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Technical Officer for Social Protection (P3)


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: DC/JAKARTA/P/2019/18
Publication date: 7 October 2019
Application deadline (midnight Jakarta time): 20 October 2019


Job ID: 1900 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Jakarta 
Location: Jakarta   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year (possiblity of extension subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance) 


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.

Indonesia has joined the rank of middle-income countries. It is expected that the growing middle-class and their consumption continue to boost the aggregate demand, generating room for employment and wage growth. At the same time, Indonesia has been losing its competitiveness as a low-cost producer in the region. As the production gradually shifts to higher value-adding products and adopts labour-saving technologies, adjustments in the labour market are inevitable. Further, adjustment of labour input occurs frequently in the sectors that face fast changing consumer demand. In this light, mitigating the impact of such structural changes and labour adjustments on workers and facilitating the shift of affected workers from declining to emerging sectors are a top policy priority.


Unfortunately, the existing mechanisms fail to protect workers effectively in cases of job losses. Given a lack of employment insurance, severance pay and withdrawal of old-age saving (JHT) are main income protection against unemployment. However, severance pay is not often provided due to low compliance, especially in cases of insolvencies. Withdrawal of JHT reduces income security in retirement. While public employment services and re-training of workers are expected to help shift workers from one job to another, or from a declining sector to an emerging one, their capacity is rather modest in providing much needed services to jobseekers and incumbent workers whose jobs are at risk. If the unemployed cannot find a new job soon and afford a long period of joblessness, they are pushed into the informal economy. In addition, some of them may risk poverty particularly when their financial buffer against unemployment is thin. Socio-economic welfare of family members of the unemployed is affected including child education and access to health care.


Against this backdrop, the ILO will implement a 2-year project to strengthen the protection against unemployment in Indonesia. The project will provide technical assistance to the government and social partners on employment insurance and broader social protection reform, generate a training package for public employment service staff, and create training programmes on digital skills. The project responds to the request of the government and social partners.


The project team will consist of one international Social Protection Technical Officer (P3 – this post), one National Project Officer for Social Protection (NO-B), one National project Officer for Active Labour Market Policies (NO-B), one Communication Officer (NO-A) and one administration and financial assistant (GS-5). Technical specialists will backstop the project. The project will receive overall guidance from the Country Director of the ILO Jakarta office.

Reporting Line

The Technical Officer will work closely with the Employment Specialist of the ILO Jakarta and report to the Director of the ILO Jakarta Office and the Social Security Specialist of the DWT Bangkok and HQ’s Social Protection Department (SOCPRO).

Description of Duties
  1. Plan, coordinate and implement project activities in Indonesia with the Employment Specialist in CO-Jakarta and the Social Protection Specialist of the DWT-Bangkok under the general supervision of the Director of ILO Jakarta, complying with the ILO policies, guidelines, rules and regulations. The duties include conducting consultation meetings with ILO’s tripartite constituents, preparing budget proposals of activities (e.g. workshop), and monitoring execution of budget, as well as drafting terms of reference of contractors and supervising their outputs.
  2. Contribute to social protection reform initiatives of the Government of Indonesia, including the design of employment insurance scheme. 
  3. Conduct research and analysis on social protection and provide evidence-based information to the tripartite constituents and support their informed decision-making. Facilitate social dialogue on social protection.
  4. Assess financial, legal and institutional feasibility of implementing the designed employment insurance scheme.
  5. Lead the knowledge management efforts of the project to ensure that research findings, achievements of the project and lessons learnt are made available to a wide variety of constituents, as well as to academics and specialists in other agencies. This could include distribution through ILO websites and other knowledge management tools, technical briefs, web articles, training courses and presentations in meetings.
  6. Monitor the progress of the project and report it to the donor orally or in written format.
  7. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisors.
optional section (if needed)

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following 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 field such as social protection, development economics, sociology and other social sciences.




At least five years of relevant professional experiences at the national level, or at least three years of such experiences, in the fields of social protection and development cooperation project implementation. Familiarity with social protection schemes and on-going reform initiatives in Indonesia would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English in speaking and in writing.

  • Participate effectively in multi-disciplinary technical missions;
  • Provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialisation;
  • 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;
  • Guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals;
  • Prepare reports and publications of a high quality, with technically sound conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development; and
  • Provide credible implementation assistance to supervisors in carrying out research and project formulation and implementation.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non- discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
Personal Attributes
  1. Ability to organize own work
  2. Ability to take initiatives
  3. Ability to work as member of a team
  4. Ability to perform under pressure
  5. Ability to work and communicate with all colleagues in a courteous and cooperative manner, address visitors and project partners with tact and diplomacy
  6. Must demonstrate a high standard of ethical conduct (honesty, integrity and loyalty to the Organization), and a high level of commitment to his/her job,
  7. Must demonstrate responsible behaviour and attention to detail


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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Recruitment process

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