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Youth Employment

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Youth
  • 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/7 

Job ID: 1888 

Department: EMPLOYMENT 
Organization Unit: YEP 
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 Employment Policy Department is responsible for promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, skills and development policies that maximize the employment impact of economic growth, investment and development and which are inclusive, gender sensitive, productive and sustainable. At the global level, the Department advocates and promotes policy frameworks and partnerships that aim at generating more quality employment opportunities. At the country level, the objective is to support the ILO constituents to develop, implement and monitor coordinated and context specific policies and programmes that promote quality job creation. The Department delivers on its mandate through work in three Branches: Skills and Employability; Employment and Labour Markets Policies Branch; and the Development and Investment Branch.

The Employment and Labour Markets Policies Branch (EMPLAB) has the primary responsibility for the organization of integrated country labour market diagnostics and employment policy reviews, facilitation of tripartite policy dialogue on employment policies, policy development and implementation, labour market policies including activation and intermediation, employment services and for the ILO's Youth Employment Programme (YEP).

The YEP operates worldwide through a network of ILO specialists. The YEP Unit, a team located at the ILO Office in Geneva, coordinates policy research, analysis and the development of guidelines and practical tools on youth employment. It is also entrusted to ensure coherence in ILO’s assistance in the youth employment area and to provide necessary backing to ILO staff and constituents.  

The Intern will be working with the YEP Unit, under the overall supervision of the Head of the Unit.

Learning area

As an intern in Youth Employment you will be exposed to a whole range of subjects, as youth employment is multidimensional and relates to the broader ILO’s Decent Work Agenda and global development frameworks, notably the Agenda 2030. You will be gaining experience in working with ILO specialists who are involved in the analysis of labour market trends, formulation of national youth employment strategies, and backstopping and evaluation of youth employment interventions. Moreover, you will get to know about the work of UN inter-agency initiatives on youth employment and youth development. You will also learn by participating in knowledge development and dissemination and the organisation and delivery of capacity building activities, which may include information gathering, data analysis, the organisation of working sessions, preparation of training material and report writing, among other tasks.       

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

Required qualifications

Economic, social or development studies. The candidate should be enrolled in the final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 year ago.


Working experience in a relevant field and experience in research and data analysis and/or training are considered as advantages.  


Working (both oral and written) knowledge of English. Good Knowledge of French or Spanish an advantage.


Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and be able to work in a team. Conversant with IT practices and working tools.

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.

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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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