ECONOMIST (CALL/P/2018/09)

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              Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: CALL/P/2018/09
Title: Economist

Grade: P.3

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 28 February 2018
Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 19 March 2018 Selection in Progress
Organization unit:   DDG/P RESEARCH

Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
General introduction

HRD is issuing a call for expression for the temporary position of Technical Officer (P.3), RESEARCH. This is an assignment of a purely temporary nature, not expected to lead to a career in the ILO. Duration is 12 months with possibility of renewal for maximum 12 months. The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.

The following are eligible to apply:

- Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

- External candidates. A selected external candidate will be issued with a 4.2 (e) contract.

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 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.

The position is located in the Labour Market Trends and Policy Evaluation Unit in the Research Department of the ILO (RESEARCH), which conducts research on labour market and social issues with views to identifying policy options that can promote a more sustainable and fair globalization process and contributing to policy formulation for ILO constituents.

Today, there is a growing demand for understanding better what works in terms of labour market and social policies. This need requires in-depth research of the effectiveness of these policies and the characteristics that are needed for them to improve both labour market and social outcomes. The position will contribute to building research capacity in these areas at a thematic, regional and country specific level. In particular, it will contribute to the work of the Policy Evaluation Team to assess the effectiveness of labour market policies and institutions on a comprehensive set of outcomes principally through impact evaluations. This will include a particular focus on how to best leverage the complementarity between active labour market policies and income support programmes in emerging and developing economies. In addition, according to individual expertise and departmental need, the successful candidate may also be requested to work with colleagues in other units, particularly where there is a need for collaboration on ILO flagship reports, G20 work and other unanticipated yet essential ILO activities.

The position will report to the Team Leader of the Labour Market Trends and Policy Evaluation Unit.

Description of Duties
Specific duties

1.Carry out empirical analyses related to the assessment of labour market policies and institutions in terms of a wide range of employment and social outcomes with views to widening the understanding of the functioning of these policies and presenting policy advice based on the results.

2.Work proficiently with different types of databases at the microeconomic level (e.g. labour force surveys, administrative data) of both cross-sectional and longitudinal nature.

3.Apply micro-econometric techniques to unveil the specific behaviour of individuals and households in issues related to the labour market. This refers in particular to the use of impact evaluation methods aimed to assess the causal effects of participation in a specific programme, policy or institution.

4.Conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the labour market and social fields.

5.Conduct qualitative analysis to review and assess the design and implementation features of specific policy initiatives across emerging and developing economies.

6.Identify research gaps of both research and policy relevance in the area of labour market policies and institutions and prepare work plans and proposals (e.g. data needs, potential partners, estimation strategy, etc.) to fill these gaps.

7.Draft and develop high quality research on the role and effectiveness of labour market policies and income support programmes and the potential complementarity between different social and labour policies. Critically engage with literature across a range of disciplines and subjects, including Economics, Sociology and Social Policy. In particular, provide timely and relevant contributions on a regular basis to the Research Department’s publications.

8.Interpret and present complex findings in a user-friendly manner. This includes drafting documents such as Policy Briefs and country notes that present technical findings in a policy-oriented, non-technical manner, for both internal audiences and international fora such as the ILO Governing Body.

9.Liaise with technical specialists at the national and regional levels in order to design projects and/ or provide technical inputs to joint projects and activities.

10. 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.Undertake research and prepare analytical reports on selected subjects within the area of technical competence.

2.Assess country experience (on selected topics) with a view to identifying best practices in finding solutions to problems identified.

3.Provide technical inputs (articles, reports) for regional, country or related sectoral analyses, ILO reports and publications.

4.Provide technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring.

5.Undertake missions for the purpose of providing technical recommendations on selected topics following ILO established guidelines, manuals and standards.

6.Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators and young professionals.

7.Act as focal point on a specific field of specialisation.

8.Participate in training seminars and workshops as resource person.

9.Represent the technical unit at international, regional and national fora.
Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in the field of economics. Specialization in labour-related or development economics would be considered an asset.
Three years’ experience at the national level and two years at the international level. Demonstrated experience in drafting high-quality research papers and reports in subjects related to labour market and social issues. Demonstrated experience handling large micro-datasets and using micro-econometric and impact evaluation techniques.
Specific research related to developing and emerging countries will be considered an advantage as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Excellent command of one of the ILO working languages (English, French, Spanish) and working knowledge of another working language. One of them must be English.
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Demonstrated knowledge on handling large micro-datasets and using micro-econometric and impact evaluation techniques. Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and multi-disciplinary teams; capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialisation; the ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialised technical field; capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals; ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation. Ability to use analytical tools and quantitative techniques. The 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 March and April 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  
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