ILO – Green Jobs Specialist, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Vacancy no.: DC/ABIDJAN/P/2022/01
Publication date: 08 February 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 07 March 2022

Job ID: 7603 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: RO-Africa 
Location: Abidjan   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year 

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 one-year fixed-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.

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The position is located in the ILO Regional Office for Africa. The Regional Office is responsible for providing high-quality, appropriate and integrated technical assistance and policy advice to governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations in the design and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) in response to their requests, within the framework of results-based work plans.

The Specialist will be responsible for providing technical advice on the mainstreaming of just transition to environmental sustainability across the ILO’s work in the Africa region. It should lead to improved tools and their use, how-to-guides and the identification of best practices on integrating environmental sustainability considerations in national policies, decent work country programmes and technical cooperation projects. The incumbent will also contribute to the development and organisations of workshops and fora on the environment and the world of work. 

The ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work adopted in June 2019 reaffirms the centrality of climate change in the pursuit of the mandate of the ILO to advance social justice. The Declaration recognises climate and environmental changes as key drivers of the transformation of the world of work. It highlights a just transition towards a sustainable future of work, in its economic, social and environmental dimensions, as a core focus for ILO’s work in the years to come. 

The Agenda 2063 (The Africa We Want) sets a framework for African countries to develop strategies to grow the African blue/ocean and green economies. In addition, the Abidjan Declaration – Advancing Social Justice: Shaping the future of work in Africa adopted by ILO constituents at the 14th Africa Regional Meeting in 2019, places the promotion of growth towards a green economy, harnessing decent work from the blue economy in African Island States and a just transition for all as key priorities.  

The Specialist will assist governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations through policy advice, assistance and capacity building for implementing practical measures to operationalize the linkage between climate change, environmental sustainability and decent work and contributing research and analysis to strengthen the knowledge base for ILO constituents.

The Specialist will contribute to resource mobilisation and the initiation, formulation, implementation and scaling up of development cooperation programmes for the promotion of green jobs in Africa, giving particular attention to decent work opportunities for women and youth. 

The Specialist will work to promote strategic partnership with key regional and international organizations in Africa, including the African Union, African Development Bank, UN Economic Commission for Africa and other institutions in the area of green economy, blue economy, circular economy, green jobs and sustainable development.

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Reporting lines: 

The incumbent will report to the Regional Director for Africa and will be technically guided by the Head, Green Jobs Programme of the ILO at headquarters in Geneva. The incumbent will also work in coordination with other specialists in the region.

Description of Duties

The incumbent will be responsible for the delivery of policy advice, technical support, capacity development and (other) activities related to the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability in policies, programmes and projects, with the following specific duties:  

1)    Promote the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability in the region, in particular through the implementation of the Programme and Budget outputs on a just transition to environmental sustainability.

2)    Review country programme outcomes (CPOs) and scan the integration of just transition and environmental sustainability-related outputs and activities in line with the marker on the CCPD on a just transition to environmental sustainability.  

3)    Represent the Africa regional Office in the ILO Environmental Sustainability Committee and ensure the planning and implementation of the Office-wide Action Plan on Environmental Sustainability in the region. Support countries in the implementation of nationally determined contributions on climate change with a full integration of decent work and just transition imperatives. 

4)    Lead work on green jobs data, research and analysis through ILO knowledge products such as “Employment-Environment country factsheets”, Rapid Situational Analysis and the use of modelling and quantitative tools.

5)    Initiate, review, negotiate and submit development cooperation proposals in the area of decent work, climate change and a just transition to a green economy and their funding, ensuring effective coordination with relevant Departments at ILO headquarters and field offices.

6)    Support the implementation of existing development cooperation projects in the areas of a just transition to environmental sustainability, green economy, blue economy and green jobs promotion, in particular ILO programmes and projects under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative, France-ILO partnership agreement, SIDA-ILO partnership agreement, the ILO-USDOS agreement and the Alliance 8.7/Sahel project. 

7)    Monitor, analyse and assess trends in the impact on enterprises and labour markets of international and national climate change and environmental policies in order to assist in the development of coherent policy responses that promote sustainable development and the creation of productive decent jobs.

8)    Design and implement training and capacity building programmes for ILO staff and constituents, working in coordination with the Green Jobs Programme and the International Training Centre of the ILO. 

9)    Provide guidance, policy advice and technical support to member States in the region in the implementation of their climate change strategies, in particular by supporting constituents in the national-level application of the 2015 Guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies, taking into account guidance from the ILO Governing Body in this area. 

10)    Participate in technical advisory missions and in national and regional policy processes of relevance to the ILO mandate in order to promote the inclusion of the labour and social dimensions in addressing climate change and the transition to a green economy in Africa.

11)    Identify, engage and supervise external collaborators and development cooperation experts, in particular for the development of policy oriented programmes, technical guidelines, project documents, knowledge management and capacity building products and services.

12)    Promote the mainstreaming of gender equality and non-discrimination in green jobs policies and programmes.

13)    Undertake other duties as required. 

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in economics, social sciences, political science, sustainable development and/or environmental studies with a clear social development focus, or a related field.


At least seven years’ experience in technical assistance including three years at the international level; experience in policy advice and international best practices in matters related to the fields of green jobs and sustainable development. In-depth knowledge and experience with a wide range of ILO’s policies, strategies and tools pertaining to the promotion of green jobs would be an asset.


Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of French. 


  • Demonstrated capacity to provide relevant, timely, effective and high quality technical advice on the technical area and related topics.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills. Ability to draft clearly and concisely, and prepare project proposals, reports and studies. 
  • Ability to identify problems and make recommendations.  
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Excellent analytical skills. Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team. 
  • Ability organise work and to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines. 
  • Ability to conceptualise, design, plan and conduct straightforward research work.
  • Ability to participate effectively in technical missions. Ability to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators and experts.   
  • Knowledge of and experience utilising computers including word processing and database software, and ability to use computer based terminological and information tools.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes are also required.

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.

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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.

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