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Wages and Working Time Specialist


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Santiago
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
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  • Closing Date: 2022-06-06

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Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2022/AM/04
Publication date: 5 May 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 June 2022


Job ID: 8186 
Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Santiago 
Location: Santiago   
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 [email protected].


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.


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.


This position is located in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for the Southern Cone of Latin America (DWT/CO-Santiago), based in Santiago, Chile. The DWT/CO-Santiago covers Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay and provides technical support to the ILO Country Offices for Brazil (CO-Brasilia) and Argentina (CO-Buenos Aires). The DWT/CO-Santiago provides high-quality, timely and comprehensive technical support to the countries within its geographical area of competence in the design, implementation and monitoring of Decent Work Country Programmes and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks. 

The incumbent will provide technical support and make policy recommendations in respect of wages and income and will also address issues related to working time and work organization. The incumbent will collaborate with the Regional Office and with the offices in the region on issues falling within their technical responsibility. 

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Director of the DWT/CO-Santiago. Technical supervision at headquarters will be provided by the Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK) of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY).

Specific Duties

1.    Support the Director of the office in the formulation of the work programme with regard to wage and working time policies, taking into account the priorities of the constituents. 
2.    Liaise with other ILO specialists, in particular in the fields of employment, industrial relations, gender and international standards, to ensure that wage and working time policies are properly integrated.
3.    Provide technical support and training to governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations for the design and implementation of sound minimum wage policies, collective bargaining on wages and the promotion of equal pay for work of equal value, as part of a coherent wage policy, taking into consideration international standards on these matters.
4.    Provide technical support and training to governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations on issues related to working time and its organization, for the design and implementation of legislation, policies and measures, as well as collective agreements at the enterprise or sectoral levels, taking into particular consideration the international standards on these matters.
5.    Conduct research and promote the exchange of information and the comparative analysis of international experiences in the areas of minimum wage setting, wage bargaining, equal pay for work of equal value, working time and work organization, especially in the framework of collective bargaining, with a view to providing technical support to constituents in identifying good practices for the design of public policies.
6.    Promote the inclusion of working conditions and gender equality in Decent Work Country Programmes and their incorporation into national development programmes, national employment plans, United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks and other similar initiatives.
7.    Draft and publish policy-oriented briefs, papers and reports in the technical areas under their responsibility.
8.    Formulate, evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects, including resource mobilization, in particular in the area of wages and pay equity, in close consultation with concerned units in the region and at headquarters, such as INWORK.
9.    Represent the ILO in presentations on wages, working time and other Decent Work Agenda issues at conferences or in working groups at the national and subregional levels.
10.    Collaborate in the drafting of the Labour Overview of Latin America and the Caribbean on trends in wages and minimum wages in the region. Collaborate from the region in the preparation of the Global Wage Report and promote its dissemination in the region.
11.    Support the Regional Office in matters relating to wages and working time.
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:

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


An advanced university degree in economics (preferably with a specialization in labour markets) or a related field. 


At least eight years of experience at the national level or five years at the international level in wages and labour market policies. Experience in respect of working time and/or work organization in the framework of collective bargaining would be an asset. Experience in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis. Experience in Latin America could be an asset.  


Excellent command of Spanish. Working knowledge of English. Knowledge of Portuguese would be an asset. 


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

Sound knowledge of wage policies and wage issues, and conversant with the written works on wages, including minimum wages, wage setting through collective bargaining, wage inequality and gender pay gaps. Ability to analyse the links between wages, incomes, working conditions, employment and the particular situation of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups. Knowledge in respect of working time and work organization would be an asset. Ability to: synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide reasoned advice on best practices and in order to address broader issues outside the field of specialization; formulate new concepts and methodologies; develop training materials, alternative courses of action and proposals on projects, policy and procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings; design and synthesize strategies for programme development in Member States; produce reports (for example, 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 carry out complex quantitative research techniques and analyse large data sets with existing software (preferably STATA). Excellent writing skills, ability to produce high quality reports with attention to detail and to synthetize and communicate research results to a variety of audiences both specialized and non-specialized. Ability to work with tight deadlines, and to plan and carry out work according to established schedules. Inter-personal skills, team player and capacity to liaise and cooperate with other members of the team and field offices. 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 [email protected]


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.


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.


Fraud warning

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 - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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