Regional Cooperation Council

Project Expert (m/f)

	 	 

Vacancy Number: 010-019

Category: Project Staff

Type of Appointment: Fixed-term

Department: Programme Department

Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Deadline for application: 4 December 2019

Terms of Reference for a Project Expert for the Employment and Social Affairs Platform of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat (RCC)

BACKGROUND

The Employment and Social Affairs Platform 2 (ESAP 2) is a regional project financed by the European Commission and jointly implemented by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the 6 Western Balkan economies: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*1, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia. The project aims to strengthen regional cooperation and institutional capacities of national administrations, enabling them to develop and effectively implement labour market and social policy reforms in their EU enlargement process.

The RCC will implement three thematic components of ESAP 2:

  • Informal Employment and Undeclared Work – jointly with ILO
  • Employment Policies and Measures
  • Western Balkans Engagement in EU Employment and Social Policies

The Informal Employment and Undeclared Work component will support improved policies for tackling undeclared work through enhanced cooperation and operationalisation at central level of a holistic/strategic compliance approach, generate evidence on what works with regard to transition to formality in the region, and improve capacities to produce more reliable data on the multiple facets of informality.

The Employment Policies and Measures component will support strengthening institutional capacities of Ministries of Labour and Social Affairs and Public Employment Services in developing, monitoring and evaluating priority labour market policies and measures including measures outlined in Economic Reform Programmes.

The Western Balkans engagement in EU Employment and Social Policies component will increase the exposure of Western Balkan officials from Ministries of Labour and Public Employment Services to EU-wide networks and processes, including the EU Public Employment Service network through benchlearning, and support peer learning in the process of alignment with the EU acquis and the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

OUTLINE OF THE POSITION

The Project Expert will contribute to the implementation of the ESAP 2 project by working on developing, implementing and monitoring the assigned ESAP 2 project activities, as well as on ensuring that the project deliverables are produced on time, within budget, in line with the RCC and EC Rules and Regulations and at the required level of quality.

The Project Expert will perform a wide range of duties including the following:

  1. Contribute to the conceptualisation, development and regular update of ESAP 2 project activities, in line with the general ESAP 2 programme of work and the sequence of activities needed to successfully meet the project objectives;
  2. Implement and execute project activities according to the project plan and ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality;
  3. Develop contents and oversee the activities of the Employment and Social Affairs Online Platform;
  4. Liaise with the national authorities, relevant EU institutions, ILO and other relevant partners to ensure coordinated implementation of the activities with actors involved;
  5. Monitor the project progress and make adjustments as necessary to ensure successful implementation of the project and contribute to the preparation of regular project reporting.

REPORTING

The ESAP 2 Project Expert will directly report to the ESAP 2 Team Leader and the RCC Senior Expert on Smart Growth.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Contribute to the conceptualisation, development and regular update of ESAP 2 project activities, in line with the general ESAP 2 programme of work and the sequence of activities needed to successfully meet the project objectives
  • Provides substantial analytical and technical inputs to the work of ESAP 2 with demonstrated leadership in at least one of the components of the project;
  • Reviews on a regular basis the project work plan with the RCC Senior Expert on Smart Growth, the ESAP 2 Team Leader and all other relevant stakeholders affected by the project activities and revises the work plan as required to fit the needs of the project beneficiaries;
  • Determines and mobilises the resources (time, money, equipment, etc.) required to complete the assigned activities.
  1. Implement and execute project activities according to the project plan and ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality
  • Implements and operationalises interventions and activities of ESAP 2 with demonstrated leadership in at least one of the components of the project;
  • Provides input, analysis, and recommendations on operational and implementation plans for the project interventions and activities;
  • Monitors the progress and implementation of project activities and makes adjustments as necessary to ensure successful implementation;
  • Reviews the quality of work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards.
  • Provides review, analysis and recommendations on current regional and EU trends in the area of employment for both information and action purposes.
  1. Develop contents and oversee the activities of the Employment and Social Affairs Online Platform
  • Prepares content for the online platform, drawing on the activities and results of the project;
  • Facilitates and monitors the activity in the different communities of practice under the ESAP 2 platform and undertakes appropriate action as required;
  • Supports the promotion of the platform among key national, regional and international stakeholders.
  1. Liaise with the national authorities, relevant EU institutions, ILO and other relevant partners to ensure coordinated implementation of the activities with actors involved
  • Establishes and maintains close working relationships with relevant partners;
  • Regularly updates stakeholders, including appropriate staff in the organisation, on the progress of the project, ensuring full understanding and good matching of activities with the key needs of the beneficiaries;
  • Ensures full understanding, cooperation and, wherever possible, synergy of the activities with other efforts of regional and international organisations on employment and social affairs.
  1. Monitor the progress of the assigned activities, making adjustments as necessary to ensure successful completion and contribute to the preparation of regular financial and narrative reports
  • Takes regular stock of progress in the assigned activities;
  • Monitors project funds according to the established accounting policies and rules in line with the RCC and EU rules and procedures;
  • Drafts and contributes to regular financial and narrative reports.

