rights based labour migration schemes, including bilateral agreements on social protection;
Delivering technical assistance and building capacity to govern labour migration, enact relevant legislation and engage social partners.
The project duration is 30 months.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Kiev-based Coordinator will work under the overall guidance of the sub-regional management and technical supervision of ILO DWT/CO Budapest employment and skills specialist in collaboration with the Budapest-based Project Manager and report on technical work developments to the Director. She/he will carry out the following major duties:
Coordinate the preparation of the inception phase of the project, based on the project objectives, outcomes and budget, as set out in the project document, together with DWT/CO Budapest.
Monitoring – a) Coordinate the work in Ukraine in conformity with project objectives and guidelines and in close collaboration with DWT/CO Budapest, project partners, international and national experts, ILO national coordinator and ILO constituents; b) Identify difficulties and find solutions ensuring timely fulfillment of all obligations and timely delivery of the project outputs.
Administration - Ensure speedy follow-up of financial and other administrative procedures. Review and analyze programme and project related documents and reports, maintain a reference system for these documents, and follow up on future actions.
Reporting - Draft all project progress reports, as envisaged by the project document, (including work achieved, lessons learned, challenges encountered, etc.). Mid-term review (every 6 months), annual reports and final reporting should be coordinated and agreed with the DWT/CO Budapest Director before being sent to the donor.
Advisory work and decision-making - Provide advice for the preparation of ToRs of external collaborators, and seminar/conference agendas in consultation with DWT/CO Budapest.
Editing - In charge of ensuring the quality of outputs and, if necessary, of editing and translations of project materials.
Organizing - a) Organize tripartite conference(s)/training(s) in Ukraine; b) Organize the Project Steering Committee meetings, prepare and disseminate the minutes ; c) Contribute to the organization of the final project evaluation as well as any project monitoring activities, as appropriate; d) Organize publication and dissemination of various project outputs; e) Ensure project visibility, in line with the EU visibility guidelines.
Missions - Undertake technical missions, as appropriate.
Working with ILO tripartite constituents, project partners and other relevant stakeholders - Ensure proper consultation and participation of ILO constituents and other project partners (e.g. IOM, World Bank) at the country level during the project implementation phases, in close cooperation with the DWT/CO Budapest. Ensure coordination with other on-going initiatives on labour migration in Ukraine.
Other – Administer and update the project web-site on permanent basis by pasting on the web new project materials and/or information. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
Ability to adjust requirements and approaches in order to solve problems, and ability to negotiate.
Good computer applications skills.
Good organizational skills.
Ability to work on own initiative as well as serve as a member of a team.
Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses.
Ability to deal with ILO's constituents with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to collaborate with other UN and international organizations.
Knowledge of the role and operations of the ILO, and the UN system, as a whole, appreciated.
Required Skills and Experience
Education - University degree in economics or social sciences or related field.
Experience - At least one or two years of professional experience at the national level. Professional experience in international project management, including administration or management responsibilities. Experience with EU project implementation will be an asset as well as knowledge on migration issues.
Languages - Excellent English drafting skills and ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English and the national language.
Please submit CV and a cover letter (both in English) stating your reasons for applying for this position and describing how your experience is relevant to the job to: <
Please indicate “ILO-LABOUR MIGRATION” and your surname in the subject line.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.