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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: RAPS/3/2016/EMPLOYMENT/01
Title: Skills and Employability Specialist

Grade: P.4

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 31 October 2016
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 30 November 2016 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:   DDG/P EMPLOYMENT

Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
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 Skills and Employability Branch of the Employment Policy Department at the ILO head office in Geneva. The Skills and Employability Branch provides high-quality, timely, and integrated research, technical and policy advisory services on skills development in three key thematic areas: national skills policies and systems, skills strategies for future labour markets, and skills for social inclusion.

The position will be responsible for policy advisory services, project management, resource mobilization and research under the thematic area of national skills policies and systems that are primarily related to work-based learning, especially quality apprenticeships, and the involvement of social partners in skills development systems. The position will approach this work as part of broader employment promotion strategies targeting both formal and informal skills development systems. Significant emphasis will be given to further development of ILO tools, resource mobilization and technical assistance to development cooperation projects related to quality apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning that engage social partners more fully in the design, implementation and evaluation of training and learning in the workplace. The incumbent is also expected to provide technical support to ILO skills and employment specialists based in Decent Work Teams in the field, in the above-mentioned work areas.

The incumbent is expected to generate networks with partner and constituent organizations, leverage the growing technical expertise already in the Skills and Employability Branch and amongst skills and employment specialists in the field.

The position reports to the Chief of the Skills and Employability Branch.
Description of Duties
Specific duties

1.Analyse economic and labour market trends and broader national development and employment priorities in order to help align skills development policies and programmes with the broader policy frameworks and employment creation potential.

2.Update or develop policy and program tools and knowledge products that support ILO constituents and skills and employment specialists to implement strengthened work-based learning and quality apprenticeship programmes. Support constituents in the application of the tools in cooperation with field specialists.

3.Design and maintain a global platform on quality apprenticeships. Enrich the platform by providing technical inputs including useful tools for practitioners and lessons learned from development cooperation projects, and awareness raising materials.

4.Support ILO constituents and skills and employment specialists in undertaking needs assessments and comparative policy analyses in the area of work-based learning, in particular quality apprenticeships. Contribute to efforts that build constituents’ capacity to design work-based learning policies and quality apprenticeship programmes, implement them, and monitor their implementation and impact.

5.Support ILO constituents and skills and employment specialists to facilitate the effective participation of employers’ organisations and trade unions in skill development systems, especially skills policy design, implementation, and evaluation.

6.Provide advice on building systems to sustain cooperation between public and private training systems, industrial sectors and other important stakeholders and on systems linking training provision to needs of employers and emerging employment-creating industries and sectors.

7.Provide advice on how work-based learning, including quality apprenticeships, can meet the needs of workers and operators in rural areas and the informal economy, as well as the special needs of women, youth, persons with disabilities and migrant workers.

8.Contribute to office-wide efforts to analyze, document and disseminate good practices on conducive national policies and local initiatives on skills development and employment strategies as part of regional and global knowledge-management systems.

9.Contribute to regional activities which include regional workshops, research on skills and training, disability inclusion and employment services, and to the effective functioning of the on-line Skills for Employment Knowledge Sharing Platform (KSP).

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 other specialists.

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 vocational education and training, human resources development, labour economics or other social sciences.
Eight years' experience at the national level or five years’ experience at the international level in skills development, work-based learning especially quality apprenticeships and employment and skills development policies. Experience in resource mobilization. Experience in labour market analysis and the design and implementation of development cooperation projects on quality apprenticeships, including in developing countries would be an advantage.
An excellent command of one working languages of the ILO (English, French, Spanish). Working knowledge of another working language of the ILO.
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Ability to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide seasoned advice on adapting best practices to local needs and circumstances, address broader issues outside the field of specialization within coherent national policies that include skills development; integrate gender analysis and indicators in design, implementation and evaluation of programmes and projects, including research; formulate new concepts and methodologies; develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings; design and synthesize strategies for programme development in member States; produce reports, technical publications, training manuals, and monitor and evaluate technical cooperation activities and projects.

Proven communication and drafting skills, both written and verbal. Ability to conduct discussions and negotiate with governments, employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations, development banks and with other agencies as well as top-level professionals in related fields. Ability to 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 December 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 Geneva Minimum 60333
Maximum 76084

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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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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