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Specialist in Enterprises, Cooperatives and Rural Development


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2022/AM/05
Publication date: 5 May 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 June 2022


Job ID: 8187 
Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Lima 
Location: Lima   
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 Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for the Andean countries (DWT/CO-Lima) in Lima, Peru, which serves Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. DWT/CO-Lima provides high-quality, timely, and integrated technical support to Country Offices in the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of Decent Work Country Programmes, within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and outcome-based work plans.  It has frontline responsibility to support constituents and ILO offices in the region in formulating policy and developing and implementing activities in the context of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda and for the delivery of development cooperation and advisory services. 

The Specialist will be responsible for providing technical advice, guidance and support to institutional partners on DWCPs, or on similar ILO work programmes for the Andean countries in the area of sustainable enterprise development with an impetus to entrepreneurship, small business development, responsible business conduct, enterprise formalisation, productivity enhancement, market systems, social finance, social and solidarity economy, greening of enterprises, just transition, job creation, poverty alleviation and protection of workers' rights to the countries through research, policy advice, and development of development cooperation programmes.  The Specialist will work in close collaboration with the government, employers’ and workers’ organizations in the respective countries.  The position will be responsible for leading and managing the work of this technical area. This includes ensuring coherent programming and resourcing of ILO activities in the region in line with identified constituent needs and set priorities, within the overall framework of implementing the ILO's Decent Work Agenda.  The incumbent will collaborate with other technical specialists in the region, the regional management team as well as with members of the Global Technical Team on Enterprises to ensure policy and operational coherence.  

The position will report to the Director of the DWT/CO-Lima and will receive technical guidance and advice from the Enterprises Department at ILO headquarters. 

Specific Duties

1.    Provide policy advice to ILO constituents and other stakeholders on strategies to promote decent work through customized and integrated approaches to enterprise development in line with the ILO sustainable enterprise development strategy. 

2.    Initiate and guide technical work at country level including the analysis of data, statistics, normative frameworks and national policies on sustainable enterprise development.

3.    Undertake policy, programme and project development work on sustainable enterprise development and prepare new development cooperation programme/project proposals.

4.    Undertake resource mobilization activities with the multilateral and bilateral donor community for the development of future activities on sustainable enterprise development in coordination with the Regional Office, DWTs and the Partnerships and Field Support Department at ILO headquarters.

5.    Contribute to the preparation of country programme implementation plans and reports and provide technical advisory services and technical backstopping support to project coordinators tasked with the implementation of ILO facilitated sustainable enterprise development projects. 

6.    Ensure gender mainstreaming in the design and implementation of ILO support, paying particular attention to the impact and benefits for women, youth, and people with disabilities. 

7.    Coordinate and participate in tripartite reviews on development cooperation activities and meetings and conferences at the national, regional, and international levels.

8.    Prepare working papers and articles on aspects of the ILO sustainable enterprise development. Advocate and disseminate information on programmes/projects through publications, press releases and other means of communication.

9.    Organize and conduct capacity-building for national constituents; promote and ensure knowledge sharing.

10.    Identify opportunities and establish synergies with national institutions and the private sector, donor and other international agencies to strengthen collaboration and mobilize resources. 

11.    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, or business administration. 


Eight years of national-level experience or five years of international-level experience in areas related to local economic development and the promotion of sustainable enterprises - in particular micro, small and medium enterprises, and their contribution to job creation, and green jobs/just transition.  


Excellent command of Spanish and a working knowledge of English. 


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies

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 provide policy advice, to backstop development cooperation projects and to mobilize resources; knowledge of the sub region; ability to effectively engage with and support the ILO constituents and other stakeholders.

Behavioural competencies

Ability to facilitate discussions among ILO constituents and facilitate knowledge sharing. Good negotiating skills. Ability to prioritize work.  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

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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.


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