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Specialist, Employers' Activities

Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2021/18
Publication date: 9 December 2021
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 21 January 2022

Job ID: 7262 
Department: ACT/EMP 
Organization Unit: ACT/EMP 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


General introduction


The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the position of Specialist, Employers' Activities.

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
  • External candidates


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.


Within the context of the ILO's efforts to promote staff mobility, any appointee should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career.


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:


The position is located in the ILO Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP) which consists of a small team at ILO HQ in Geneva and a network of field specialists in each of the Decent Work Technical Support Teams in the different regions. Its principal work is to manage the relationship between the ILO Employer constituents, Employer and Business Membership Organizations and their enterprise members so that there is a mutual understanding, shared values and a desire to work together. This is done in close cooperation with the Secretariat of the ILO Employers’ Group. Additionally, through its programme of development cooperation the Bureau seeks to strengthen Employer and Business Membership Organizations so that they are more representative and can increase their value to their members and potential members. This work also enhances democratic institutions and social dialogue in the countries concerned.

The incumbent will oversee technical activities focusing on high-level technical and policy advisory services and of advocacy of new strategies, policies, approaches and programmes within their area of specialization. The incumbent needs to work with a high level of autonomy and will be responsible for taking technical decisions and ensuring efficient management of funds.

The Specialist is expected to achieve objectives that are set by the ILO Governing Body concerning the strategic management of the programme. The incumbent acts as an interface between the ILO and Employer and Business Organizations and their enterprise members to develop and maintain good working relations with them. The Specialist should be able to articulate the views of employers within the ILO so that their priorities and concerns are taken on board in the formulation and implementation of ILO policies and programmes designed by the technical policy units and also be able to communicate ILO policies and programmes to the employer community.

In addition, the Specialist is an Office-wide source of reference for information on key developments and challenges facing Employer and Business Membership Organizations more generally. Therefore, a good knowledge of Employer and Business Membership Organizations and the issues dealt with by them is indispensable.

The incumbent will report to the Director of ACT/EMP.

Description of Duties

1.    Service the Employer Group of the Governing Body, the International Labour Conference, regional and sectoral meetings and other official or specialised meetings and support the discussion process.
2.    Analyse and provide technical comments on draft documents prepared in view of these meetings. Follow up comments made with technical units as required. Represent the Bureau at meetings and conferences.
3.    Provide inputs for the Bureau's contribution to reports on the Organization's activities to be submitted to the Governing Body and the International Labour Conference. Make presentations on behalf of the Bureau to senior level visitors and officials. Prepare speeches and country specific reports on specific topics. 
3.    Conceptualize, write and prepare study materials and publications on substantive topics such as working conditions, industrial relations, occupational health and safety, labour administration and inspection as well as on other policy issues related to the work of the Bureau.
4.    Develop, monitor, assess and coordinate studies on priority areas at international, sub-regional and national levels. Contribute to the management of the relationship between the Organization and its employer constituents.
5.    Provide policy advice to employer constituents and the Office on a range of employment and labour market issues.
6.    Organize and service field missions to identify needs and to provide training and advisory services to employer constituents. Identify project possibilities in relation to expressed needs and the known capabilities and resources available and assess the relative feasibility and impact of proposed projects.
7.    Act as a resource person at various technical and tripartite meetings.
8.    Undertake technical advisory missions independently or in collaboration with ACT/EMP Senior Employer Specialists in the field.
9.    Design development cooperation project proposals on capacity building for employers as well as project proposals for ACT/EMP submission to donors for extra-budgetary financing.
10.    Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in law, economics, social sciences, business administration, industrial relations or related subject.


At least seven years of professional experience in dealing with issues pertaining to relations and actions of Employer and Business Membership Organizations, of which five years at the international level.


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


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


Technical competencies:

The incumbent must have: demonstrated a good knowledge and understanding of Employer and Business Membership Organizations and issues dealt with by them. The necessary advocacy and technical skills to be able to insert the employer/business concerns and priorities into major ILO policies and programmes. Technical knowledge of a number of broad policy areas including but not restricted to: working conditions, industrial relations/social dialogue, occupational health and safety and labour inspection/administration. Ability to take initiatives, plan and organize work. Excellent analytical skills to undertake complex policy analysis and produce relevant reports. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Discretion and high sense of responsibility, judgement and diplomacy. Ability to represent the Organization in a tripartite environment. Ability to advise senior level officials and constituents and discuss sensitive matters. Good working knowledge of standard computer software. Ability to monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators.


Behavioural competencies:

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


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. 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.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and in view of possible border and travel restrictions as well as ILO teleworking arrangements, the start date of contracts or transfers to temporary positions will have to be reconfirmed in the context of the evolution of the pandemic.


Fraud warning


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