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Occupational Health and Occupational Diseases

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Human Resources
  • 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/46 

Job ID: 1878 

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).


The position is located in the Labour administration, labour inspection and occupational safety and health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) in the Governance and Tripartism Department. LABADMIND/OSH assists member States in strengthening and modernizing labour administration and inspection systems as well as to improve OSH policy, systems and services. It promotes an exchange of good practices and initiatives to improve labour administration and inspection and OSH; it undertakes research on relevant topics and designs and manages relevant technical cooperation projects, including provision of technical advice, drafting and revising labour administration, inspection and OSH law and country profiles. 

Learning areas

The intern will be exposed to the main issues and topics typically found in occupational health policies, laws, regulations, standards, occupational health services, OSH programmes and management systems, employers’ duties and responsibilities to protect the safety and health of workers and others, workers' rights and duties, assessment and control of occupational hazards or risks, recording, reporting and notification of occupational injuries and diseases, workers’ health surveillance and surveillance of the working environment, investigation of accidents/incidents and diseases, inspection and enforcement OSH laws and regulations, among others.

The intern will gain experience in working with the specialist who is involved in the development of the ILO list of occupational diseases and the diagnostic criteria for the listed diseases. The work involves research, collection, and analysis of information on occupational disease, identification of gaps and good practices in the control of occupational diseases. The intern will get first-hand experience in working with a group of external international experts organized by the Office. Through his/her work, the intern will support the development of the international guidance on diagnostic criteria for occupational diseases. The specific duties consist of the following:

-    Collect country practice and information on identification and recognition of  occupational diseases.
-    Collect information on diagnostic criteria for occupational diseases;
-    Collect up-to-date research and scientific articles and publications to support the work of the Branch on occupational diseases;
-    Analyse and summarize the information collected in relation to specific occupational diseases;
-    Propose texts, graphics and tables to be considered in the preparation of guidance notes on diagnosis of occupational diseases
-    Carry out other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

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

The internship contract is of 3 months duration starting as soon as possible with a possible extension.

Required Profile

Area of studies: Medicine and a specialization in occupational health would be a strong advantage.

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


Experience in conducting studies on occupational health and occupational diseases and related research, including occupational safety and health; any relevant work experience and ability to use standard MS Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint); know ledge in working with a database would be an advantage.


The intern shall have working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of the ILO's official languages (English, French or Spanish). Fluency in any other language would be an advantage.


a) Good organization skills and ability for time management; b) Good communication skills; c) Ability to work in a team; d) Good analysis and research skills; e) Attentive to details; e) Ability to draft clearly and concisely for the purpose of preparing project summaries, reports and studies; f) Good understanding of occupational safety and health  services; g) Ability to adapt to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment.

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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