Senior Relations Specialist -- ILO, Geneva, Switzerland

Vacancy No: CALL/P/2016/04
Title: Senior Relations Specialist
Grade: P.5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Organization unit:   ACTRAV
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland 

The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the position of Senior Relations Specialist, Regional Desk for Europe and Central Asia (P5).

The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.

The following are eligible to apply:
- Internal candidates
- External candidates

The ILO values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving gender parity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities.

Within the context of the ILO's efforts to promote staff mobility, any appointee should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career.

Conditions of employment are described in the Appendix I.
INTRODUCTION
The Senior Relations Specialist is member of ACTRAV and will be located in Geneva at ILO HQ.

The Senior Relations Specialist will be responsible for determining priorities, planning, organising and coordinating the work developed by ACTRAV and the ILO in the region, with a special focus on the activities related to workers' organisations. He/she will plan, schedule the work of and oversee the performance of ACTRAV's Specialists in Workers' Activities in the Regional Offices as well as liaise with the Programme Officer for Workers' Activities for the region in the Turin Centre.

The Senior Relations Specialist will provide advice to senior ILO officials on main trends, challenges and policies and coordinate the provision of services to the region's members of the Workers' Group represented in the different institutional settings. He/she will also conceptualise, formulate and prepare technical cooperation projects for submission to donors and supervise the implementation of those projects.
Description of Duties
The official will be called upon to promote and develop activities with the following responsibilities:

1. In coordination with the Director of ACTRAV, plan, organise, coordinate and monitor the relations work of ACTRAV in the Europe and Central Asia Region. Determine the regional priorities and ensure that these are consistent with the ILO's and ACTRAV's priorities and plans and in line with the priorities identified with the trade union organisations in the region.

2. Support the Director with planning, managing and monitoring progress in work assigned to Specialist(s) in Workers' Activities in the Regional, DWT/CO and ILO offices and liaise with the Programme Officer for Workers' Activities for the region in the Turin Centre in order to meet objectives and deadlines for implementation in full respect of timetables and activities identified.

3. Provide advice to ACTRAV's Director, his/her team in HQ and in the field, senior officials on matters of concern to the relevant constituent group and represent the ILO at official events and conferences.

4. Provide advice to senior officials on current policies and views, namely the ones specific to workers' organisations, as well as on the development of general policies for relations with workers and employers' organisations, including regional and international workers' organisations and ensure the consistent application of such policies. Organise and ensure the preparation of policy- related briefs and documents.

5. Coordinate the servicing of the region's members of the Workers' Group of the Governing Body, the International Labour Conference, regional and sectoral meetings, and other official or specialised meetings and ensure that the discussion process is supported. Coordinate representation of the ILO at official meetings in the region and brief representatives at such meetings.

6. Review major ILO reports and documents, provide comments and suggestions to reflect relevant concerns and interests from the workers in the region and draft and approve documents, communications and press releases.

7. Undertake missions to Member States to build and improve relations with relevant organisations, to discuss and review their situation, and to provide advice and information on the Organization's policies and activities.

8. Recommend action on personnel, budgetary, procedural and other matters relating to the efficient operations of the Desk.

9. In close coordination with the Director and the team in charge of technical cooperation, conceptualise, formulate and prepare technical cooperation projects for submission to donors. Discuss possible projects with donors and obtain their approval, providing justification and explanation as required. Negotiate objectives, design, content and cost of technical cooperation activities and assume responsibility for the management and implementation of projects as well as for the quality of work performed and donor reporting.

10. Provide policy and technical advice and guidance to the Decent Work Support Team specialists and external consultants. Check, control and verify the design and implementation of work plans of Workers' Activities Specialists in DWTs, plan and coordinate the preparation and presentation of technical reports, annual reports on successful results, difficulties encountered and lessons learned and undertake missions in connection with technical cooperation.

11. Contribute to ACTRAV's work teams, inter alia in the areas of Programme and Budget, the Strategic Policy Framework, the Decent Work Country Programmes, the Global Jobs Pact and the Social Justice Declaration.
Required Qualifications

Education
Advanced university degree in economics, labour law, public administration, industrial relations, political science or other relevant field.
Experience
At least ten years of professional experience at national level, in dealing with issues pertaining to relations, actions and programmes of workers' organisations, of which at least seven years at the international level in a senior position.
Languages
Excellent command of one ILO working language (English, French or Spanish) and good knowledge of another (one of these languages must be English).
Competencies
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical Competencies:

In-depth knowledge of the work of the Organization, its policies, programmes and procedures; Excellent knowledge and understanding of workers' organisations and of labour related programmes, issues, practices and policies; Excellent knowledge of development concerns and needs of the countries in the region as related to trade union organisations and other constituents; Political insight and sound judgement; Discretion and high sense of responsibility, judgement and diplomacy; Ability to present and advocate policy changes in difficult circumstances; Ability to develop links with and attract major donors in order to ensure adequate resource mobilisation for the implementation of plans and projects; Ability to make authoritative judgements and to assume sound managerial, financial, administrative and supervisory responsibilities; Ability to provide authoritative advice and guidance to senior-level officials, executive management and constituents and to negotiate and discuss sensitive matters with tact, discretion and authority; Ability to take initiatives, plan and organise work in accordance with the priorities established; Ability to represent the organisation and deliver speeches at a high level in a tripartite environment; Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; Excellent leadership and management skills; Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, to undertake complex policy analysis and to produce relevant reports; Good working knowledge of standard computer software;

Behavioural competencies:

Ability to work in a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds; Gender-sensitive attitude.
Additional Information:
Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place between June and August 2016. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.
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