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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: RAPS/4/2017/AF/01
Title: Social Security Specialist

Grade: P.4

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 16 October 2017
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 20 November 2017 Selection in Progress
Organization unit:   DWT/CO - Cairo

Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
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 ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team (DWT) for North Africa in Cairo (DWT/CO-Cairo). The DWT/CO-Cairo provides high-quality, timely and integrated technical support to Country Offices under its geographical competence in the design, implementation and monitoring of Decent Work Country Programmes. This support includes technical and policy advice, information and analyses. The position will establish country outcomes, strategies and programmes for the countries covered, and provide technical advisory services; develop and technically backstop programmes and projects with a social protection including national social protection floors component. The position will also mainstream and integrate social protection including national social protection floors (SPF) in Decent Work Country Programmes in the countries covered by the DWT/CO-Cairo. The position will report to the DWT/CO-Cairo Director and receive technical guidance from the Social Protection Department (SOCPRO) at Headquarters.
Description of Duties
Specific duties

1. Provide technical inputs, policy advisory services and capacity building to the various relevant ministries, social partners, national social security institutions, decentralized authorities, and other relevant institutions and national stakeholders, in close collaboration with agencies and development partners members of the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B), on designing and implementing social security/protection policies, programmes and mechanisms aimed at building comprehensive social security systems and extending social security coverage by prioritizing the establishment of national floors of social protection in line with the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102), the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202) and other relevant ILO Conventions.

2. Initiate, design, supervise and conduct relevant analytical and policy-oriented research on sub-regional and national social protection programmes and policies which will serve as the basis for the formulation of relevant national social security strategies with a particular emphasis on the extension of social security to all.

3. Identify pivotal policy issues in the sub-region and contribute to the Social Protection Department's policy developments and the formulation of National Action Plans for the extension of social security to all, in the conceptual framework of Decent Work Country Programmes and of the Area of critical importance on Creating and extending social protection floors.

4. Provide policy advice on public pension systems and their reform or coordinate with relevant ILO pensions specialists, where necessary.

5. Develop knowledge base within the sub-region, including the collection, analysis of trends and developments, assessment, documentation and disseminations of major legislation, statistics and relevant data concerning social security and of the various elements of the national social protection floors. Identify good practices of various extension initiatives within the sub-region towards achieving the goal of universal social security coverage.

6. Provide inputs to the knowledge-sharing platform on social security GESS (Global Extension of Social Security) with regards to the national social protection context within the countries covered by the DWT, including on issues related to the development, strengthening and implementation of national social protection floors within comprehensive social security systems.

7. Organize and supervise quantitative studies related to development of national social protection floors at country level such as the SPF Assessment Based National Dialogue, costing of SPF components, Social Protection Expenditure and performance Review (SPER) and Social Budget.

8. Technically supervise, manage and administratively backstop the portfolio of the technical cooperation projects in the sub-region covered by the DWT. Develop a roster of social security experts/consultants.

9. Maintain close liaisons with governments, workers' and employers' organizations, UN organizations, research institutions and non-governmental organizations which are involved in the field of social security.

10. Represent the Office at national and regional forums and consultations.

11. Undertake such other tasks and responsibilities as may be assigned by the DWT/CO-Cairo Director.

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 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 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 law, economics, public finance, social sciences, public administration or actuarial sciences with demonstrated expertise in the relevant technical field of social security.
Eight years' experience at the national level or five years at the international level in social security programmes and strategies. Experience in public pensions and public finances, and in the design and management of international projects on social security would be an advantage.
Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of French.
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 ILC, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor technical cooperation activities and projects. Demonstrated and recognized technical expertise in carrying out the objectives and the policies of the related work unit and devising concepts, approaches and techniques, leading to development of ILO standards and technical guidelines and ability to prepare ILO strategy reports for programme development, the ability to formulate and provide policy recommendations and the ability to coordinate activities among projects. Excellent analytical skills and ability to undertake high quality research in the related technical field.

Behavioural competencies
The ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.
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 2017 and March 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 Cairo Minimum 16743
Maximum 21115

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 Cairo, 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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Selection in Progress

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