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Grade: D1  

Vacancy no.: CALL/D/2019/01
Publication date: 21 January 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 21 February 2019


Job ID: 983 
Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 
Organization Unit: ILO-CINTERFOR 
Location: Montevideo   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


General Introduction

Under article 4.2, paragraphs (d) and (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in grades D1 and D2, as well as in grade P5 for all Director positions in field offices, are made by direct selection by the Director-General.


In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their curriculum vitae online by the above date (midnight Geneva time).


The following are eligible to apply:

- 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.


Within the context of the ILO's efforts to promote staff mobility, any appointee should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career.


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:


The position is located in the Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (ILO-CINTERFOR) in Montevideo, Uruguay. CINTERFOR is a specialized centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO) responsive to the needs of people, enterprises and countries in the field of skills, vocational training and the development of human resources. With the support of the national vocational training institutions (VTI) which constitute the network it coordinates, CINTERFOR has pioneered knowledge management and South-South and triangular cooperation for the improvement of labour competencies. The position will be responsible for leading the Centre’s activities and ensuring excellence in terms of its specialized technical knowledge, skills, competencies, technology and innovation. The Director of CINTERFOR will report directly to the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean and work in close collaboration with the relevant technical departments at headquarters, in particular the Skills and Employability Branch of the Employment Department, as well as with the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin.

Description of duties

1. In the framework of the regional priorities, define the strategic direction and work priorities of the Centre with the aim of achieving global standing as a centre of excellence articulating a network of national vocational training and education for work institutions.


2. Promote research on vocational training, skills development and their role in relation to employment, vulnerable groups, rural sector development, enterprise productivity, formalization processes, etc. within the framework of regional research priorities and endeavours. Manage the Centre’s activities and contribute to the creation of greater opportunities for people to gain access to decent and productive work, fostering the development of skills in order to increase the employability of workers, the competitiveness of enterprises and the inclusiveness of growth. Ensure technical assistance and work programmes are delivered in a timely manner.


3. Contribute to the design and management of public policies on vocational training and human resource development in line with international labour standards, the ILO’s tripartite policy framework on skills development, regional priorities and the Decent Work Country Programmes in the region. Promote and contribute to the mainstreaming of the Decent Work Agenda and other joint initiatives anchored on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in national plans, strategies and public policies on vocational training and skills development of member States.  


4. Play a lead role in promoting research and knowledge management related to the institutionalization of training that meet the requirements of efficiency, competitiveness, productivity, quality, social equity and respect for international labour standards. Provide guidance on and oversee selection of appropriate research methodologies, quality assurance measures and procedures to ensure objectivity of ILO-CINTERFOR publications.


5. Advocate for issues relevant to policy debates taking place in the region to be included in global research and disseminated worldwide, for example through the ILO/ITC Skills Academy, the Global public-private knowledge sharing platform on skills for employment, and the work of the Inter-Agency Group on TVET and the G20 Development Working Group. Maintain leadership in the field of skills development research and coordination with regional initiatives promoted by other international organizations. 


6. Assume primary responsibility for the development of a learning and knowledge management community in vocational training through the retrieval, systematization and dissemination of critical information, experiences, innovations and methodologies. Ensure the dissemination of research findings and best practices on vocational training/skills development as well as their role in relation to employment, vulnerable groups, rural sector development, enterprises, formalization processes, etc.


7. Provide technical assistance and support to member States for the mapping of potential areas of development and skills needs assessment.  Contribute to the analysis of prospective skills and competencies of the workforce at the national and/or sectoral levels to reduce the mismatch between labour supply and demand and to improve employability of workers. Oversee contributions from the region related to models of skills anticipation and training at the global level and to the analysis of the ILO’s global tools and approaches in relation to the needs of constituents and VTIs in the Region. Assure coherence and effective collaboration with the global and regional teams on skills development.

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8. Promote Public-Private Partnerships with a view to developing and expanding quality apprentice programmes in the formal economy; improving the quality of informal learning in poor and rural areas; developing vocational guidance and placement services; and integrating core professional skills and competencies in general education as well as in vocational training. Assume primary responsibility for promoting and strengthening horizontal or South-South and triangular cooperation for the institutional development and modernization of vocational training among Latin American and Caribbean countries.


9. Promote through technical assistance, research and cooperation, social dialogue in and on vocational training, by strengthening the capacities of the tripartite constituents for their participation in the different levels of decision making (international, national, subnational and sectoral).


10. Mobilize resources to meet regional priorities that are related to the work of the Centre. Direct and facilitate programme and development cooperation projects.  Monitor and report on programme and project implementation and resources use against stated outcomes, indicators, targets and quality standards and collaborate in the completion of ILO evaluations.


11. Build and maintain strong relations with ILO constituents to assess and respond to their needs, while promoting key ILO principles, policies and objectives. Expand the CINTERFOR network through fostering strategic partnerships and enhancing synergies with decision-makers and the wider public to raise the visibility of the ILO and the Decent Work Agenda. Represent the Centre and the ILO at international events. Develop and maintain relations with the Inter-American Development Bank, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and other regional organizations.


12. Support the Regional Office and the ILO Offices in the field in the programming process, ensuring adequate consideration of CINTERFOR-related topics in the design, monitoring and evaluation of the Country Programme Outcomes and the activities and projects of development cooperation.


13. Direct the work of the Office and ensure the effective management of all financial, human and other resources allocated to the Centre in keeping with ILO regulations, rules, policies and procedures and leveraging information and communications technologies.  Ensure that all staff optimize the use of resources for the achievement of results and that they are held accountable for their performance. Ensure timely and effective use of the Performance Management Framework (PMF) and feedback mechanisms.


14. Promote the development of a culture of teamwork, innovation and continuous improvement in the work processes of the Center´s staff. Ensure that the efforts made in this regard have an impact on the scope, quality and relevance of the services provided by the Center to its network of institutions and the tripartite constituents.


15.  Promote and facilitate a harmonious working environment in which all staff can discharge their professional responsibilities in an efficient and effective way and are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy.


16. Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the Regional Director.

Desirable Profile

The set of qualifications below is indicative of the type of education, experience, language skills and competencies expected for this position.


Advanced university degree or equivalent expertise in human resources development, labour law, economic development, political or social science or other relevant area.


Ten years of relevant experience in the formulation, management and implementation of skills development policy and programme activities related  to labour and social policies, of which five years at the international level, and preferably in the United Nations System or equivalent relevant experience. Demonstrated managerial experience in leading teams in the relevant area of work and in conducting and supervising research. Work experience within the Latin America and Caribbean region would be an advantage.


Excellent command of Spanish and English. Good knowledge of another ILO working language would be considered as an advantage. A good command of Portuguese would be an advantage.


The ILO core competencies at the managerial level are required and the following are of particular importance.


Excellent knowledge of the countries covered in the region by the Office and UN system and its specialized agencies. Sound knowledge of the broad range of technical subject areas dealt with by the Organization. Good knowledge of the Organization’s policies, programmes and procedures and of the Organization’s administrative and financial procedures, practices and rules. Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to represent the Organization and deliver messages effectively to a broad range of audiences. Ability to promote ILO’s mission and programmes successfully. Ability to develop effective relationships with colleagues and team members and to foster an environment for collaboration and cooperation between teams. Ability to guide and motivate staff towards meeting challenges and achieving objectives, Ability to plan, mobilize and manage resources effectively. Ability to build and enhance internal and external partnerships and to promote synergies. Demonstrated and recognized diplomatic, technical, management and administrative leadership skills in carrying out the objectives and policies of the Organization. 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 ILO Jobs. 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 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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