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Technical Specialist on Lifelong Learning


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/4/2018/EMPLOYMENT/01
Publication date: 05 February 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 11 March 2019


Job ID: 1048 
Department: EMPLOYMENT 
Organization Unit: SKILLS 
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 Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.


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. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


Applications from qualified candidates 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:


Successful completion of the Assessment Centre is required for all 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.  It supports field offices in the development and implementation of skills and employability development components of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP).  Its mandate is to enable constituents to improve skills development so as to improve the employability of workers, the productivity of enterprises and the inclusiveness of economic growth.

The Skills Specialist on Lifelong Learning will guide research on issues related to skills policies and systems that encourage and support lifelong learning for employment.  Rapidly changing labour markets, fuelled by globalization, innovation and technological change, are changing the nature of employment and are placing new demands on skills development systems. Lifelong learning remains a key organizing principle for education and trainings systems and, when considered in the context of employment, can assist workers in adjusting to change throughout the life cycle. ILO constituents have been articulating lifelong learning as one of the major areas for priority action as part of the changing nature of skills in the context of the future of work.

The incumbent will assist ILO constituents in developing national strategies to promote lifelong learning and address key issues such as system governance, financing, learning pathways, partnerships and models of training provision.  The incumbent will coordinate with colleagues in field offices, in EMPLOYMENT and other departments in the promotion of employment growth and development, enterprise productivity and policy coherence. as part of the Global Technical Team on Employment.

The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Skills Branch and will receive technical advice from senior skills specialists in the Branch. The incumbent will be a member of the Global Technical Team on Employment.

Specific Duties

  1. Coordinate research and technical interventions on lifelong learning for employment including  those related to mitigating the effects of worker displacement, the use of innovative financing to encourage and enable increased participation, increasing the flexibility and transparency of qualifications and learning pathways to enable greater mobility, increasing the focus on transversal and core skills for employability and harnessing new technologies to strengthen lifelong learning for employment.
  2. Conduct research concerning lifelong learning for employment, undertake comparative analyses to identify good practice examples and prepare policy tools and other resource materials required to support implementation at the country level.
  3. Establish and maintain partnerships with other international and non-governmental organizations on lifelong learning and adult education.
  4. Assist ILO constituents in designing lifelong learning programmes and policies.
  5. Design, implement and evaluate development cooperation projects for specific country settings related to developing or expanding lifelong learning programmes.
  6. Represent the Branch in international, regional and national fora. 
  7. Contribute to the knowledge management and communication efforts of the Branch to ensure that research findings and lessons from demonstration projects are made available to a wide range of constituents, as well as to academics and specialists in other agencies.
  8. 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. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes, This involves: re-analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics and information or policy guidelines, in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognised technical specialisation. 
  2. Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.
  3. Provide policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of development cooperation activities.
  4. Formulate and submit project proposals and seek funding.
  5. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
  6. Undertake technical advisory missions independently or in collaboration with Multidisciplinary Teams.
  7. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings and training courses.
  8. Prepare draft recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO Recommendations or Conventions on related technical fields.
  9. Write manuals and/or training guides on related topics.
  10. Disseminate information on programmes through publications and, press releases, as well as ensuring representation at donors’ meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
  11. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.
  12. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports).
  13. Participate in tripartite reviews on technical cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in vocational education and training, human resources development, or other related social sciences with demonstrated expertise in the field of skills development, employment and labour market policies.


Eight years’ experience at the national level or five years at the international level in vocational education, training, lifelong learning, continuing and adult education and skills development.

Professional experience in developing education, skills and training programmes in an education and training institution or a regional or national TVET skills development authority and experience in the design and implementation of development cooperation projects is an advantage.


Excellent command of one working language of the Organization (English, French, Spanish). Working knowledge of another working language would be an advantage.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:
Competencies include: synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide seasoned advice on best practices, to address broader issues outside the field of specialization; formulate new concepts and methodologies; develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings; design and synthesize strategies for programme development in member States; produce reports (e.g. reports for regional conferences and ILC, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects. Ability to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate complex educational, learning, training and skills development programmes; adapt tools and approaches to local and national circumstances and policy objectives; relate the work of the programme to broader issues within coherent national policies that include skills development; adapt and develop training materials; write coherent programme reports in line with ILO standards and deadlines; develop and maintain effective collaboration within the UN system at the country level; aptitude and appreciation for knowledge-sharing and learning.  clear understanding of gender mainstreaming and demonstrated capacity to integrate gender concerns into development initiatives; strong ability to form and develop knowledge sharing partnerships with a wide of range of actors external to the ILO; plans and budgets and revise procedural matters as required to implement the programme effectively; ability to conduct discussions with governments., employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organization and other agencies as well as top-level professionals. Knowledge of the ILO and UN system and procedures is an advantage. The 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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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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