Skills and Employability Officer

International labour organisation(ILO), Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th October, 2015

Job Description

Specific duties

- Undertake research and analyze trends and developments in the countries covered which have a direct bearing on the formulation of skills development policies, employment promotion, and poverty reduction strategies; identify possibilities for integrating social, economic, gender and other human resources development concerns in line with the ILO Decent Work Agenda, with special reference to the promotion of relevant international labour standards.
- Provide advice to governments on focusing skills development policies and provision on meeting the needs of workers and operators in rural areas and the informal economy, as well as the special needs of women, youth and persons with disabilities.
- Participate in the development and support the implementation of coherent Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) and UN development assistance frameworks (UNDAF) in partnership with specialists in other technical fields. In particular, promote inter-ministerial coordination to link basic education, vocational training, employment services and lifelong learning and to integrate skills development in the work of line ministries (agriculture, industry, environment, enterprise development, youth employment, etc.).
- Support constituents in undertaking needs assessment and comparative policy analyses. Contribute to building constituents' capacity to design policies, implementing them, and monitoring their implementation and impact, including capacity of employment services to provide effective and efficient support targeting labour market entry of youth, matching the supply of skilled workers and employment opportunities, and implementation of active labour market programmes. Promote the effective participation of employers' associations and trade unions in policy design, implementation, and evaluation.
- Contribute to the development, design, implementation and evaluation of vocational education and training systems and institutions, involving national vocational qualifications, skill standards and skills assessment and recognition, upgrading of non-formal and encouragement of workplace training. Support the mainstreaming of gender issues in national skills development policies and systems, and where appropriate promote policies and programmes targeting women's access to quality and relevant training.
- Analyse various approaches with a view to extend accessibility of relevant training services in the formal and informal economies, including apprenticeship systems and linking entrepreneurship and vocational training, with special emphasis on the financial and institutional sustainability of programmes and coherence with broader employment promotion and poverty reduction strategies and policies.
- Assist in building systems to sustain cooperation between public and private training systems, industrial sectors and other important stakeholders and on systems linking training provision to needs of employers and emerging employment-creating industries and sectors. Promote that extending access to quality, relevant and employable skills should be integrated into local development initiatives, linking skills development to entrepreneurship, business services and micro-credit schemes to expand livelihoods, self-employment and wage employment.
- Foster close contacts with national and regional representatives of the donor community, international financial institutions and other development agencies active in skills development. Monitor the evolution of their policies and procedures; participate in joint missions and promote ILO policy objectives in national and sub-regional development programmes funded by these agencies.
- Contribute to office-wide efforts to analyze, document and disseminate good practices on conducive national policies and local initiatives on skills development and employment strategies as part of regional and global knowledge-management systems.
- Represent the ILO at policy-making levels and in conferences and meetings in the region with strategies, policies or programmes in the field of vocational training. Contribute to regional activities which include regional workshops, research on skills and training, disability inclusion and employment services, and to the effective functioning of the on-line Community of Practice for the Regional Skills and Employability Programme.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

- Undertake research and prepare analytical reports on selected subjects within the area of technical competence.
- Assess country experience (on selected topics) with a view to identifying best practices in finding solutions to problems identified.
- Provide technical inputs (articles, reports) for regional, country or related sectoral analyses, ILO reports and publications.
- Provide technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring.
- Undertake missions for the purpose of providing technical recommendations on selected topics following ILO established guidelines, manuals and standards.
- Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators.
- Act as focal point on a specific field of specialisation.
- Participate in training seminars and workshops as resource person.


- Advanced university degree in vocational education and training, human resources development, labour economics or other social sciences.


- Three years' experience at the national level and two years' experience at the international level in human resources development, vocational education and training and skills development policies and programme implementation, including for the informal economy.
- Experience in design and implementation of technical cooperation projects in skills development and relevant work in developing countries would be an advantage.


- An excellent command of French and good knowledge of English is required.

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