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Employment and Labour Market Specialist


Grade: P4 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/3/2022/AM/01
Publication date: 23 November 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 23 December 2022


Job ID: 10257 
Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Port-of-Spain 
Location: Port of Spain   
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: ILO Jobs: Non- and under-represented Member States


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.


Please note that in the context of the new ILO organigram, the naming of the departments may be subject to change.



The position is located in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Office for the Caribbean countries (DWT/CO-Port of Spain) based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The DWT/CO-POS serves thirteen countries and nine territories (*the 13 member States are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The nine territories are: Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Montserrat, Saint Maarten, and Turks and Caicos). It provides advisory services, capacity building and technical assistance to ILO constituents, including Ministries of Labour, Ministries/Secretariats of Planning, statistical and census institutions, education and training institutions and other government entities in the economic and social sphere, employers’ and workers’ organizations, mainly through the execution of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) aimed at promoting the ILO Decent Work Agenda.
The position will manage activities and programmes for the effective and efficient achievement of the employment outcomes of the Decent Work Agenda and support institutional counterparts on technical aspects in the areas of employment policies and promotion; employability; competitiveness and the promotion of sustainable enterprises; green jobs; labour migration and labour market information and analysis. Special consideration will be given to priority population groups such as youth.  

The position will report directly to the Director of DWT/CO-POS and will receive technical guidance and advice from the Director of the Employment Department at ILO headquarters.  The incumbent  will also be required to work in close collaboration with other technical specialists in the Decent Work Technical Support Team and in the region. 

Specific Duties

1.Identify sub-regional priorities on employment policies, job creation and labour migration and assess outcomes of DWCPs ensuring coherence and alignment with organization-wide, gender-responsive employment priorities.
2.Carry out technical advisory missions to countries in the sub-region and participate in multidisciplinary strategy activities of United Nations Country Teams in the areas of employment promotion, labour market policies and programmes.
3.Advise governments and workers' and employers' organizations in relation to the formulation, implementation and review of existing employment and labour market policies, institutions and information systems.
4.Design, backstop, monitor and evaluate development cooperation projects, including joint programmes with other UN agencies, for strengthening national capacity in the areas of employment and labour market policies and programmes, particularly policy formulation and implementation, and delivery of employment services and job creation. Actively seek funding opportunities.
5.Monitor and evaluate employment related developments in the sub-region, with particular focus on employment policies, labour market information and analysis, employment-intensive growth, job creation, youth employment and employment in the informal economy, as well as labour migration.
6.Evaluate and monitor the achievements of the economic policies of the countries of the sub-region and advise on strategies for integration of employment goals on macro, micro and mezzo economic policies to promote productivity, investment, growth and creation of quality jobs. 
7.Advise constituents on : employment-friendly macro-economic frameworks; productive transformation policies; labour market institutions; infrastructure investment; employment and labour market information, decent work indicators, and development of labour market information systems at national and sub-regional levels; labour market diagnosis and analysis; conditions of decent work; wages policy; increasing productivity at micro- and macro-economic level, making best use of resources available.  
8.Maintain and further develop the Data bank of Caribbean Labour Statistics, prepare annual Digest of Caribbean Labour Statistics, prepare inputs for the PANORAMA LABORAL and promote their use to users, maintaining appropriate liaison between the Regional Office and the Department of Statistics at headquarters on the provision and exchange of information.
9.Carry out analyses and evaluations of employment problems in specific segments and activities of the labour market, in rural and urban areas and advise on the design, monitoring and evaluation of sectoral policy programmes. Conceptualize, plan, coordinate and conduct research and contribute to multidisciplinary investigations.
10.Initiate, develop and maintain close contacts with governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) secretariats in the area of specialization.  In addition, establish close working relations with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other UN agencies, donor and cooperation agencies, development banks, bilateral sources and other bodies concerned in labour market policies, poverty eradication issues and related subjects with a view to developing joint activities.
11.Develop a range of activities in the countries of the sub-region, with emphasis on the creation of new decent and productive work opportunities, in coordination with the corresponding departments at headquarters. 
12.Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

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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 (Master’s or equivalent) in Economics, preferably with specialization in Labour Economics or employment-related subjects with a good knowledge of macro-economic policy. 

A first-level university degree in Economics with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least seven years’ of experience, including at the international level, in employment policy advisory services. Experience in employment policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation would be an asset. Experience related to one or more of the following areas would also be a distinct asset: the measurement of employment and development of labour information systems; economic and employment policy analysis; labour market analysis; and the design of active employment policies and programmes including private sector development policies. 


Excellent command of English. A working knowledge of Spanish would be an advantage.    


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

Technical competencies 
Expertise in handling statistical and econometric software is considered essential (e.g. STATA, SPSSPC, SAS or any other relevant software program). Ability to:  synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide seasoned advice on best practices, 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: guide and coordinate the duties of external collaborators, general services personnel or young professionals; contribute to multidisciplinary teamwork investigations; present projects and promote their feasibility and application. Excellent computer skills. Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.  Demonstrated competencies in providing high level support to management. 

Behavioural competencies
Ability to proactively disseminate knowledge and to create a learning and knowledge sharing environment.  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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