Junior Technical Officer P2 (DC)
Vacancy no.: DC/TIRANA/P/2022/01
Publication date: 23 November 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 08 December 2022
Job ID: 10230
Department: RO-Europe and Central Asia
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Budapest
Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract duration: 1 year
Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.
In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.
Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.
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.
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1. General information about the context in which the official will work / background on the project:
General information of the Department.
The ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe (DWT/CO-Budapest) provides advisory services, capacity development and technical assistance to governments and to employers’ and workers’ organizations in areas related to the mandate and expertise of the ILO, including rights at work, employment creation, social protection, social dialogue and gender equality. The DWT/CO-Budapest covers eighteen countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the geographical focus currently being the Western Balkans, Moldova, and Ukraine.
Brief description of the Project.
Evidence from the CEE region shows that recovery after the Covid-19 crisis is weaker among young people. For instance, the rates of young people not in employment, education, or training (NEET) have been increasing across economies and territories, particularly among those 25–29 years of age, because of the rise in inactivity. Additionally, gender differences in employment indicators are more pronounced among young people than in the adult population. Young people in the CEE region are more frequently in precarious forms of work, work informally, and often find themselves pushed towards migration as a last resort. Youth employment is prominent on the policy agenda of the region. For instance, on 8 July 2021, at the second EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Meeting on Employment and Social Affairs, the ministers, and representatives responsible for employment endorsed a Declaration on ensuring sustainable labour market integration of young people. The Declaration recognised the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 crisis on young women and men and spelt out the commitment to gradually implement and enhance youth guarantee schemes in the region, taking inspiration from the EU Council Recommendation of 30 October 2020 on A Bridge to Jobs – Reinforcing the Youth Guarantee.
In this context, given the 2012 Call for Action on Youth Employment as well as the ILO’s Youth Employment Action Plan (YEAP, 2020-30), the incumbent will support the management and expansion of the youth employment portfolio of the DWT/CO Budapest along the five technical areas of the Call for Action, namely employment and economic policies for youth, employability, labour market policies for youth, youth entrepreneurship, and rights at work for youth. The current portfolio of the DWT/CO Budapest already includes several projects with youth employment dimensions, including on the establishment and implementation of the youth guarantee, youth entrepreneurship, local employment partnerships for youth employment, etc. The Youth Employment Expert will support the expansion of the portfolio in key areas identified by the ILO Governing Body under the YEAP, including digitalisation and youth employment, occupational safety and health for youth, youth employment in the green and circular economy.
Under direct supervision, within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO, the Technical Officer will assist the overall activities of the above project portfolio by providing technical support to the projects and contribute to the expected outcomes. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the related technical areas.
Description of Duties
1. Carry out diverse activities for effective implementation of project objectives, in conformity with ILO policies and strategies, in accordance with ILO programming guidelines and administrative and financial procedures. Identify challenges and bottlenecks in implementation and propose corrective measures.
2. Collaborate with project staff and partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities, in coordination with the ILO Office and HQ. Deliver timely administrative support, advice and assistance to project and administrative teams and colleagues on financial, human resource and ILO regulations and procedures.
3. Carry out research and provide technical inputs in the preparation and implementation of the youth guarantees in the region. Support and facilitate the provision of training and capacity building to national and regional stakeholders.
4. Establish and/or maintain a database for monitoring and evaluation of the technical assistance facility and aimed at tracking progress against Key Performance Indicators.
5. Under the guidance of the Employment Specialist, maintain close liaison on operational matters with different stakeholders from governments, workers' and employers' organizations, UN organizations non-governmental organizations. Serve as the primary point of contact for Youth Employment in the region.
6. Provide inputs to external collaborators and verify their alignment with the objectives and overall orientations of the ILO office.
7. Under the guidance of the Employment Specialist participate in budget preparation, periodic progress and final reports for submission in accordance with the established rules and procedures.
8. Under the guidance of the supervisor work closely with Ministries of Labour, Education, Youth, public employment services, local partners, public authorities, NGOs, and youth-led organisations to support cross-fertilisation and the dissemination of knowledge and results.
9. Collaborate closely with relevant ILO programmes and projects, ILO units and responsible ILO offices and DWT as appropriate, to obtain technical inputs and share good practices and lessons learned.
10. Undertake missions relating to project implementation.
11. Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the Employment Specialist and/or Director of DWT/CO-Budapest. In particular, the incumbent will extend support to the office of the ILO National Coordinator in Albania for some day-to-day activities related to the employment portfolio.
First level degree in Law, Management, Economics, Social Sciences or any relevant technical field is required. An Advanced university degree would be an advantage
Three years of relevant professional experience at the national level, including two years on employment related issues at the international level.
Indicate any other required knowledge and experience in a specific field.
Familiarity with ILO policies and procedures including experience working with officials of ministries of labour and/or education would be an advantage.
Excellent command of English and at least one of the official languages of the Western Balkans countries (Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin Serbian).
- Ability to articulate technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff in the area of youth employment.
- Ability to draft clearly and concisely, and prepare project proposals, reports and studies.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to interact with development partners and mobilise resources.
- Good analytical skills.
- Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
- Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines.
- Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
- Ability to conceptualise, plan, and conduct straightforward research work.
- Ability to work under time and political pressure and meet deadlines.
- Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office Proven ability to implement projects in cooperation with project partners and key stakeholders.
- Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.
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.
- Any extension of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.
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