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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: TC/2015/LABADMIN/OSH/05
Title: Technical Officer

Grade: P.3

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract:  One year  

Date: 23 November 2015
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 6 December 2015 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:   LAB/ADMIN

Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland

Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their curriculum vitae online by the above date (midnight Geneva time).

Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

The following are eligible to apply:

- ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.

- External candidates


The internationalization of production systems has brought about rapidly changing production models and employment patterns involving the expansion of worldwide coordinated cross-border outsourcing and job creation. According to ILO estimates, approximately 60 to 80 per cent of global trade involves global supply chains (GSCs). While the contribution of these trade mechanisms to global economic growth and job opportunities is evident, their impact on the working conditions and safety and health of workers involved in GSCs in developing countries raise concerns.

There are notorious precarious forms of employment in GSCs, which puts workers at risk of injury, illness, and is characterized by little opportunity for training and career progression. Furthermore, poor working conditions and unhealthy or unsafe working environments affect not only workers' health and well-being but also productivity. Small producers (suppliers) are unable to meet requirements of higher value markets, and buyers shift their focus to other sources. As a consequence, small producers loose income opportunities, resulting in insufficient investment in better working conditions.

The role that better working conditions play in building competitiveness is gaining importance nowadays as consumers, media, politicians, and NGOs call for compliance. As a result, many supply chains initiatives have emerged, and different approaches have been used to promote/ improve OSH in supply chains. If these initiatives have globally contributed to increasing compliance with OSH standards in supply chains, there is no formal comprehensive evaluation of their impact. Also, coordination and control of buyers over producers and suppliers outside the scope of national jurisdiction and governance poses problems. Despite billions injected in compliance audits and remediation plans as part of private compliance initiatives, there is still a compliance gap in supply chains, notably in terms of OSH.

The aim of this project, anchored in the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO), is to enhance knowledge and understand how to promote OSH improvements in supply chains through in-depth research in selected developing countries and sectors, and call for the effective mobilization of all concerned actors, notably in the framework of the G20 work on safer workplaces.
Description of Duties

The Technical Officer will work under the overall responsibility and authority of the OSH Team Leader with guidance from the Coordinator for Cooperation Development and Country Work.

He/She will provide technical guidance and coordinate the implementation and reporting of all activities of the project in close consultation with the OSH Team Leader.

Specific duties:

1. Contribute to the general administration of the project, including budget and procurement issues, and Under the guidance of the OSH Team Leader coordinate project activities, progress reporting, monitoring and quality control of inputs from consultants and subcontractors providing assistance to the project.

2. Contribute to the preparation of the project work plans, monitor its implementation, collect, organize and maintain project outputs and evidence of achievement of the project outcomes.

3. Monitor and expedite project implementation through discussions with LABADMIN/OSH specialists, field visits, analysis of progress reports, and participation in reviews and evaluations. Prepare reports based on the information obtained as an input to corrective decision making and revisions.

4. Follow-up on decisions taken during discussions with the donor, and prepare agreements in accordance with required format for final review and approval, in consultation with the OSH Team Leader and the Coordinator for Cooperation Development and Country Work.

5. In consultation with relevant technical units, field offices, administrative services, and donor agency representatives, as required, recommend activity sequencing and timeline adjustments for creating synergies with other relevant activities and ensure efficient use of project resources.

6. Oversee logistical aspects of key project activities and backstopping missions as required, and maintain contact with key project stakeholders.

7. Conduct the identification of external collaborators to be endorsed by the OSH Team Leader and their hiring in respect of ILO contracting policies and practices,. Monitor and appraise completion of their work under the guidance of the OSH Team Leader.

8. Provide support on the knowledge management related aspects of the project, including the production of case studies and the final report, as well as web-based communication on objectives, activities and achievements, in line with the project Communication and Visibility Strategy.

9. Organize and coordinate project workshops and high level meeting and prepare reports, training materials and presentations as needed.

Required Qualifications

First level university degree in engineering, social sciences, law or other relevant fields. Post-degree education in occupational safety and health or OSH-related fields a clear advantage.

At least five years professional experience in the design and implementation of relevant development cooperation projects, including at least three years working at an international level. Relevant areas include: occupational safety and health, and/or labour standards compliance. Previous experience in research projects in the field of SME and/or supply chain would be an advantage.

Excellent command of English. Knowledge of another official language of the ILO would be an advantage.

- Good knowledge of project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices.

- Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the formulation, administration and evaluation of projects.

- Ability to negotiate persuasively with donor representatives.

- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;

- Ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution.

- Proven ability to draft well project documents and evaluation reports.

- Excellent analytical skills.

- Ability to work on own initiative and ability to deal with people with diplomacy.

- High level of understanding of gender equality, gender mainstreaming and equal opportunity principles and approaches.

- Knowledge of information systems, communication skills and web design would be an advantage


Grade: P.3
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 58583
rising to Maximum 75656
Post adjustment for Geneva Minimum 50381
Maximum 65064

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.
The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - @ilo.org - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.

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