Organization: International Labour Organization (ILO)
Vacancy No: RAPS/1/2012/INTEGRATION/01
Title: Senior Policy Analyst
Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Application Deadline: 4 March 2012 (4 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Organization unit: INTEGRATION
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
The following are eligible to apply:
– ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 15 and 16 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
– External candidates.
Technical cooperation staff with more than five years of continuous service 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, applicants should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career. The desirable length of the assignment in this specific position is three to five years, following which period the incumbent should be willing to move to another assignment and/or duty station.
The ILO values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving gender parity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities.
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 is in Appendix I.
Conditions of employment are described in Appendix II.
The Policy Integration Department (INTEGRATION) supports the ILO’s agenda for decent work for a fair globalization. Its mission is to improve the policy coherence of social and economic policies at the international and national levels to promote decent work solutions to the global jobs crisis. INTEGRATION specialists undertake research, provide policy advice, represent the ILO at high-level international policy fora and manage technical cooperation projects. They work closely with other ILO technical departments, governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations and other multilateral agencies on topics relevant to the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.
The Senior Technical Specialist will report to the Director of the Department. Among the issues he/she will address is the interaction between social dialogue, labour market institutions and economic performance. In addition to immediate policy implications and recommendations, research in this area will aim to deepen the understanding of the functioning of labour markets in the process of economic development, as well as dynamics between households and labour markets.
The Department operates as a multidisciplinary team conducting policy relevant research, usually in close collaboration with other HQ units and field offices as well as external collaborators.
Description of Duties
1. Coordinate, supervise and undertake policy-oriented research on coherence among the decent work strategic objectives, with a particular emphasis on social dialogue, industrial relations and labour market institutions and their relationship with employment growth and development.
2. Draft policy papers for high level international meetings and represent the Office at international conferences.
3. Set up and maintain a network of potential contributors and external collaborators. This will involve a wide range of contacts, including those able to make innovative high-level policy contributions for the Department’s research.
4. Promote research and policy dialogue through organizing workshops and meetings to discuss policy-oriented research with ILO colleagues and constituents and external researchers and policy-makers.
5. Collaborate actively with ILO regions and departments.
6. Liaise with ILO constituents to ensure that their expertise and needs are taken into account in developing and implementing the research work.
7. Undertake any other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Director of the Department, including administrative matters and focal point responsibilities
These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties.
1. Lead, organize, plan, supervise and control the work of a technical unit (including managerial functions).
2. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes, This involves analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics, information or policy guidelines in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognized technical specialization.
3. Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.
4. Assume full responsibility for policy formulation and providing policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of technical cooperation activities.
5. Develop project design, review proposals, formulate, revise and submit project proposals and negotiate funding.
6. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
7. Lead technical advisory missions.
8. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings.
9. Prepare recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO recommendations on related technical fields.
10. Write manuals and training guides on related topics.
11.Disseminate information on action programmes through publications and press releases as well as ensuring
12. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external
13. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees,
conference reports, Director General’s report to ILC).
Advanced university degree in industrial relations, industrial sociology, labour law, labour economics or other social sciences with demonstrated expertise in the relevant technical field.
Ten to fifteen years’ experience of which at least seven years at the international level. The applicant should have experience in research as part of a team.
Excellent command of one working language of the Organization. Proven ability to draft high quality reports in English. Proficiency (or good working knowledge) of another working language of the Organization.
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:
The successful candidate will have a strong background in labour relations, labour market institutions and labour law and the ability to apply that knowledge to analyse the way such systems interact with other policy fields to affect economic and employment growth and development.
He or she will be able to demonstrate technical and managerial leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the Department, technical expertise in devising methods, concepts, approaches and techniques; development of technical guidelines; and ability to prepare strategy reports, provide policy advice, manage large projects, work in multidisciplinary teams and coordinate activities with other units of the ILO and constituents.
Multi-cultural and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes.
Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests) and interviews for this post will take place in principle between the last week of March and the end of May 2012. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.
APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED DIRECTLY IF SELECTED FOR WRITTEN TEST.
APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED DIRECTLY IF SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW.
APPENDIX II CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
– Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules.
– The first contract will be issued for a twelve-month period (for Geneva-based positions) and a twenty-four month period (for non Geneva-based positions)
– 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.
Please note that the above salary levels are determined according to the criteria established by the International Civil Service Commission. The ILO is international public sector employer and salary and other employment conditions are not negotiable.
Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment:
- Children’s allowance (except for the first child if the dependent rate of salary is paid in respect of that child);
- Children’s education grant (per child per year);
- Pension and Health Insurance schemes;
- 30 working days’ annual leave;
- Assignment Grant;
- Entitlement to transport expenses of personal effects;
- Repatriation Grant;
- Home-leave travel with eligible dependants every two years;
- Rental subsidy (if applicable).
Recruitment is normally made at the initial step in the grade.
The Director-General reserves the right to appoint candidates at one level below the grade of the advertised post.
Salaries and emoluments are exempt from taxation by the Swiss authorities and, on the basis of international agreements or national law relating to presence or residence abroad, are generally exempt from taxation by other governments. In the absence of exemption, in most cases tax paid will be reimbursed in accordance with an ILO document which will be supplied upon request.
While the successful candidate will be initially working in Geneva, he/she may be assigned to any duty station designated by the Director-General of the ILO.
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
To apply, please visit ILO’s e-Recruitment website at: erecruit.ilo.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account – @ilo.org – should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.
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.