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Technical Officer, Skills and Employability


Grade: P3 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2022/AF/01
Publication date: 31 August 2022 
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 3 October 2022


Job ID: 9297 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Kinshasa 
Location: Kinshasa   
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 Country Office for Kinshasa (CO-Kinshasa) based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.  CO-Kinshasa covers the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo and Gabon. Technical support for the CO-Kinshasa is under the responsibility of the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. CO-Kinshasa provides high-quality, timely and integrated technical support to ILO constituents in the countries under its geographical competence in the design, implementation and monitoring of Decent Work Country Programmes within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and outcome-based work plans. 

The position will provide technical advice and support on skills and employability to constituents. The incumbent will be responsible for undertaking research and analysis on integrating skills development into broader employment promotion strategies, and for providing input to the design and technical backstopping of development cooperation projects in the field of skills development and employment services, which includes targeting both formal and informal skills development systems while also addressing the training and skills needs of women, youth, persons with disabilities and informal economy workers. The incumbent of the position will liaise with constituent and partner organizations and build on their technical knowledge and capacity to serve decent work programme priorities. The position contributes to a network of skills specialists within the African region. The incumbent works in collaboration with the specialists in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team in Yaoundé.

The position reports to the Director of CO-Kinshasa and receives technical guidance and advice from the Skills and Employability Branch within the Employment Policy Department. 

Specific Duties

1.Undertake research and analyse trends and developments in the countries covered by the CO-Kinshasa, related to the formulation of skills development policies, employment promotion, and poverty reduction strategies. Identify opportunities for integrating social, economic, gender equality and other human resources development concerns in line with the ILO Decent Work Agenda, with special reference to the promotion of relevant international labour standards. 
2.Provide technical support to governments on skills development and lifelong learning policies and strategies in meeting the needs of workers and operators of all ages with a particular focus on women, youth and persons with disabilities.
3.Provide technical inputs to the development and support the implementation of coherent Decent Work Country Programmes and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks by liaising with specialists in other technical fields. In particular, support efforts on inter-ministerial coordination to link basic education, vocational training, employment services and lifelong learning and to integrate skills development in the work of line ministries (agriculture, industry, environment, enterprise development, youth employment, etc.).
4.Support constituents by undertaking needs assessment and comparative policy analyses.  Contribute to building constituents’ capacity to design policies, implement and monitor their implementation and impact, including the capacity of employment services to provide effective and efficient support targeting labour market entry of youth, matching the supply of skilled workers and employment opportunities, and through the implementation of active labour market programmes. 
5.Contribute to the development, design, implementation and assessment of vocational education and training systems and institutions, involving national vocational qualifications, skill standards and skills assessment and recognition, upgrading of non-formal and encouragement of workplace training.
6.Analyse various approaches with a view to extending the accessibility of relevant training services in the formal and informal economies, including apprenticeship systems and linking entrepreneurship and vocational training, with special emphasis on the financial and institutional sustainability of programmes and coherence with broader employment promotion and poverty reduction strategies and policies.
7.Assist in building systems to sustain cooperation between public and private training systems, industrial sectors and other important stakeholders and on systems linking training provision to the needs of employers and emerging employment-creating industries and sectors.

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8.Support the mainstreaming of gender issues into national skills development policies and systems, and where appropriate promote policies and programmes targeting women's access to quality and relevant training.
9.Contribute to promoting the integration of skills development into local development initiatives by linking skills development to entrepreneurship, business services and micro-credit schemes in order to expand livelihoods, self-employment and wage employment.
10.Liaise with national and regional representatives of the donor community, international financial institutions and other development agencies active in skills development. Monitor the evolution of their policies and procedures; participate in joint missions relating to ILO policy objectives in national and sub-regional development programmes funded by these agencies.
11.Participate in conferences and meetings in the region relating to strategies, policies or programmes in the field of vocational training.
12.Contribute to Office-wide efforts to analyze, document and disseminate good practices on conducive national policies and local initiatives on skills development and employment strategies as part of regional and global knowledge-management systems.
13.Contribute to regional activities which include regional workshops, research on skills and training, disability inclusion and employment services, and to the effective functioning of the on-line Community of Practice for the Regional Skills and Employability Programme.
14.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 (Master’s or equivalent) in vocational education and training, human resources development, labour economics, other social sciences or other relevant field.  A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required five years of experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least five years of experience in human resources development, vocational education and training and skills development policies and programme implementation, including for the informal economy. Experience in resources mobilization, design and implementation of development cooperation projects in skills development and relevant work in developing countries would be an advantage.  


An excellent command of French and a working knowledge of English.     


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 in the area of specialisation; the ability to 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; capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals; ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.


Proven written and verbal communication skills. Ability to participate in discussions with governments, employers' and workers' organizations, non-governmental organizations and development partners as well as top-level professionals in related fields.  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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.


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

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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.


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