December 10, 2020 Maxime Frijns

Decent Work Expert







Employment Type


Closing Date

4th of January


Bart Slob

CFYE is an innovative and ambitious programme. We form partnerships with private sector organisations in Africa and Middle-East, striving to create, match and improve decent jobs for young women and men. Are you interested to be part of our journey? We are always looking for professionals to work with us! 

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About Palladium

Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. 

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives. 

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. 

Project Overview and Role:

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is a six-year programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is managed by Palladium, VSO Nederland, and Randstad. The Fund aims to create a prosperous future for 200,000 young women and men in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa, and the Horn of Africa. This will be achieved by supporting youth employment initiatives in these regions. There is a key role for the private sector in achieving this goal. Initiatives will offer youth, particularly young women, opportunities for decent work that delivers better prospects for personal development, is productive, and offers a stable income, social protection, and safe working conditions.

For CFYE, it is not just about creating lots of jobs, but about creating quality jobs that provide opportunities for young people to improve their prospects for the future. The jobs we help create, improve and match should always be decent.

Although Implementing Partners (IPs) are expected to manage and implement projects by themselves, the CFYE Fund Management team will oversee the general implementation of programmes and effective utilisation of funds. Thematic leads provide expertise on key areas such as decent work, youth economic empowerment & resilience (YEER), and gender equality & social inclusion (GESI).

CFYE is looking for a decent work expert who can (1) provide support to and liaise with national decent work experts in Uganda, Nigeria, Egypt, and other countries (The first CFYE programmes have already started in Uganda and will be followed by programmes in Egypt and Nigeria (March 2021), Jordan, South Sudan, Sudan and Kenya (later in 2021), and then Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Niger (2022))., (2) develop tools, manuals, and training modules, (3) review project proposals, with a focus on decent work, and (4) act, when needed, as a decent work expert in specific CFYE programmes.

The position will be on a consultancy contract, intially for a period of 6 months (0,6 FTE), with the potential for renewal.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

As an expert on decent work at the CFYE, you will work with the thematic lead to ensure that decent work is fully integrated into all projects implemented with the support of the CFYE. In practice, it means that all jobs created by the IPs should have good working conditions (i.e., a living wage, reasonable working hours, secondary benefits, a safe and healthy environment etc.).

You will advise on systems to monitor these working conditions, work-processes, career pathways and job motivation, satisfaction, and work in a multidimensional project team, with experts in different professional areas.

Your tasks will include, but not be limited to:

* Coordinating and providing technical backstopping for job quality  assessments, which are usually carried out by national experts and volunteers.
* Supporting IPs and national experts in developing improvement plans to improve the quality of jobs.
* Liaising with other CFYE teams including the other thematic teams (GESI and YEER), CFYE’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) team, and the technical assistance team.
* Developing tools, manuals, and training modules on decent work for CFYE staff and partners.
* Providing input on decent work challenges and opportunities in scoping studies in various countries.
* Helping the thematic lead and the decent work coordinator define and calibrate CFYE’s strategy to ensure decent work across the portfolio

Required Qualifications:

* A master’s degree in sustainable development, employment law, behavioural and social Science, anthropology, or another relevant field.
* At least five years of work experience in the field of labour rights, corporate social responsibility (CSR), design and implementation of CSR policies, corporate accountability, business ethics, sustainable private sector development, social auditing, business advisory, employability management and/or job satisfaction or -motivation.
* At least three years of proven experience with working with partners in Africa and the Middle/East.
* Knowledge of the landscape of rules, regulations and guidelines that set standards for working conditions, such as ILO conventions, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and national labour law.
* Strong experience working with private sector partners on decent work issues.
* Knowledge on gender equality and social inclusion, particularly in relation to the workplace, is preferred.
* Fluency in French and / or Arabic is required.
* Experience in monitoring and evaluation is desired

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