Employment And Migration Officer in Abuja, Nigeria

Program Development
Project Management
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

The 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.

Job Title: Employment and Migration Officer, Abuja

Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office

Vacancy No: RAPS/3/2016/AF/05

Title: Employment and Migration Officer

Grade: P.3

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Date: 29 September 2016

Application Deadline (midnight Geneva time) 1 November 2016

Organization unit: CO-ABUJA

Duty Station: Abuja, Nigeria

General introduction

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.

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 station.

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.

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 erecruit@ilo.org.

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.

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 migration.

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 headquarters.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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) reviews.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 evaluation.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Behavioural competencies

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



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