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Emerging and Special Partnerships

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • 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/24 

Job ID: 1907 

Department: PARDEV 
Organization Unit: ESPU 
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 Partnerships and Field Support Department (PARDEV) establishes and develops strategic partnerships in close interaction with other portfolios and the regions. It is responsible for developing the ILO’s strategy for technical cooperation as well as public–private partnership (PPPs) initiatives and South–South and Triangular Cooperation activities. PARDEV leads consultations and negotiations with development cooperation partners and is responsible for mobilizing voluntary contributions for the ILO’s programme, as well as coordinating technical and financial reporting to donors. In close collaboration with the other portfolios, PARDEV facilitates streamlining of work processes and procedures and provides assistance to enhance service delivery in the field. In addition PARDEV is responsible for providing field operation support.

PARDEV comprises three units: The Development Partners’ Relations Unit (DPRU), the Development Cooperation Support Unit (DCSU) and the Emerging and Special Partnerships Unit (ESPU). The position is located in DPRU.

DPRU is responsible coordinating the mobilization of voluntary resources for technical cooperation, including through the Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA). The unit is charged with establishing, developing and maintaining relations with voluntary contributors to the ILO, including government donors, UN agencies and other development partners such as the European Union, International Financial Institutions and Development Banks, as well as the private sector.

DPRU monitors implementation of the ILO’s technical cooperation programme, ensuring full compliance with contractual obligations. The unit follows closely programme delivery, supports units and offices and ensures portfolio. The unit also endeavours to provide quality control in terms of reporting.

Learning areas

As an intern in ESPU, you will be exposed to support activities that raise awareness and share knowledge on SSTC in the field of decent work, through the preparation and support to the organization of study tours, good practices sharing and the compilation and dissemination of capacity building activities and tools for ILO constituents, as well as the SSTC Academies and South-South and triangular cooperation fora.

With the support of the special partnerships function, provide support to the design, implementation, and dissemination of SSTC initiatives involving universities, local government and Parliamentarians.

Offer support to technical assistance for the involvement of the social partners in UNDAF consultations and Joint Programming and provide technical support to increase the social partners in formulating national development frameworks and national development plans, with which the UN programmes are usually aligned.

The intern will gain experience in working with specialists who are involved in the following tasks:

  • ILO SSTC programme, and understanding the United Nations system.
  • Become familiar with the ILO’s mandate and ways to promote peer learning
  • Interact with ILO staff as well as working level contacts in other UN agencies and teams.
  • Get to know the work of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
  • Become familiar with partnership modalities and financing mechanisms of emerging partners and UN partners
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of development cooperation in an international setting, and will further develop project cycle management skills.

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


Required profile

University degree in social sciences, international relations, economics or other relevant field.

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


Any relevant work experience and knowledge of IT would be an advantage


Working knowledge (oral and written) of at least one of the ILO’s official languages (English, French, Spanish)


Proficient in the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database. Applicants should be able to adapt to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, have good communication skills, and be able to work in teams.

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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