National Project Officer,Policy Development

International Labour Organization




The National Project Officer (Policy Development) Policy will work within the “A Systemic Approach to Decent Work and Labour Rights in Southern Africa’s Construction Sector: Building a pathway to improved working conditions for youth and the working poor” project. The project aims to contribute to improved labour rights in the building-construction sector in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The project will be implemented using a systemic approach to decent work and will work at the sub-regional level (Outcome 1) as well as in three countries: South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe (Outcome 2).  

At the sub-regional level, the project will build on the knowledge and experience gained through implementation of construction sector interventions at the country level and capacitate the SADC secretariat to advocate for scaling-up systemic interventions and inform effective policy change across SADC member States. 

At the country level – in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique – the project will target key systemic constraints in the national construction sectors, which keep most construction workers locked in low wage, unsafe, and precarious work, often in informal employment. The project will trial a portfolio of interventions and engage with national governments, the private sector – not least SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) – and the ILO social partners – the trade unions and employer’s organisations.

The project will aim to improve labour rights through targeting interventions that provide benefit to the working poor and young women and men and the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that employ them. These target groups include the workers who are most likely to have few labour rights – including poor wages, occupational safety and health, contract stability and informality – and the MSMEs, who disproportionately struggle to provide decent work to their employees relative to larger contractors.  

As the project will be grounded in a systemic approach to decent work, it will strive to benefit the target groups in long-term sustainable way that can reach scale. It will do this by working through key project partners, including the South African Development Community (SADC), regional and national employers’ associations and trade unions, SADC member government bodies and the private sector. 

The project will develop a robust Monitoring and Results Measurement system in line with the standard of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED). 

Reporting lines:

The position is located in Gaborone, Botswana and will report under the overall supervision of Country Director of the Decent Work Team for Eastern and Southern Africa and Country Office for Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa, located in Pretoria, South Africa (DWT/CO Pretoria) and direct supervision and guidance of the Project Manager (PM).

Description of Duties:

The National Project Officer (Policy Development) will be responsible for communicating findings and project results to advocate for policy and programmatic changes across SADC member States, through SADC Secretariat regular events and ELS meetings. 

Specific duties include: 

  • Support the Market System Development Technical Officer in develop in-country intervention partnerships that address key challenges in policy and programme implementation. 
  • Support the PM in the establishment of the Steering Committee and organize and participate with the PM to Steering Committee meetings. 
  • Strengthen the link project’s in-country and sub-regional workstreams, particularly in producing policy briefs, presentations and content for discussions that synthesise lessons from in-country analyses and interventions to present to the SADC Ministers of Labour and Employment. 
  • Work in collaboration with SADC member states officials and SADC secretariat to identify capacity development needs and key labour rights constraints in the construction sector and elaborate a capacity building plan.
  • Coordinate workshops and technical capacity building and awareness raising workshops for SADC Ministers of Employment and Labour, ILO social partners and senior officials.
  • Facilitate discussions among SADC Ministers of Employment and Labour, social partners and senior officials on national market system analysis, interventions implemented and lessons learnt.
  • Support SADC Ministers of Employment and Labour, social partners and senior officials in identifying policy options that address labour rights constraints in the construction sector and to identify how to scale good practices up in additional member states. 
  • Assist in the preparation of briefs, background information, technical reports and periodic progress reports and statistical data on status of the overall activities of the Project
  • Perform any other duties requested by the Project Manager. 

Required qualifications:


  • First level university degree in public policy, public administration, economics, social sciences, development studies, political science or a relevant technical field. 


  • At least two years of relevant professional experience working in public policy, policy change, and/or advocacy in the field of labour rights. Experience with SADC would be an advantage.
  • Experience with private sector development and construction sector would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrable expertise in the subject of Gender. 


  • Excellent command of English. A good working knowledge of Tswana is an advantage. 





Specific duties include: 

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