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Project Manager P4 (Labour Statistician)


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/STATISTICS/P/2020/1
Publication date: 12 February 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 26 February 2020


Job ID: 2655 
Department: STATISTICS 
Organization Unit: STATISTICS 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months 


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.

The position is located in the Department of Statistics (STATISTICS), within the Labour Force Survey methodology team. STATISTICS supports the development of international statistical standards in the field of decent work through the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS), the UN Statistical Commission and other international fora. It provides ILO constituents with technical assistance to improve their ability to produce primary data in accordance with agreed standards, classifications and concepts, particularly in developing household and other type of surveys, use adequately international statistical standards. It is also responsible for building capacities of ILO constituents, for compiling and disseminating ILO statistics related to the world of work, and for reporting on the global indicators to monitor Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


As part of its remit to close the gender gap in paid and unpaid work, the ILO has entered into partnership with Data2x to scale-up global efforts to promote the regular measurement of unpaid care and domestic work. Addressing gender imbalances in unpaid care and domestic work is one of the key targets highlighted by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a means to achieve gender equality and improve women’s opportunities in the labour market. Existing time-use survey methodologies to produce statistics on unpaid care and domestic work, however, have proven to be too complex and expensive for regular implementation, particularly in middle- and low-income countries.


Through an ambitious survey pilot testing programme, this Project will focus on delivering a set of modular data collection tools to produce statistics on unpaid care and domestic work suitable for implementation as part of existing work and labour force statistics programmes in countries with limited resources. The Project builds on ILO’s strategy and work to support the establishment of modularized labour force survey systems in countries, through development and wide dissemination of evidence-based modular labour force survey (LFS) tools and resources .


Within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the Project “Closing the gender data gap on unpaid care and domestic work to supporting monitoring the 2030 Agenda”, the Technical Specialist will be responsible for providing direct technical support to the above project and contribute to the expected outcomes. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the project related technical areas and other components of the ILO Decent Work Agenda.


Reporting lines: The appointee will work under direct supervision of a Senior Statistician, member of the LFS Methodology Team, at the ILO Department of Statistics and liaise closely with other senior statisticians in the unit who are working on related projects.  In addition the appointee will co-ordinate with the relevant ILO Regional statisticians, in the implementation of national- and regional-level activities. As needed he/she will also oversee the work of Admin and other support staff of the project/program, national officers and any other international and local consultant hired during the course of the project.

Description of Duties

Project management:

  • Ensure effective implementation of the project through timely development of substantive inputs, timely and efficient delivery of outputs, and planning, control, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies, and in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and country/action programs, and administrative and financial procedures in consultation with the responsible field office if applicable.
  • Responsible for the effective management of budget assigned to the project.

Technical advice:

  • Following ILOs survey testing practices, develop the testing strategy including qualitative, operational and quantitative testing phases; draft the testing protocols and materials for each stage of testing,
  • Technical implementation of the tests. Provide technical support to the selected pilot countries to ensure the successful implementation of the tests. This includes capacity building activities as well as direct support for the organization and implementation of the tests.
  • Technical analysis of the results of the tests and preparation of evidence-based tools and accompanying guidance following the findings from the pilot tests. Facilitate the validation of the materials through a user-producer workshop.


Advocacy, networking and partnership:

  • Identify strategic partner countries for the implementation of the tests, establish collaboration agreements with the partner countries, and manage the collaboration to ensure the timely implementation of the tests.
  • As appropriate liaise with key stakeholders in the selected pilot countries, as needed to ensure the successful implementation of the tests.
  • Liaise with other UN agencies counterparts to promote ILO's values, increase the project's visibility and facilitate the scaling-up of the project's interventions.


Mobilization of resources: In coordination with colleagues in the ILO Department of Statistics and UN Foundation ensure required resources are allocated and adequately technically supported through the life of the project.


Knowledge management:

  • Write and disseminate information materials on project / program in close collaboration with other relevant technical specialists at the HQ. In particular develop technical material to support the implementation of the project including descriptions of the methodology, questionnaires and supporting explanatory notes. As the project progresses prepare reports and guidance based on the evidence gathered for wider dissemination, as per the Partnership agreement.
  • Ensure the development of information systems covering ILO technical activities covered by the project / programme, prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on the status of program planning and implementation, and establish coordination with concerned ILO departments and programs.
  • Organize a user-producer workshop to validate the tools, guidance and capacity building materials, as per the Partnership agreement, and develop knowledge sharing tools designed to share good practices with the main stakeholders of the project.
  • Any other duties requested by the responsible chief.
Required qualifications

Advanced university degree with relevant experience in statistics.

  • Seven or more years of experience in the design and implementation of national labour force surveys, experience with the design and integration of add-on modules as attachment to the national labour force survey or similar household surveys, familiarity with time-use methodologies, experience with management of large-scale projects and survey testing methodologies, professional experience working at the international level;
  • Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with officials of ministries of labour and/or education would be an advantage.

Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. One additional official language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian) would be an advantage.


Other technical skills - Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for testing survey questions, experience with experimental survey designs, applied knowledge of sampling methods in household surveys, and quantitative analysis of survey data with complex designs; experience with statistical programming languages, preferably STATA and/or SPSS

  • Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide relevant and effective technical advice on the technical area and related topics.
  • Excellent leadership skills, ability to work effectively in a team and excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, and to synthesise research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects by understanding both the qualitative and quantitative approaches in social science research;
  • Ability to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of specialization.
  • The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write accurate reports and to build networks to obtain cooperation with partners;
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or environment, and to adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.


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.

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