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Advancing decent work in key sectors and supply chains


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: Closed


Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 15 April 2024
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 29 April 2024

Vacancy no.:  


Job ID: 11818 

Department:  SECTOR
Organization Unit:  E2M
Location: Geneva, Switzerland  
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)


You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments and field offices, which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, the ILO does not inform candidates about the status of their application. 


ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.


**Please note that you can apply to a maximum of three internship profiles during the current application period. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any profile.** Note that you may withdraw your candidature at any time via the Jobs Applied section of your profile.


It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from candidates, particularly from non- or under- represented member States from the following countries:


Qualified candidates from those countries may be eligible for a special fund that provides financial assistance for round-trip airfare (economy class) in addition to the stipend.


The ILO also encourages applications of persons with disabilities. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided to candidates with disabilities in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities. For assistance, please send an e-mail to



Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.

(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).



Learning areas

The Sectoral Policies Department (SECTOR) is responsible for providing support to ILO’s tripartite constituents – governments, employers and workers - in addressing employment and labour opportunities and issues in specific economic and social sectors at the global, regional and national levels. The sectoral approach to decent work covers 22 different sectors (see: and it cuts across the entire Decent Work Agenda.

As an intern, you would be exposed to a Department that works closely with sectoral ILO constituents (governments and employers' and workers' organizations). Administratively, the Department has divided its 22 sectors into four units:

  • Forestry, Agriculture, Construction and Tourism (FACT);
  • Extractive, Energy and Manufacturing (E2M);
  • Transport and Maritime (MARITRANS); and
  • Public and Private Services (SERVICES).

Required profile

You would be assigned to work with the E2M Unit and would have the opportunity to work with industrial sectors and several supply chains covered by that unit. The industrial sectors for this Unit include:

Basic metal production; Chemical industries; Mechanical and electrical engineering; Mining; Oil and gas production, oil refining; Textiles, clothing, leather, footwear, and Transport equipment manufacturing.

You would work alongside E2M sectoral specialists to:

  • Help to service international meetings that build dialogue and consensus among sectoral constituents in relation to emerging topics of special importance for sectors;
  • Help to develop and share knowledge on emerging trends and challenges at industry level through the collection and analysis of sector and supply chain-specific data, focused research, and publication of reports and working papers;
  • Assist in promotion and support the implementation of international labour standards, with particular attention given to those of a sectoral nature;
  • Assist in the preparation of communication and advocacy materials related to the promotion of decent work in different economic sectors;
  • Assist in strengthening the capacity of governments, employers' and workers' organizations to advance the decent work agenda at country level, through development cooperation, advice and training; and
  • Participate in the promotion of policy coherence on key sectoral issues, through strategic partnerships with other United Nations agencies and multilateral organizations.

Interns would also support the work of the Department as a whole. Interns should expect to devote 10 to 20 per cent of their time to administrative tasks.


You have previously studied or researched labour issues and challenges related to supply chains or any of the following industrial sectors: Basic metal production; Chemical industries; Mechanical and electrical engineering; Mining; Oil and gas production, oil refining; Textiles, clothing, leather, footwear, and Transport equipment manufacturing.


The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 year ago.


You have:


  • any relevant work experience, in the industrial sectors or supply chains listed above, in particular in the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear, and


  • the ability to use standard MS Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint); experience in developing a database working with programmers would be an advantage.


You should have working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of the ILO's official languages (English, French or Spanish).


Ability to adapt to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and ability to work in a team.



How to apply:


1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs 

2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs 

3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline. 


Selection process:


Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), hiring departments will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected by any department for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster. 


If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the hiring department for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.




As an intern in Geneva, you will receive a stipend of 2450 CHF per month from the ILO, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive 2450 CHF per month. Your travel to Geneva will be at your own expense.In addition to the amounts referred above, each intern shall receive the amount of CHF45 per month, or the equivalent amount in the currency in which the monthly stipend is paid, which is a contribution from the Office towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship.




Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field).


Fraud warning:


The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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