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Senior Skills Development Specialist


Grade: P5  

Vacancy no.: TEMP/CALL/P/2020/02
Publication date: 19 May 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 02 June 2020


Job ID: 3795 
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 non renewable.


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 and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.


The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to




The position is located in the Decent Work Technical Support Team for the Arab States (DWT-Beirut) in the ILO Regional Office for Arab States (RO-Beirut). It covers and provides technical support to Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.   DWT-Beirut provides high-quality, timely, and integrated technical support to constituents in the design and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and outcome-based work plans.

Taking account of the profound transformations in the world of work and the development of a human centred approach to the future of work, as outlined in the ILO Centenary Declaration, the DWT-Beirut provides support towards the promotion and acquisition of skills, competencies and qualifications for all workers throughout their working lives to address existing and anticipated skills gaps; ensures that education and training systems are responsive to labour market needs; and enhances workers capacity to make use of the opportunities available for decent work. 
The position will be responsible for technical and policy advisory services to constituents and will support the integration of skills development into broader employment promotion strategies. The position will also manage the design and technical backstopping of development cooperation projects in the field of skills development and employment services which includes targeting both formal and informal skills development provision.  Significant emphasis will be given to addressing the training and skills needs of women, disadvantaged youth, unemployed graduates, persons with disabilities and informal economy workers.  Another important area of focus will be the implementation of the skills component of the ILO Centenary Declaration on the Future of Work, and the adaptation of skills development systems impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.


The position will report to the Director of DWT-Beirut and receive technical guidance and advice from the Skills and Employability Branch (EMP/SKILLS) in ILO headquarters in Geneva. The Specialist will collaborate with the ILO DWT for North Africa (DWT-Cairo) and technical counterparts in other regions.

Description of Duties
  1. Analyse trends and developments in the countries of the region, including in post-crisis and recovery countries, which have a direct bearing on the formulation of (a) a new generation of skills and lifelong learning  policies, employment promotion, and poverty reduction strategies, (b) programmatic frameworks like the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs) and ILO DWCPs.
  2. Provide high-level technical and policy advisory services to the ILO constituents and other stakeholders for designing and delivering innovative, flexible and inclusive learning options, including work-based learning and quality apprenticeships, particularly for women and persons in vulnerable situations, while focusing on meeting the needs of the rural and informal economy and addressing digital, demographic and green  transitions.
  3. Work with constituents to adapt the ILO conceptual and policy framework on skills and lifelong learning for employment to national and sector circumstances and country priorities.
  4. Provide policy advice and technical expertise to countries for improvements in inter-ministerial coordination in order to link basic education, vocational training, employment services and lifelong learning and to integrate skills development in employment strategies and in the work of line ministries (for example, agriculture, industry, environment, enterprise development, youth employment, trade and commerce, migration.)
  5. In coordination with employment and enterprise development specialists, develop integrated strategies that link technical and vocational training to better quality jobs, enterprise productivity and good working conditions, thereby enhancing the social perception of technical and vocational training. 
  6. Provide advice on developing and sustaining industry skill councils and other institutions to fully engage employer and worker representatives in designing and implementing skills development strategies and in linking training provision to current labour market needs and to emerging employment-creating industries and sectors in order to reduce skills mismatch.
  7. Build capacity of employment services to provide effective and efficient support targeting labour market entry of youth, matching the supply of skilled workers and employment opportunities, and implementation of active labour market programmes.
  8. Mainstream gender issues in national skills and lifelong learning policies and systems and in development cooperation projects, and where appropriate, promote policies and programmes targeting women’s access to quality and relevant training.
  9. In close collaboration with RO-Beirut and ILO offices throughout the region, develop project ideas and concept notes, take the lead  in resource mobilisation and provide technical backstopping support to development cooperation projects to achieve optimal use of resources.
  10. Represent the ILO at policy-making levels and in conferences and meetings in the region concerned with strategies, policies or programmes in the field of vocational training; maintain close relations with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations and other relevant national, subregional or regional institutions.
  11. Analyze, document and disseminate good practices on conducive national policies and local initiatives linking skills development to decent and productive work as part of regional and global knowledge-management systems, including contributing to the Global Public-Private Knowledge-sharing Platform on Skills for Employment. 
  12. Participate in the development of global products in order to maintain cross-regional coherence in ILO policy advice, tools, and methods and in order to assure the relevance of research, policy guidance, and development cooperation tools to the needs of constituents in the Arab States.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in economics, labour economics, human resources development, education and training, or other social sciences field, with demonstrated expertise in the relevant field.


Ten to fifteen years’ experience of which at least seven years at the international level in human resources development, vocational education and training and skills development including for the informal economy. Experience in design and implementation of development cooperation projects in skills development. Prior experience of working within the UN system and in developing countries would be an advantage.



Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of Arabic and/or French would be an advantage.


Technical competencies: Demonstrated and recognized tehnical and  leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the related work unit, demonstrated technical expertise to devise new methods, concepts, approaches and techniques, leading to development of ILO standards and technical guidelines and ability to prepare ILO strategy reports in the related field for programme development, the ability to provide policy advice and the ability to manage large projects to coordinate activities among projects.

Behavioural competencies: Excellent communication and drafting skills, both written and verbal. Ability to conduct discussions and negotiate with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, non-governmental organizations, development banks and with other agencies as well as top-level professionals in related fields. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.



Recruitment process


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