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Specialist on Skills and Lifelong Learning

Le Port | Port of Spain

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Le Port | Port of Spain
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Labour Market Policy
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-06

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Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2022/AM/03
Publication date: 5 May 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 June 2022


Job ID: 8185 
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 [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.


The position is located in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Office for the Caribbean (DWT/CO-Port of Spain) based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. DWT/CO-Port of Spain serves thirteen countries and nine territories (The 13 member States are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The nine territories are: Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Saint Maarten and Turks and Caicos). DWT/CO-Port of Spain provides technical support to Caribbean countries and territories in the design and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes within the framework of outcome-based work plans and in response to requests relating to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The position is responsible for providing technical advisory services on policies and for their implementation in the area of skills and lifelong learning; analysing problems and developments; providing assistance in the identification of country priorities, strategies and programmes and related research and analytical needs; and designing and supporting the implementation and evaluation of development cooperation programmes and projects. The incumbent works closely with specialists of various technical disciplines who provide technical support and guidance to ILO activities in the countries for which they have geographical competence. The mix of technical skills in each DWT/CO is intended to enable the ILO to respond effectively to the cross-programme nature of the services expected of the Organization; to ensure that the interests of the tripartite constituency are respected in the design and execution of field activities; and that appropriate links are maintained among the various means of action of the ILO. 

The position reports to the Director of DWT/CO-Port of Spain and will receive technical guidance and advice from the Skills and Employability Branch within the Employment Policy Department at ILO headquarters.  

Specific Duties

1.    Advise countries in the subregion on the design and implementation of skills and lifelong learning policies and programmes within the framework of the Decent Work Country Programmes.
2.    Provide technical services to the English and Dutch-speaking countries/territories of the Caribbean on the design, management, and evaluation of development cooperation projects, policies and programmes on skills and lifelong learning, in line with the ILO Decent Work Agenda. 
3.    Advise government and social partners on appropriate skills and lifelong learning development policies and programmes. Support constituents in promoting gender-responsive skills development and lifelong learning policies, strategies and systems to adapt and reorient skills development to the changing aspirations of people and needs of the labour market.
4.    Develop and implement skills and lifelong learning strategies that are coherent and include the application of ILO approaches and tools. 
5.    Develop and review institutional frameworks and provide technical advice for strengthening such frameworks, in which tripartite constituents can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable skills and lifelong learning ILO development programmes.
6.    Proactively mobilize resources for scaling up ILO services on skills development and lifelong learning to meet the growing expectations of the ILO constituents.
7.    Ensure gender mainstreaming in the design and implementation of ILO support, paying particular attention to breaking gender stereotypes in skills development and the impact and benefits of skills development for women, youth, and people with disabilities. 
8.    Undertake cutting-edge research and foster innovation to develop innovative skills products on contemporary issues like core skills, reskilling and upskilling, skills financing, skills for digital, care and green economies and skills for social inclusion, including promoting gender equality in skills development in close collaboration with DWT specialists, technical departments at ILO headquarters and the ILO’s Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development on Vocational Training.
9.    Organise communication products and tools to improve the visibility of the Organization’s work on skills and lifelong learning. 
10.    Take proactive measures to initiate new and innovative partnerships on skills development with wide ranging multilateral and private sector entities and agencies in line with ILO Development Cooperation Strategy. 
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, business administration or social sciences with demonstrated expertise in skills and lifelong learning. 


Eight years’ experience at the national level or five years at the international level in the area of skills development and lifelong learning.


Excellent command of English and a working knowledge of Spanish.


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. The 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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