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Skills Digitalisation Specialist


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/EMPLOYMENT/P/2020/6
Publication date: 28 July 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 18 August 2020


Job ID: 4028 
Department: EMPLOYMENT 
Organization Unit: SKILLS 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year 


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 Skills and Employability Branch (SKILLS) within the Employment Policy Department (EMPLOYMENT).  EMPLOYMENT is responsible for promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, development and skills policies that maximize the employment impact of economic growth, investment and development that are inclusive, gender sensitive, productive and sustainable. The SKILLS Branch assists governments and the social partners in reviewing and reforming their vocational education and training systems, policies and institutions.  Its mandate is to enable constituents to improve skills development to the changing needs of the world of work and to improve the employability of workers, the productivity of enterprises and the inclusiveness of economic growth.


Digitalisation has an enormous potential to increase business productivity, and the COVID19 crisis has accelerated the use of digital technology in private companies across sectors and continents. Companies and businesses have made efforts to keep their activities running through digital solutions and teleworking arrangements to match physical distance requirements made necessary by the crisis. At the same time, 75 per cent of first users of digital technologies indicated that they will continue to use them when things return to normal. So these changes are likely to remain, even after the crisis, and they will impact massively the contents of TVET level jobs.


In the TVET sector itself, the take-up of online and distance learning has accelerated during the crisis. Digital technology has the potential to bring about changes in modalities of access and learning methods, assessment and certification. The use of digital technologies, including Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), Open Educational Resources (OER), machine learning and Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality in education and training are driving change in the development of learning materials, teaching and learning processes as well as fundamentally changing pedagogies. New forms of certification including digital credentials are supporting the recognition and validation of learning outcomes through formal, informal and non-formal learning, while ongoing efforts to digitize learner records is facilitating the mobility of learners and job matching. Taken together, these changes present a range of significant proportions for TVET and skills development systems.


However, there is substantial digital divide within and between countries due to lack of distance learning infrastructure, limited educational resources, insufficient capacity of teachers and trainers and lack of digital skills of learners to use digital technologies. A large number of workers and enterprises particularly in least developed countries do not have access to these technologies and skills which have come in focus during COVID 19 pandemic. There is a need for increased efforts to bridge this digital divide.

Reporting lines:

The Skills Digitalisation Specialist will lead technically the design and implementation of support activities at global level related to digitalisation within the delivery and contents of skills development and TVET programmes, in close coordination with other Skills Specialists in Geneva and in the Field. The position reports to the Head of Operations of the Global Skills and Lifelong Learning programme (GSL3) and works under the overall supervision of the Chief of Skills Branch.


Description of Duties
  1. Establish and maintain partnerships with constituents, UN agencies, other stakeholders on TVET digitalization. Finalize the value proposition of the ILO Skills Branch for TVET digitalisation.
  2. Coordinate research and technical interventions on digitalisation including the design and technical support for country assessments digital skills training. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators. Undertake comparative analyses to identify good practice examples and prepare policy tools and other resource materials required to support implementation at country level.
  3. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes and certification on digital learning, and build the capacity of constituents and relevant stakeholders for the design and use of digital tools and materials. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports).
  4. Develop manuals and/or training guides on related topics; support with technical advice to field and HQ colleagues the design and implementation of programmes related to digitalisation of TVET. Support the production and adaptation in digital format of training programmes, learning materials and certification processes.
  5. Organize technical workshops and partner meetings, including donor meetings, to ensure achievement of Branch’s objectives and sharing of lessons learned on digitalisation of TVET. Represent the Branch in international, regional and national fora.
  6. Design Terms of Reference, identify potential consultants and parties, monitor the implementation of these contracts, and validate the quality of outputs of external collaborators and of the work of contractors, in collaboration with relevant technical specialists.
  7. Contribute to the knowledge management and communication efforts of the Branch. Promote actively through audience-appropriate formats and media, results of ILOs work in terms of digitalisation of TVET. Coordinate the preparation and global dissemination of case studies, success stories and communication materials.
  8. Undertake such other tasks entrusted by the direct supervisor and Chief of Branch as appropriate from time to time


Required qualifications

Advanced university degree with relevant experience in technical and vocational education.


At least eight years’ experience in TVET management /TVET technical assistance/skills development specialising on digitalisation, education technologies and digital skills, out of which four years with a focus on TVET/skills development transition to digital / blended learning. At least four years’ of international experience would be desirable.



Excellent English writing and speaking skills. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish will be considered an asset.

  • Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated capacity to “think outside the box”, to identify solutions with potential for upscaling, and to adapt them to ensure they are relevant to a particular context;
  • Demonstrated capacity to translate complex concepts into user friendly / audience specific / actionable guidance;
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate concepts and results for specific audiences through a variety of medias;
  • Demonstrated capacity to build win-win partnerships within and outside the ILO that take into account the partners’ objectives and capacities;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision towards agreed results;
  • Demonstrated capacity to generate team commitment towards common objectives;
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish accountability frameworks, and to monitor progress towards agreed milestones;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a multicultural team, to encourage diversity of inputs, and to acknowledge and value unconventional solutions;
  • Demonstrated capacity to identify risks and assumptions for an agreed strategy as well as realistic coping mechanisms.
  • Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and decent work teams.
  • Ability to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of specialization.
  • Excellent writing skills to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation. Ability to provide technical support to senior specialists carrying out research, project formulation and implementation. Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools, and qualitative and quantitative techniques.



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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Recruitment process

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