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Technical specialist on occupational safety and health


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2020/AF/01
Publication date: 10 July 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 10 August 2020


Job ID: 3964 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Algiers 
Location: Algiers   
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.


The post of Technical Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is to be filled in the ILO Country Office for Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia (BP-Algiers) located in Algiers.  

The technical specialist on occupational safety and health will be responsible for all activities related to occupational safety and health (OSH) in the countries covered by the DWT/CO–Cairo. The incumbent will lead the design, planning and implementation of all OSH technical activities, focusing on high-level general and technical advisory services for tripartite constituents and on advice regarding new OSH strategies, policies and approaches. More specifically, the technical specialist will be responsible for producing guidelines and recommendations and for taking initiatives designed to raise awareness in the sub- region about OSH issues and to promote the ratification of the relevant Conventions and the development of national OSH programmes/the strengthening of national OSH systems, in accordance with ILO strategies and approaches. The incumbent will be responsible for developing guidelines designed to strengthen policies, programmes and institutions in the sub-region and to promote effective prevention measures, with a particular emphasis on reducing occupational accidents and diseases and on improving the work environment.

The technical specialist on occupational safety and health reports to the Director of the ILO Office for Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia, under the supervision and technical coordination of the Director of the DWT/CO–Cairo. He/she receives technical advice from the Occupational Safety and Health Service Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) within Department GOVERNANCE at headquarters.  

Specific Duties
  1. Undertake technical advisory missions in the countries of the sub-region and provide governments and employers' and workers' organizations with advice on the development, formulation and implementation of OSH profiles, policies and programmes, and on the application of the principles set out in the relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations and in the global strategy on OSH.
  2. Advise national authorities, upon their request, on the drafting and revision of legal texts relating to OSH and on the enhancement, strengthening and establishment of national OSH systems, including in respect of regulatory and consultative capacities, technical knowledge and training capacities.
  3. Provide advice on the formulation and implementation of OSH projects and practical programmes, including by conducting analytical and other research on the major OSH challenges of the sub-region and by collecting, analysing and evaluating the available information (primarily statistics, legal texts and training materials in the countries of the sub-region).
  4. Formulate and encourage the formulation of innovative strategies and programmes to establish effective OSH systems for traditional target groups of the OSH community (labour inspectors, managers, workers and their representatives, OSH personnel), also by extending the scope of OSH training and information activities to vulnerable groups and dangerous sectors of activity.
  5. Advise on and coordinate the preparation of OSH manuals and materials for various target groups and for technical cooperation projects and the development of training modules in the field of OSH according to the priority needs of constituents.
  6. Develop and promote networking arrangements in the field of OSH among countries in the sub-region. 
  7. Develop good working relationships with key partners, such as other United Nations agencies, to ensure the coordination of activities and avoid duplication of effort, as well as with the OSH community. 
  8. Provide technical guidance and advice to constituents to improve their capacities to collect, produce, process and disseminate OSH information and knowledge as a means to identify key priorities, develop coherent and relevant strategies, and implement effective national OSH programmes.
  9. Represent the Office at high-level and other meetings held in the sub-region on OSH and other related fields, as necessary. 
  10. Support the Director of CO-Algiers in supervising the programming and administrative functions of CO-Algiers, in conjunction with the Regional Office and headquarters, and in the Director’s representation functions with constituents, partners and the United Nations system.

These specific tasks complement the generic description established by the ILO for this post, namely:

Generic Duties
  1. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related action programmes. This involves analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics, information and 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 improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes. 
  3. Provide policy advice to the ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of international labour standards and the promotion of technical 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 Multidisciplinary Teams
  7. Conduct seminars, workshops, 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 technical cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences
Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in engineering, medicine, health sciences or related disciplines. Training in occupational safety and health and management would be an advantage. 


Eight years' experience at the national level or five years' at the international level in the field of occupational safety and health, and more particularly in policy development and advisory services. Good knowledge of advanced techniques for the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases is also required. Practical experience in the use of these techniques in industrialized and developing countries would be an advantage. 


Excellent command of French and working knowledge of English; knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.


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

The following specific competencies are required: High degree of ability to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects. Ability to provide seasoned advice on best practices and to address broader issues outside the field of specialization. Ability to conduct training sessions and develop training materials, to formulate project proposals, to monitor and evaluate development cooperation projects and activities, and to mobilize funding. Ability to design and synthesize strategies for programme development in Member States and present them at high-level meetings. Proven communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to draft technical and other documents, and to conduct negotiations on OSH matters with governments, employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations, other institutions and senior management working in related fields. Ability to maintain effective communication between field offices and technical programmes at headquarters to ensure that knowledge remains current and activities are coherent. Proven capacity to take initiative as well as to work well in a team. Capability and competencies in management in general and programming in particular. 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.

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Recruitment process

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