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Social Protection Specialist


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Moscow
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: Closed


Grade: P4 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/4/2023/EUR/02
Publication date: 30 August 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 30 September 2023


Job ID: 11159 
Department: RO-Europe and Central Asia 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Moscow 
Location: Moscow   
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 candidates 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


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: ILO Jobs: Non- and under-represented Member States


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 Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (DWT/CO-Moscow). The DWT/CO-Moscow provides high quality, timely and integrated technical support in the design and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) and other ILO country support activities within the framework of outcome-based work plans. It coordinates the ILO activities in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation , Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The main role of the position is [i) providing policy advice and technical assistance specially to ILO constituents in the field of social protection policy, including social security and national social protection floors, ii) providing support towards capacity building of ILO constituents in the field of social protection and iii) supporting and implementing development cooperation projects in the countries covered by DWT/CO-Moscow. In addition, the Social Protection Specialist will promote the inclusion of social protection priorities in the Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs) in the countries of coverage.
The Social Protection Specialist will be part of the Global Technical Team on social protection, and contribute to the implementation of the ILO’s Programme and Budget outcome on social protection. S/he will actively promote and support the development and implementation of integrated policies to achieve universal social protection, including in the framework of the ILO’s Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All and the UN Secretary- General’s Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The incumbent works under direct supervision of the Director of DWT/CO-Moscow.
The incumbent receives technical guidance and advice from the Director of the Social Protection Department (SOCPRO) at ILO headquarters.
The incumbent will work in close cooperation with the other specialists of the DWT/CO Moscow team, SOCPRO, National Coordinators at the country level and the ILO’s International Training Centre (ITCILO Turin).


Key Duties and Responsibilities

1.As primary specialist in the area(s) of [social protection and social security], is responsible for substantial segments of the work programme. Identify priorities in the area of social protection and social security in the Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs), develop strategies, as well as deliver and coordinate high-quality technical support at subregional  and nationalllevels to advance the Decent Work Agenda and social justice, taking into account the integration of cross-cutting policy drivers, including international labour standards, social dialogue, gender equality and non-discrimination, and a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies. Lead work streams/teams involved in this work and ensure the effective management of staff and consultants in accordance with ILO standards, the results-based management framework and through timely and effective use of the Performance Management Framework (PMF) and other feedback mechanisms, as applicable.
2.Review and facilitate the strengthening and effective implementation of inclusive institutional, legal and policy frameworks. Provide expert policy and technical advice in the area of social protection and social security. This includes advisory support on social protection systems that are rights-based and that provide protection throughout the life cycle; investments in social protection; and the building of sustainably and equitably financed social protection systems,  to ILO constituents and other concerned stakeholders with a view to promoting the formulation of inclusive and gender-responsive policies and programmes, and their impactful implementation and monitoring to ensure equitable outcomes. Promote relevant international labour standards.
3.Support ILO constituents in identifying their needs and provide adequate technical support, including through comparative policy analyses. Facilitate the effective participation and advocacy role of employers’ and workers’ organizations in policy design, implementation and evaluation of decent work programmes and projects. 
4.Provide technical inputs to the design and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) as well as UN and other development cooperation frameworks. Participate in multidisciplinary initiatives, including the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B), the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection (USP2030), as well as the UN SG’s Initiative on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions,  with a view to ensuring an integrated approach for the delivery of the Decent Work Agenda.
5.Initiate, design, conduct/commission and/or coordinate innovative and gender-mainstreamed research and analysis that meets the evolving needs of constituents and other key stakeholders in the social protection and social security area and leads to the formulation of policy advice and recommendations in the area of social protection and social security policies. Contribute to the development of the ILO’s knowledge base on social protection in the region, including the Flagship World Social Protection Report.

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6.Develop and lead/coordinate the development of social protection and social security policies, initiatives, strategies and a range of original and evidence-based technical and policy knowledge products and tools responding to constituents’ needs and priorities and advancing the Decent Work Agenda. Promote and facilitate their dissemination at the sub-regional and country levels and provide advice and technical support to constituents and other stakeholders on effectively using such tools. Contribute to Office-wide efforts to analyse, document and disseminate lessons learned and information on innovative practices.
7.Provide technical inputs to, oversee the drafting of/draft, peer review and edit reports, publications and other office documents, including for the Governing Body, International Labour Conference and regional, sectoral and expert meetings.
8.Support the strengthening of ILO constituents' capacity to design, implement and monitor policies and measures  in the area of social protection. Oversee the design of tools and learning materials, pilot new guidelines, lead and/or coordinate workshops, meetings and other events, using innovative methods, digital platforms and communication tools. Develop and run/implement global and/or regional capacity development programmes, knowledge sharing and training events including in collaboration with the International Training Centre in Turin (ITC-ILO) and/or with other relevant partners as applicable
9.Identify opportunities for technical and strategic partnerships in the social protection and social security and related areas and develop new/reinforce existing partnerships and collaborative relationships with entities of the UN system, international financial institutions, academia, civil society, and other key stakeholders with a view to advancing ILO’s strategic objectives and ensuring policy coherence.
10.Organize, facilitate and make technical contributions at seminars, conferences and other events. Represent and engage the ILO as a key player in meetings, conferences and forums at the subregional and national levels concerned with strategies, policies or programmes in the field of [social protection and social security. 
11.Conceptualize, formulate, discuss and submit development cooperation project proposals, taking into account subregional and national priorities on social protection and social security and the need to position these within relevant cooperation frameworks. Provide technical backstopping for development cooperation projects and promote and facilitate coherence and knowledge sharing among projects. 
12.Play a key role in resource mobilization efforts to secure funding for new projects and activities in the field of social protection and social security. Provide sub-regional support to the ILO’s Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for Alll. Ensure effective coordination with concerned headquarters departments and field offices.
13.Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

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Required qualifications


Advanced level university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in economics, political science, social sciences, actuarial studies, legal or other relevant field.
A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least seven years of experience in social protection including social insurance and social assistance, including at the international level.
Experience in both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis would be an advantage. Experience in the design and/or management of international development programmes or projects would be an asset. Relevant professional experience in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of Russian would be an advantage.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, the following are required:

Knowledge and technical/behavioural competencies

Excellent knowledge and understanding of theories, trends and approaches in the area(s) of social protection and social security with the ability to plan, coordinate and guide the development and implementation of new concepts policies, techniques and procedures in response to evolving technical needs.
Good knowledge of the substantive nature of Organization’s work programmes and activities and ability to address broader issues outside the field of specialization.  
Ability to lead and manage individual and group assignments and to supervise those undertaking the work.
Ability to share knowledge and provide technical advice and guidance on latest policy developments in the technical area.
Excellent research and analytical skills. 
Excellent drafting skills.
Excellent communication skills, excellent presentation skills, negotiation, promotion and advocacy skills. Ability to adapt communication style to diverse audiences.
Ability to adapt quickly to new software and systems. 
Ability to network and build and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with key stakeholders and to create and promote synergies across the Organization and with external stakeholders.
Ability to represent the Organization and present/promote the technical area of work and the ILO's position on it to partners with a view to gaining their support to advance the desired course of action. 
Ability to mobilize resources.
Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-responsive, non-discriminatory and inclusive 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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.


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


Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. 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.


The ILO has zero tolerance for acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and is determined to ensure that all staff members and all beneficiaries of ILO assistance do not suffer, directly or indirectly, from sexual exploitation and abuse. 
To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organisation, the ILO may conduct a background verification of candidates under consideration.


Fraud warning

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