UN Jobs – Technical Specialist – Labour Economist – International Labour Organization (ILO)


Job Title:    Technical Specialist – Labour

Organisation: International
Labour Organization (ILO)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Reports to: Director
of ILO Country Office

Grade: P4

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/P/2021/03


About US:

The International
Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency dealing with labour
problems, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and
work opportunities for all. The ILO has 187 member states: 186 of the 193 UN
member states plus the Cook Islands are members of the ILO. In 1969, the
organisation received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving peace among classes,
pursuing decent work and justice for workers, and providing technical
assistance to other developing nations.


Job Summary: The Technical Specialist (Labour
Economist) will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the development
of the National Employment Strategy, based on the expressed priorities and
determinations of national tripartite constituents, and in close collaboration
with ILO technical specialists, as well as any short term expertise that may be
required. S/he will be responsible for technical coordination to ensure the
project work benefits from the ILO’s knowledge and international experience in
the delivery of the project outputs. S/he will guide on the development and
implementation of a technical work plan for the project, and work closely with
the Technical Specialist (Labour Statistician) during the preparation and
execution of the Labour Force Survey. S/he will have a considerable track
record cutting across the areas of employment promotion, public finance and
financial management, employment impact assessments, employment mainstreaming
of public policies and budgets, employment-intensive investment, capacity
building, tripartite engagement and management of national-level projects.


Under the direct and overall responsibility of the Director
of ILO Country Office for the United Republic of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya,
Rwanda and Uganda (CO-Dar Es Salaam), the Technical Specialist will be
responsible for providing technical support and leadership with regard to the
planning, implementation, coordination, supervision and financial control of
this action. The Technical Specialist will receive backstopping support from
the relevant specialist from DWT Pretoria, CO Dar es salaam as well as from
Geneva as required.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Provide high-level technical advice and support
to tripartite constituents, on issues related to national employment
strategies/policies. public finance management, employment governance, LMIS,
labour market analysis and policies at national and local levels, and other
relevant areas.

In close collaboration with the DWT and CO Dar,
relevant departments at ILO headquarters, ILO constituents, and other key
counterparts, design, plan, lead, coordinate the development of the National
Employment Strategy, as well as conduct economic research on and policy
analysis of strategic labour and economic issues.

Review, monitor and evaluate the achievements of
economic and labour market policies in the country and provide high-level
technical policy advice on strategies to promote economic growth, investment
and employment creation and an enabling environment for sustainable development
while promoting international labour standards and the ILO’s Decent Work

Coordinate and undertake policy advisory
missions and capacity building initiatives and advise, governments, employers’
and workers’ organizations, and other relevant institutions, on the development
and formulation of strategies, policies or programmes in the field of
employment and labour market policies, with a view to bringing employment and the
Decent Work Agenda at the centre of national development policies and public
finances, particularly in line with Sustainable Development Goal on Decent Work
and Economic Growth (SDG 8).

Provide technical support on employment and
macroeconomic issues, as well as public financial management, and cooperate
with the the UN Country Teams in the elaboration of Common Country Analyses and
United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks.

Establish, develop and maintain close relations
with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations in the region, as well
as with donors and development agencies, the United Nations system, development
financial institutions banks, multilateral agencies, academic institutions and
think tanks involved on employment and labour market policies and issues.

Organize joint activities and projects with a
view to raising the ILO’s visibility and mainstreaming decent work goals and
coherent strategies and policies.

Assume full technical responsibility for policy
formulation and providing policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional
strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of
development cooperation activities.

Disseminate information on action programmes
through publications and press releases as well as ensuring representation at
donors’ meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy

Lead, plan and control the work of project and
supervise the work of other project staff as well external collaborators and
other short term staff to be hired during project implementation.

Any other duties as signed by the direct


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Technical
Specialist (Labour Economist) job opportunity should hold an a
university degree in economics with demonstrated knowledge and expertise on
development economics, employment, public finances, and labour market

At least eight years of professional experience
in labour and macroeconomic policy analysis/development, with a particular
focus on labour market economics and analysis, employment policies, public
finances and financial management, of which at least five years at the
international level.

Experience in publishing studies and articles
based on research related to enabling environment for sustainable enterprises,
the labour economy, employment policies, pro-employment macroeconomics and/or
public finances.

Relevant experience related Uganda and EAC region
would be an advantage.

Languages: Excellent command of
English is a requirement.



Technical  competencies

Solid knowledge of labour economic and
macroeconomic issues in the region.

Demonstrated and recognized technical and /or
managerial leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the
related work unit

Demonstrated technical expertise to devise new
methods, concepts, approaches and techniques, leading to development of ILO
standards and technical guidelines and ability to prepare ILO strategy reports
in the related field for programme development,

Proven ability to provide policy advice and the
ability to manage large projects to coordinate activities among projects.

Ability to prepare reports and publications of a
high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and
programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance
to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and


Behavioural  competencies

Ability to work, collaborate and deliver under

Demonstrated leadership and inter-personal

Excellent communication skills, both oral and

The ability to work in a multicultural
environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory
behaviour and attitudes.


How to Apply:

All candidates who
wish to join the International Labour Organisation, ILO, in this capacity
should apply online at the link below.




Deadline: 9thMarch 2021


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