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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: RAPS/2/2017/SOCPRO/01
Title: Social Protection Policy Specialist

Grade: P.4

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 31 May 2017
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 3 July 2017 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:   DDG/P SOCPRO

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 Social Protection Department (SOCPRO) is responsible for promoting enhanced coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all through efficient and sustainable national social protection floors and comprehensive social security systems, in line with the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202), the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102) and other ILO social security standards.
SOCPRO consists of four units: the Social Policy Unit, the Programming, Partnerships and Knowledge-sharing Unit, the Public Finance, Actuarial and Statistics Unit, and the Actuarial Services Unit. The position is located within the Social Policy Unit (SOC/POLICY) of SOCPRO. The Social Policy Unit is responsible for: providing technical advisory services to constituents in developing and enhancing policy frameworks that govern social protection schemes and programmes and overall national social protection systems, including through national dialogue; supporting the Office’s work on setting and reviewing international social security standards and promoting their application; and developing and delivering capacity building activities in the above areas.
The position will contribute to ensuring that the ILO is a lead reference in the area of social protection policy analysis, generating evidence to inform policy dialogue, debate and decision-making within and among ILO member States. The position will report directly to the Head, SOC/POLICY, and ultimately to the Deputy Director and the Director of the Department.
Description of Duties
Specific duties

1.Design and undertake analytical and policy development work contributing to a coherent social protection policy approach to promote national social protection floors within comprehensive social security systems, taking into consideration rights-based and other approaches as well as the priorities of the tripartite constituents at national level.

2. Develop and draft high-quality analysis, assessments and tools on relevant policy aspects, including developmental impacts of social protection policies, and their links to labour market and employment policies and labour market institutions, and impact on the reduction of poverty and inequality. This may involve the analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics and information or policy guidelines, in a manner requiring the advanced application of social security principles and professional standards. This includes analytical inputs to the World Social Protection Report. Engage with academic experts with a view to ensuring the quality and relevance of ILO policy-oriented research, and the dissemination of its results.

3. Provide inputs to the full range of analytical and policy development work of the Department with regard to the different branches of social security systems (in particular old age and survivor pensions, disability benefits, unemployment benefits, maternity benefits, family and child benefits), and across the social protection floor guarantees (both contributory and non-contributory schemes and programmes). Prepare policy briefs/reports on good practices, assessment and other tools, training materials, and formulate alternative new concepts and methodologies in social protection and related fields.

4. Provide technical advice to ILO member States with regard to international and national social protection policies, in conformity with the relevant ILO standards and tailored to national circumstances. This includes policy-related contributions to the ILO’s Global Flagship programme on Social Protection Floors for All.
5. Contribute to the formulation of national social security/protection strategies and policies, as well as Decent Work Country Programmes, UNDAFs, national developmental programmes and Sustainable Development plans in response to the demand from field offices.

6. Provide technical advice and support to technical specialists in ILO field offices in tailoring ILO technical guidance and policy advice to national circumstances, including with regard to formulating and implementing national social protection strategies and policies and designing, implementing and monitoring contributory and non-contributory social protection schemes and programmes. This includes tailor-made support to target countries of ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Social Protection Floors for All as well as the development of methodologies and good practice guides on specific technical and policy approaches that can be used to support more countries.

7. Contribute to the development and facilitation of strategic networks and partnerships in the field of social protection developed by the ILO with development partners, workers’ and employers’ organizations, the business community, civil society organizations, other UN agencies, and other actors.

8. Liaise with other ILO units at headquarters and field offices, as well as with other international organizations and other stakeholders as necessary, including in the context of the UN Chief Executive Board’s initiative on the Social Protection Floor, the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B), and related initiatives.

9. Contribute to the capacity-building activities of the Department through technical cooperation activities, university partnerships and ILO International Training Centre programmes. Draft, or supervise the drafting of, manuals, user guides and training guides.

10. Participate in at least one transversal task team of the Department.

11. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

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 Multidisciplinary 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 donor 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 economics, law, social sciences, public administration or related field.
At least eight years' experience in the field of social security/protection at the national level or at least five years at the international level. Demonstrated experience in policy analysis and applied research. A publication record in the fields covered by this position.
Excellent command of English and good knowledge of a second working language of the Organization (French or Spanish).
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies: Ability to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; Ability to provide seasoned advice on best practices, to address broader issues outside the field of specialization, formulate new concepts and methodologies; Ability to develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings; Ability to design and synthesize strategies for programme development in member States; Ability to produce reports (e.g. reports for regional conferences and ILC, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor technical cooperation activities and projects.

Behavioural competencies: 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 July and September 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 Bangladesh Barbados Belize
Brazil Brunei Darussalam Cabo Verde, Republic of Cambodia 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 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 47333
Maximum 59691

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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