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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: RAPS/5/2017/AR/01
Title: Senior Specialist, Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination

Grade: P.5

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 18 December 2017
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 22 January 2018 Selection in Progress
Organization unit:   DWT-BEIRUT

Duty Station:  Beirut, Lebanon
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 the Arab States (DWT-Beirut). DWT-Beirut covers the following countries and territories: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. DWT-Beirut provides high-quality, timely and integrated support in the design and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) and other ILO country support activities within the framework of outcome-based work plans. Specific DWT functions include: technical analysis of problems and developments in support of technical advisory services; providing advisory services on the preparation and up-dating of ILO strategies and programmes and related research and analysis; and technical advice on the design, implementation and evaluation of projects as well as direct capacity building for constituents using ILO tools.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical advisory services on gender equality and non-discrimination in the world of work, including addressing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. Equality and non-discrimination is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular to ensuring that “no one is left behind” in the implementation of this ambitious and transformative agenda.

The position will report to the Director of DWT-Beirut and receive additional technical guidance and advice from the Gender, Equality and Diversity and ILO AIDS Branch (GED/ILOAIDS) of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY) . The incumbent will be part of the ILO Gender Network, and a member of the WORKQUALITY Global Technical Team. Close collaboration with the ILO DWT for North Africa (DWT-Cairo), technical counterparts in other regions and UN agencies is envisaged.
Description of Duties
Specific duties

1.Provide senior level technical expertise and policy advisory services, to government authorities and institutions, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and other national, sub-regional and regional institutions on gender equality and non-discrimination issues, including equal pay, maternity protection, violence and harassment, the harmonization of work and family responsibilities, the care economy, improving the quality and quantity of women’s participation in the labour market, and multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, including based on ethnicity, disability, health status, national extraction, etc.

2.Take a lead role in promoting the inclusion of gender equality and non-discrimination issue in the world of work in Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP), UN Frameworks and outcome-based work plans, and collaborate with specialists of the concerned DWTs on the integration of gender equality and non-discrimination into their respective work programmes, including on undertaking gender analysis, on responding to the needs of constituents, and on the development of ILO’s knowledge base on gender equality and non-discrimination issues. Support, monitor and report on the implementation of ILO’s operational objectives and the cross-cutting policy driver on gender equality and non-discrimination.

3.Initiate, design, supervise and conduct relevant analytical and policy-oriented research on inter-regional, regional and national gender equality and non-discrimination issues in the world of work, including regarding major trends, policy options, and root causes and manifestations of inequality and discrimination, with a view to identifying entry points for and supporting ILO action in the region, and to contribute to major ILO-wide initiatives, including the women at work centenary initiative.

4.Develop and enhance partnerships with the Arab Labour Organization, UN agencies, funds and programmes, regional institutions representing employers' and workers’ organizations, research institutions, and other stakeholders, with a view to the promotion of gender equality and non-discrimination in the world of work.

5.Design and coordinate country or sub-regional level bilateral or multilateral development cooperation projects on gender equality and non-discrimination. Liaise with donors and potential partners with a view to securing extra-budgetary resources and expanding the Office's capacity to undertake various activities in the field of gender equality and non-discrimination.

6.Participate in gender networks and those addressing non-discrimination (e.g. inter-agency, UN Country Teams, donors, academia) in order to enhance the ILO’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and country development frameworks.

7.Participate in the activities and strategic planning work of the ILO Gender Network, and coordinate and provide support to the gender focal points in the region.

8.Collaborate with GED/ILOAIDS to contribute to major gender equality and non-discrimination initiatives, including the implementation of the women at work centenary initiative.

9.Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

These specific duties should be carried out in conjunction with 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 development 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 at national and regional level.

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, policy briefs, fact sheets, press releases, and social media, 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 (Governing Body and sectoral meetings, technical committees, conference reports, Director-General's report to the International Labour Conference etc.).
Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in social sciences, law or economics, with demonstrated expertise in the field of gender equality and non-discrimination.
Ten to fifteen years' experience, of which at least seven years at the international level, in gender and non-discrimination policy development in the world of work. Familiarity with and experience in Gulf Cooperation Council countries would be an advantage.
Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies
Excellent knowledge of gender and non-discrimination laws, policies and institutions, and international labour standards, in particular the gender equality conventions and recommendations. Ability to: conduct and synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions to formulate policy on key subjects; provide advice on good practices in addressing gender and non-discrimination within other technical areas; 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 Conference, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects. Ability to prepare ILO strategy reports in the related field for programme development; to provide policy advice; to address politically sensitive issues; to manage large projects and to coordinate activities among projects. Ability to build internal and external networks, and work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to achieve shared goals, and encourage cooperation. Demonstrated advanced oral communication and drafting skills.

Behavioural competencies
Accepts responsibility and accountability. Strong interpersonal skills, tact, discretion, confidentiality and diplomacy. Ability to prioritize work and meet tight deadlines. High standards of integrity, professionalism and personal discipline. Ability to work in a multi-cultural 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 February and May 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.5
Salary and post adjustment US$
Salary Minimum 84721
rising to Maximum 103835
Post adjustment for Beirut Minimum 42784
Maximum 52437

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 Beirut, 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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