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Office support to constituents to give effect to the Global Jobs Pact at the national-level. Special Assignment No: 1. GJP Learning Event December 14, 2011 Geneva. Assignment 1 of Special Office Arrangements:.

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office support to constituents to give effect to the global jobs pact at the national level

Office support to constituents to give effect to the Global Jobs Pact at the national-level

Special Assignment No: 1

GJP Learning Event

December 14, 2011


assignment 1 of special office arrangements
Assignment 1 of Special Office Arrangements:

« Ensuresound and integratedtechnical support to the operationalresponse to constituents in countries wanting to apply Global Jobs Pact’spolicies. This entailsstrategic and effective coordination of policies and tools, mobilizing the knowledge and technicalcapacitiesfromacrosstechnicalsectors and departments, and complementing the technicalcapacity of the regions in the delivery of assistance to constituentsat the country level, under the authority of RegionalDirectors »

Source: DG Announcement, 6 Nov 2009. « Special Office Arrangements to support ILO Constituents to giveeffect to the GJP ».

assignment developed two streams of activities
Assignmentdevelopedtwostreams of activities

Mobilizingknowledgefromacrosstechnicalsectors and departments in a distilled user friendlyway:

  • Updating the crisis policy inventory for 54 countries
  • Partnership with the World Bank for crisis policy inventory and for collaboration on research and impact assessment
  • Expanded capacity building, knowledge sharing and training activities – including resource mobilization to these ends.
  • Series of GJP Policy Briefs

Support to constituentsat the national level in particular in those countries thatwant to use the GJP in an integratedway

Office strategy to support constituents for national implementation of GJP takes place at two levels:

Mainstream GJP implementation in P&B and DWCPs (Office-wide responsibility, not just Assignment 1)

  • Outcome Coordinators were required to take account of the Global Jobs Pact in their strategies
  • Outcome Based work plans were adjusted to provide the support requested in Country Priority Outcomes

Support to National Implementation in countries committed to an integrated application of the GJP (Focus of Assignment 1)

b support to countries committed to an integrated application gjp scan methodology
B. Support to countries committed to an integrated application: GJP Scan Methodology

What is a Scan?

  • Uses the full framework provided by the GJP
  • Provides an integrated analysis of policies using the GJP portfolio

How is it produced?

  • Office’s multi-disciplinary teams
  • Constituents are consulted during its preparation
  • Before it is published it is widely circulated across the Office

How is it used?

  • Made available to constituents as a contribution to their national policy dialogue and policy-setting processes
  • In capacity building activities and as a knowledge sharing tool
  • As an input to the development of DWCPs and Outcome-Based work plans
the gjp country scans methodology components of the approach
The GJP Country Scans methodologyComponents of the Approach
  • Product: Global Jobs Pact Country Scan – input to national social dialogue on crisis response
  • Country selection: criteria in line with GB guidance, consultations with social partnerswere the basis for final decision.
  • Working Methods: Multi-disciplinary teams and HQs Field Coordination Management
  • Capacity building for constituents and support to national policy dialogue
  • Process at country level: Social Dialogue and consultations to produce Priority Roadmaps for action, influenced by scan
  • Follow-up technical support mainstreamed into the DWCP and Outcome-based Work plans

1. The product: A GJP country scan is a document with three well defined parts:

a broad description of what is known at country level about impact of the crisis

overview of most important policy responses

recommendations on how national policies can contribute to shaping fair and sustainable globalization






1. Whya scan and how doesitwork

To have an integrated situation analysis using the GJP policy portfolio to improve crisis response policies

To enable an integrated approach that takes account of the integrated, interdependent and mutually supportive elements of policies under a decent work lens - as requested by SJD

To contribute to well informed social dialogue and policy prioritization by constituents

A new knowledge product that fills a gap in policy analysis

Office document: it is a document under the responsibility of the Office, not a negotiated document.

Standardized methodology: it is a structured, systematic and integrated approach, using a questionnaire/checklist and a common diagnostic format for all countries

Multi disciplinary teams are established with Office specialists from Field and HQs in all relevant areas

An input for tripartite dialogue and priority setting




Whatis in a GJP scan - part 1

  • Summarizes key information about impact of crisis on real economy, employment and labour market 
  • Provides the contextual background against which policy mapping should be interpreted, using statistics and other data
  • Has 5 subsections
      • Impact on macroeconomic variables
      • Impact on the real economy, key sectors, regional differences
      • Impact on labour market and employment
      • Impact on systems for social protection
      • Impact on labour standards
  • What knowledge gaps?
What is in a GJP scan - part 2Uses the Global Jobs Pact as organizing framework for a diagnosis of policies

4 policy areas, broken down into specific sub-areas

Did country start, expand or modify policies or measures in that particular area?

