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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: RAPS/3/2016/EUR/02
Title: Senior Employment Specialist

Grade: P.5

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 31 October 2016
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 30 November 2016 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:   DWT/CO - MOSCOW

Duty Station:  Moscow, Russian Federation
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 Decent Work Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (DWT/CO-Moscow). DWT/CO Moscow coordinates the ILO activities in ten countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The Senior Employment Specialist will assume responsibility for providing the strategic, policy and technical advice to governments, Public Employment Services and other relevant institutions, as well as social partners in the countries covered by DWT/CO-Moscow on wide scope of employment issues to promote more and better jobs, ensure that the economy is more inclusive and enhance employment prospects for youth. S/he will lead the ILO Moscow work on employment to ensure integrity, coordination and synergy of ILO technical assistance, strengthen the analytical and research capacity at the national level, and promote knowledge sharing at sub-regional level.

S/he will be accountable for timely delivery of all outputs under his/her responsibility, including overall coordination with activities in other technical areas implemented under the DWT/CO-Moscow’s Outcome Based Work plan.

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of and report to the Director of DWT/CO-Moscow. S/he will receive technical guidance and advice from the Employment Policy Department at Headquarters and will serve as a member of the Global Employment team. S/he will work in close cooperation with other technical specialists in the DWT/CO- Moscow and with technical cooperation staff on employment.
Description of Duties
Specific duties

1.Act as primary Specialist in the sub-region for employment promotion, skills development and enhancing employment prospects for young women and men; lead, manage, conceptualise, integrate and coordinate development and implementation of a sub-regional strategy for the delivery of assistance in the above mentioned technical areas.

2.Conceptualise and make decisions on the content of policy advice and recommendations to member states in the sub-region on all employment related issues; make decisions on development of employment parts of DWCPs and programmes of cooperation with member states.

3.Provide high-level policy advice and guidance to the ILO constituents on establishing the comprehensive employment policy frameworks, as well as on the development and implementation of the national employment, skills development and active labour market policies and programmes, as well as National Action Plans for employment promotion.

4.Develop and implement strategies for promotion of ratification and application of relevant ILO standards, such as the ILO Conventions No 122, 88 and 181 and relevant Recommendations.

5.Develop diversified capacity-building strategies for different audiences, especially governments and Public Employment Services; develop and adapt training materials and other tools, as well as conduct high-level conferences and workshops and national and sub-regional levels.

6. Assume full managerial and supervisory responsibilities for the work of staff under his/her supervision, including TC staff recruited for projects backstopped by the incumbent. Establish work priorities for the ILO Moscow Employment team, determine objectives and decide on work plans; supervise performance and evaluate quality of work of the members of the Team.

7. Conceptualise, guide and develop cooperation programmes (including TC) that promote comprehensive employment policy frameworks, spanning different policy areas, in consultations with ILO constituents, and concerned technical Departments and Branches at Headquarters.

8. Based on analysis of national development priorities initiate, develop and lead technical work at a country level, including analysis of complex or conflicting data, legal frameworks and national policies in the area of employment; direct the work of technical staff.

9. Initiate and organise knowledge-sharing and mutual learning activities with a view to disseminate lessons learnt and good practices, enhance knowledge base and build networks at the national, sub regional and at the regional level as necessary.

10. Initiate, design, conduct and supervise the relevant analytical and policy-oriented advanced research on sub-regional and national policies and programmes that will serve as the basis for formulation of relevant national strategies for inclusive job-rich growth, employment promotion and skills development.

11. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Director of the DWT/CO Moscow.

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

1.Lead, organize, plan, supervise and control the work of a technical unit (including managerial functions).

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

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

4.Assume full responsibility for policy formulation and providing policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of technical cooperation activities.

5. Develop project design, review proposals, formulate, revise and submit project proposals and negotiate funding.

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

7.Lead technical advisory missions.

8.Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings.

9.Prepare recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO recommendations on related technical fields.

10.Write manuals and training guides on related topics.

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

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

13.Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, conference reports, Director General’s report to ILC).
Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree with demonstrated expertise in economics or social sciences.
Ten to fifteen years' experience on employment and labour market policies of which at least seven years at the international level. This includes advocacy, programme and policy design and management, legislation review, as well as demonstrated work with diverse actors such as governments, employers' associations, trade unions, non-government organizations, UN and other inter-governmental organizations and the private sector. Work experience in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is an advantage.
Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of Russian is a requirement.
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies
Demonstrated and recognized technical and/or managerial leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the related work unit. Ability to manage large projects to coordinate activities among projects. Demonstrated and recognized technical, advocacy and communication skills in policy development; demonstrated technical expertise to devise new methods, concepts, approaches and techniques, leading to development of ILO standards and technical guidelines and ability to prepare ILO strategy reports on policy and programme development; the ability to provide seasoned policy and programme advice to constituents; ability to understand purposes and approaches to policy advice and technical tools outside the specific area of technical expertise.

Behavioural competencies
Ability to conduct discussions and negotiate with governments, employers' and workers' organisations, multinational companies, non-governmental and other UN agencies and bilateral donors. Ability to coordinate activities and work well in multi-disciplinary teams. 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 Februray 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.5
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 84721
rising to Maximum 103835
Post adjustment for Moscow Minimum 47952
Maximum 58771

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 Moscow, 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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