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Workers' Safety and Health in Global Supply Chains

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Logistics
    • Security and Safety
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-22

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Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 11 October 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 22 October 2019

Vacancy no.: INTERNROSTER/2019/2/GENEVA/2 

Job ID: 1735 

Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: LABADMIN/OSH 
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 only.

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 qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non - or under - represented member States. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities.

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).


Governance and Tripartism Department, Labour administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch.

The LABADMIN/OSH Branch within the GOVERNANCE Department aims to create worldwide awareness of the human and economic cost of work-related fatalities, injuries and diseases and to place the health and safety of all workers high on the international agenda. Within the LABADMIN/OSH Branch and in line with the Occupational Safety and Health – Safety and Health for All Flagship Programme, the Vision Zero Fund (VZF) is an initiative to promote occupational safety and health (OSH) and reduce the number of severe work-related accidents, injuries and diseases in workplaces linked to global supply chains (GSCs). The VZF is situated within the LABADMIN/OSH Branch of the GOVERNANCE Department of the ILO, and funds activities in a number of countries, including Myanmar, Lao, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Colombia focusing on the garment/ textile and agro-food sectors.

The VZF activities directly links to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on decent work and economic growth (no. 8) and its findings will further contribute to SDGs on good health and well-being and on responsible consumption and production (no. 3 and 12).

Learning area

The continuing internationalization of production systems has brought about rapidly changing production models and employment patterns involving the expansion of worldwide coordinated cross-border outsourcing and job creation. According to ILO estimates, approximately 60 to 80 per cent of global trade involves GSCs. While the contribution of these trade mechanisms to global economic growth and job opportunities is evident, their impact on the working conditions and safety and health of workers involved in GSCs in developing countries raises concern. Although there is great potential to harness the growing power of GSCs towards better occupational safety and health of their workers, examples of successful initiatives to do so remain limited.

The successful candidate will be exposed to ongoing international discussions on the governance of global chains of production. He / she will gain experience and knowledge on global supply chains through working with specialists in occupational safety and health, labour inspection and employment injury insurance.


The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager of the VZF, and in close collaboration with the VZF Technical Officers and under the overall responsibility of the Chief of LABADMIN/OSH. His/her main tasks will consist of:

  1. Background research / data collection and analysis;
  2. Map opportunities for engagement with the private sector, including multinational corporations, private compliance initiatives, and foundations;
  3. Development of communication material and support to publication processes and support the overall communication and knowledge dissemination strategy of the VZF through the various appropriate communication channels;
  4. Support the preparation of activities related to result validation events with the various stakeholders of the VZF (government, workers, employers, association of producers, global buyers, certification networks, etc.) and support the development of knowledge products and the organization of knowledge and result dissemination events;
  5. Support the development of project proposals;
  6. Any other task assigned by the supervisor.
Required qualifications

The candidate should be enrolled in the final year of a graduate degree programme in economics, business, social sciences, or law, or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 year before applying. Specialization in labour studies / occupational safety and health or global supply chain management is an advantage


Relevant work and / or research experience in the areas of global supply chains, occupational safety and health, or corporate social responsibility; experience with research (Master’s thesis, research assistant position) and knowledge of the private sector (in particular garment/textile and agriculture sectors);


Excellent command (both oral and written) of English; knowledge of other ILO official languages (French, Spanish) is an advantage.


adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, interested in action-oriented and applied research, good communication skills and ability to both work independently and as a member of 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 2245 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 2245 CHF per month. Your travel to Geneva will be at your own expense.


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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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