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Head of Unit - Advocacy and Partnerships


Grade: P5 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2022/GOVERNANCE/01
Publication date: 31 August 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 3 October 2022


Job ID: 9403 
Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: FUNDAMENTALS 
Location: Geneva   
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.


Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.


The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


The position is located in the Advocacy and Partnerships Unit of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) within the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE). GOVERNANCE provides advice on labour laws based on ILO conventions and recommendations, state-of-the-art technical support and capacity building to labour ministries and assists labour inspectorates to build capacity and develop strategies to achieve compliance with labour laws. It advocates and helps constituents to build strong and functional institutions and processes for social dialogue and to realize fundamental principles and rights at work. 

FUNDAMENTALS carries out development cooperation, research, statistical and advocacy functions to assist ILO Member States to respect, promote and realize fundamental principles and rights at work, which are: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation and safe and healthy working environment. The Branch also coordinates the strategic development and implementation of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour (IPEC+), one of the five ILO flagship programmes. 

As Head of Unit, the position provides leadership and guidance to the team members who serve as senior technical specialists on fundamental principles and rights at work. It also develops and implements the Branch’s strategy on advocacy and partnerships to promote widespread respect and compliance with these fundamental rights.  

The position reports directly to the Chief of FUNDAMENTALS.

Specific Duties

1.Lead and manage the Unit, ensuring effective supervision of staff and delivery of the work plan, in line with operational priorities, outcomes, targets and gender responsiveness.
2.Identify strategic opportunities to expand the ILO’s ability to reinforce and strengthen the impact of the ILO’s constituents to promote respect for and realize all fundamental principles and rights at work.  This includes contributing to the regular policy work of FUNDAMENTALS, in particular in gender sensitive programming and work-planning; ensuring coherence and cohesiveness of the ILO advocacy and partnership activities leading to the realization of the fundamental principles and rights at work under the relevant Programme and Budget Outcomes and liaising and working in close collaboration with ILO technical departments and field offices on substantive issues related to fundamental principles and rights at work.
3.Draft reports for ILO governance and decision-making bodies such as the Governing Body and International Labour Conference. Provide strategic inputs for the development of the ILO’s Strategic Plan and Programme and Budgets as well as drafting reports on implementation of country-level actions that address all fundamental principles and rights at work and report on successes.
4.Promote Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work at national, regional, and global levels.  Represent the ILO in high-level international or regional conferences and meetings with a view to promoting fundamental principles and rights at work and integrating them  into international policy frameworks. This includes providing advice and guidance to ILO constituents to improve the responsiveness of national policies and action plans on fundamental principles and rights at work.
5.Coordinate the Secretariats of Alliance 8.7 (the global partnership for eradicating forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking, and child labour around the world) and Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC). Follow up on the effective implementation by pathfinder countries, in coordination with the other FUNDAMENTALS Units, with other branches/units in GOVERNANCE, ILO technical departments and field offices.  Support the development of IPEC+ at global levels, contribute to its strategic design, monitoring and governance.
6.Identify, develop, and strengthen strategic partnerships such as the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture, with particular attention to the donor community.  Promote ILO policies and positions on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking issues with UN sister agencies, regional organizations, civil society and other development actors to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.7 on the elimination of child labour and forced labour. Seek opportunities to develop strategic partnerships related to other SDGs and fundamental principles and rights at work, also in coordination with other ILO technical departments and field offices.
7.Develop and implement the Branch’s communication strategy to support the goals of the Branch as well as to increase understanding and respect for all fundamental principles and rights at work. Coordinate the implementation of IPEC+’s communication strategy.
8.Participate in the resource mobilization strategy of the Branch which includes, identification of priorities and funding sources, negotiation with potential development partners, preparation of programme and project proposals, collaboration with the Partnerships and Field Support Department, etc.
9.Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

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

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Generic Duties

  1. Lead, organize, plan, supervise and control the work of a technical unit (including managerial functions).
  2. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes, This involves analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics, information or policy guidelines in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognized technical specialization. 
  3. Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.
  4. Assume full responsibility for policy formulation and providing policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of development cooperation activities.
  5. Develop project design, review proposals, formulate, revise and submit project proposals and negotiate funding.
  6. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
  7. Lead technical advisory missions.
  8. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings.
  9. Prepare recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO recommendations on related technical fields.
  10. Write manuals and training guides on related topics.
  11. Disseminate information on action programmes through publications and press releases as well as ensuring representation at donors’ meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
  12. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.
  13. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, conference reports, Director General’s report to ILC).

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in economics, social or political sciences, international studies, law, or other relevant field.  A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required ten years of experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least ten years of experience, including at the international level, in promoting rights at work, in particular fundamental principles and rights at work, in regulating labour markets, strengthening governance and building capacity in developing countries.   Experience in the formulation, management, implementation, and evaluation of development cooperation projects, particularly on labour issues, is required. Experience in preparing technical notes for the ILO’s senior management is an advantage. Experience including giving policy advice at a high level on fundamental principles and rights at work, demonstrated experience in mobilizing resources and experience in donor relations for development cooperation is an advantage.


Excellent command of one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of another official language of the Organization. Working knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage.


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

Technical Competencies

Demonstrated and recognized technical and managerial leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the related work unit.  Ability to prepare ILO strategy reports in the related field for programme development.  Ability to provide policy advice, manage large, long-term projects and coordinate activities among projects.  Thorough knowledge of policies and approaches of the ILO as well as other multilateral organizations.  Ability to prepare and deliver speeches on various activities of the programme.

Behavioural competencies


Ability to lead a team, motivate, coach and develop staff and foster a collaborative environment.  Decision making and problem-solving skills.  Ability to prioritize tasks.  Discretion, high sense of responsibility, judgement and diplomacy.  Ability to deal effectively with constituents.  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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.


Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at


Recruitment process

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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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