Policy Specialist (Green Jobs Programme)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Geneva, , CH

General introduction

The following are eligible to apply:

– ILO 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.

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and letters of appointment, successful candidates for positions in the Professional category would be expected to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career, the desirable length of an assignment in any specific position being two to five years, following which the incumbent should be willing to move to another assignment and/or duty station.

Within the context of the Office’s renewed efforts to promote mobility, staff members seeking mobility are encouraged to apply to vacancies. Mobility will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stages.

The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applicants 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 [email protected]

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.

Successful completion of the Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates.

Conditions of employment are described in Appendix II.

The position is located in the Green Jobs Unit (GREEN), which is part of the ENTERPRISES Department. The Department’s overall mission is the promotion of sustainable enterprises for decent work. The Green Jobs Unit supports the Office-wide Green Jobs Programme.

The Conclusions on Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs adopted at the 102nd session of the International Labour Conference in 2013 and the subsequent Action Plan adopted by the Governing Body together with the Green Centenary Initiative of the Director-General constitute the guiding frameworks and operational strategy of the Programme. The ultimate goal is to mainstream sustainable development and a low-carbon economy in ILO’s vision, strategic objectives and support to constituents in member States.

The Green Jobs Programme assists governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations through generating knowledge and analytical tools, offering policy advice, assistance and capacity building for implementing practical measures to operationalize the linkage between climate change, environmental sustainability and decent work. The Programme has fostered a growing, collaborative network among ILO staff of Decent Work Teams, Country Offices, the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin and relevant Headquarter Departments.

International partnerships include those with ITUC and IOE, as well as with UNFCCC and the OECD’s Green Growth programme. The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE – involving the ILO, UNEP, UNIDO, UNITAR and UNDP) has become an important vehicle for joint UN technical assistance to countries adopting green economy policies and strategies.

The Policy Specialist will contribute to the further development and promotion of the Green Jobs Programme in terms of mainstreaming environmental sustainability in the ILO; delivering policy advice and technical assistance to constituents wishing to articulate the labour and social dimensions of climate change and sustainable development strategies; and contributing research and analysis to strengthen the knowledge base for policy advice to ILO constituents.

The incumbent will report to the Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme.

Description of Duties
Specific duties

1.Promote the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability in the ILO, in particular through the implementation of the Office-wide Action Plan on Environmental Sustainability and contributing to the implementation of guidance from the ILO Governing Body in this area.

2.Formulate, review, analyse and deliver policy advice to member States through technical guidance and action programmes relevant for the promotion of green jobs, including the design and implementation of related training and capacity building programmes for ILO staff and constituents.

3.Design and articulate operational tools and instruments conducive to the effective promotion of green jobs in coherence with sustainable development policies, climate change strategies, social dialogue mechanisms, employment policies, sustainable enterprise development strategies, local economic development strategies, sector and value chain promotion strategies with a focus on energy, agriculture, construction, tourism and other sectors with a high potential for green jobs and significance in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

4.Provide guidance, policy advice and technical support to member States in the implementation of their climate change strategies, in particular by supporting constituents in the national-level application of the 2015 Guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all.

5.Initiate, review, negotiate and submit development cooperation proposals in the area of decent work, climate change and green economy and their funding, ensuring an effective coordination with relevant Departments at ILO headquarters and field offices.

6.Participate in technical advisory missions and in national and international policy processes of relevance to the ILO mandate (including climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC, UNEP, UNDP, OECD and UN regional commissions, donors and regional organisations and development banks) in order to promote the inclusion of the labour and social dimension in addressing climate change and the transition to a green economy.

7.Identify, engage and supervise external collaborators and development cooperation experts, in particular for the development of policy oriented research, technical guidelines, project documents, knowledge management and capacity building products and services.

8.Promote the mainstreaming of gender equality and non-discrimination in green jobs policies and programmes.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following 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 technical 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 (sector meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports).

13.Participate in tripartite reviews on technical cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.

Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in economics, social sciences, political science, sustainable development and/or environmental studies with a clear social development focus, or a related field.
Eight years’ experience in technical assistance at national level or five years at the international level; experience in the areas of policy advice and international best practices in green jobs development. In-depth knowledge and experience with a wide range of ILO’s policies, strategies and tools pertaining to the promotion of green jobs would be an asset.
Excellent command of one working language of the Organization (English, French or Spanish). Working knowledge of another working language.
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies

The 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 ILC, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor technical cooperation activities and projects. Demonstrated experience in drafting high-quality policy reports in English.

Behavioural competencies

Ease to express complex and new issues in a comprehensible and coherent manner. Open attitude to ILO staff and constituents new to the green jobs concept and apt to communicate freely. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes required.

Additional Information:
Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place between November 2016 and February 2017. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.