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Technical Specialist in Social Security (Project Manager) - Social Policy, P4


Grade: P4 

Vacancy no.: DC/ISSA/P/2022/03
Publication date: 22 June 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 29 July 2022


Job ID: 8821 
Department: ISSA 
Organization Unit: ISSA 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 12 months (renewable) 


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 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 position is located in the Social Security Development Branch (SSD) of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). The ISSA is the world's leading international organisation for social security institutions and related government departments. Founded in 1927 under the auspices of the International Labour Organization, the ISSA counts over 320 member organisations from over 150 countries. 

Under the direction of the Director of the SSD branch, which is the unit responsible for all technical activities and the related knowledge base necessary to reach ISSA’s objectives, the incumbent is responsible for managing projects and activities related to social security and social protection policies and programmes, and their relation with all other relevant social and economic policies in such areas as employment, education, poverty and inequality, inclusion and social cohesion as well as challenges arising from globalisation, demographic ageing, technological changes, climate change and extreme events.

The incumbent should have knowledge and experience in the administration of social security programmes and has full appreciation of the role of social security in protecting individuals from life contingencies, the dynamics between social security and all other relevant social policies that advance national goals on inclusion and social cohesion, and the importance of tripartite participation and inter-institutional collaboration. The position requires competence in analysing the impact on social security of challenges arising from global trends and developments, gender issues and other forms of social disadvantage, and the dynamic responses to these challenges.   

The incumbent is responsible for projects and activities that support ISSA member efforts to achieve robust social outcomes by implementing, adapting and improving the administration of social security programmes. This involves analysing at national, regional and global perspectives the commonalities and differences of innovative responses to social security challenges; and synthesising the main outcomes achieved and the lessons gained from these experiences. It also involves the end-to-end management of ISSA projects, including the management and production of ISSA knowledge products and services, and the review and on-going improvement of ISSA Guidelines and related activities. 


The incumbent coordinates the activities of the Technical Commission (TC) on Policy Analysis and Research and ensures it contribution to new knowledge that are related to the priorities established in the ISSA Program and Budget every triennium. The incumbent supports the efforts of the SSD to develop, maintain and strengthen relationships with the ILO, the OECD and other relevant international organisations related to social security and social policies.   


The incumbent reports directly to the Director of the SSD branch.  

Description of Duties

  1. Develop and manage projects on social security that relate to the different branches of social security and its synergies with other socio-economic policies amidst such challenges as globalisation, demographic ageing, inequalities, poverty, gender and other issues of disadvantage, technological developments, climate change and extreme events. 
  2. Establish, manage and coordinate the implementation of the work plan of the ISSA Technical Commission on Policy Analysis and Research and its cooperation with other Technical Commissions in accordance with the ISSA Programme and Budget for the triennium and subject to the approval of the SSD Director.
  3. Contribute to and coordinate the preparation of regional and global reports, articles and other ISSA publications on the triennial priority topics of the ISSA.  
  4. Contribute to new or revised ISSA Guidelines and the development of new ISSA activities, publications and services to serve ISSA member needs, particularly innovations on strategic areas in social security governance, and cross-cutting topics such as financial sustainability of programmes, the adequacy of benefits, and inter-institutional coordination.  
  5. Provide technical advice and support on social security issues, including those that relate to the different branches of social security, its synergies with other socio-economic policies, and measures to innovate programme administration in the context of national and global challenges.  
  6. Prepare the technical agenda of and invite recognised experts to ISSA conferences, seminars, workshops and other ISSA events and activities.  
  7. Contribute to and support the ISSA partnership strategy through the development of relations with relevant international organisations, notably the ILO and the OECD. 
  8. Upon the request of the SSD Director, carry out specific tasks related to ISSA knowledge products and services, the organisation of workshops, and other training and capacity-building activities.
  9. Contribute to the ISSA member engagement and recruitment strategies by building and maintaining dynamic communities of practice within the ISSA and with the support of experts and related international organisations.
  10. Perform other duties as required by the SSD Director. 

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in economics or related fields. 


At least eight years of relevant experience in social security at the national level, or five years at the international level. 


Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of a second official language of the ISSA (French, German, or Spanish).  


  • Excellent knowledge of trends, challenges and approaches in social security. Excellent knowledge of social security systems, its various branches, and its relation with other social and economic policy areas. 
  • Good knowledge of the broad range of technical areas covered by the ISSA in general and by the SSD in particular. 
  • Capacity to design, manage and implement ISSA projects in a wide variety of context and perspectives.  
  • Ability to synthesise reports and main outcomes of ISSA activities;
  • Problem solving skills and initiative. 
  • Ability to provide expert advice based on research that uses the knowledge base of the ISSA as well as relevant external studies and materials;  
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects effectively, monitor the implementation of work plans, and observe timelines and the efficient use of resources. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team in a highly professional and respectful manner, within the ISSA Secretariat as well as with member institutions and external experts. 
  • Demonstrated ability to apply an interdisciplinary approach to social security issues.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required. 


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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