International Labour Organization (ILO)

Regional Coordinator (Human Resources)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description


Grade: P4

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2020/05
Publication date: 3 June 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 17 June 2020

Job ID: 3847
Department: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut
Organization Unit: RO-Arab States/DWT-Beirut
Location: Beirut
Contract type: Fixed Term

The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. This is an assignment of a purely temporary nature, not expected to lead to a career in the ILO. Duration is 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.

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:


The temporary position is located in the ILO Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS).

In close collaboration with the Human Resources Development Department (HRD) at headquarters, the incumbent will be responsible for the Coordination of Human Resources (HR) services, providing managerial and administrative advisory support to senior management of ROAS and managers of development cooperation programmes and advising headquarters on the region's requirements with respect to human resources policies and practices. The position will ensure that human resources are used effectively to support the goals of the ILO and will be responsible for providing proactive and consultative HR services.

The position will report to the Deputy Regional Director under the overall guidance of the Regional Director and receives technical guidance and advice from the Human Resources Development Department (HRD) at ILO headquarters.

Description of Duties

1. Lead and coordinate the regional HR unit in the ROAS. Identify needs and oversee the development and implementation of a regional HR strategy, ensuring alignment with the ILO's Human Resources Strategy.
2. Provide strategic guidance to the Regional Director and other managers on all aspects of HR management with a particular focus on workforce planning, grading and classification, recruitment, performance management, Conflict Prevention, absence management and staff development and learning.
3. Plan and implement recruitment programmes and strategies for local staff to ensure the timely and appropriate filling of vacancies, provide recruitment support to project and area offices managers in field locations.
4. Provide authoritative guidance on the interpretation of HR rules, regulations, policies and procedures to managers and staff in field offices and ensure their consistent application across the region. Develop procedures to mitigate risks from non-compliance with HR rules, regulations and policies.
5. Oversee correct application of benefits and entitlements for locally recruited staff in the region. Work with senior management of ROAS and other managers to develop clear roles and responsibilities and to ensure job Design coherence across the region. Liaise with HRD on job grading and classification matters.
6. Provide advice and information to staff on career planning, learning, mobility and other HR activities. Oversee the correct application of staff development rules and procedures.
7. Coordinate the necessary steps for the smooth implementation of HR IT systems.
8. Act as the first point of contact with HRD in the coordination of HR services for staff assigned to the region.
9. Collaborate with HR professionals in the other ILO regions and at headquarters to resolve complex HR issues and individual cases and to ensure consistency and sharing of good practices . Identify needs and provide inputs into HR policy revisions.
10. Play an active role in global talent initiatives in cooperation with HRD. Implement and facilitate coaching and training plans for staff in the region.
11. Develop annual staffing plans with managers in line with ILO objectives and execute them in accordance with strategic HR priorities. Use key data effectively including skills mix, talent pool information, gender and diversity statistics and retirements, secondments and rotation planning to facilitate succession planning, Talent Management and resourcing.
12. Collaborate with the Chief of the Regional Financial and Administrative Services (C/RAS) to coordinate and oversee the application of field safety and security standards, travel Security Clearance requirements and evacuation procedures, including medical evacuation, when necessary.
13. Perform other relevant duties, as assigned.


Advanced university degree in human resources management, public or business Administration, law, social sciences or other relevant field.


Seven years of professional experience in human resources management, of which at least three years at the international level, preferably within the ILO or UN organisations. Experience in at least two of the following areas: workforce planning, recruitment and selections, HR administration/operations, entitlements and benefits, classification, staff training and development, HR policy.


Excellent command of English. A working knowledge of French or Arabic will be considered as an advantage.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies:
Excellent knowledge of the theories, principles, methods, practices and techniques of human resources management. Ability to supervise staff, plan and organise work and to provide guidance and training to staff. Ability to provide expert advice and to advise managers and staff appropriately. Objectivity and capability to apply pertinent human resources rules, regulations and policies in a fair and consistent manner. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to present and defend the position of the Human Resources Development Department before managers and staff. Ability to represent the Organization and to present positions and papers in meetings and committees. Good knowledge of automated information systems. Knowledge of the Organization's HR rules, regulations, policies, and procedures will be considered an asset.

Behavioural competencies:
Ability to persuasively negotiate sensitive and contentious issues. High degree of tact, diplomacy and discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Recruitment process

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.


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.

In the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic and in view of border and travel restrictions as well as ILO teleworking arrangements, the start date of contracts or transfers to temporary positions will have to be reconfirmed in the context of the evolution of the pandemic.

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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