The ESAP 2 Project Expert will undertake other tasks as directed by the RCC Senior Expert on Smart Growth and the ESAP 2 Team Leader.

COMPETENCIES

  1. Functional Competencies:

Results-based project activity development and implementation: Contributes to the results through primary research and analysis

  • Assesses performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into work
  • Researches linkages across project activities to identify critical points of integration
  • Monitors specific stages of project implementation

Building Strategic Partnerships: Maintaining a network of contacts

  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues
  • Analyses and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches: Enhancing processes or products

  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise: Fundamental knowledge of own discipline

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organisational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
  • Analyses the requirements and synthesises proposals
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

Regional Leadership and Advocacy for RCC’s Goals: Preparing information for regional advocacy

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for RCC’s goals for a variety of audiences
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for advocating for RCC’s mandate

Client Orientation: Establishing effective client relationships

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
  • Organises and prioritises work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines

General Representation: Representing the RCC and other tasks

  • Represents the RCC at relevant meetings and conferences
  • Prepares briefing documents for the RCC Secretary General, RCC Deputy Secretary General and RCC staff
  • Ensures that the outputs produced within priority areas maintain high-quality standards, that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data; ensures that all his/her outputs meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates
  1. Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrate/safeguard ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Treat all people fairly without favouritism
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Act as a team player and facilitate team work
  • Facilitate and encourage open communication in the team, communicate effectively
  • Create synergies through self-control
  • Manage conflicts
  • Learn and share knowledge and encourage the learning of others; promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each employee
  • Informed and transparent decision-making

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in labour economics, applied economics, public policy, social sciences, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the field of employment and labour market development, economic analysis or project/programme management;
  • Strong analytical skills demonstrable through previous work;
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of at least one of the following specific employment or labour market policy areas: undeclared work, active labour market measures, performance of Public Employment Services, EU employment policies;
  • Experience of regional cooperation in the SEE in thematic areas of ESAP 2 project (employment, human capital development), EU enlargement and other relevant policies is desirable;
  • Experience in managing intergovernmental processes, servicing intergovernmental bodies, supporting policy and programme development is desirable;
  • Previous experience in nationally and/or regionally executed projects funded by the European Commission is desirable;

Languages

  • Fluency in oral and written English;
  • Knowledge of other SEE and EU languages is desirable.

LOCATION

The ESAP 2 Project Expert will be based in Sarajevo, but will be required to undertake field trips related to the implementation of project activities.

APPLICATION RULES

Qualified candidates are invited to send their motivation letter, CV highlighting relevant experience and three references, and financial offer by 4 December 2019 by 17:00 Central European Time via e-mail to jobs@rcc.int

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Selection process is based on a written test and competency-based interview.

The candidate should be national of the participants of the RCC Board from South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo*2, Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey.

The RCC is an equal opportunity employer.

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