International Labour Organization (ILO)

Employment and Labour Market Specialist

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: P4 Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2020/AM/02 Publication date: 10 July 2020 Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 10 August 2020 Job ID: 3829 Department: EMPLOYMENT Organization Unit: EMPLAB Location: Brasilia Contract type: Fixed Term The following are eligible to apply:
  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.

  • External candidates.

Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply. Applications from officials who have reached 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. The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations). Applicants 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 can be found here: In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category. Introduction The position is located at the ILO's Country Office (CO) for Brazil in Brasilia. The CO is responsible for supporting ILO constituents in developing and implementing activities in the context of the Decent Work Agenda in line with the strategic objectives of the ILO and its Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work. The CO provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Economy, in particular its Secretariat for Social Protection and Labour, as well as other Ministries with mandates in the area of work of the ILO, employers’ and workers’ organizations as well as other governmental institutions, including those related to statistics and skills development, academia and the institutions of social dialogue at the federal, state and local levels. The Employment and Labour Market Specialist will manage programmes and activities for the effective and efficient achievement of the employment outcomes of the Decent Work Agenda. He/she will advise the institutional counterparts in the country on technical aspects such as: employment diagnostics; Analysis of the impact of economic, social and environmental policies on job-rich inclusive growth; gender-responsive employment and labour market programmes and policies directed, among others, towards labour-intensive sectors, formalization, and reduction of poverty and inequality; youth employment strategies; and the role of employment services in facilitating labour market transitions. In collaboration with the CO’s statistics unit, he/she will also work on measurement and analysis of labour market indicators, and collection of employment data, while taking into consideration cross cutting issues, such as the special needs of youth, women and particularly vulnerable groups. The Specialist will report directly to the Director of the CO and will receive technical guidance and advice from the Employment Policy Department (EMPLOYMENT) at ILO headquarters. The Specialist will work closely with the Regional Specialist on Labour Economics, the specialists in the Decent Work Technical Support Team (DWT-CO Santiago), and the CO’s Statistics unit as well as with relevant technical departments at ILO headquarters, UN agencies, funds and programmes (AFPs) represented in Brazil and other relevant partners. Specific Duties 1. Manage programmes and activities for the effective and efficient achievement of the employment outcomes of the Decent Work Agenda, in alignment with the ILO programming framework. 2. Facilitate consultations between and provide technical and policy Advisory Services to the Ministry of the Economy, other governmental ministries and institutions at national, state and local level, employers' and workers' organizations, and other institutions for designing and implementing employment creation and decent work strategies and addressing the challenges of the labour market. 3. Provide technical advisory services for drafting integrated national, state and local employment strategies and action plans and support their implementation, in accordance with the priorities of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda, and governmental plans such as the Multi-year Investment Plan (PPA). 4. In collaboration with the CO’s Statistics unit, monitor and report on the performance of the Brazilian economy and labour market and take the lead in providing technical support to national constituents and stakeholders in identifying and collecting labour market data and statistics, and in their application for policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation. 5. In close collaboration with the Regional Specialist on Labour Economics, analyse, Design, formulate and evaluate policies, programmes and initiatives related to employment services and active labour market policies, including those related to the groups with more difficulties of access to decent work opportunities such as, but not limited to traditional and tribal peoples. 6. Undertake analysis and evaluate policies in specific segments of the labour market, as well as on programme and policies directed towards the urban, rural and forest areas, informal economy, new forms of work including platform work, and small and medium enterprises. 7. Contribute to regional research and policy analysis of strategic labour and economic issues as well as analyses and assessments of trends and developments across the region which have a direct bearing on strategies, policies or programmes to promote productivity enhancement, including with regard to macroeconomic policies, labour market functioning and employment creation. 8. Develop and maintain strong relationships with governments, social partners and stakeholders at national, state and local levels, as well as other UN organizations, academia, Development Banks and international development cooperation agencies active in labour market policies and related subjects with a view to developing joint activities. 9. Perform other relevant duties as assigned. These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties: 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 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 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 development cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.

Required qualifications Education Advanced university degree in economics or relevant social science with demonstrated expertise in the field of employment and labour market policies. Experience Eight years' experience in the field of employment and labour market analysis and policies at the national level or five years at the international level. Proven experience related to non-discrimination policies and successful productive inclusion strategies is an advantage. Languages Excellent command of Spanish and Portuguese is required. Knowledge of English will be considered an advantage. Competencies In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires: Technical competencies Knowledge of economic and social conditions in Brazil and Latin America. 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 development cooperation activities and projects. Familiarity with the ILO Gender Mainstreaming strategy. Demonstrated skills and ability to perform complex analyses on a wide range of factors, requirements, policies and priorities for the assessment and implementation of projects/programmes. Excellent computer skills. Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques. Behavioural competencies Ability to work, collaborate and deliver under pressure. Good interpersonal skills. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes. Conditions of employment
  • 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 twenty-four month period.

  • 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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit: Important Information Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at Recruitment process Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at The system provides instructions for online application procedures. Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration. Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews. Fraud warning The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.
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