Technical Officer for Social Protection, Jakarta

Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization

Country: Indonesia

City: Jakarta, Indonesia

Office: ILO, Jakarta

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Sunday, 20 October 2019

Grade: P3

Vacancy no.: DC/JAKARTA/P/2019/18

Publication date: 7 October 2019

Application deadline (midnight Jakarta time): 20 October 2019

Job ID: 1900

Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific

Organization Unit: CO-Jakarta

Location: Jakarta

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: One year (possiblity of extension subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance)

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.

Introduction

Indonesia has joined the rank of middle-income countries. It is expected that the growing middle-class and their consumption continue to boost the aggregate demand, generating room for employment and wage growth. At the same time, Indonesia has been losing its competitiveness as a low-cost producer in the region. As the production gradually shifts to higher value-adding products and adopts labour-saving technologies, adjustments in the labour market are inevitable. Further, adjustment of labour input occurs frequently in the sectors that face fast changing consumer demand. In this light, mitigating the impact of such structural changes and labour adjustments on workers and facilitating the shift of affected workers from declining to emerging sectors are a top policy priority.

Unfortunately, the existing mechanisms fail to protect workers effectively in cases of job losses. Given a lack of employment insurance, severance pay and withdrawal of old-age saving (JHT) are main income protection against unemployment. However, severance pay is not often provided due to low compliance, especially in cases of insolvencies. Withdrawal of JHT reduces income security in retirement. While public employment services and re-training of workers are expected to help shift workers from one job to another, or from a declining sector to an emerging one, their capacity is rather modest in providing much needed services to jobseekers and incumbent workers whose jobs are at risk. If the unemployed cannot find a new job soon and afford a long period of joblessness, they are pushed into the informal economy. In addition, some of them may risk poverty particularly when their financial buffer against unemployment is thin. Socio-economic welfare of family members of the unemployed is affected including child education and access to health care.