Unit Head Transport and Maritime Sectors

International Labour Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

The position is located in the Transport and Maritime Unit of the Sectoral Policies Department (SECTOR). 
SECTOR is responsible for providing support to ILO constituents in addressing employment and labour opportunities and issues in specific economic and social sectors at the global, regional and national levels. The sectoral approach to decent work cuts across the entire Decent Work Agenda. 
The work of the Department includes: 
  • consensus building on sector-specific policies and practices through social dialogue, including through tripartite sectoral meetings at the global, regional and national level; the promotion of ratification and effective implementation of international labour standards, with special attention to sectoral labour standards;  the development and dissemination of knowledge and information relating to sector and/or industry-specific economic and employment trends; policy-oriented research on decent work issues in specific sectors; the implementation of development cooperation projects as well as the delivery of policy advice and capacity building programmes for tripartite constituents; and the promotion of policy coherence on key sectoral issues through strategic partnerships with other United Nations agencies, with multilateral organizations and with other stakeholders. 
  • SECTOR is also responsible for the coordination of Office-wide efforts for the promotion of decent work in the rural economy and the Department contributes to the ILO’s work on the promotion of decent work in supply chains.
  • The Transport and Maritime Unit promotes decent work in shipping, fisheries, ports, inland navigation, road transport, rail transport, civil aviation and urban transport.
  • The main role of the position is [to support ILO constituents – governments, employers and workers – to advance decent work in the transport and maritime sectors, and to manage the Transport and Maritime Unit.
  • The incumbent works under direct supervision of the Director of the Sectoral Policies Department 
  • The Senior Specialist works in collaboration with other specialists in Headquarters and in DWT/CO teams, multilateral development banks, international financial institutions and with UN agencies at the global, regional, country and sectoral levels.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead the work of a technical unit and ensure the effective management of all financial, human and other resources in accordance with ILO standards, the results-based management framework and through timely and effective use of the Performance Management Framework (PMF) and other feedback mechanisms and plan, manage and coordinate a broad programme of work in the transport and maritime sectors. Lead work streams/teams involved in this work and manage staff and consultants as applicable. 
  • Lead the design, development, implementation, monitoring and promotion of related programmes, strategies, approaches and policies with a view to enhancing and positioning the Organization’s technical leadership in these areas. Lead, manage and coordinate high-level advocacy and technical and policy advisory services at the global / regional / subregional / national levels to advance the Decent Work Agenda and social justice, fostering the integration of cross-cutting policy drivers, including international labour standards, social dialogue, gender equality and non-discrimination, and a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies.
  • Provide thought leadership in areas of importance to ILO constituents and other concerned stakeholders, including through the continuous strategic positioning of the Organization and its mandate within the United Nations system. Act as a catalyst in formulating policies on critical issues related to the promotion of decent work across ILO’s strategic objectives and build bridges and synergies between strategic policy areas. Coordinate cross-organizational teams/initiatives to ensure integration and policy coherence to advance broad programme development. 
  • Review and facilitate the strengthening and effective implementation of inclusive institutional, legal and policy frameworks. Provide authoritative policy and technical advice concerning the transport and maritime sectors to ILO constituents and other concerned stakeholders with a view to promoting the formulation of inclusive and gender-responsive policies and programmes, and their impactful implementation and monitoring to ensure equitable outcomes. Promote relevant international labour standards.
  • Support ILO constituents in identifying their needs and provide adequate technical support, including through comparative policy analyses. Facilitate the effective participation and advocacy role of employers’ and workers’ organizations in policy design, implementation and evaluation of decent work programmes and projects.
  • Provide technical inputs to the design and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) as well as UN and other development cooperation frameworks. Build and stimulate multidisciplinary initiatives and activities with a view to ensuring an integrated approach for the delivery of the Decent Work Agenda.
  • Lead innovative gender-mainstreamed global, regional and country specific research projects on decent work issues, in particular related to the transport and maritime sectors, provide clear and operational policy recommendations, including at sectoral level and ensure an integrated approach, with a view to influencing policy agendas of countries and recommendations of other international agencies and multilateral organizations.
  • Develop and lead/coordinate the development of sectoral policies, initiatives, strategies and a range of original and evidence-based technical and policy knowledge products and tools responding to constituents’ needs and priorities and advancing the Decent Work Agenda. Promote and facilitate their dissemination at the global / regional / and country levels. Provide advice and technical support to constituents and other stakeholders on effectively using such tools. Contribute to Office-wide efforts to analyse, document and disseminate lessons learned and information on innovative practices.
  • Lead the development, review and quality control of major reports, publications, documents and other office documents, including for the Governing Body, International Labour Conference and regional, sectoral and expert meetings.
  • Support the strengthening of ILO constituents' capacity to design and implement policies and measures  in the area of land, sea and air transport and maritime, taking into account the need for policy coherence and an integrated approach to decent work. Oversee the design of tools and learning materials, pilot new guidelines, lead/coordinate workshops, meetings and other events, using innovative methods, digital platforms and communication tools. Develop and run/implement global and/or regional capacity development programmes, knowledge sharing and training events, including in collaboration with the International Training Centre in Turin (ITC-ILO) and/or with other relevant partners as applicable.
  • Identify opportunities for technical and strategic partnerships and broker collaborative relationships to benefit the broad areas of the Decent Work Agenda with traditional and non-traditional partners/entities of the UN system / other international organizations / regional and national actors / private institutions / multilateral development banks / international financial institutions / research institutions / academia,  civil society / other key stakeholders /  with a view to advancing ILO’s strategic objectives and ensuring policy coherence / joint programme design and implementation / promoting awareness of ILO’s values and strategic objectives / resource mobilization / influencing policy and financing decisions in support of decent work objectives.
  • Convene and represent the ILO at major international/regional meetings and events, including with strategic players, national and international development partners, international financial institutions and multilateral and regional institutions of the UN system and other key stakeholders/organizations. As the ILO’s technical representative, play a key role in promoting and advocating the Decent Work Agenda.   
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
Required qualifications:

  • Advanced level university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law, economics, social science or other field related to transport and maritime sectors.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other field related to one or more of the transport or maritime sectors with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • At least ten years of experience in the field of labour law, economics or labour relations, including at the international level. Experience relevant to the transport (road transport, rail transport, civil aviation or urban transport) or maritime sectors (shipping, fishing, inland waterways or ports) would be a considerable  advantage.
  • Excellent command of one working language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of a second working language. One of these must be English.