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Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Specialist


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2019/AF/04
Publication date: 25 July 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 27 August 2019


Job ID: 1557 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Dakar 
Location: Dakar   
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 Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


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.


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. 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


Applications from qualified candidates 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:


Successful completion of the Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates.


The position is located in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team (DWT) for West Africa in Dakar (DWT/CO-Dakar). The DWT/CO-Dakar provides high-quality, timely and integrated technical support to Country Offices under its geographical competence in the design, implementation and monitoring of Decent Work Country Programmes in response to their requests within the framework of outcome-based workplans. This support includes technical and policy advice, information and analyses. The position will establish country outcomes, strategies and programmes for the countries covered, and provide technical advisory services; develop and technically backstop programmes and projects with an occupational safety and health (OSH) component. The position will also mainstream and integrate OSH in Decent Work Country Programmes in the countries covered by the DWT/CO-Dakar. The position will report to the DWT/CO-Dakar Director and receive technical guidance from the Governance and Tripartism Department at headquarters.

Specific Duties

1. Undertake technical advisory missions in the countries of the sub-region and advise governments, employers' and workers' organizations on the development, formulation and implementation of policies and programmes in the field of OSH as well as on the application of principles set out in relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations, in particular the Promotional Framework for OSH Convention, 2006 (No 187),  the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No 155), Occupational Health Services Convention, 1985  (No 161) and in the Global Strategy on OSH.

2. Advise national authorities on the drafting and revision of legislation pertaining to the field of OSH and on the enhancement, strengthening and establishment of national OSH systems including regulatory, technical and training aspects.

3. Promote the sharing of experience and cooperation between agencies, institutes and organizations active in the field of OSH knowledge and information.

4. Advise on the design and implementation of practical OSH programmes and related training programmes and activities, including by carrying out analytical studies and reviews on major OSH problems in the sub-region and collecting, analysing and evaluating available information.

5. Develop and promote innovative strategies, systems and programmes to achieve effective prevention for all workers in all sectors, both in the formal and informal economy notably by serving the traditional target groups of the OSH community and by extending the scope of OSH training and information activities to groups vulnerable to OSH risks and to hazardous industries.

6. Develop and promote networking arrangements in the field of OSH among countries in the region.



7. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key partners such as other UN agencies to ensure coordination of activities and avoidance of duplication of efforts, as well with donor community to attract interest in and mobilize funding for ILO programmes in the field of OSH.

8. Provide technical guidance and advice to constituents in improving their capacities to collect, produce, process and disseminate OSH information and knowledge as a means to identifying key priorities, developing coherent and relevant strategies and implementing effective OSH national programmes.

9. Represent the Office at high-level and other meetings held in the Sub-region on OSH and other related fields if needed.

10. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

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

Advanced university degree in engineering, medicine, health sciences or related disciplines.

Post-graduate training in occupational safety or occupational health would be an advantage.


Eight years' experience at the national level or five years at the international level in dealing with occupational safety and health issues, with particular emphasis on policy development and advisory services. The knowledge of good practices in preventing accidents and occupational diseases is also required; field experience in both industrialized and developing countries implementing them would be an advantage. Experience gained through participation in ILO activities and technical cooperation projects, as well as additional experience in another field of the Social Protection related areas, such as HIV/AIDS, would also be an advantage.


Excellent command of English and French.



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


Job specific competencies include: advanced skills to synthesize research and formulate empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide seasoned advice on best practices, to address broader issues outside the field of specialization; ability to conduct training and develop training materials, to develop project proposals, evaluate and monitor technical cooperation activities and projects and raise 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 verbal. Ability to draft technical and non-technical documents, to conduct discussions and negotiate occupational safety and health matters with government, employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations, with other agencies as well as top-level professionals in related fields. Experience with social partners would be an advantage. Ability to maintain effective communication between field office and technical programmes at HQ to ensure currency of knowledge and coherence of actions.

Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Additional Information



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

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


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