Senior specialist in the informal economy

International Labor Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th December, 2020

Job Description

The Senior Informal Economy Specialist heads the Transition to Formality Unit located within the Development and Investments Service (DEVINVEST), which reports to the Employment Policy Department (EMPLOYMENT) . In collaboration with ILO regional offices and other technical units, the team promotes integrated policy frameworks that facilitate the transition from the informal to the formal economy. DEVINVEST helps ILO member States address various challenges related to informality through the following means:

  •  economic diversification and structural transformation to foster the growth of employment and productivity and developing programs to optimize the impact of trade and sector policies on employment;
  •  employment-oriented policies, especially for fragile countries affected by conflict or disaster, to enable recovery and build resilience;
  •  developing approaches to improve employment and productivity in the rural economy and facilitate the transition to formality, including for young people; 4) supporting the planning, implementation and development of employment-intensive investment exit strategies. especially for fragile countries affected by conflict or disaster to enable recovery and build resilience; 3) developing approaches to improve employment and productivity in the rural economy and facilitate the transition to formality, including for young people;
  •  supporting the planning, implementation and development of employment-intensive investment exit strategies. especially for fragile countries affected by conflict or disaster to enable recovery and build resilience

The incumbent will also bring together the work of the different units and teams of the service, from macroeconomic work on impact assessments and structural transformation, to operational work in support of employment-intensive investments, in order to to collect data and good practices regarding exit strategies to move from short-term temporary employment opportunities to formal employment. The informal economy specialist will lead the development of policies contributing to the framework of the new generation of comprehensive employment policies at the national level, based on social dialogue. This includes analysis of the informal economy,

The incumbent will report to the Head of DEVINVEST.

Specific tasks

  • Lead the work of the Formality Transition Team by providing support for the effective implementation of the Recommendation (No. 204) on the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy, 2015, through Decent Work Country Programs, within the broader framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and supporting the tripartite constituents of the ILO.
  • Identify the needs and assist the tripartite constituents of the ILO in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of national employment policies in the area of ​​transition to formality, focusing on sectoral, strong approaches. employment intensive, and gender sensitive. This task also consists of promoting coherence and coordination between the policies of the main ministries (Finance, Planning, Labor, sectoral ministries, local administrations) and other public and private bodies, as well as strengthening the capacity of the social partners to '' achieve the objectives of formalizing employment.
  • Provide advice for the development of policies, technical guidelines and methodologies as defined by Recommendation 204. This includes advice on building the capacity of ILO constituents in accordance with the Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work (2019) and relevant international labor standards, namely the Employment Policy Convention, 1964 (No. 122), and its accompanying Recommendation (No. 122), as well as Recommendation ( n ° 205) on employment and decent work for peace and resilience, 2017.
  • Contribute to the department's research, policy and practical work on the informal economy, especially in relation to structural transformation, job-intensive investments, fragile context, and participate in relevant task forces on this topic.
  • Establish collaborative arrangements in the field of informality with other ILO departments at headquarters and with field offices, in particular the regional informal economy specialist, and with other development cooperation agencies and funding in this area, in the areas of knowledge development, capacity building and support for policy implementation.
  • Provide technical support and assist in the design, coordination and implementation of development cooperation projects and activities, working closely with ILO specialists in the field to ensure communication, cooperation and effective support.
  • Design and organize tripartite forums on employment policies at national level with the participation of multiple stakeholders.
  • Monitor and report on the execution of tasks according to geographic areas or areas of activity.
  • Perform other relevant duties as requested.
  • These specific tasks complement the generic description established by the ILO for this post, namely:

Generic tasks

  • Direct, organize, plan, supervise and control the work of a technical unit (including managerial functions).
  • Design and promote a wide range of special programs relating to specific fields. These tasks include the analysis of complex and conflicting data, statistics, information or guidelines. The holder must, for this purpose, exhaustively apply the principles of recognized technical specialization.
  • Develop and revise an institutional framework in which the social partners can, under the best conditions, improve, implement and evaluate effective and equitable organizational action programs.
  • Take full responsibility for policy development. Provide advice to constituents of the organization on institutional strengthening, application of organizational standards and promotion of technical cooperation activities.
  • Design projects, review proposals, formulate, revise and present project proposals and negotiate funding.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of project activities.
  • Lead technical advisory missions.
  • Organize seminars, workshops and technical meetings.
  • Prepare draft recommendations and guidelines that will be discussed and subsequently adopted as organizational recommendations relating to relevant technical areas.
  • Write manuals and training guides in relevant fields.
  • Disseminate program information through publications and press releases. Ensure representation at meetings with donor agencies, in international, regional and national forums and carry out awareness campaigns.
  • Monitor and coordinate research carried out by lower-level technical managers and external collaborators.
  • Provide technical input to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical commissions, regional meetings and conference reports, Director General's report to the ILC).

Qualifications required

  •  Advanced university degree in sociology of work or in development economics.


  • Ten to fifteen years of experience of which at least seven years at the international level. Direct experience in job creation programs, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of employment policies, and experience in formulating "reclassification strategies" or " output "would be an advantage.


  •  Perfect command of an official language (French, English, Spanish) of the Organization and working knowledge of a second official language. One of them must be English.


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