In its conclusions of the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference (2016), the ILO recognized that supply chains contribute to economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction and entrepreneurship. The promotion of decent work in global supply chains can be an engine of development as it facilitates promotion of sustainable enterprises, technology transfer, examination and adoption of new production practices and transitions into higher value-added activities. However, decent work in global supply chains is not a given, and research consistently points to deficits in the areas of occupational safety and health, wages, working time, and sub-standard labour rights.
The ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational enterprises and Social Policy (ILO MNE Declaration, 2017) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (2011) provide guidance for action. The ILO, OECD and the European Commission have established a partnership to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR)/ responsible business conduct (RBC) with regard to environmental, decent work and human rights. The action in China will focus on the electronics and textiles sectors.
At the same time, the ILO has established a public-private partnership initiative on the promotion of decent work in cotton supply chains in selected countries, including China. Cotton is one of the world most important agricultural commodities, responsible for income, employment generation and food security of millions of farmers’ families across regions. The sustainability of cotton production involves addressing the employment quality of farmers, workers, their families and communities. While there is a breadth of diversity in forms and scale of cultivation of cotton ranging from plantations to smallholdings, it is recognized that, in order to increase the sustainability of the cotton and garment industries, small producers and workers should be enabled to work themselves out of poverty in decent conditions in line with internationally recognized fundamental principles and rights at work with a view to their ability to pursue a fair share of the wealth which they help to generate.
The work in China will focus on examination of the working conditions in cotton production, particularly the production of organic cotton and the sourcing of organic cotton into China’s supply chains. The work will mainly involve research in cotton-growing and –processing communities and in the supply chain and thus will actively engage key stakeholders, specifically cotton producing communities, local governments, enterprises, workers’ and employer’s organizations.
The ILO Beijing will be implementing the two projects, EU/OECD/ILO partnership and ILO public private partnership together.
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of CO-Beijing and receives technical support from the FUNDAMENTALS branch and the Multinational enterprise unit of the ENTERPRISE department.
3. Main duties and responsibilities (with percentage of time for each):
With the technical support from the FUNDAMENTALS Branch and the EU/OECD/ILO Responsible Supply Chains in Asia in Bangkok, the National Project Coordinator is tasked with the timely delivery of the project outputs and progress towards achieving the expected outcome as defined in the project’s document. The delivery of the work will require close coordination with the ILO programming team in the ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia. The National Project Coordinator will have the following responsibilities:
·Managing for results, i.e. ensure sound design of project interventions, good quality outputs, documented learning and timely achievement of the project objectives by applying ILO tools to be adapted to the specific needs of the target groups;
·Develop and maintain a partnership with the ILO’s tripartite partners in China on issues related to the project work, including the work related to the promotion of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy;
·Manage and ensure the quality of the work of the project’s implementation partners and consultants;
·Organize project training workshops and meetings, in consultation with ILO backstopping units;
·Represent the project in official forums and discussion of the project plan with potential partners;
·Organize meetings and seminars related to the project;
·Identify problems, propose solutions and action and follow-up the technical backstopping specialist and ILO Beijing, executing agencies, government offices, constituents and other organizations to expedite implementation and meet targets;
·Develop and implement the project’s communication strategies for internal ILO audiences and the public at large;
·Mobilize support from national and local governments, the UN system and relevant ILO departments in the implementation of the project and the scaling up of its results, including relevant resource mobilization activities;
·Establish and maintain project’s files, including programmatic and financial information;
·Prepare project progress report and ensure its timely submission to relevant internal and external units as required;
·Draft thematic briefing notes on issues related to the project for public dissemination;
·Perform any other duties that may be assigned from time to time by his/ her supervisor.
Education: First level university degree in a relevant field.
·Two years of professional experience in project management;
·Prior professional experiences in ILO, professional experience within the UN system or familiarity with the ILO programmes concerning fundamental principles and rights at work in global supply chain are an asset;
·Demonstrated professional experience in project management, working on corporate social responsibilities, public private partnerships, labour rights promotion in China and having experiences in coordinating programme work with government entities, employers’ organizations, workers’ organizations and labour rights advocates are critical assets;
Excellent command of Chinese and English
·Integrity and transparency;
·Takes responsibility for performance;
·Orientation towards learning and knowledge-sharing;
·Knowledge of programme and budget, project administration and evaluation concepts and procedures;
·Ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyze problems with implementation.
·Good drafting skills.
·Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
·Ability to clearly articulate and present complex information.
· Command of regular office computer applications 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 supervise staff.
Minimal net salary: RMB 23,200 per month
Please send your application to the email address:firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 Feb 2018