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Private Sector Liaison Officer in Kolwezi DRC at Pact DRC

Deadline to Apply: Friday, April 19th 2019

Position (Title): Private Sector Liaison Officer
Department: Program
Duty Station: Kolwezi and in any place according to operational requirements.
Type of contract (SST, ST or FT): Fixed Term
Duration: One year (with possibility of renewal)
Submission deadline Friday April 19th 2019

  1. Introduction:


Pact seeks to recruit a national Private Sector Liaison Officer to manage a new project that aims 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, implemented by the ILO as lead agency and Pact as a sub-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.  


  1. Reporting lines:


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.

  1. Main duties and responsibilities:


  • Identify emerging needs and opportunities in enhancing corporate social responsibilities for private sector entities in the cobalt supply chain in DRC
  • Develop an operational strategy to improve monitoring and remediation efforts by private sector of child labour in the cobalt supply chain
  • Provide technical support for the Project’s M&E system, baseline survey and data collection
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with private sector entities, initiatives and alliances to advocate and implement actions for the elimination of child labour in the cobalt supply chain
  • Establish/maintain close relations with national authorities & project partners
  • Provide meaningful interpretation of data collected from participating private sector stakeholders in order to help design improvements to such stakeholders’ risk identification and remediation systems
  • Provide assistance to national task forces and project advisory groups
  • Prepare and deliver capacity building for stakeholders, private sector, tripartite constituents and project partners on International Labour Standards and relevant Guidelines, Due Diligence Guidance, etc.
  • Prepare progress and ad hoc reports on activities
  • Prepare briefings, policy briefs, and other documentation especially targeting the private sector
  • Provide technical guidance to other project staff
  • Prepare conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings
  • Support awareness raising and capacity building activities targeting the private sector
  • Identify and document good practices in monitoring and remediation efforts by private sector in the cobalt supply chain
  • Undertake any other relevant duties requested by the Project Director.



  1. Qualifications requirements


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 seven 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.



  • Strong commitment to personal and professional integrity. Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
  • Ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including coalition building and partnership promotion.
  • Understanding of key labour issues, including child labour, forced labour, and/or human trafficking.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, achieve targets, and provide all required inputs to deliverables.
  • Sound knowledge of Office’s policies, administrative procedures and practices.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team. Excellent interpersonal skills. Tact and persuasiveness in dealing with people.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to write accurate reports.
  • Ability to train and build capacity of colleagues and partners on corporate social responsibility issues, and on compliance to social standards in supply chains.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


  1. How to apply:


To apply please send a cover letter and an updated resume with three reference persons and their contacts. Do not send other documents, they will be requested later if necessary.

You are request to send your application no later than 19 April 2019 at 5:00 p.m. by email to the following address: RecruitmentDRC@pactworld.org the subject of the email should be: Private Sector Liaison Officer

Last updated by Norma Garza Apr 16.


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