Senior Regional Specialist on Labour Economics - Tenders Global

Senior Regional Specialist on Labour Economics

International Labour Organization

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The position is located in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for the South Cone of Latin America (DWT/CO-Santiago), in Santiago, Chile, and serves as the Specialist on Labour economics for the Region of Latin America and the Caribbean.     
The Regional Office (RO) has overall political and management responsibilities for the promotion of ILO principles, policies and decent work priorities in the region as well as for providing strategic guidance and support to all ILO Decent Work Technical Support Teams (DWTs) and Country Offices (COs) in the region. DWT/CO-Santiago covers Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay and also provides technical advice and support to the ILO Country Offices in Argentina and Brazil. DWT/CO-Santiago provides high-quality, timely and integrated technical support to Country Offices under its geographical competence in the design, implementation and monitoring of Decent Work Country Programmes and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks. 
The main role of the position is to provide high-level technical advisory services in the field of employment and labour market policies, including inputs to macroeconomic and productive development frameworks and their relation to employment policies, labour market analysis, national sustainable development plans and other policy and operational strategies for the entire ROLAC region. The Specialist will coordinate programmes and activities required for the development of integrated and coherent policies and the promotion of decent work in line with the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, the ILO Global Call to Action for a Human-Centered Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and other relevant regional frameworks. The Specialist will provide technical support to ILO constituents for leveraging the expertise and knowledge, and developing effective policies aimed at promoting enabling environments for sustainable enterprises generating full, productive and freely chosen employment and decent work opportunities for all. 
The incumbent works under direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Director and receives technical guidance from the Director of the Employment Policy, Job Creation and Livelihoods   Department at ILO headquarters. The Specialist will be a member of the ILO’s Global Technical Employment Team. 
The Senior Specialist works in collaboration with the other specialists in the DWT/CO teams and takes a coordinating role with employment specialists where appropriate. The Senior Specialist collaborates with relevant technical departments at ILO headquarters, UN entities and UN agencies at the country and regional levels, multilateral development banks, international financial institutions and other relevant partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Plan manage and coordinate a broad programme of work in the technical area of Labour Economics across the ROLAC region. Lead work 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 regional and subregional 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 in the area of Labour Economics 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 with a view to ensuring an integrated approach for the delivery of the Decent Work Agenda.
  • optional section (only if needed)
  • Lead innovative gender-mainstreamed regional, subregional and country specific research projects on decent work issues, in particular related to Labour Economics, that provide clear and operational policy recommendations, including at sectoral level and ensure an integrated approach/perspective, 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 regional, subregional and country-level Labour Economics 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, implement and improve (as required) policies and measures, as well as monitor their impact  in the area of Labour Economics, 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.
  • optional section 2 (only if needed)
  • 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 and other international organizations, regional and national actors, private institutions, multilateral development banks, international financial institutions, research institutions / academia,  civil society and other key stakeholders in the area of Labour Economics with a view to advancing ILO’s strategic objectives and ensuring policy coherence, promoting awareness of ILO’s values and strategic objectives, resource mobilization and influencing policy and financing decisions in support of decent work objectives in the area of Labour Economics.
  • 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:
Education:
  • Advanced level university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in  economics, social sciences or other relevant field.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field 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.
Experience:
  • At least ten years of experience in labour economics, labour market analysis and employment policy, including at the international level. A proven publication record based on research related to enabling environment for sustainable enterprises, labour economics, employment policies or economic development.
  • Relevant experience related to Latin America and the Caribbean would be an advantage. 
Languages:
  • Excellent command  English and Spanish.

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