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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: RAPS/3/2016/AS/01
Title: Specialist on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

Grade: P.4

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 31 October 2016
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 30 November 2016 Vacancy declared unsuccessful
Organization unit:   CO-KATHMANDU

Duty Station:  Kathmandu, Nepal
General introduction

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.

Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and letters of appointment, successful candidates for positions in the Professional category would be expected to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career, the desirable length of an assignment in any specific position being two to five years, following which the incumbent should be willing to move to another assignment and/or duty station.

Within the context of the Office's renewed efforts to promote mobility, staff members seeking mobility are encouraged to apply to vacancies. Mobility will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stages.

The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applicants from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to erecruit@ilo.org.

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.

Successful completion of the Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates.

Conditions of employment are described in Appendix II.

The position is located in the ILO Country Office in Kathmandu (CO Kathmandu). The Specialist will provide technical advisory services to ILO constituents in the field of fundamental principles and rights at work, with a priority focus on child and forced labour in South Asia where these issues are high on the agenda.

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the technical specialists of DWT/CO New Delhi, particularly ILS, Gender and Worker's and Employer's Specialists, as well as UN bodies and other relevant sub-regional and national institutions and initiatives.

The incumbent will serve as lead technical specialist on fundamental principles and rights at work in the sub-region and manages technical activities focussing on technical and policy services and on advocacy of new strategies, policies, approaches and technical cooperation programmes with respect to child and forced labour, non-discrimination and freedom of association and collective bargaining. The means of action to be employed by the Specialist include undertaking research; advocacy of ILO standards and principles; collection and dissemination of information; education and training for government officials, employers' and workers' organisations, members of the judiciary and of Parliament, technical cooperation activities; and the provision of technical advice.

The Specialist will work closely with the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE) and its Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) as her/his technical supervising department at ILO Headquarters (Geneva). The position reports to the Director of the ILO Country Office in Kathmandu (CO Kathmandu).
Description of Duties
Specific duties

1.Provide technical advice to policy makers and build the capacity of institutions to realize the principles concerning the fundamental rights at work, in line with ILO core labour standards.

2.Plan and coordinate national and sub-regional initiatives related to child labour and forced labour, in line with ILO's overall strategy to promote fundamental rights at work. This includes providing support to south-south cooperation and facilitating sub-regional initiatives on fundamental principles and rights at work in cooperation with existing institutions such as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

3.Design and conduct action-oriented analytical research work on a wide range of policy questions related to the effective promotion of fundamental rights at work, in particular in high risk sectors or for vulnerable categories of workers as well as impact assessment of national policies and action plans.

4.Monitor trends and progress of the sub-region towards achieving the relevant targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and formulate recommendations for adjustments and additional measures if required.

5.Coordinate and synthesize policy advice to labour administrations with a view to strengthening and improving their organizational capacity to design, develop and implement comprehensive fundamental rights at work policies and programmes covering prevention, protection and remediation strategies.

6.Coordinate TC projects in the sub-region on fundamental principles and rights at work and the promotion of activities, including in response to recommendations made by the ILO's supervisory bodies.

7.Manage information sharing on emerging good practices and lessons learnt with a view to developing the ILO's knowledge base on fundamental principles and rights at work in the sub-region.

8.Establish and expand cooperation with other relevant organisations, institutions or donor agencies for the formulation and implementation of fundamental principles and rights at work technical cooperation programmes.

9.Perform other relevant duties as may be assigned by the Director of the ILO Country Office in Kathmandu (CO Kathmandu).

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

1.Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes. This involves: re-analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics and information or policy guidelines, in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognised technical specialisation.

2.Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.

3.Provide policy advice to ILO's constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of technical cooperation activities.

4.Formulate and submit project proposals and seek funding.

5.Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.

6.Undertake technical advisory missions independently or in collaboration with Decent Work Technical Support Teams.

7.Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings and training courses.

8.Prepare draft recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO Recommendations or Conventions on related technical fields.

9.Write manuals and/or training guides on related topics.

10.Disseminate information on programmes through publications and, press releases, as well as ensuring representation at donors' meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.

11.Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.

12.Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports).

13.Participate in tripartite reviews on technical cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.
Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in law, labour or development economics, social sciences or a related field.
Eight years' experience at the national level or five years at the international level. Experience with technical cooperation project design, implementation and evaluation.
Excellent command of English. Knowledge of another working language of the Office (French, Spanish) or a language of the South region would be an advantage.
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies

Ability to:

synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide seasoned advice on best practices, to address broader issues outside the field of specialization; formulate new concepts and methodologies; develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at meetings; synthesize strategies for programme development in member States; produce reports (e.g. reports for regional conferences and the Organization's policy-making organs, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and monitor technical cooperation activities and projects; provide advice to constituents with respect to public policy formulation and implementation, legislative and regulatory processes, enforcement, governance and inter-Ministerial co-ordination including of sub-national authorities and access to justice for individuals and groups who are denied their fundamental rights at work;
coordinate research activities and networks; facilitate networking and advocacy with ILO constituents and like-minded groups (eg. INGOs, media, UN agencies, donor governments and foundations, etc.) in order to keep fundamental rights at work high on the agenda;
initiate technical co-operation programmes and activities with ILO constituents and NGOs, including negotiation skills with governments, social partners, international donor agencies and countries engaged in south-south cooperation.

Behavioural competencies

Ability to:

-take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
-lead and work effectively in a team;
-promote knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office, and to focus and guide others to meet objectives at individual and group level;
-develop self-awareness and show empathy by demonstrating the qualities, traits, or attributes that contribute to the ability to effectively relate to and identify with others.
-maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures;
-act with tact and discretion,
-work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
Additional Information:
Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place between November 2016 and February 2017. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Angola Antigua and Barbuda Armenia Austria Azerbaijan
Bahamas Bahrain Barbados Belize Botswana
Brazil Brunei Darussalam Cabo Verde, Republic of Cambodia Chad
China Congo Cook Islands Cyprus Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Gabon
Gambia Georgia Grenada Guatemala Guyana
Haiti Iceland Indonesia Iraq Japan
Kazakhstan Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latvia
Liberia Libya Maldives, Republic of the Malta Marshall Islands
Mozambique Namibia Nicaragua Oman Palau
Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Poland Qatar
Republic of Korea Russian Federation Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa San Marino Saudi Arabia Seychelles Sierra Leone
Singapore Slovakia Solomon Islands Somalia South Sudan, Republic of
Sri Lanka Suriname Swaziland Tajikistan Tonga
Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu United Arab Emirates United States of America
Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela 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.4
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 70647
rising to Maximum 89091
Post adjustment for Kathmandu Minimum 18298
Maximum 23075

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 Kathmandu, 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.
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Vacancy declared unsuccessful

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