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Title: Programme Officer, Skills Development and TVET Cluster

Number: 2/2018

Grade: P 3

Contract Type: One year + extension subject to satisfactory performance

Date: 06/07/2018

Application Deadline: 05/08/2018 (15 day(s) until closing deadline)

Organization unit: Employment Policy and Analysis Programme (EPAP)

Duty Station: Turin, Italy

The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO Turin Centre), based in Turin, Italy, is the training arm of the ILO, a specialized agency of the United Nations.

The Centre values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities.

Conditions of employment are listed in the additional Information section of the notice of vacancy.

This vacancy is being filled by competition in accordance with Article 1.2 and Annex H of the Staff Regulations.


The programme officer position is located in the Employment Policy and Analysis Programme (EPAP).

As part of the strategic objective of the ILO to promote full and productive employment, EPAP endeavours to support the capacity of governments, social partners and other stakeholders to design, implement and analyse employment and skills development policies and programmes. EPAP offers training, knowledge-sharing and other capacity-building activities that cover a range of employment-related topics such as skills development and training, labour market information systems, techniques for assessing the employment impact of economic policy and investment choices, the role of active labour market policies, and the functioning of labour market institutions.

More specifically, skills development is a key factor in the employability of workers and the sustainability of enterprises. National skills development policies and systems strive to meet present and future labour market needs for skills and to improve productivity and competitiveness in the sectors, which are critical for the achievement of national employment and development goals. Skills policies and systems encompass technical and vocational training, workplace learning, informal learning, learning opportunities in the informal and rural economies and education and training for lifelong learning.

In line with these issues, EPAP’s Skills Development and TVET Cluster offers a varied menu of activities, including master’s programmes, training courses, knowledge-sharing events, experts meetings and conferences. Depending on their specific nature, activities target ILO constituents, other government officials and policymakers, university graduates, researchers and analysts, and staff of donor and development agencies (including ILO staff). In line with external developments, future priorities for EPAP will include digital skills, and the nexus between skills development and migration.  

Functional responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of the EPAP Programme Manager, the Programme Officer will be responsible for planning and implementing the activities of EPAP’s Cluster on Skills Development and TVET.

Specifically, the incumbent will:

  • In coordination with the EPAP Programme Manager, develop and deliver a high-quality portfolio of training courses, knowledge-sharing events, expert meetings and advisory services on diverse topics under the Cluster on Skills Development and TVET;
  • Assess training needs and identify programmatic priorities in member States and plan activities to support demands, in line with technical and financial objectives of EPAP, and aligned to ITC-ILO’s and ILO’s strategic plans and programme and budgets;
  • Plan and develop training and other activities with the Skill and Employability Branch, ILO, Geneva and other ILO officials, including skill specialists in ILO field offices;
  • Monitor the implementation of activities of the Cluster on Skills Development and TVET;
  • Promote and market training activities under the Cluster on Skills Development and TVET in collaboration with ITC-ILO colleagues, external collaborators and development partners;
  • Provide guidance to consultants and experts in the delivery of training and other activities; establish and maintain a roster of consultants, experts and resource persons relevant to the Cluster’s courses and programmes;
  • Evaluate activities using rigorous and institutional methodologies to improve effectiveness and delivery of activities;
  • Draft technical training methodologies and materials, including guides, on different topics covered by the Cluster on Skills Development and TVET;
  • Maintain existing and develop new professional contacts, networks and partnerships with ILO member States, multilateral/ bilateral organizations, research institutes, and other bodies;
  • Jointly with the EPAP Programme Manager and other colleagues, identify resource mobilization opportunities and develop project proposals;
  • Perform other related duties as requested by the EPAP Programme Manager.

Qualifications required:


Advanced university degree in social sciences with demonstrated expertise in the field of skills development and TVET.


A minimum of five years of experience, of which two years at the international level, in skills development and TVET and related areas. 


Fluency in English and working knowledge of French. 

Knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and/or Arabic would be considered an asset.

Core competencies
  • Adaptability: ability to adapt to major changes in work tasks or in the work environment
  • Client service: ability to effectively meet client needs (internal and external)
  • Collaboration: ability to develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate work goals
  • Communication: ability to communicate by clearly conveying information to individuals or groups
  • Initiative: ability to take prompt action to accomplish objectives, including beyond normal duties
  • Integrity: ability to maintain social, ethical and organizational norms and adhere to codes of conduct and ethical principles
  • Knowledge management: ability to develop and update professional knowledge base continuously; to assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner
  • Sensitivity to diversity: ability to accommodate the differences found in other cultures and between genders to interact effectively with people of different cultures

Level competencies
  • Decision-making: analysis and judgement/problem-solving.
  • Managing work: ability to manage one’s time and resources effectively to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

Technical competencies
  • Excellent knowledge of the ILO policies in the area of skills development and employability;
  • Sound knowledge of development and technical cooperation issues, concepts and operations;
  • Ability to provide authoritative technical advice and to coordinate plans;
  • Excellent writing skills, including report writing skills and experience in preparing project proposals in the field of expertise;
  • Experience in utilizing computers including word processing, database and other software;
  • Proven experience/expertise in the design and delivery of skills development activities, particularly in developing countries;
  • Knowledge of participatory and action-oriented training methods and tools;
  • Knowledge of technical cooperation processes and procedures as well as of donor policies and practices.

Personal Skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to organize and delegate work and to supervise staff;
  • Good diplomatic and negotiating skills;
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;
  • Ability to work in a team, including establishing and maintaining effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Additional Information:


All candidates must complete an online application form, through the e-recruitment platform:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 August 2018 close of business (CET).

No applications will be accepted after that date/time.


Short listed candidates will be required to sit a written test and an interview. In addition, successful completion of the Assessment Centre will be required.

For more information on the recruitment process, we invite you to read “The Recruitment Process”,  a pdf document available on the left-hand side of the e-recruitment homepage, under the USEFUL DOCUMENT section.

Candidates will be contacted directly if selected for the written test.

External candidates under serious consideration for appointment will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.


Depending on his/her qualifications and relevant experience, the candidate may be initially recruited at a grade lower than that of the position.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to the Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules.

Appointments are of fixed-term duration. The first contract is for a twelve-month period. 

A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first year of assignment.

Any extension of contract beyond the probationary period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

Recruitment is normally made at the initial step in the grade.

Salary and post adjustment P.3

US $ (per year)

Turin Multiplier 

July 2018:  38.1



USD  59,151.00

rising by annual increments to


USD  76,390.00

Post adjustment multiplier for Turin (subject to change)


USD 22,536.53



USD  29,104.59

In case the appointed official qualifies for dependency status (spouse or children) the above salary increases by 6% of the applicable grade and step.

The above salary levels are determined according to the criteria established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC). The Centre is an international public sector employer and salary and other employment conditions are not negotiable. The post adjustment (cost of living adjustment) is variable and subject to change without notice, in accordance with the rates set by the ICSC for the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. Therefore, the figures quoted, based on the rate at the time of publication of this call for interest, are only indicative.

Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment

Children's allowance

Children's education grant

Pension and health insurance schemes

30 working days annual leave

Settling in grant

Entitlement to removal expenses

Repatriation grant (after 5 years of service)

Home-leave travel with eligible dependants every two years

Rental subsidy

Privileges and immunities granted by the Italian Government

Salaries and emoluments are exempt from taxation by the Italian authorities and so, based on the international agreements or national law relating to presence or residence abroad, are generally exempt from taxation by other governments. In the absence of exemption, in most cases tax paid will be reimbursed.