Senior Multilateral Cooperation Specialist- ILO NY



The position is located in the ILO Office for the United Nations (ILONY) in New York which is responsible for advancing decent work and ILO core priorities in the United Nations (UN) bodies and processes, as well as with national delegations, representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations accredited to the UN and employers’ and workers’ organizations participating in or observing UN activities. ILONY provides strategic advice to the ILO senior management and technical areas on strategic engagement with the UN and ensures that ILO core priorities, policies and experience are appropriately presented and reflected in internationally agreed outcomes emanating from the UN, including the General Assembly and its Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in particular in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ILONY is also responsible for enhancing advocacy and visibility of the ILO work and supporting multi-stakeholder partnerships to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. ILONY represents the ILO in appropriate UN fora and meetings and ensures close liaison with the Office of the UN Secretary General and relevant UN departments, funds, programmes and agencies based in New York as well as with the UN Development Group.


Under the direction of the Special Representative of the ILO for the UN and in consultation with relevant technical departments, the Senior Multilateral Cooperation Specialist will be responsible for leading the ILONY engagement in specific UN fora and processes. The incumbent will also coordinate the ILONY support to multi-stakeholder partnerships and alliances.

The incumbent will report to the Director of the ILO Office in New York.


Specific Duties

  1. Represent the ILONY at relevant UN meetings and speak on behalf of the Special Representative of the ILO for the UN on a wide array of ILO issues.
  2. Conduct discussions and negotiations with UN delegations to promote the inclusion and advancement of ILO priorities and perspectives in UN resolutions and other internationally agreed outcome documents (including issues related to conditions of work and employment of its staff)
  3. Establish and maintain active senior-level contacts and engagement with agencies, funds, programmes, departments and units at UN headquarters as well as with ILO officials at the ILO headquarters and in field offices to advance and promote the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.
  4. Provide timely and high quality technical inputs, in consultation with respective ILO technical departments, to the reports of the UN Secretary-General and other UN documents, panels and meetings.
  5. Draft statements, reports, interventions, and technical and advocacy materials on relevant topics.
  6. Represent the ILONY in UN-wide interagency meetings, expert meetings and task forces to contribute to strategic and policy discussions on key developments and other world of work related issues and communicate developments and opportunities to relevant ILO staff in order to optimize the ILO influence.
  7. Plan, organize and participate in international conferences, seminars, workshops, symposia and meetings on behalf of the ILO, including meetings of researchers and practitioners to debate and review key issues of importance to the activities undertaken by UN intergovernmental processes in line with ILO priorities.
  8. Identify partnership opportunities and develop and implement partnership development strategies and activities to enhance the ILO’s partnership outreach in particular in supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  9. Provide strategic advice to the ILO Special Representative to the UN on strategies to leverage the ILO’s capacity to promote and mobilize political support to advance decent work in the international agenda.


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

Generic Duties

  1. Service the various groups of the Governing Body, the International Labour Conference, regional and sectoral meetings and other official or specialised meetings and support the discussion process. Analyse and provide comments on draft documents  prepared in view of these meetings. Follow up on substantive correspondence and coordinate replies with the relevant technical units. Represent the unit at these meetings and conferences as required.
  2. Provide inputs for the unit’s contribution to reports on the Organization’s activities to be submitted to the Governing Body and to the International Labour Conference. Make presentations on behalf of the unit to senior- level visitors and officials. Prepare speeches and country specific reports on substantive topics.
  3. Conceptualise, write and prepare study materials and publications on substantive topics and other issues related to the work of the unit.
  4. Develop, monitor, assess and coordinate studies on priority areas. Contribute to the management of the relationship between the Organization and its constituents.
  5. Provide advice to constituents on a variety of issues and processes such as the promotion of international labour standards and the role of employers’ and workers’ organizations.
  6. Organise and service field missions to identify needs and to provide training and advisory services. Identify project possibilities in relation to expressed needs and the known capabilities and resources available and assess the relative feasibility and impact of proposed projects.
  7. Design and conduct educational programmes in the relevant substantive field within the framework of the work plan established for the unit and in cooperation with senior specialist in the Multidisciplinary Teams. Act as a resources person at various technical and tripartite meetings.
  8. Establish and clear agendas for meetings and conferences. Assist officials requested to write reports and revise or edit them as necessary. Prepare reports and ensure follow-up of actions and decisions stipulated.
  9. Contribute to the development of policy guidelines regarding relations with other intergovernmental organisations. Conduct situation analysis, monitor correspondence, prepare contributions, participate in meetings and provide advice and assistance to other departments and units.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree with demonstrated expertise in International Relations, Economics, Law, Political Science, Public Policies, industrial relations or other relevant technical field.


At least seven years’ of professional experience in labour law or in dealing with issues pertaining to relations and actions of employers’ and workers’ organisations, of which at least five years at the international level.  Experience working in international development matters and in the analysis of international developments and co-operation; exposure to, and demonstrated effectiveness in, diplomatic contacts and official representations; direct experience and thorough understanding of the UN System and its intergovernmental bodies in charge of economic and social development; previous involvement in major UN inter-governmental negotiating processes of direct relevance to the ILO.


Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of another working language of the Organization (French, Spanish).


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

Excellent knowledge about the functioning of the United Nations General Assembly and its main bodies and about the dynamics of the negotiations processes. Thorough knowledge of the UN system, its specialized agencies and the international community in general. Proven capacity to mobilize already existing networks of contacts and build new ones. Proven record of fostering partnerships, alliances and resources mobilization. Excellent negotiation and communication skills.

Demonstrated skills and ability to perform complex analyses on a wide range of factors, requirements, policies and priorities for the assessment and implementation of programmes and activities. Ability to draft and revise policy documents. Excellent trouble-shooting and problem solving skills. Thorough knowledge of the programmes, operations and activities of the Organization. Ability to plan and organise work and to provide guidance and training to staff. Ability to provide expert advice. Ability to persuasively negotiate sensitive issues. Ability to represent the Organization.  Capacity to communicate, relate, negotiate and establish co-operative links with international actors (UN officials, diplomatic community, other actors); excellent analytical and writing skills; good understanding of the political dimensions of the work of the ILO with regard to the international community; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to be able to take part in negotiations in an intergovernmental and inter-agency environment as well as to advocate ILO policies and concerns


Behavioural competencies


Excellent collaborative skills to achieve group results within diverse and multi-cultural contexts. Good team-building capacity. Ability to prioritize tasks and deliver high quality products on tight deadlines. Ability to take initiative, develop and implement new means of action. Demonstrated and recognized diplomatic skills in carrying out the objectives and policies of the Organization and ability to deal effectively with Headquarters and field units as well as constituents, UN and diplomatic community. Ability to present and advocate policy changes in difficult circumstances and to advise senior-level officials, executive management and constituents as well as to negotiate and discuss sensitive matters with tact and authority. Discretion, high sense of responsibility, judgment and diplomacy. Demonstrated sense of initiative and capacity for negotiation; versatility and creativity; trustworthy. The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes

Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 14 May 2018

Location: New York

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