National Coordinator, Apia, Samoa At International Labour Organization (ILO)

the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Closing date: Saturday, 19 August 2023

Grade: NOB

Vacancy no.: DC/Samoa/NOB/2023/05 Publication date: 19 July 2023 Application deadline (midnight local time): 19 August 2023

Job ID: 11018 Department: RO- Asia & the Pacific Organization Unit: CO-Suva Location: Apia Contract type: FT

Contract duration: 12 months with possibility of extension

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.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.

The following are eligible to apply:

  •  ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  •  External candidates*

*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.

The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to .

Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

*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 National Coordinator in Samoa is based in Apia, Samoa with a variety of national coordination duties as well as liaison duties to support the ILO Country Office for Pacific Island Countries (hereafter referred as CO-Suva) and the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in facilitating the strengthening and implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) in Samoa. The incumbent will also facilitate inter-agency information sharing, interaction, and joint programming with the UN Country Team (UNCT), coordinate with CO-Suva on programming and provide necessary operational support, including administrative support, to the Development Cooperation (DC) activities carried out in the country.

ILO operational activities at national level will focus on the pursuit of social justice through decent work with a human-centred approach which are supported by the respect for international labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work, employment promotion and enterprise development, social protection, and social dialogue, and the implementation of the DWCP. The DWCP is aligned and hence contributes to the objective of the United Nations system to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development through decent work within the national context of Samoa. The incumbent is responsible for the coordination of operational as well as technical activities in the country providing support to national counterparts in the assigned technical area, and responding to requests from constituents, supervised and coordinated by the CO-Suva.

Reporting Line

The incumbent reports directly to and works under the supervision and guidance of the Director of CO-Suva. For the effective discharge of his/her responsibilities, the incumbent will regularly report to CO-Suva and liaise closely with the UNCT members in the country.

Generic Duties

  •  Serve as primary point of operational and administrative contact for ILO tripartite constituents in the country and maintain liaison and cooperation with UNCT members.
  •  Responsible for all programme and administrative functions in the country that pertains to coordination work and representation of the ILO.
  •  Facilitate DC project staff’s relationship building with and employers’ and workers’ organizations and other partners on matters related to programme/project initiation and implementation.
  •  Participate in the formulation of national country strategies related to the DWCP. Coordinate, plan and perform a wide variety of functions in relation to the implementation of the DWCP, some of which will require administrative, programmatic, and technical work. Prepare regular and ad hoc work plan/reports as requested.
  •  Review and analyse country-specific development plans and priorities, socioeconomic data, reports, and other relevant information; identify potential development cooperation project areas and provide written analysis on the findings to CO-Suva for resource mobilization.
  •  Contribute creative ideas for programme/project development, coordinate the programming design, implementation, and reporting process in the country and draft portions of national concept papers, policies, and country programme/strategy papers.

7. Identify problems, propose solutions and action and follow-up with CO-Suva, executing agencies, government offices, constituents, and other organizations to expedite implementation of agreed activities and meet targets.

8. Assist in the preparation of seminars, workshops, training sessions, and meetings specified in the work plan of the DWCP. Speak on behalf of the ILO when attending these gatherings alone. Serve as a focal point for selected technical subjects and attend meetings, workshops, and inter-agency meetings, and present reports and papers.

9. Promote ILO activities in the country by drafting, editing, and/or translating into local language news releases, official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information material under the supervision of the Regional Communication Unit.

10. Participate in policy dialogue and technical consultations. Draft speeches and address meetings on behalf of the ILO.

11. Brief ILO specialists, project experts, associate experts and visiting officials and provide relevant information on the country programme/ developments and make logistic arrangement for visiting officials.

12. Participate in the UNCT meetings actively and punctually. Facilitate inter-agency information-sharing and interaction with the UNCT and liaise with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and other UNCT members for Delivery as One and UN Reform-related issues. Participate in donor meetings at the country level.

13. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications


First-level university degree in a relevant field. degree in social/economic field would be an advantage.


At least three years of professional experience at the national level in the relevant occupational area. Prior experience working in UN Agencies is an advantage.


Excellent command of English and excellent knowledge of local language.


Have a high standard of conduct to uphold ILO norms and core values. Firmly adhere to the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service. 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 the development of projects or joint activities. Knowledge of the UN or ILO’s 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 application 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 understand and work effectively with government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, other UN agencies, and development partners. Ability to represent the Organization. Ability to supervise staff. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

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