ILO- Chief Technical Adviser -CD 31 October 2013

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ILO-TL Office

International Labour Organization


Vacancy No: JAKARTA/2013/09

Title: Chief Technical Adviser

Grade: P.5

Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment

Duration of contract:  One year (with possibility of renewal)

Date: 10 October 2013

Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 31 October 2013
(2 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications

Organization unit:   CO-JAKARTA

Duty Station:  Dili, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

For any questions related to this post, please contact Mr Roberto Pes,

This is a Technical Cooperation position therefore the recruitment process falls outside Annex 1 of the ILO Staff Regulations. Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

The following are eligible to apply:

– Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 15 and 16 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.

– External candidates.


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

The Office is a non-smoking environment.


The Training and Employmnet Support Programme (TESP) has been designed to assist the Secretary of State for Vocational Training, Employment and Policy (SEPFOPE) to facilitate economic development in Timor-Leste and to support employment growth, through the development and delivery of demand driven skills training. The TESP Project responds to the strategic priorities of the SEPFOPE which are articulated in the long-term Technical and Vocational Education Plan (TVET Plan 2011-2030) and the National Employment Strategy (NES). Both the TVET Plan and the NES aim to support the needs of a modern economy with a highly diverse and skilled labour force. Both elaborate a key priority of the Strategic Development Plan of Timor-Leste (SDP: 2011-2030) which has underlined the lack of trained human capital as one of the main development challenges confronting the country.
TESP is designed as a multi-component project that will seek to support and build the capacity of SEPFOPE management and staff to:
1. Improve the TVET and Employment policy environment;
2. Improve labour market information and workforce planning and projection,
3. Expand competency based training delivery;
4. Improve linkages between investment in training and the growth of selected priority economic sectors;
5. Improve employment services to link TVET graduates with employment.

The Programme will target all the thirteen Districts of Timor-Leste during the two years of implementation. The Chief Technical Advisor will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the programme, and will be leading the TESP team.

The CTA will work closely with the ILO Head of Mission in Timor-Leste and will be under the overall supervision of the Director of the ILO Country Office for Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

Description of Duties
General duties (25%)
– The development of effective working relations with the different groups of stakeholders.
– Dissemination of information and advocacy about the programme
– Representation at donors’ meetings and international, regional and national seminars/conferences.
– Overall responsibility for the application of all social and environmental safeguards.
– Participate in internal and external Project reviews, meetings of steering committees, donor meetings, evaluations and monitoring missions, as and when required.

Technical duties (50%)
– The preparation and submission of progress reports and other technical reports.
– Provide technical inputs to TESP documents and, as and when relevant, provide policy advice
– Participate in review and evaluation missions, conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings, and provide inputs in writing manuals and training guidelines on relevant topics
– Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the Programme activities
– Report on the TESP progress, constraints and achievements.

Managerial duties (25%)
– Oversee the management of the Employment and Vocational Training Fund, established under SEFOPE, aiming at financing skills development and employment and self-employment initiatives
– Coordinate the inputs from the TVET Experts, Community Empowerment Expert, LMI and Workforce Planning and Projection Expert, Legal Expert, Grants Management Expert and Management Information System Specialist;
– Prepare job descriptions for staff and consultants and actively participate and assist in recruitment activities and supervise/guide/assess their work.
– Establish, management and internal/external coordination
– Develop linkages and mutual activities between the TESP and other ILO projects in Timor-Leste
– Ensure the timely availability and optimal utilization of resources and inputs.
– Management of the budget and other program resources and overall quality control

Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in training and education, development studies, social science or economics or a related discipline with demonstrated expertise in, institutional development and capacity building
Minimum of ten years experience (of which at least seven years at an international level) in managing employment and TVET and employment projects in challenging environments, in collaboration with governments of developing countries, with local representatives of donor agencies, and heterogeneous teams composed of consultants, experts, and local collaborators of different educational and cultural background. Familiarity with the ILO and its work with tri-partite partners will be an advantage
Excellent command in spoken and written English is required; knowledge of Portuguese and Tetum is an advantage.
Demonstrated and recognized technical and /or managerial leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the related technical work unit;

Demonstrated technical expertise to devise new methods, concepts, approaches and techniques that are relevant to the implementation of large TVET, employment and capacity building programs and projects;

Ability to prepare ILO technical and strategy reports in the related field;

Ability to provide policy advice and the ability to manage large programmes and coordinate activities among components;

Demonstrated commitment to gender equality;

Professional and personal endurance and commitment to complete complex assignments efficiently and effectively in a highly demanding working environment;

Demonstrated ability to train, coach and mentor counterpart staff – within an individual, team and organizational context;

Proven ability work as a team player and leader in large and diverse teams and to maintain a good balance between initiating activities and consulting, coordinating and liaising with stakeholders and other concerned parties;

Demonstrated strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to prioritize assignments; and

Good computing skills, at least in MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint.


Grade: P.5

Salary and post adjustment (with dependants) US$
Salary Minimum 86904
rising to Maximum 106510
Post adjustment for Dili Minimum 54228
Maximum 66462
Salary and post adjustment (without dependants) US$
Salary Minimum 80734
Maximum Maximum 97981
Post adjustment for Dili Minimum 50378
Maximum 61140
Please note that the above salary levels are determined according to the criteria established by the International Civil Service Commission. The ILO is international public sector employer and salary and other employment conditions are not negotiable.

Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment:

  • Children’s allowance (except for the first child if the dependent rate of salary is paid in respect of that child);
  • Children’s education grant (per child per year);
  • Pension and Health Insurance schemes;
  • 30 working days’ annual leave;
  • Assignment Grant;
  • Entitlement to transport expenses of personal effects;
  • Repatriation Grant;
  • Home-leave travel with eligible dependants every two years;
  • Rental subsidy (if applicable).

Recruitment is normally made at the initial step in the grade.
Salaries and emoluments are exempt from taxation by the Swiss authorities and, on the basis of 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 in accordance with an ILO document which will be supplied upon request.

While the successful candidate will be initially working in Dili, he/she may be assigned to any duty station designated by the Director-General of the ILO.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
To apply, please visit ILO’s e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account – – should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.

Currently accepting applications
ILO has a smoke-free environment

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