Technical Specialist in Social Security (Project Manager), Geneva 217 views

Grade: P4

Vacancy no.: DC/ISSA/P/2019/01

Publication date: 28 November 2019

Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 15 January 2020

Job ID: 2069

Department: ISSA

Organization Unit: ISSA

Location: Geneva

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: 12 Months

Under article

  • 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.


The position is located in the Social Security Development Branch (SSD) of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). The ISSA is the world’s leading international organization for social security institutions and related government departments. Founded in 1927 under the auspices of the International Labour Organization, the ISSA counts over 330 member organizations from over 150 countries.

Under the direction of the Director of the SSD branch, which is the unit responsible for all technical activities and the related knowledge base necessary to reach ISSA’s objectives, the incumbent is responsible for managing projects and activities related to the financing of social security systems, and in particular related to actuarial work, investment and sustainability. The objective of these projects and activities are to support ISSA member institutions in implementing, adapting and improving social security programs through effective practices and sound governance and strategies.

This includes the review and on-going improvement of the ISSA/ILO Guidelines on Actuarial Work for Social Security, the ISSA Guidelines on Investment of Social Security Funds and related activities of the ISSA Centre for Excellence. The incumbent monitors the salient emerging trends, mitigating approach, identify of good practices and innovation to meet key social security challenges. The incumbent coordinates the activities of Technical Commissions on Statistical, Actuarial and Financial Studies; and Investment. The incumbent ensures that the TCs are dynamic and contributes to the priorities established in the Program and Budget every triennium. The incumbent develop and nurture productive relationship with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Actuaries Association (IAA) and other relevant organisations in the technical fields.

The incumbent reports directly to the Director of the SSD branch.

Description of Duties

1. Develop and manage projects on social security, particularly in the area of social security financing and actuarial work in social security administration, to support member institutions in building capacity, strengthening the coverage, quality, financing, effectiveness and efficiency of their systems.

2. Strengthen the relevance of the ISSA’s knowledge and services for member institutions in the Actuarial and Investment areas by providing input to the preparation and revision of ISSA Guidelines, ISSA publications and products of the Centre for Excellence.

3. Coordinate the activities of the ISSA Technical Commissions on Statistical, Actuarial and Financial Studies and Investment of Social Security Funds as well as related issues involving other Technical Commissions, which mainly consist of guidelines knowledge development, contents for ISSA publications and events. Establish and implement Technical Commission work plans for these activities in line with the ISSA Programme and Budget, taking into account the needs of the members, the ISSA project management framework and subject to the availability of funds and approval of the Director.

4. Provide advice on technical and strategic aspects of the development of social security systems regarding financing/actuarial considerations in view of addressing global challenges and identifying opportunities for innovation.

5. Prepare technical programmes of ISSA conferences, seminars, workshops, particularly the ISSA International Conference of Social Security Actuaries, Statisticians and Investment Specialists, to ensure high quality, relevance and value-added engagement with members.

6. Contribute to the ISSA partnership strategy through the development of relations with international organizations related to the applicable technical areas, notably the IAA and the ILO.

7. On request, carry out specific tasks in the delivery of ISSA Centre for Excellence services, in particular for Technical Advice and Support (TAS) and through the management of ISSA Academy workshops.

8. Contribute to the ISSA member engagement and recruitment strategies focusing on Actuarial- and investment-related social security organizations. This is achieved by building and maintaining a dynamic community of practice.

9. Perform other duties as required by the Director.

Required qualifications


Member in good standing of a recognised professional corporation of actuaries. Advanced university degree in a relevant field


At least eight years of relevant experience at the national level in Actuarial functions in the social security area, or five years at the international level.


Excellent command of English and good working knowledge of a second official language of the ISSA (French, German, or Spanish).


  • Excellent knowledge of trends, challenges and approaches for actuarial work. Excellent knowledge of social security systems as a whole and of the interconnection between its various branches.
  • Good knowledge of the broad range of technical areas dealt by the ISSA in general and SSD specifically.
  • Practical knowledge of the relevance of actuarial practices in the development and implementation of social security schemes in a wide variety of context.
  • Problem solving skills and initiative.
  • The ability to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions based on related members’ needs and use of the guidelines; ability to provide expert advice;
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects effectively, monitor work programme and resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply an interdisciplinary approach to social security issues.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive 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 People. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.

Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including technical tests or interviews.

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