International Labour Organization Job in Nigeria for an Employment and Migration Officer

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Abuja covers Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone,
The Gambia and Liaison office for ECOWAS provides technical and
advisory services to the ILO Constituents (Government, Workers and
Employers’ Organizations) in these countries.

The International Labour Organization is recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Employment and Migration Officer
Vacancy No: RAPS/3/2016/AF/05
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: P.3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Organization unit:   CO-ABUJA
External candidates

  • Staff members with at least five years of continuous service
    with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special
    consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.
  • In accordance with the Staff Regulations and letters of
    appointment, successful candidates for positions in the Professional
    category would be expected to take up different assignments (field and
    Headquarters) during their career, the desirable length of an assignment
    in any specific position being two to five years, following which the
    incumbent should be willing to move to another assignment and/or duty
  • The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applicants
    from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you
    are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability,
    please send an email to
  • Applications from qualified candidates from non- or
    under-represented member States, or from those member States which
    staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the
    near future, would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries
    is in Appendix I.
  • Successful completion of the Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates.
  • Within the context of the Office’s renewed efforts to promote
    mobility, staff members seeking mobility are encouraged to apply to
    vacancies. Mobility will be given special consideration at the screening
    and evaluation stages.
  • Conditions of employment are described in Appendix II.


  • The position is located in the Abuja Office in Nigeria. The main
    purpose of the position is to provide technical support andassistance
    to management, staff, technical specialists and technical cooperation
    projects, on employment, Labour migration, programme planning and
    activity implementation reporting.
  • S/he will assist in the development of strategies and employment
    and labour migration policy frameworks for the countries covered under
    the ILO Country Office, Abuja. The Technical Officer will also
    technically backstop programmes and projects with employment and labour
    migration related components. S/he will work in close collaboration with
    technical specialists and other ROAF staff, the Employment Department
    and Labour Migration Branch within the Conditions of Work and Equality
    Department (Work Quality) at ILO Headquarters, local counterparts and UN
    bodies in the region on issues pertaining to employment and Labour
  • The position reports to the Director of the Abuja Country
    Office. S/he will receive technical guidance and advice from the
    Employment Department. The position will also coordinate closely and
    receive technical guidance on all migration related work from MIGRANT
    under the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY) at
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Description of Duties
Specific duties:

  • Participate in the formulation and promotion of employment and
    labour migration strategiesprogrammes, projects and provide technical
    support to governments, employers and workers organizations and other
    relevant institutions.
  • Support the design and supervision and conduct policy-oriented
    research on macro-economic and sectoral trends impacting on employment
    and migration at national levels.
  • Provide support to technical programmes with the preparation of
    programme proposals, analyse and provide information to programme
    managers on proposals to support decision-making. . Coordinate the
    technical preparation and organization of outcome-based workplan (OBW)
  • Contribute to the preparation of programme implementation and
    activity reports, Governing Body reports and long-term plans on the
    basis of contributions from technical programmes.
  • Assist in the identification of emerging employment and labour
    migration challenges, contribute to solutions and liaise with relevant
    departments at headquarters, the regional office, executing agencies,
    governments, social partners and other stakeholders to ensure
    implementation and to meet targets.
  • Contribute to office wide studies on long-term policy issues by collecting and analysing data.
  • Contribute to the provision of policy advice to the ECOWAS
    Commission and member States on labour migration, labour mobility and
    the labour market dimensions of people’s movements.
  • Contribute to and coordinate the production of gender-sensitive
    policy-oriented research on labour migration, labour mobility and
    interactions with economic and social policy, including as concerns
    crisis-related migration or trafficking as relevant.
  • Support technical cooperation projects on the integration of
    employment and migration priorities into their respective work
    programmes to respond to the defined needs of the constituents as
    expressed in the DWCPs and on the development of ILO’s knowledge base on
    employment and migration in the region.
  • Undertake such other tasks and responsibilities as may be assigned by the CO Director.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

  • Undertake research and prepare analytical reports on selected subjects within the area of technical competence.
  • Assess country experience (on selected topics) with a view to
    identifying best practices in finding solutions to problems identified.
  • Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators.
  • Act as focal point on a specific field of specialisation.
  • Participate in training seminars and workshops as resource person.
  • Represent the technical unit at international, regional and national fora.
  • Provide technical inputs (articles, reports) for regional, country or related sectoral analyses, ILO reports and publications.
  • Provide technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring.
  • Undertake missions for the purpose of providing technical
    recommendations on selected topics following ILO established guidelines,
    manuals and standards.
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Required Qualifications

  • Advanced university Degree in Economics, Business or Public Administration, Social Sciences or other related fields.


  • Three years’ experience at the national level and two years at
    the international level in Employment and Labour migration policies,
    programmes and strategies.
  • Experience in Programming would be an advantage.


  • Excellent command of English and good knowledge of French.

In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

  • Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and
    multi-disciplinary teams; capacity to provide first-line technical
    advice in the area of specialisation; the ability to conceptualise and
    design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices
    and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialised
    technical field; capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of
    external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals;
    ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality,
    technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and
    programme development and ability to provide credible implementation
    assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project
    formulation and implementation.

Technical competencies:

  • Excellent analytical skills. Knowledge of project related
    concepts and procedures, including formulation, implementation and
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Good knowledge of employment and labour migration strategies,
    policies and programmes, programme formulation, administration and
    evaluation techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of West African context would be an asset.
  • Ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution. Ability to resolve complex problems.
  • Good knowledge of financial practices and principles.
  • Good knowledge of the programmes and operations of the Organization.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with HQ and field structures, ILO constituents and external partners.

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to
    demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and

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 November 2016 and February 2017.
  • Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 

Application Deadline  1st November, 2016.

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