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Employment Specialist


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2022/AS/01
Publication date: 5 May 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 June 2022


Job ID: 8107 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Jakarta 
Location: Jakarta   
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.


Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.


The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


The position is located in the ILO Country Office for Indonesia and Timor-Leste (CO-Jakarta), based in Jakarta, Indonesia. CO-Jakarta provides high-quality and timely technical, policy advisory and capacity building services to ILO constituents mainly through the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and outcome-based work plans in order to promote the ILO Decent Work Agenda

The position is responsible for managing activities and programmes for the efficient and effective achievement of employment and labour market outcomes of the Decent Work Agenda, with particular reference to youth, women, and disadvantaged populations.  It will support constituents in relation to employment promotion and skills development policies.  Responsibilities include provision of technical and policy advisory services, management of development cooperation projects, resource mobilization, research, policy review, and development of guidance and training tools. The thematic focus of the position spans over different areas covering comprehensive national employment policy frameworks and related demand-side, supply-side and job matching measures, including skills development policies and systems, and the role of national employment services in facilitating labour market transitions.

The position reports to the Director of CO-Jakarta and the incumbent shall work closely with the Employment and Skills Specialists based in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team (DWT) in Bangkok, in the above-mentioned work areas.  The position will be part of the Global Employment Technical Team and will receive technical guidance and support the Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch (EMPLAB) of the Employment Policy Department at ILO headquarters.

Specific Duties

  1. Analyse economic and labour market trends and broader national development and employment priorities with a focus on young workers and women. Support integration of skills development policies and programmes into the broader policy frameworks to help unleash employment creation potentials.
  2. Identify ILO employment and skills development priorities and outcomes of DWCPs especially those related to promoting employment and employability.
  3. Advise governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations in the formulation, implementation and review of employment and labour market policies, institutions and information systems, particularly with respect to policies for job creation and transition. These include pro-employment macroeconomic and sectoral policies, skills development policies, and active labour market policies and programmes.
  4. Carry out technical advisory missions to countries and participate in multidisciplinary activities of UN Country Teams in the areas of employment promotion, labour market policies and programmes, and skills development.
  5. Design, backstop, monitor and evaluate development cooperation projects for strengthening national capacities with regard to employment and skills policy formulation and implementation, employment services and active labour market policies and programmes.
  6. Update or develop policy programme tools and knowledge products that support ILO constituents and employment and skills specialists in implementing strengthened work-based learning and quality apprenticeship programmes. Support constituents in the application of the tools in cooperation with DWT specialists in Bangkok.
  7. Assist ILO constituents and employment and skills specialists in undertaking needs assessments and comparative policy and labour market analysis that contribute to building constituents’ capacity to design active labour market programmes for specific vulnerable groups. Such programmes can include employment services and quality apprenticeship programmes.
  8. Assist ILO constituents and specialists to facilitate the effective participation of employers’ and workers’ organizations in especially employment and skills policy design, implementation, and evaluation.
  9. Provide advice on building systems to sustain cooperation between public and private training systems, industrial sectors and other important stakeholders and on systems linking training provision to needs of employers and emerging employment-creating industries and sectors.
  10. Provide advice on how work-based learning, including quality apprenticeships, can meet the needs of workers and operators in rural areas and the informal economy, as well as the special needs of women, youth, persons with disabilities and migrant workers.
  11. Contribute to Office-wide efforts to analyse, document and disseminate good practices on enabling national policies and local initiatives on skills development and employment strategies as part of regional and global knowledge management systems.
  12. Contribute to regional activities including regional workshops, research on skills and training, disability inclusion and employment services.
  13. 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 other specialists.
  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 development cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in economics, social science, education and training, labour economics or other social sciences.


Eight years’ experience at the national level or five years at the international level in employment and skills development and active labour market programmes. Experience in resource mobilization. Experience in labour market analysis and the design and implementation of development cooperation projects would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English. Knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia would be an advantage.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:
Ability to:  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  the International Labour Conference, technical publications, training manuals  and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects. Ability to conduct discussion with governments, employers’ and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations, development banks and with other agencies as well as with top-level professionals in related fields. Proven communication and drafting skills both written and verbal. Ability to design and implement development of development cooperation projects including negotiations with governments and social partners, and mobilising support of donor agencies. 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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