Senior Programme Officer

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International Labour Organization




The main purpose of the position is to contribute to the effective implementation of initiatives related to international labour standards and labour laws within the LAWC cluster. The incumbent will work with the Technical Officer on International Labour Standards and Labour Law in providing technical and programming support. The incumbent will also work towards enhancing collaboration, facilitating effective communication, and promoting constructive engagement among tripartite constituents, on international labour standards and labour laws, in line with the legislative reforms and development frameworks of the Government of Bangladesh supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO). 

Roles and Responsibilities: 

The incumbent will provide technical and programming support in the area of international labour standards and labour law. The incumbent will also provide comprehensive and professional services in the design, delivery and administration of strategies and activities. These services cover development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of programmes and projects in a multiplicity of technical areas, in line with the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCPs). Work is governed by established rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines. The incumbent applies and plays a key role in promoting the principles of results-based management (RBM)

Reporting lines:

Under the guidance of the Programme Manager of the Labour Administration and Working Condition Cluster (LAWC), and managerial and technical supervision of the Technical Officer on International Labour Standards and Labour Law, the incumbent will contribute to the implementation of the project in the areas of his/her competence.  

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the design and implementation of international labour standards and labour laws strategies and initiatives, in alignment with the LAWC cluster initiatives and development frameworks of the Government of Bangladesh
  • Draft substantive and technical inputs for programme framework documents, project proposals, briefing notes, reports, lesson learned and other documents for monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and communication purposes covering LAWC cluster technical activities and broader developmental processes, such as implementation of NAP and Roadmap
  • Monitor and assess country development plans and priorities and make proposals accordingly to support the implementation of the projects. Stay abreast of the political and socio-economic situation, developments in the field of labour laws, standards, and propose actions in response to new and emerging operational challenges. Share knowledge and best practices with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Initiate, plan and proactively take lead in organizing activities (including workshops, training, meetings, mission), assess, collect data, and report on programme implementation and propose corrective action. 
  • Work in close collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, employer representatives, worker representatives, initiative partners and other major stakeholders in Bangladesh by providing technical assistance, enhance understanding of labour laws and international labour standards, assist in reporting and technical engagement in labour law reform, strengthening legal clinics and other relevant matters. 
  • Seek opportunities to build and enhance partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including trade unions, employers’ organizations, government agencies, academia, and civil society organizations, including by maintaining and coordinating effective communication channels and networks. 
  • Provide inputs to budget preparation, cost estimates, expenditure control and project revisions. Manage budget, contracts, and payments to meet deliverable targets.
  • Participate in negotiations with key stakeholders to discuss project activities, scope, and funding requirements. Prepare agreements with implementing partners/consultants, monitor and provide technical assistance, ensuring consistency with requirements and timelines for project implementation.  
  • Undertake research, analysis, and studies on labour laws to contribute to evidence-based policy recommendations and guidelines. Prepare opinions, comments on draft labour legislation and policy relating to international labour standards, labour laws and other relevant laws. 
  • Coordinate and collaboration with other units within the LAWC cluster and with other clusters in the CO Office, to increase synergies and impact, including contributing to cross-cutting initiatives and activities. 
  • Represent ILO in various fora, under the guidance of supervisor(s).
  • Assist the Technical Officer on International Labour Standards and Labour Law and contribute to the overall coordination, planning, and monitoring of international labour standards and labour law activities within the LAWC cluster.
  • Assist the LAWC management team and other team members in any additional tasks or assignments as needed to support the overall objectives of the LAWC cluster and its projects.

Required qualifications


  • University degree in the field of labour or employment law and international labour law and strong knowledge of labour related development issues particularly in Bangladesh.


  • At least three years of professional experience at the national level in area of labour rights, labour law, legislative revisions, developing policy guidelines and project planning, monitoring, implementation, and evaluation activities.


  • Excellent command of English and Bangla





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