International Labour Organization (ILO)

Intern (Boosting Decent Jobs for Youth in Africa's Digital Economy Programme)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: Internship Publication date: 04 August 2020 Application deadline (midnight Abidjan time): 17 August 2020 Vacancy no.:DC/ABIDJAN/INTERNSHIP/2020/01 Job ID:4047 Department: RO-Africa Organization Unit: RO-Africa Location: Abidjan Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month) ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to: (a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies; (b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study. The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship. It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered. The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities. The ILO Regional Office may only offer an internship agreement to National residents IMPORTANT: Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria: (1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO. (2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted). Introduction With nearly 325 million youth aged 15 to 29, Africa is a young continent and home to some of the world's youngest countries. Young women make up half of the youth population, which is increasingly challenged by unemployment, working poverty, skills mismatches and gender inequalities. By 2050, the number of youth in the continent is projected to double and account for 33 per cent of all youth around the globe. Harnessing this potential demographic dividend through investments in youth employment is critical to realize the aspirations set in Agenda 2063 and secure a decent future of work for all Technology and Digital Transformation are rapidly changing economies and their associated labour markets across Africa. These new technologies can create new jobs and entirely new fields of work – for example, the tremendous potential of digital finance. As a recent Harvard Business Review study suggested, mobile digital technology in particular could create the conditions for a “leapfrog” effect in Economic Development, enabling countries on the continent to translate digital development into inclusive growth. Digital jobs can include those at high (online freelance work); medium (ride sharing services) and low (delivery and warehousing) skill levels. However, access to new jobs and new opportunities in a digital economy depends on people having adequate skills, and this in turn requires suitable education and training systems. With enhanced digital skills, access to markets, networks, finance, information, voice and representation, young people can both benefit from and contribute to their country’s digital transformation. Working together, under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with the support of the African Union (AU), developed a comprehensive approach to youth employment creation in the digital economy. The approach was developed in consultation with young people, governments, educators and digital economy partners in the public and private sectors. The ILO-ITU programme “Boosting decent jobs for youth in Africa’s digital economy” proposes to leverage growing digital markets in five African countries for decent jobs for youth . The programme will follow a systems-level approach by addressing the issue through three inter-connected intervention areas:
  1. Labour demand side: Job creation and Entrepreneurship opportunities in the digital economy. Boosting the labour demand crucially depends on creating an enabling business climate for firms to create jobs for youth and young entrepreneurs to thrive. The programme will strengthen the labour demand through pro-employment policies – from fiscal and monetary to ICT policies – and solutions that link young entrepreneurs to broader supply chains in urban and rural settings, strengthening job quality in the informal economy and facilitating youth’s transition to the formal economy.

  2. Labour supply side: Investment in youth digital skills. A labour force equipped for today’s and tomorrow’s labour market is a win-win for governments, social partners, business and youths. But few countries in Africa have designed skills development policies that actively address the needs of the digital economy. The programme will therefore (i) support governments to strengthen skills development policies and (ii) improve the quality and focus of skills training interventions for youths, equally in terms of curricula/content, pedagogy and training settings.

  3. Labour intermediation: Prepare private and public employment services for the digital era. The programme will explore opportunities to address skills mismatches and information asymmetries that prevail in many countries. A key focus will be to enable employment services to adapt to new technologies (e.g. digital platforms), to understand the changing needs for specific skills, and to recognize the opportunities for youth in the digital economy

Learning areas As an intern, you will be exposed to a whole range of areas such as conceptual approaches on decent job for youth, skills, entrepreneurship, public private employment services, policies, tools and approaches to promote decent jobs for youth, in particular in the digital economy, partnerships, knowledge sharing and resource mobilization. You would be gaining experience in working with specialists in the following areas of expertise: skills, employment, and entrepreneurship. Under overall guidance of the Deputy regional Director, the intern will perform the following tasks: 1. Learn more about, capture and share relevant developments on decent jobs for youth in the digital economy in Africa 2. Support programme development at the regional and country-level under the guidance of relevant experts 3. Contribute to communications and promotion of the concept of decent jobs for youth in Africa in the digital economy 4. Enhance the mobilisation of resources and other support for the programme development and implementation 5. Undertake other duties as required The interns should expect to devote 5% to 10% of his/her time to administrative tasks. Required profile Education Study areas: Environmental Economics, development economics, environment and sustainable development, labour studies, economics, social sciences, international development. The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 years ago (mandatory) Experience Any relevant work experience and knowledge of environment and sustainable development question, labour issues, or economics. Languages Working language in English and French is required. Competencies Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and be able to work in a team. Additional requirements: Experience in quantitative research or policy and data Analysis would be an asset. How to apply: 1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs 2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs 3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile 4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline. Selection process: Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), field offices will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department or field office within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster. If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the field office for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Stipend: As an intern in the field, you will receive a monthly stipend from the ILO based on the cost of living in the area of the duty station, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive the appropriate stipend per month. Your travel to the duty station will be at your own expense. Insurance: Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field). 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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