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Technical Expert, Social protection financing


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/SOCPRO/P/2020/01
Publication date: 22 June 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 July 2020


Job ID: 3907 
Department: SOCPRO 
Organization Unit: SOCPRO 
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 ILO and the European Union have launched a programme on “Improving Synergies between Social Protection and Public Finance Management” – PFM4SP programme - (GLO/19/53/EUR) that is jointly implemented by the ILO, UNICEF and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF), from October 2019 to May 2023. The PFM4SPF is also part of the ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All.

The position will contribute to the PFM4SP programme and is located within the Social Protection Department (SOCPRO) of the ILO. The SOCPRO Department is responsible for promoting enhanced coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all through efficient and sustainable national social protection floors and comprehensive social security systems, in line with the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202), the ILO Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102) and other ILO social security standards. The Public Finance, Actuarial and Statistics Unit of SOCPRO (SOC/PFACTS) is responsible for providing advice to constituents on financing, actuarial and statistical issues applying the principles and values of the ILO social security standards; articulating ILO positions on social security reforms, costing and financing of social protection systems, options for fiscal space and financial governance of social protection; as well as for collecting, statistically processing and producing global social protection data through the Social Security Inquiry and several quantitative tools.

Within the framework of PFM4SP programme, the incumbent will contribute to the extension of social protection in developing countries, by providing technical support and advisory services to countries in the area of public finance management and social protection. The programme aims at improving partner countries’ design and financing of social and health protection systems in support of their efforts towards SDGs 1.3, 3.8, 5.4 and 10.4; supporting governments in implementing and monitoring effective gender-sensitive and disability-inclusive social protection systems and programmes for all while ensuring financial sustainability and macroeconomic stability; and assisting partner countries in developing and applying shock-sensitive social protection programmes and systems adapted to the needs of those living in protracted fragility and crises, including forcibly displaced persons. The programme is implemented through a two-pronged approach:

-    Approach 1 which focuses on support provided to eight pre-selected priority countries (Angola, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Paraguay, Senegal, and Uganda) jointly by the ILO, UNICEF and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors. These country-projects are decentralized and led by locally stationed teams with backstopping from ILO Specialists in the region and ILO headquarters. 
-    Approach 2 which consists of on-demand shorter-term advisory services to at least 10 additional countries to increase performance as well as domestic financing of social protection policies and to strengthen synergies between social protection and public finance management (PFM). Potentially all developing countries can request services and the selection of countries for approach 2 will be organized through calls for proposals.    

The incumbent will support notably Angola, Paraguay and Senegal from approach 1 and additional countries from approach 2 as requested. This will include providing advice on the ILO principles of universality and non-discrimination, social dialogue, transparency and accountability, aiming at long-term financial sustainability, social solidarity and collective financing for the use of funds that are mobilized through external financial assistance from different international financial institutions and agencies or through domestic efforts by budget reprioritization or other means as part of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He/she will also contribute to the development and promotion of a wider initiative on global social solidarity for social protection and an ILO approach to social protection and PFM, as well as the corresponding technical advisory services and development cooperation portfolio. 
In the context of the development cooperation projects to which the incumbent is assigned, he/she will produce policy materials, provide technical assistance as well as conduct development cooperation activities of the Department in the areas of public finance and fiscal space, including economic analysis related to social policy. In addition, he/she will contribute to resource mobilization to respond to relevant demands from ILO constituents for public finance and fiscal space support.


Reporting lines
The incumbent will report directly to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of the PFM4SP programme. He/she will work in very close technical collaboration with the Head of SOC/PFACTS. He/she will also benefit from a close collaboration with the Head of the Actuarial  Services Unit (SOC/ASU) of the Department, notably in the area of project development and management. He/she will also work closely with other units of the Department notably the Social Policy Unit (SOC/POLICY) and the Programming, Partnerships and Knowledge-sharing Unit (SOC/PPKS). The incumbent will ultimately report to the Deputy Director and to the Director of the Department. The incumbent will closely engage with ILO field specialists and colleagues, as well as ILO country office directors and staff, of the countries where he/she will provide direct technical assistance. 

Description of Duties

Within the context of the development cooperation projects assigned to the incumbent, the incumbent will:
1.    Provide on-demand technical advisory services to the ILO member States participating in the PFM4SP programme with regard to financing and fiscal policies, public finance management, costing and feasibility studies for the development and reforms of social protection schemes in conformity with ILO standards and tailored to national circumstances. Technical advisory services will notably apply the ILO Fiscal space for social protection: A Handbook for Assessing Financing Options.
2.    Contribute to the development of the service facility on public finance management. This will involve responding in a timely manner to technical support requests from ILO specialists and country offices, as well as constituents; strengthening a roster of consultants and supervising the work of external collaborators and junior staff; promoting the service facility among donors and partners and identifying opportunities for new projects and funding opportunities; preparing, submitting and implementing development cooperation proposals as part of the PFM4SP. 
3.    Design resource mobilization strategies with a view to securing development cooperation resources to support countries in the expansion of social protection financing. Backstop technically and administratively relevant development cooperation projects.
4.    Develop and promote policy materials and research on ILO’s approach to social protection and public finance management based on the ILO Standards (rights based, social dialogue, solidarity in financing, social and economic sustainability), including contributing to the update of the ILO Fiscal space for social protection: A Handbook for Assessing Financing Options. Promote this approach among the ILO, EU, governments (including Ministries of Finance), social partners, international financing institutions among others.
5.    Prepare thematic and country analysis briefs and reports, document good practices, and develop guides and training materials with regard to the area of financing and fiscal space for social protection based on the technical assistance deployed at country level; provide technical inputs to reports and papers on issues related to financing of social protection and fiscal policies prepared by SOC/PFACTS.  
6.    Provide technical inputs to the development of poverty, social and economic impact and multiplier effect analysis models and tools, and to the development of modelling and analytical quantitative and qualitative tools, including an extended quantitative tool on the analysis of public spending, revenues and potential sources of fiscal space for financing social protection, and relevant indicators, notably through the research undertaken by the PFM4SP programme. Disseminate the models and tools.  
7.    Provide technical inputs on social protection costing, financing and PFM, to national developmental plans and social protection strategies and policies, Decent Work Country Programmes, United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks and Sustainable Development Goal plans.
8.    Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in economics or public finance.


At least eight years of professional experience in the field of financing for social policies and in particular social security/protection at the national level or five years at the international level. Demonstrated experience in policy analysis and applied research. A publication record in the fields covered by this position.


Excellent command of English and good knowledge of a second working language (French or Spanish).



- ability to participate effectively in technical missions and multi-disciplinary teams; 
- ability to advocate for the ILO’s principles and approach on social protection and its financing;
- capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialisation; 
- ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialised technical field;
- excellent knowledge of database tools, Ms Excel, STATA, SPSS or similar tool is a requirement;
- ability to synthesize research using quantitative models and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects;
- capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals; 
- ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation;
- good computer skills.
- ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
- capacity to manage multi-tasks projects and various assignments with short dead-lines. 


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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