Junior Professional Officer in Skills for the Future

ILO: International Labour Organization

Work outputs will be discussed and agreed with the supervisor, and regularly reviewed in order to ensure good quality outputs. Performance management will be reviewed in accordance with ILO’s Performance Management Framework, as applicable to Junior Professional Officers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the supervisor, the JPO will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • undertake country-level as well as cross-country comparative policy-applied research and case studies on technological change and other drivers of change (climate change / just transition, changes in work organisation, demographic change and globalisation) and their impact on skills demand;
  • Apply, adapt and maintain tools in anticipation and forecasting of skill needs, such as sectoral skills needs analysis, technology foresights, forecasts and scenarios of future skill needs. The work item includes country-level assistance in surveys and analyses implementation;
  • develop and analyse data and indicators on changing technical and soft skill needs, digital skills;
  • develop and apply innovative skills measurement data such as big real time data analytics;
  • develop alternative approaches to skill needs assessment and policy research in times of crises, such as in the context of the COVID-19 response measures;
  • provide technical advice at national and sectoral level in building efficient systems of skill needs anticipation, sectoral approaches, surveys on technological change and changing skills demand;
  • contribute to collaborative interagency work (UN, OECD and EU agencies) on anticipation of skill needs, including inter-agency meetings, joint research projects, cases studies, joint events and training delivery;
  • develop training courses and capacity building events in ITC-ILO in Turin and, on request, in ILO member States and regions on the development of good-quality systems of skill needs anticipation;
  • organize national and international workshops and other ILO events, including tripartite discussions and validations;
  • participate in applied research projects and in the drafting of research documents, reports and policy briefs;
  • take part in the planning and implementing technical cooperation activities;
  • liaise with ILO field offices, project partners and tripartite constituents;
  • perform others task that may be assigned by the supervisor.


Advanced university degree (equivalent to Master degree) in labour economics, or other social sciences, technical and vocational education and training, or human resources development.


Two to four years maximum of experience in conducting applied research in the field of skills assessment and development, or employment projections and skill needs forecasting, or technical and vocational education and training, or human resource development. Work experience in developing countries and/or international organisation would be an asset.

Working experience within the UN system should not exceed 50% of the relevant working experience including UNV, (paid) UN internship and UN consultancy.

All paid work experience since obtaining Bachelors degree will/can be considered.


Minimum: Excellent command of the English language with a good ability of drafting skills.

Desirable: Good knowledge of a second working language of the ILO would be an asset. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an advantage.

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