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ILO Jobs: Senior Specialist in Workers’ Activities 2021

Job Title: Senior Specialist in Workers’ Activities

Organization: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Grade: P5  

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2021/10

Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 19 May 2021

Job ID: 5983 

Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 

Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Lima 

Location: Lima, Peru  

Contract type: Fixed Term 

The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations. 

The following are eligible to apply:

  • Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates. 

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. 

Within the context of the ILO’s efforts to promote staff mobility, any appointee should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career. 

The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications 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

The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments,employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations). 

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 can be found here:


The position is located in the ILO DWT and Country Office for the Andean Countries.
The Senior Specialist in Workers’ Activities will be responsible for planning, providing, developing and coordinating technical advisory services in the field of workers’ activities to the ILO Offices and assisting workers’ organizations in their efforts to provide their members with improved/new services, thus extending their representation and their capacity to become strong, relevant, independent and representative organizations, able to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in the promotion of workers’ interests, in line with the principles of ILO standards. He/she should keep the ILO informed of the concerns, interest and perspectives of workers’ organizations and keep the workers’ organizations informed of the work the ILO, as well as promoting their participation in tripartite or bipartite initiatives in line with 2002 ILC Resolution concerning tripartism and social dialogue.
The Senior Specialist will have special responsibility for promoting and encouraging the involvement and active participation of workers and their organizations in all ILO activities while ensuring that ILO projects and programmes address the needs of workers and their organizations.  The Senior Specialist in Workers’ Activities will advise and assist on technical questions concerning operational projects including project formulation, technical backstopping and evaluation. The Senior Specialist will also advise and assist trade unions in policy discussions with government and employers’ organizations regarding ILO matters (ratification of ILO instruments, formulation and analysis of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP), regional cooperation, the UN reform process, particularly regarding the Cooperation Framework and the role of trade unions, in order to enhance trade union influence and activities in the defence and promotion of the interests and rights of workers, as representative, democratic and independent institutions of workers and as important actors in sustainable development.
The Senior Specialist in Workers’ Activities has double reporting responsibilities. He/she reports to the Director of ACTRAV, through ACTRAV Regional Desk Officer, for policy, technical and operational aspects and to the Director of the ILO Office for administrative matters.

Duties and Responsibilities

The official will be called upon to promote and develop workers’ activities in the sub-region with the following responsibilities: 

1. Provide authoritative advice and support to workers’ organizations at national and sub-regional level on matters pertaining inter alia to the future of work, international labour standards, relations with multilateral bodies, regional integration, social dialogue, tripartism and industrial relations, employment and lifelong learning, workers’ education programmes and activities. 
2. Identify opportunities and promote and develop relations with workers’ organizations at national and sub-regional levels and brief and involve them regularly on the implementation of ILO objectives and policies; strengthening the consultation process in accordance with the ILO Resolution on tripartism and social dialogue, through more systematic formal and informal consultations, where appropriate.
3. In close collaboration with the ACTRAV Regional Desk Officer, design the individual work plan for the biennium taking into consideration ILO’s and ACTRAV’s priorities and programmes as well as those identified with the trade union organizations in the sub-region. Ensure that this is submitted to ACTRAV and implemented in full respect of timetables and activities identified.
4. Design, organise and coordinate national and sub-regional seminars, meetings and other activities in the field of workers’ activities.  Develop consultancy, research and training activities in cooperation with workers’ organizations and participate as a resource person in workers’ education activities sponsored by workers’ organizations in the sub-region or by ACTRAV-ITC.
5. Design development cooperation project proposals on capacity building for workers’ organizations as well as project proposals for ACTRAV submission to donors for extra-budgetary financing. Plan, organise, supervise and monitor the work of specialists in charge of the implementation of development cooperation projects, control the quality of output and evaluate the work performed and results achieved.
6. Carry out missions in the countries of the sub-region in order to strengthen ILO cooperation.  After discussion with the Director and the Desk Officer, convene meetings and activities, represent ACTRAV and plan and  coordinate major events organized by workers’ organizations (congresses, meetings, etc.) and prepare and submit the reports of such missions and activities.
7. Prepare and submit to ACTRAV and the DWT/CO bi-annual reports on implementation of activities based on the individual work plan, mission reports, technical papers and studies, reports on the supervisory system and information on the development of the capacities of workers’ organisations, namely regarding industrial relations, tripartism, collective bargaining and social dialogue at country or sub-regional level. Bi-annual reports will assess the impact of the programme, pointing to successful results, difficulties encountered and lessons learned.
8. Provide policy advice and training to build capacities of trade unions on union organizational development and modern and democratic management and communication methods and strategies, inclusive structures, increasing trade union representation and effectiveness through workers’ education and organizing and the use of strategic planning and results-based approaches.
9. Foster union structures and plan, lead and oversee activities that will mainstream the participation of women, youth, migrant workers, informal economy workers, etc, catalyse change through the use of innovative strategies, including ICT and social media. .

10. Disseminate information and materials on socio-economic policy issues and legislation of special relevance to workers and their organizations, at sub-regional and national levels, and prepare technical papers and studies when required.
11. Promote trade union research and knowledge sharing activities aimed at enhancing awareness and understanding of the changing and evolving world of work and shaping measures that address the four pillars of the Decent Work Agenda (employment, social protection, social dialogue and rights at work) the UN reform process, particularly regarding the Cooperation Framework and the role of trade unions and the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
12. Prepare comments on relevant ILO documents and others as appropriate requested by ACTRAV, DWT and the ILO Regional Office.  This could include briefing notes and comments on documents prepared for the Governing Body sessions (i.e. freedom of association, development cooperation, multinationals, gender, child labour, etc.) as well as internal documents prepared by other units in the ILO.
13. Provide technical advice and assistance to ensure effective trade union action and involvement in policy formulation, responses and regulatory frameworks to address decent work deficits. This could include supporting campaigns for ratification and application of international labour standards, training on the use of the ILO supervisory mechanisms, labour law review, etc.
14. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Desirable Profile

The set of qualifications below are indicative of the type of education, experience, language skills and competencies expected for this position.


Advanced university degree in economics, labour law, public administration, industrial relations, political science or other relevant field.


At least ten years professional experience in trade union organizations, of which at least seven years’ experience at the international level


Excellent command of one ILO official language (English, French or Spanish) plus a working knowledge of another (one of these languages must be English).


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

Technical competencies:

Excellent knowledge and  understanding of workers’ organizations and labour-related programmes, issues, practices and policies; Wide knowledge of the work of the Organization; Excellent knowledge of development concerns and needs in various countries as related to trade union organizations; Good analytical and problem-solving abilities; Ability to develop links with and attract major donors in order to ensure adequate resource mobilisation for the implementation of plans and projects; and ability to evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects; Ability to represent the Organisation at a high level in a tripartite environment, and to provide authoritative advice and guidance to both constituents and the Office; Ability to take initiatives, plan and organize work in accordance with ACTRAV guidelines and priorities;  Ability to produce strategyreports (e.g. reports for regional conferences and ILC, trade union profiles, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions). The ability to provide policy advice and the ability to manage large projects to coordinate activities among projects. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. 

Behavioural competencies:

Discretion and high sense of responsibility and judgement Ability to work in a team. The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Recruitment process 

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

In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and in view of border and travel restrictions as well as ILO teleworking arrangements, the start date of contracts or transfers to temporary positions will have to be reconfirmed in the context of the evolution of the pandemic. 

Fraud warning 

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