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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: RAPS/3/2017/AS/04
Title: Social Protection Specialist

Grade: P.4

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 4 September 2017
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 5 October 2017 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:   DWT/CO-BANGKOK

Duty Station:  Bangkok, Thailand
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.

Applications from officials who have reached, or will reach their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.

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 Decent Work Technical Support Team for East, South East Asia and the Pacific and ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR (DWT/CO-Bangkok). DWT/CO-Bangkok provides support to the work of ILO Country Offices in assisting governments, employers' and workers' organisations in East and South-East Asia and the Pacific in their efforts to promote Decent Work. This support includes technical and policy advice, information and analyses covering a wide range of specific subjects within the core areas of the ILO’s mandate.

The specialist will be responsible for providing policy advice and technical assistance specifically to ILO's constituents, in a portfolio of selected countries covered by DWT/CO-Bangkok, on social protection to influence national policies aiming at ensuring that more people have access to better managed, more adequate and gender equitable social security benefits. The Specialist will promote the inclusion of social protection priorities in the Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) in the countries of coverage. The Social Protection Specialist will be part of the Global Task Team on social protection and contribute to the implementation of the Programme and Budget outcome on social protection.

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of and report to the Director of DWT/CO-Bangkok. S/he will receive technical guidance and advice from the Social Protection Department (SOCPRO) at headquarters. For matters related to employment injury protection and compensation intervention, the incumbent will also receive technical guidance from the chief of the Global Employment Injury Programme (GEIP) located within the Enterprises Department (ENTREPRISES). S/he will work in close cooperation with other technical specialists in the DWT/CO-Bangkok Team and with country offices across the areas of geographical responsibility. This includes National Coordinators at the country level and development cooperation staff on social protection.
Description of Duties
Specific duties

1. Provide technical and policy advisory services to ILO constituents, national social security institutions, planning commissions, regional institutions and other stakeholders, with a particular emphasis on rights-based gender-responsive public social protection schemes and programmes, including contributory social insurance and non-contributory benefits. This includes the design and implementation of social protection policies and strategies and Social Protection Floor (SPF) initiatives that are consistent with ILO work at country level, guided by the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102), the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202) and other relevant ILO standards.

2. Support the development and implementation of national tailor-made and sub-regional policies, programmes, strategies and initiatives on social protection including on the extension of social protection systems, comprising social protection floors. This includes providing expert advice on policies for the extension of social protection. This support will be provided in collaboration with other social protection specialists, the Social Protection Department, ILO country offices and other relevant DWT/CO specialists, taking into consideration rights-based approaches as well as the priorities of the tripartite constituents in national dialogue.

3. Provide expert advice concerning the institutional framework of national social protection systems, especially with regard to the governance and administration of social protection schemes and programmes, including the financial governance of social protection systems.

4. Promote ILO's social protection related international labour standards among key stakeholders, including concerned governments, employers and workers' organisations; and other target groups and promote the integration of social protection policies and issues into national development frameworks, employment policies, DWCPs, UNDAFs and related initiatives. Support countries intending to ratify ILO social security Conventions.

5.Initiate, lead and coordinate the development and implementation of joint partnerships and programmes with other UN agencies, development partners, research institutions development banks and international NGOs, including members of the Social Protection Inter-Agency Coordination Board (SPIAC-B), particularly in relation to the promotion and implementation of national social protection floors. Develop a roster of social security experts/consultants.

6.Manage and undertake relevant analytical and policy-oriented research on sub-regional and national social protection programmes and policies that will serve as the basis for the formulation of relevant national and sub-regional social protection strategies.

7. Collaborate with the DWT/CO-Bangkok Senior Technical Specialist on Social Protection in identifying pivotal policy issues in the sub-region and contribute to the development of the Social Protection Department's policy and country briefs; the World Social Protection Report as well as other flagship publications. Identify, review and document relevant information pertaining to initiatives extending social security, achievements and impact of the various social security systems within the sub-regions (East Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific).

8. Support the monitoring of social protection related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by building capacities of national and sub-regional stakeholders on SDG monitoring and facilitating the collection of social protection data for the ILO’s Social Security Inquiry and ILO’s World Social Protection Database. Provide inputs to Office reports on sub-regional and national trends and issues in social protection.

9. Provide technical support and advice to Directors of Country Offices and DWT/CO Specialists on the integration of social protection priorities into their respective work programmes; respond to the defined needs of constituents as expressed in the DWCPs on the development of the ILO's knowledge base on social protection in the region, advocate and promote of national social protection floors within progressively comprehensive social security systems.

10. Design and support coordination; implementation, monitoring and reporting of country-level and sub-regional, bilateral or multilateral development cooperation projects, including those integrated in the ILO’s Flagship programme on building social protection floors for all. In coordination with relevant ILO Country Offices, liaise with donors and other development partners, including the private sector with a view to securing development cooperation resources and expanding the Office capacity to undertake activities in the field of social protection in the sub-regions covered by DWT/CO-Bangkok. Guide and monitor the work of Chief Technical Advisors (CTAs) and project staff in line with established ILO guidelines. Concerning the Flagship programme the Specialist will also support the design of country plans and will support country operations of global networks, monitoring of interventions, results and impact at country-level. She/he will contribute to sharing country good practices, as well as developing technical guides and training manuals responding to the needs of constituents.

11. In alignment with the Global Programme for Employment Injury Insurance and Protection, the related component as part of the Vision Zero Fund managed by the ILO and the ILO Plan of Action in Global Supply Chains, provide technical coordination support for the development of employment injury protection both at the national and enterprise levels.

12. 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 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.

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 development 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 Teams.

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

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

9. Write manuals and training guides on related topics.

10. 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.

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

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

13. Participate in tripartite reviews on development cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences
Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in economics, social sciences, actuarial studies or other relevant fields, with demonstrated expertise on social protection issues.
Eight years of relevant experience at the national level or five years at the international level. Experience in designing, supporting the implementation and assessing social protection programmes. Experience in the design and/or management of international development programmes or projects is an advantage, as is relevant experience in the sub-regions covered by the DWT/CO-Bangkok. Experience in working with ILO constituents would be an asset.
Excellent command of English is required. A working knowledge of another working language (French, Spanish) of the Organization 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 high-level meetings; design and synthesize strategies for programme development in member States; produce reports (e.g. reports for regional conferences and the International Labour Conferences, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects.
Ability to communicate with a variety of audiences (both specialized and non-specialized). Develop and nurture positive relations with ILO constituents; ability to engage in capacity building. Ability to negotiate. Ability to take initiatives and to prioritize work and meet strict deadlines.

Behavioural competencies
Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive 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 October 2017 and February 2018. 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 Dominica Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Gabon
Gambia Grenada Guatemala Guyana Haiti
Iceland Indonesia Iraq Japan Kazakhstan
Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latvia Liberia
Libya Maldives, Republic of the Malta Marshall Islands Morocco
Mozambique Namibia Nicaragua Oman Palau
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 Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Seychelles Singapore
Solomon Islands Somalia South Sudan, Republic of Suriname Swaziland
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 Bangkok Minimum 25574
Maximum 32251

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 Bangkok, 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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