International Labour Organization (ILO)

Trade and Employment Technical Officer

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: P3 Vacancy no.: DC/EMPLOYMENT/P/2020/5 Publication date: 1 July 2020 Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 15 July 2020 Job ID: 3910 Department: EMPLOYMENT Organization Unit: DEVINVEST Location: Geneva Contract type: Fixed Term Contract duration:One year Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General. In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date. Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance. 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.

Introduction “Mainstreaming Employment into Trade and Investment in the Southern Neighbourhood” of the EU is a four-year regional project implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and financed by the European Union (EU). The overall objective of the project is to enable policy makers in the MENA region to incorporate employment issues into trade and investment policies, and design and implement interventions that ultimately optimise the quantity and quality of employment created in the region. It will also facilitate the operationalisation of the third pillar of the EU’s External Investment Plan (i.e., promoting a conducive investment climate) through policy dialogue. The target groups are government officials from ministries responsible for trade and investment, labour, economic affairs, planning and other relevant line ministries; staff in national statistical agencies; representatives from trade unions and employers’ organizations; private sector representatives; technical specialists from national and regional Institutions and development practitioners. The final beneficiaries are workers (especially women and youth) and employers (from SMEs, in particular) in the tradable sectors of the partner countries. The four outcome areas of the project will focus respectively on: (i) synthesizing existing evidence and generating new knowledge on what does and does not work with regard to creating employment through trade and investment policies in the southern neighbourhood; (ii) building a comprehensive and common understanding among policy actors of the employment effects of trade and investment policies to allow informed policy dialogue and coherent decision-making; (iii) demonstrating the ILO’s TRAVERA (Trade and Value Chains in Employment-Rich Activities) approach to key stakeholders in selected partner countries; and (iv) providing assessments of the potential trade and employment impact of relevant public investments in the infrastructure sector in selected partner countries and developing recommendations through public-private dialogue. The Trade and Employment Technical Officer will be responsible for the overall financial management of, and reporting on, the project and provide technical support to the project countries in the Middle East, involving participating in missions to the region, backstopping country studies and providing inputs into regional knowledge-sharing workshops and regional training based on these studies. Reporting lines The Trade and Employment Technical Officer will report to the Team Leader, Structural Transformation, Trade and Sectoral Strategies Team. The incumbent will liaise closely with the Senior Trade and Employment Officer in Cairo to ensure the effective joint implementation of the project. Description of Duties
  1. Under the guidance of the responsible supervisor and the Senior Trade and Employment Officer in Cairo, execute the implementation of the project by providing technical inputs, planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities. Ensure conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and Office procedures and practices. Take responsibility for the overall project financial management and reporting to implement the planned activities in a timely and efficient manner.

  2. Provide technical advice and support to project staff and national partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in coordination with the ILO Field Offices and HQ. in particular, provide backstopping support for country studies for the project countries in the Middle East, and provide inputs into regional knowledge-sharing workshops and regional training based on these studies.

  3. Conduct research and integrate technical inputs for regional and country analyses, reports and publications related to the project, and prepare discussion notes.

  4. Develop training materials and conduct seminars and workshops.

  5. Under the guidance of the responsible supervisor and the Senior Trade and Employment Officer in Cairo, maintain close liaison with governments, workers' and employers' organizations, and UN/non-governmental organizations, to discuss matters and follow up on a broad range of country programmes and projects. Maintain working contacts and collaboration with multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies and draft proposals for funding.

  6. Co-ordinate, promote linkages and share best practices and lessons learnt with other relevant ILO projects/programs, ILO units and external stakeholders.

  7. Promote ILO policies regarding the project/program, other fundamental rights at work and the relevant International Labour Standards through coordination with a range of relevant national policies and the strategies of various projects, including those being undertaken by other agencies or in complementary fields of activity.

  8. Undertake missions in relation to project implementation, more specifically participate in missions to the project countries in the Middle East, including scoping missions to 3 countries within the six-month inception phase and missions for the project launch and the final seminar.

  9. Provide guidance and supervision for consultants/external collaborators, jointly with the project’s Senior Trade and Employment Officer.

  10. Provide timely reporting to supervisors on the progress of all aspects of the project, including expenditures, the delivery of publications, and the development and implementation of training and workshops.

Required qualifications Education Advanced university degree in economics, social science, international studies or other relevant field, with specialization in international trade, economic development or labour economics preferred. Experience At least five years of professional experience in the management and implementation of technical cooperation projects including three years at the international level. Languages Excellent command of English and good knowledge of French, Arabic a plus. Competencies
  • Ability to provide technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of specialization.

  • Ability to conceptualise, design research techniques, and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialized technical field.

  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies.

  • Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation.

  • Ability to provide technical support to senior specialists, carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.

  • Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and to provide technical inputs for the ILO Decent Work Agenda.

  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.

  • Good computer skills.

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.

  • Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development.

  • Ability to negotiate persuasively with donor representatives.

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.

  • Any extension of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit: Recruitment process Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO People. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. 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 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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