Specialist in Workers' Activities

International labour organisation(ILO), Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, HR and AdminMedia and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd March, 2016

Job Description

Description of Duties

The official will be called upon to promote and develop workers' activities in the subregion with the following responsibilities:

  • Promote and develop relations with workers' organizations at national and subregional 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, through more systematic formal and informal consultations, where appropriate.
  • ACTRAV should be consulted in a timely and meaningful way.
  • In close collaboration with the ACTRAV Regional Desk Officer, design the individual workplan for the biennium to be submitted to ACTRAV.
  • This plan should take into consideration ILO's and ACTRAV's priorities and programmes as well as those identified with the trade union organisations in the region and should be implemented in full respect of timetables and activities identified.
  • Design and organize national and subregional 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 subregion or by ACTRAV-ITC.
  • Design technical cooperation project proposals on capacity building for workers' organizations as well as project proposals for ACTRAV submission to donors for extra-budgetary financing.
  • Carry out missions in the countries of the subregion in order to strengthen ILO Cooperation. After discussion with the Director and the Desk Officer, coordinate meetings and activities, represent the ILO and participate in major events organized by workers' organizations (congresses, meetings, etc) and prepare the reports of such missions and activities.
  • Prepare and submit to ACTRAV and the DWT/CO 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. Annual reports will assess the impact of the programme, pointing to successful results, difficulties encountered and lessons learned.
  • Provide policy advice and training to build capacities of trade unions on union organizational development and modern and democratic management methods, inclusive structures, increasing trade union representation and effectiveness through workers' education and organising and the use of strategic planning and results-based approaches.
  • Foster union structures and activities that will mainstream the participation of women, youth, migrant workers, informal economy workers, etc.
  • 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.
  • 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 Decent Work (employment, social protection, social dialogue and rights at work).
  • Prepare comments on relevant ILO documents and others as appropriate requested by ACTRAV, DWT and the ILO Regional Office.
  • This could include reactions and comments on documents prepared for the Governing Body sessions (i.e. freedom of association, technical cooperation, multinationals, gender, child labour, etc) as well as internal documents prepared by other Units in the ILO.
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to ensure effective trade union action and involvement in policy responses and regulatory frameworks to address decent work deficits.
  • This could include supporting campaigns for ratification and application of core and international labour standards, training on the use of the ILO supervisory mechanisms, labour law revision, etc.


  • Advanced university degree with demonstrated expertise in the relevant technical field.


  • At least eight years professional experience at the national level, or five years' experience at the international level in trade union organisations.


  • Excellent command of one ILO working language (English, French or Spanish) plus good knowledge of another (one of these languages must be English). The knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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