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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: RAPS/1/2011/MIGRANT/01
Title: International Migration Technical Officer

Grade: P.3

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 4 February 2011
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 6 March 2011 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:   MIGRANT

Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
The following are eligible to apply:

- ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 15 and 16 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.

- External candidates.

Within the context of the ILO's efforts to promote staff mobility, applicants should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career. The desirable length of the assignment in this specific position is three to five years, following which period the incumbent should be willing to move to another assignment and/or duty station.

The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities.

Applications from qualified candidates from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future, would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries is in Appendix I.

Conditions of employment are described in Appendix II.

The position is located in the International Migration Programme (MIGRANT) in the Social Protection Sector. MIGRANT is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the Organization's policy approaches and decisions concerning migrant workers, and for the design, implementation and evaluation of national policies in these fields, in accordance with the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration, provisions of Conventions Nos. 97 and 143, Recommendations Nos. 86 and 151, and other labour standards relevant to migrant workers. MIGRANT undertakes analytical work on the economic, employment and social aspects of international migration with special focus on its developmental implications and protection issues; renders technical advisory services on national or international labour migration policies; undertakes technical cooperation activities; organizes meetings; and publishes and disseminates information on global migration issues and good practices. The position will work principally on knowledge development and technical cooperation activities on international labour migration, mainly in African countries and more particularly French speaking countries in North and West Africa. The position reports to the Director of MIGRANT.
Description of Duties
Specific duties

1. Develop and implement segments of MIGRANT-coordinated knowledge development / research projects on international labour migration, e.g. contribute to the elaboration of standard methodology, surveys, data collection, country and synthesis reports.

2. Undertake technical work on international labour migration projects leading to institutional capacity development in ILO member States. Prepare project documents and budgets, and perform other administrative tasks associated with the coordination and implementation of major projects in line with priorities as indicated in Decent Work Country Programmes, and taking into account the ONE UN approach at national level.

3. Contribute to fundraising for knowledge development / research and technical cooperation projects.

4. Liaise with specialists in other ILO sectors and Regional Offices and other field structures, to discuss and find solutions to problems, satisfactory to all parties involved, provide technical advice and develop collaborative work.

5. Act as MIGRANT focal point on remittances, on rural sector activities and the informal economy.

6. Participate in and contribute to meetings of experts and conferences at international, regional and national level and represent MIGRANT as a technical officer on labour migration issues.

7. Provide technical recommendations, exchange information with external experts working on migration, and promote ILO policies regarding international labour migration.

8. Contribute to the preparation of programme and budget proposals and progress reports on implementation planning in consultation with the Outcome Coordinator and in collaboration with relevant ILO units.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

Generic duties

1. Undertake research and prepare analytical reports on selected subjects within the area of technical competence.

2. Assess country experience (on selected topics) with a view to identifying best practices in finding solutions to problems identified.

3. Provide technical inputs (articles, reports) for regional, country or related sectoral analyses, ILO reports and publications.

4. Provide technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring.

5. Undertake missions for the purpose of providing technical recommendations on selected topics following ILO established guidelines, manuals and standards.

6. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators.

7. Act as focal point on a specific field of specialisation.

8. Participate in training seminars and workshops as resource person.

9. Represent the technical unit at international, regional and national fora.
Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in economics, development studies or other relevant branch of the social sciences.
Three years' experience at the national level and two years at the international level, including at least two years of field experience in project management and implementation, preferably in the Africa region. Experience in coordinating research projects would be an asset. Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures would be an advantage.
Excellent command of French and a good working knowledge of a second working language of the Organization (English, Spanish). Basic knowledge of Arabic would be an asset.
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies

The ability to: participate effectively in technical missions and multi-disciplinary teams; capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialization; the ability to conceptualize and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialised technical field; capability to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals; ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.

Behavioural competencies

Ability to work in a team. Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines; ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision and to be innovative and resourceful. The ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.
Additional Information:
Interviews for this post will take place in principle between the last week of March and the end of April 2011. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Albania Angola Antigua and Barbuda Armenia Austria
Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados
Belize Botswana Brunei Darussalam Cabo Verde, Republic of Cambodia
Central African Republic China Congo Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea Gabon Gambia Georgia Grenada
Guyana Iceland Iraq Japan Kazakhstan
Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latvia Liberia
Libya Malawi Maldives, Republic of the Malta Marshall Islands
Montenegro Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nicaragua
Oman Papua New Guinea Paraguay Poland Qatar
Republic of Korea Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa
San Marino Saudi Arabia Seychelles Slovakia Solomon Islands
Somalia Swaziland Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan Turkmenistan
Tuvalu United Arab Emirates United States of America Uzbekistan Vanuatu
Viet Nam Yemen    
- Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
- The first contract will be issued for a twelve-month period (for Geneva-based positions) and a twenty-four month period (for non-Geneva based positions).
- A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
- Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

Grade: P.3
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 58583
rising to Maximum 75656
Post adjustment for Geneva Minimum 57060
Maximum 73689

Please note that the above salary levels are determined according to the criteria established by the International Civil Service Commission. The ILO is an international public sector employer and salary and other employment conditions are not negotiable. The post adjustment (cost of living adjustment) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates set by the ICSC for the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. Therefore, the figures quoted (based on the rate at the time of publication of this vacancy) are only indicative.

Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment:

  • Family allowance
  • Children's education grant (per child per year)
  • Pension and Health Insurance schemes;
  • 30 working days' annual leave;
  • Settling-in Grant;
  • Entitlement to transport expenses of personal effects;
  • Repatriation Grant (if applicable);
  • Home-leave travel with eligible dependants every two years;
  • Rental subsidy (if applicable).

Recruitment is normally made at the initial step in the grade.
Salaries and emoluments are exempt from taxation by the Swiss authorities and, on the basis of international agreements or national law relating to presence or residence abroad, are generally exempt from taxation by other governments. In the absence of exemption, in most cases tax paid will be reimbursed in accordance with an ILO document which will be supplied upon request.

While the successful candidate will be initially working in Geneva, he/she may be assigned to any duty station designated by the Director-General of the ILO.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
To apply, please visit ILO's e-Recruitment website at: erecruit.ilo.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
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