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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) in Global Supply Chains

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • Sustainable Business Development
  • 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/40 

Job ID: 1910 

Department: ENTERPRISES 
Organization Unit: MULTI 
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).


The internship is located in the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement unit (MULTI) of the Enterprises Department. The department’s overall mission is the promotion of sustainable enterprises to achieve the ILO goal of decent work. MULTI contributes to this mission through the promotion of the principles of the ILO Tripartite Declaration on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) to governments, multinational enterprises and employers and workers organizations. It provides policy advice and technical support for the effective implementation of these principles and recommendations at the global, regional and country levels. MULTI plays a central role in the ILO’s engagement with MNEs. It functions as the lead unit on corporate social responsibility (CSR), contributing to international policy coherence on the labour dimension of CSR and managing the ILO Helpdesk for Business on international labour standards. It is the lead unit for the ILO's engagement with the OHCHR on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; the OECD in the OECD MNE Guidelines and their due diligence guidance and the UN Global Compact.

Learning area

As an intern in CSR, you will be exposed to a whole range of areas such as supply chains issues, local economic development through business linkages, public and private CSR policies, labour rights due diligence, capacity building activities on the labour dimension of CSR, international developments on corporate responsibility and sustainability and the ILO’s specific contribution on the basis of the principles of the MNE Declaration.  The main focus of the work is on the operational tools under the revised MNE Declaration (2017) and the country-level assistnace to governments, employers and workers.

You would be gaining experience in working with specialists who are involved in the following tasks: ILO Helpdesk for Business, country-level interventions on the basis of the principles in the MNE Declaration, capacity building and training activities, international policy coherence on CSR/RBC and due diligence, research to inform policy-advice, tool development and participating in organization of dialogues and expert meetings.

Interns should expect to devote 10% to 20% of their time to administrative tasks.

Proposed Time Frames

The internship will be for 3 month, with the possibility to extend up to 3 additional months, upon mutual agreement.

Required qualifications

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


Any relevant work experience would be an advantage


Working (both oral and written) knowledge of at least one of the ILO’s official languages (English, French, Spanish) and basic knowledge of a second working language


Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and be able to work in a team. Flexible and able to deal with multiple tasks.  Ability to work in Excel.Flexible and able to deal with multiple tasks.

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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