Vacancy no.: DC/EMPLOYMENT/P/2023/01
Publication date: 23 February 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 16 March 2023
Job ID: 10501
Organization Unit: SKILLS
Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract duration: 12 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.
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The position is located in the Skills and Employability Branch (SKILLS) within the Employment Policy Department (EMPLOYMENT). EMPLOYMENT is responsible for promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, development and skills policies that maximize the employment impact of economic growth, while ensuring development and investment are inclusive, gender sensitive, productive and sustainable. The SKILLS Branch assists governments and the social partners in reviewing and reforming their vocational education and training systems, policies and institutions. Its mandate is to enable constituents to improve skills development systems and delivery in line with the changing needs of the world of work and to improve the employability of workers, the productivity of enterprises and the inclusiveness of economic growth.
Digitalisation has an enormous potential to increase business productivity. The COVID19 crisis has accelerated the use of digital technology in private companies across sectors and continents. Companies and businesses have made efforts to keep their activities running through digital solutions and teleworking arrangements to match physical distance requirements made necessary by the crisis. At the same time, 75 per cent of first users of digital technologies indicated that they will continue to use them when things return to normal. So these changes are likely to remain, even after the crisis, and they will impact massively the contents of TVET level jobs.
In the TVET sector itself, the take-up of online and distance learning has also accelerated during the crisis. Digital technology including Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), Open Educational Resources (OER), machine learning and Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality in education and training has the potential to bring about significant changes in modalities of access and learning methods, assessment and certification. New forms of certification including digital credentials are supporting the recognition and validation of formal, informal and non-formal learning outcomes, while ongoing efforts to digitize learners’ assessments is facilitating job matching and the mobility of learners.
However, the substantial digital divide remains within and between countries due to lack of distance learning infrastructure, limited educational resources, insufficient capacity of teachers and trainers and lack of digital skills of learners. A large number of workers and enterprises particularly in Least Developed Countries do not have access to these technologies and skills, and there is a need for increased efforts to bridge this digital divide.
Reporting lines: The Skills Digitalisation Specialist will lead technically the design and implementation of support activities at global level related to digitalisation systems, and digitalisation of skills delivery, in close coordination with Skills Delivery Team Lead, other Skills Specialists in Geneva and in the Field. The position reports to the Team Leader for Skills Policy and Digitalization workgroup and works under the overall supervision of the Chief of Skills Branch.
Eight years’ experience in education, training/ skills development specialising on digitalisation, education technologies and digital skills, out of which four years with a focus on TVET/skills development transition to digital / blended learning. At least four years of international experience would be desirable.
Eight years’ experience in education, training/ skills development specialising on digitalisation, education technologies and digital skills, out of which four years with a focus on TVET/skills development transition to digital / blended learning. t least four years of international experience would be desirable.
Excellent English writing and speaking skills. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish will be considered an advantage .
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