Grade: P4

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2022/AF/05
Publication date: 17 June 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 18 July 2022

Job ID: 8646
Department: RO-Africa
Organization Unit: RO-Africa
Location: Abidjan
Contract type: Fixed Term

The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.

    Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.

    Applications from officials who have reached their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.

    The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to

    The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).

    Applicants 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 can be found here:

    In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.

    Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.

    The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


    The position is located in the ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) in Abidjan. The ROAF has overall political and management responsibilities for the promotion of ILO principles, policies and decent work priorities in the region as well as to provide strategic guidance and support to all country offices and Decent Work Technical Support Teams (DWTs) in Africa. Furthermore, the ROAF is responsible for promoting collaboration on decent work issues with continental institutions like the African Union, African Development Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

    In close collaboration with the Human Resources Development Department (HRD) at ILO headquarters, the incumbent will be responsible for the coordination of Human Resources (HR) services, providing managerial and administrative advisory support to office directors and other managers in the region and advising ILO headquarters on the region's requirements with respect to human resources policies and practices. The position will ensure that human resources are used effectively to support the goals of the ILO and will be responsible for providing proactive and consultative HR services.

    The position reports to the Deputy Regional Director under the overall guidance of the Regional Director and receives technical guidance and advice from HRD at ILO headquarters. The incumbent is a part of the Global Team of HRD.

    Specific Duties

    1. Lead and coordinate the regional HR Unit in the Regional Office for Africa. Identify needs and oversee the development and implementation of a regional HR strategy, ensuring alignment with the ILO's Human Resources Strategy.

    2. Provide strategic guidance and support to office directors and other managers in the region on all aspects of HR management with a particular focus on workforce planning, grading and classification, timely recruitment, performance management, conflict prevention, absence management and staff development, staff well-being and learning.

    3. Provide authoritative guidance on the interpretation of HR rules, regulations, policies and procedures to managers and staff in the region and ensure their consistent application across the region. Develop procedures to mitigate risks from non-compliance with HR rules, regulations and policies.

    4. Provide advice and information to staff on career planning, learning, mobility and other HR activities. Oversee the correct application of staff development rules and procedures.

    5. Oversee correct application of benefits and entitlements and of job grading for locally recruited staff in the region. Work with office directors and other managers in the region to develop clear roles and responsibilities and to ensure job design coherence across the region. Liaise with HRD on job design and classification matters.

    6. Coordinate the necessary steps for the smooth implementation of HR IT-based systems.


    7. Act as the first point of contact with HRD in the coordination of HR services for staff assigned to the region.

    8. Collaborate with HR professionals in the other ILO regions and at headquarters to resolve complex HR issues and individual cases and to ensure consistency and sharing of relevant practices. Identify needs and provide inputs into HR policy revisions.

    9. Play an active role in regional and global talent management initiatives in cooperation with HRD. Implement and facilitate coaching and training plans for staff in the region.

    10. In collaboration with managers, develop and execute annual staffing plans in line with ILO objectives and HR priorities. Produce and analyse key data effectively, including skills mix, talent pool information, gender and diversity statistics and retirements, secondments and rotation planning to facilitate succession planning, talent management and resourcing.

    11. Collaborate with the Chief of the Regional Financial and Administrative Services (C/RAS) to coordinate and oversee the application of field safety and security standards, travel security clearance requirements and evacuation procedures, including medical evacuation, when necessary.

    12. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

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

    Generic Duties

    1. Manage and guide the HR administration unit of a Regional Office, as well as administrative units in other external offices, in the provision of the full range of HR services in the region. Plan, organise and supervise the work of a HR unit composed of professional and/or general service staff.

    2. Plan and implement recruitment programmes and strategies for local staff to ensure the timely and appropriate filling of vacancies, provide recruitment support to project and area offices managers in field.

    3. Administer the system for classifying local positions. Review and approve the classification levels of local positions, and manage related recourse mechanisms. Conduct comprehensive classification reviews prior to local salary surveys.

    4. Undertake regular missions to external offices and large development cooperation projects to ensure that HR operations are being performed effectively and efficiently, and to design and provide specialised training where necessary.

    5. Interpret and administer conditions of service for all categories of staff. Take decisions on the application of staff regulations to individual cases, including the approval and rejection of entitlements. Formulate the position of regional management on the application of staff regulations in highly sensitive or contentious individual cases and recommend appropriate action. Supervise all work pertaining to immigration, diplomatic privileges and protocol.


    6. Plan and administer a career development plan for the region. Provide advisory services to managers on organisational planning and job design in light of programme and skill requirements and career planning needs.

    7. Evaluate and determine specific training needs in the region. Plan and implement training programmes, including induction briefings and structured training on new and existing procedures, systems, practices and skills that are required by management and staff for the performance of their duties.

    8. Represent the organisation in regional and local inter-agency coordination committees and meetings dealing with HR matters.

    9. Recommend to headquarters the need for new or adapted HR policies and procedures, advocating and explaining to management new policies and improved approaches to the delivery of HR services.

    10. Prepare the HR component of the Programme and Budget proposals for the region, and monitor the utilisation of staff resources.

    Required qualifications


    Advanced university degree in human resources management, public or business administration, law, social sciences or other relevant field.


    Seven years of professional experience in human resources management, of which at least three years at the international level, preferably within the ILO or other UN entity. Experience in at least two of the following areas: workforce planning, recruitment and selections, HR administration/operations, entitlements and benefits, classification, staff training and development, HR policy.


    Excellent command of English or French and a working knowledge of the other.


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


    Excellent knowledge of the theories, principles, methods, practices and techniques of human resources management. Ability to supervise staff, plan and organise work and to provide guidance and training to staff. Ability to provide expert advice and to advise managers and staff appropriately. Objectivity and capability to apply pertinent human resources rules, regulations, policies and procedures in a fair and consistent manner. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to present and defend the position of the Human Resources Development Department before managers and staff. Ability to support management in exercising the duty of care. Ability to represent the Organization and to present positions and papers in meetings and committees. Good knowledge of automated information systems. Knowledge of the Organization's HR rules, regulations and policies will be considered as an asset.

    Ability to persuasively negotiate sensitive and contentious issues. High degree of tact, diplomacy, discretion, and ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

    Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period. A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment. Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

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Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.

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.

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