Pact seeks to recruit a national Private Sector Liaison Officer to manage a new project that will aim to reduce child labour in cobalt mining, with special attention to artisanal and small-scale mining, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The project, if awarded to the ILO as lead agency, will be funded by the US Department of Labour (USDOL) and implemented over a period of up to 48 months.
The general objective of the project is to strengthen efforts by the Congolese government and other relevant stakeholders to address child labour in the cobalt industry of the DRC. Project outcomes include: 1) Increased common understanding of the challenges and opportunities for addressing child labour in the DRC’s cobalt industry; 2) Increased capacity of government and other relevant stakeholders to address child labour in the DRC’s cobalt industry; and 3) Improved monitoring and remediation efforts by the private sector of child labour in the cobalt supply chain.
The project falls under the technical responsibility of the ILO’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FUNDAMENTALS) Branch of the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE).
The FUNDAMENTALS Branch carries out technical cooperation, research and advocacy functions to assist ILO constituents to respect, promote and realize the fundamental principles and rights at work, which are: freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; effective abolition of child labour; and elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
The Private Sector Liaison Officer works under the general supervision of the Director of the ILO Country Office for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo and Gabon (CO-Kinshasa) in Kinshasa, Pact DRC and the direct supervision of the Project Director. He/she is responsible for providing technical advice and implementing activities focused on outcome 3 of the project: improved monitoring and remediation efforts by the private sector of child labour in the cobalt supply chain; with special attention to enhancing private sector compliance with international labour standards regarding the elimination of child labour in the cobalt supply chain. This work will particularly relate to capacity-building, outreach, data collection and analysis, and interpreting the results of such analysis to help design practical improvements to private sector child labour risk identification and remediation systems. The work is carried out within the policies, rules and regulations of the ILO and close working contacts are maintained with the ILO Regional Office for Africa in Abidjan, Decent Work Country Team, and with ILO Headquarters as and when required. The Pact DRC team, including the Capacity Development Program Manager, Mines to Markets Sustainable Livelihoods Program Manager, and Child Labour in Mining Reporting Coordinator will work closely with the Private Sector Liaison Officer, will work closely with the Private Sector Liaison Officer to promote a high quality of implementation and programmatic integration with related projects in the field.
The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of Program Manager and the direct supervision of the Project Director and will receive technical guidance from the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Specialist in Abidjan and FUNDAMENTALS at Headquarters, as appropriate.
Education: Advanced university degree in economics, business administration, social sciences, international development, or a related field. A post-graduate specialisation on corporate social responsibility or social compliance in supply chains, or closely related field, preferred.
Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience, of which at least three years in the area of corporate social responsibility of private sector supply chain social compliance programmes
Languages: Excellent command of English and French. Proficiency in Kiswahili would be an asset.