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Employment Specialist


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2020/AS/04
Publication date: 14 May 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 16 June 2020


Job ID: 3783 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Suva 
Location: Suva   
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.


This position is located in the ILO Country Office for Pacific Island Countries in Suva (CO-Suva). CO-Suva covers eleven ILO Member States: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Palau, Tonga and Cook Islands. CO-Suva is responsible for providing support to governments, employers' and workers' organizations of the Pacific Island countries in their efforts to reduce decent work deficits and to pursue development for dignity through the promotion of rights at work, employment, social protection and social dialogue, thus achieving social justice and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Co-Suva participates in three UN Country Teams (Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa). 
The position reports to the Director of CO-Suva. The incumbent will work closely with the Employment Specialists in the Decent Work Technical Support Team for East Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific and Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR, based in Bangkok (DWT/CO-Bangkok). The position will be part of the Global Employment Technical Team and will receive technical guidance and advice from the Employment Policy Department (EMPLOYMENT) at ILO headquarters.

Specific Duties
  1. Conduct and coordinate research concerning employment and skills development and undertake comparative analyses to identify good practice examples. Prepare and contribute to policy tools and other resource materials required to support implementation at the country level. 
  2. Work closely with relevant technical specialists in DWT/CO-Bangkok and at headquarters to advance the employment agenda in the sub-region, including in the context of Decent Work Country Programmes. Provide policy advice to ILO constituents on issues regarding the advancement promotion of employment and employability, including through the promotion of development cooperation activities. Facilitate the effective participation of employers’ and workers’ organizations in related processes. 
  3. Provide policy advice to governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations on the formulation, implementation and review of employment and labour market policies and information systems, particularly those relating to employment creation, skills development and active labour market programmes, as well as on existing institutions and institutional strengthening. 
  4. Assist ILO constituents in undertaking needs assessments and comparative policy and labour market analyses with a view to strengthening their capacity to design active labour market programmes for disadvantaged groups.
  5. Provide policy advice on 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, emerging employment-creating industries and sectors.
  6. Carry out technical advisory missions to countries and participate in multidisciplinary activities of UN Country Teams in the areas of employment promotion, labour market policies and programmes.
  7. Design, backstop, monitor and evaluate development cooperation projects for strengthening national capacities in the fields of employment and labour market policies, particularly in the areas of employment services and active labour market policies and programmes.
  8. Update or develop policy and programme tools and knowledge sharing products that support ILO constituents and employment and skills specialists in implementing strengthened work-based learning and quality apprenticeship programmes. Provide advice on how work-based learning, including quality apprenticeships, can meet the needs of workers and operators in rural areas and the informal economy, as well as the special needs of women, youth, persons with disabilities and migrant workers.
  9. Contribute to the knowledge management and communication efforts of the region and the wider Office on employment and skills development to ensure that research findings and lessons from development cooperation projects in the sub-region are made available to a wide range of constituents, as well as to academics and specialists in other agencies. 
  10. Act as focal point for environment and decent work in the sub-region in coordination with the Senior Specialist Environment and Decent Work based in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Contribute to mainstreaming a just transition to environmental sustainability into (i) country programmes and initiatives; and (ii) greening ILO offices in the Pacific. 
  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, social science, labour economics or other social sciences with demonstrated expertise in the relevant technical field.


Eight years' experience at the national level or five years’ experience at the international level in employment and active labour market programmes. Experience in labour market analysis and the design and implementation of development cooperation projects in countries would be an advantage. 


Excellent command of English. A working knowledge of another official language (French or Spanish) of the Organization would be an advantage.


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

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.  Knowledge of resource mobilization.

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

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

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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