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Technical Officer, Extractives and Energy


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2020/SECTOR/01
Publication date: 10 July 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 10 August 2020


Job ID: 3868 
Department: SECTOR 
Organization Unit: SECTOR/MME 
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.


The position is located in the Extractives, Energy and Manufacturing Unit (E2M) of the Sectoral Policies Department (SECTOR). SECTOR is responsible for providing support to ILO constituents in addressing employment and labour opportunities and issues in specific economic and social sectors at the global, regional and national levels. The sectoral approach to decent work cuts across the entire Decent Work Agenda.


The work of the Department includes the promotion of social dialogue for consensus building on sector-specific policies and practices including through tripartite meetings; the promotion of ratification and effective implementation of sectoral international labour standards; the development and dissemination of knowledge and information relating to sector- and/or industry-specific economic and employment trends; policy-oriented research on decent work issues in specific sectors; the implementation of development cooperation projects as well as the delivery of policy advice and capacity building programmes for tripartite constituents; and the promotion of policy coherence on key sectoral issues through strategic partnerships with other United Nations agencies, multilateral organizations and other stakeholders. The Department is also responsible for the coordination of Office-wide efforts on the promotion of decent work in the rural economy and contributes to the ILO’s work on the promotion of decent work in global supply chains and the Centenary Declaration on the Future of Work.


E2M covers the following economic sectors: mining, oil and gas production and oil refining, renewable energy sources, basic metal production, chemical industries, transport equipment manufacturing, mechanical and electrical engineering, and textiles, clothing, leather and footwear.


The position is responsible for contributing to advancing decent work in the extractives and energy sectors. This will involve providing input to the development and dissemination of knowledge and information and the formulation and delivery of development cooperation projects and training programmes.  The position will also contribute to sectoral meetings and partnerships in the extractives and energy sectors.


The position will report to the Head of E2M in SECTOR.

Specific Duties
  1. Analyse and disseminate information on the extractives and energy sectors with respect to the Decent Work Agenda and the four strategic objectives of the ILO, namely employment, social protection, social dialogue and tripartism, and fundamental principles and rights at work, with gender equality and non-discrimination also as cross-cutting issues. 
  2. Conduct analytical and policy-oriented research on trends and developments in extractives and energy, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the analysis of data, statistics, normative frameworks and national policies. 
  3. Provide inputs to reports, working papers and other relevant documents, including for ILO sectoral meetings, and those jointly organized with other international organizations. 
  4. Prepare communication materials and contribute to publications, particularly those related to trends and developments in extractives and energy.
  5. Contribute to the provision of technical advice and guidance to ILO constituents and other stakeholders on policies and strategies that promote decent work in extractives and energy, notably the mining, oil, gas and renewable energy sectors. 
  6. Participate in the design and implementation of development cooperation programmes and projects as defined by decent work outcomes, in cooperation with technical units at headquarters, ILO constituents and other key stakeholders.
  7. Contribute to the organisation of and participate in international, regional and national sectoral meetings, workshops or seminars in cooperation with technical units at headquarters and ILO constituents and ensure followup on recommendations and decisions taken. 
  8. Collaborate with relevant ILO constituents, international governmental and non-governmental organizations or major stakeholders in the sectors covered by the position. 
  9. Collaborate with technical units at headquarters and ILO field offices to carry out the assigned work.
  10. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.


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

Generic Duties
  1. Undertake research and prepare analytical reports on selected subjects within the area of technical competence.
  2. Assess country experience (on selected topics) with a view to identifying best practices in finding solutions to problems identified.
  3. Provide technical inputs (articles, reports) for regional, country or related sectoral analyses, ILO reports and publications.
  4. Provide technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring.
  5. Undertake missions for the purpose of providing technical recommendations on selected topics following ILO established guidelines, manuals and standards.
  6. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators.
  7. Act as focal point on a specific field of specialization.
  8. Participate in training seminars and workshops as resource person.
  9. Represent the technical unit at international, regional and national fora.
Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in a relevant technical field such as social sciences, law or economics.


Three years’ experience at the national level and two years at the international level in social-economic development issues in extractives and energy. Experience in working for a mining, oil and gas or energy company would be an advantage.


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


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

Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and multi-disciplinary teams; capacity to provide first-line technical advice on extractives and energy; the ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets; capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff, interns or young professionals; ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality;  ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation. Excellent analytical skills. Knowledge of project related concepts and procedures, including formulation, implementation and evaluation. Excellent drafting skills. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

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.

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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

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


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