Technical Officer, Social Health Protection for Refugees and Host Communities – P3, Nairobi, Kenya At International Labour Organization (ILO)


the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Closing date: Monday, 29 May 2023

Grade: P3

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/P/2023/02 Publication date: 17 May 2023 Application deadline (midnight Nairobi, Kenya time): 30 May 2023

Job ID: 10788 Department: RO-Africa Organization Unit: CO-Dar es Salaam Location: Nairobi Contract type: Short Term

Contract duration: 6 months

Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.

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 short-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:

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

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 ilojobs@ilo.org.

Introduction

The Social Protection Global Technical Team is responsible for promoting enhanced coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all through comprehensive, efficient and sustainable national social protection systems, including floors, in line with provisions of the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102), the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202) and other ILO social security standards, and reflected in the SDGs. It provides, at the request of member States, technical advice for the formulation of national policies, the design of social protection systems, including floors, as well as for their implementation and monitoring. The Department covers the full range of social protection throughout the life course, including access to health care, various contributory and non-contributory benefits in case of sickness, maternity, unemployment, disability, old age, poverty and social exclusion, as well as child and family benefits.

The PROSPECTS partnership project focuses on areas of decent work, including social protection, that are critical for forcibly displaced persons to overcome their specific vulnerabilities and for host communities to pursue their own development agenda in a transformed environment. In the framework of this programme, the ILO and UNHCR wish to scale-up their existing partnership to seek opportunities and implement integration schemes for refugees into existing national social health protection systems, with the aim to allow refugees to access health services at the same level as nationals, through shared risk pooling mechanisms.

Reporting Lines

The position is located in Nairobi, Kenya and reports to the ILO Office in Dar-Es_Salam as well as the Chief Technical Adviser of the PROSPECTS project based in Headquarters. The position benefits from the technical support of the Social Protection Specialists based in Pretoria and Cairo as well as the Social Protection Department in Geneva, particularly the Health Protection Specialist. This is a replacement in the context of the parental leave of the current incumbent of this position, who will return to their position when the present assignment ends.

Description of Duties

The position will contribute to the development of the activities regarding social protection, and in particular social health protection within PROSPECTS.

The incumbent will:

  •  Contribute to programming and operational support for the activities planned in Egypt, Kenya and Sudan PROSPECTS, in close collaboration with the project staff, the designated technical backstopping specialists in the Social Protection Department in Geneva as well as the responsible officials and regional specialists based in the concerned Decent Work Teams. In particular:
    •  Support the provision of technical inputs on social health protection to the relevant projects and national counterparts with regards to scheme architecture, design, financing and management in line with ILO standards, policies and principles, in collaboration with the Health Protection Specialist.
    •  Assist the project activities on social health protection, in particular the formulation of terms of references, selection of consultants and experts, design of workshop and training agendas.
    •  Liaise and ensure efficient and effective communications between the different project partners and in particular with the Public Health Section of UNHCR.
  •  Support capacity building and social dialogue activities on social protection and in particular social health protection in PROSPECTS countries and through the global component of the project in collaboration with relevant specialists and the Social Policy Unit in SOCPRO
  •  Compile lessons learned and ensure the completion of assigned knowledge products under the global component of PROSPECTS in collaboration with the Social Policy Unit and the migration focal point in SOCPRO.
  •  Coordinate inputs to relevant monitoring and evaluation documents and final programme progress report for the first phase in close collaboration with the project staff, the designated technical backstopping specialists in the Social Protection Department in Geneva as well as the responsible officials and regional specialists based in the concerned Decent Work Teams.
  •  Perform other duties as may be required by the project.

Required qualifications

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in economics, social science, public health, health economics, health financing, or a related field. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the above fields with an additional two years of relevant experience will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience

  •  At least five years’ relevant professional experience, preferably in the fields of social health protection, health financing, occupational health, social health insurance, health and migration.
  •  Previous experience implementing interventions on access to health or social protection would be a strong advantage.
  •  Previous experience in conducting analytical work with practical implications on the extension of social protection would be an advantage.

Languages

Excellent command of English essential. Working knowledge in additional languages would be an advantage.

Competencies

  •  Proven ability to communicate effectively to different audiences and draft analytical texts and reports of high quality.
  •  Proven ability to conduct rigorous analytical work and apply quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation techniques.
  •  Client orientation and ability to be perceptive in coordination processes with partners and stakeholders from different technical areas and perspectives in a politically sensitive context. Ability to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialisation.
  •  Ability to guide and coordinate technical work with colleagues, external collaborator and partners.
  •  Ability to develop capacity-building and training materials.
  •  Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and multidisciplinary teams.
  •  Ability to adapt to change and propose action accordingly.
  •  Commitment to gender equity and proven ability to integrate gender considerations in programme work plans and tools.
  •  High standards of integrity, professionalism, personal discipline and impartiality.
  •  Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  •  Excellent organizational skills and experience administering development cooperation projects.
  •  Good programme formulation, implementation and evaluation techniques.
  •  Demonstrated computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Office software.
  •  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.
  •  Any extension 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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.

Recruitment process

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

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.

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The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities.

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