What Quantitative and qualitative impact of the measure (s)? Debate on effectiveness?

What support by international organization(s) for implementation of the measure?

Has ILO been involved?

Is there further interest for ILO involvement and support?

5 generic questions for each sub-area

  • Accelerating employment creation, jobs recovery and sustaining enterprises
  • Building social protection systems and protecting people
  • Strengthening respect for ILS
  • Social dialogue; bargaining collectively, identifying priorities, stimulating action
2 country selection criteria
2. Country selectioncriteria

A clearrequest for assistance from a member state interested in applying the GJP in an integratedmanner

A strongcommitment to genuine tripartite social dialogue

Agreement that the ILO willundertake an integratedreview

Commitment to a national tripartite policy dialogue thatresults in a wellprioritizedroadmap for additional national policyresponses and potentialadditional ILO support

4 capacity building for constituents
4. Capacity building for constituents

For employers’ & workers’ organizations

  • Enhance understanding of policy options
  • Develop and articulate policy position
  • Participate in policy design, implementation and monitoring

For policy makers, planners, government officials and development agencies

  • Policy design
  • Policy implementation and monitoring
5 process at country level social dialogue and production of well prioritized country roadmap
5. Processat country level: social dialogue and production of wellprioritized country roadmap

Indonesia: Indonesia Jobs Pact; led

to the application of the Dynamic Social

AccountingMatrix to asses the employment

impact of the infrastructure component of their

stimulus package

El Salvador: National Jobs Pact

South Africa: prioritiesapproved by NEDLAC

Bulgaria: helped to build a national consensus

regarding pension reformmeasures.

NOTE: Governments and social partnerswereofferedimmediateresponses, thatis, ongoingwork and immediate support for urgent new prioritieswould not have to wait for the scans to beready!

6 follow up technical support extract from south africa action plan
6. Follow-up technical support Extract from South Africa Action Plan

As agreed with the tripartite Decent Work Technical Team at NEDLAC and integrated into the DWCP Implementation Matrix.

additional issues
Additional issues:

Workunderassignment 1 wasreported to the GB in March, 2010; Nov 2010; March, 2011; including participation of RegionalDirectors

Workunderassignment 1, as part of GJP implementationwasalsoreported to the ILC, 2010 as part of the recurrent item report on Employment.

exit strategy from gjp assignment 1
EXIT strategyfrom GJP Assignment 1

Externalevaluation of assignment

GJP Learning Event

Finalize « looseends »:

  • Nigeria
  • Mali
  • Coordinatespending of remainingfunds.
next step dg announcement 30 august 2011
NextStep: DG Announcement, 30 August, 2011


Develop a coordinated approach to ILO’s DW country level analysis as a basis for services to constituents and development of effective DWCPs:

  • Work with Gateway Assignment to develop an Office-wide approach to Collection of country information and analysis involving the same consultative process across the Office;
  • Develop and apply a common methodology for Decent Work country level policy analysis building on Global Jobs Pact Scan approach, integrating it with country profiles, Decent Work Indicators and other country level reviews, in order to develop and apply one overall approach on Decent Work Country Scans.
  • Ensure the relevance and use of a common template for the development and review of decent work country programmes (DWCP) and their linkages with UNDAF, country based UN reform processes and other broader development cooperation frameworks. It should also inform country/sub-regional and regional policy analysis and advice.
  • Develop and apply a staff capacity building plan in collaboration with the regions and the ILO Centre in Turin.
a ssessment of the experience
Assessment of the experience

Did they have the Potential Benefits envisaged?

At country level

  • Did they help to enhance the social dialogue about policies to respond to the crisis at the national level
  • Did the standardized template helped to promote policy coherence and more integrated approaches at the country-level?
  • Were the growth and demand-side macroeconomic issues well covered?
  • Did they contribute to better policy development?
  • Did they help as an input to redefine DWCPs priorities?
  • Did they help to improve inter-agency partnerships and UN country programming?

At the level of the Office

  • Did the managerial process help to strengthen the capacity of the Office to deliver integrated technical assistance
  • Didit help to have better, more integrated and just in time knowledge about decentworkcrisisresponses?
  • Wassufficientownership by differentunitsdeveloped?
  • Whatwas the experiencewith the use of consultants?