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International Labour Standards Specialist

Suva (Fiji )

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Suva (Fiji )
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Labour Market Policy
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-04

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Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/3/2020/AS/01
Publication date: 03 November 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 04 December 2020


Job ID: 4102 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Suva 
Location: Suva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.


Applications from officials who have reached their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).


Applicants from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here:


In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.


The position is located in the ILO Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries in Suva (CO-Suva). The Specialist will provide technical advisory services to ILO constituents in the countries covered by CO-Suva ( Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) in the field of international labour standards. He/she will prepare or review draft labour laws for the countries covered by CO-Suva in line with international labour standards and good comparative labour law and practices in full consultation with the concerned departments at ILO headquarters.

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Director of CO-Suva. He/she will work in close collaboration with other technical specialists in the Decent Work Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and Pacific (DWT/CO-Bangkok), and will receive technical guidance and support from the International Labour Standards Department (NORMES) at headquarters. The Labour Law and Reform Unit within the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE) will also provide technical guidance and support.

Specific Duties

1. Conduct research on legal frameworks, institutions and practices for sound labour market governance and the promotion of mature social dialogue and negotiations.
2. Undertake Decent Work Country Programmes and labour law/policy formulation and provide advice to ILO constituents on issues regarding the application of international labour standards, including through the promotion of development cooperation activities.
3. Ensure that governments accomplish on a timely basis their obligations in terms of presentation of periodic reports, in accordance with article 19 and 22 of the Constitution of the ILO, and follow up adequately the comments of different ILO supervisory bodies, notably the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, the Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, and the Committee on Freedom of Association.
4. Provide regular reports on work carried out as inputs to the work of the Committee of Experts on the Applications of Conventions and Recommendations.
5. Collaborate with ILO specialists to prepare coordinated comments on draft laws based on international labour standards, in close coordination with headquarters.
6. Advise ILO constituents on the application of labour law and collective agreements as an effective means to attaining the Organization’s decent work and social justice goals, taking into account ILO standards and adequate practices at the international level.
7. Establish and maintain close relations with employers' and workers' organizations, informing and advising them on matters related to international labour standards, national labour law reform and labour relations.
8. Participate as an adviser in the various committees or other official meetings dealing with international labour standards, including preparing background material and documents, drafting records of meetings and reports.
9. Design, implement and evaluate development cooperation projects to support the application of international labour standards.
10. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Generic Duties

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:
1.Examine reports by governments on ratified and unratified Conventions and Recommendations. Examine and analyse complaints. Prepare comparative analyses of the legislation and practice of the different member States. Draft comments for presentation to and discussion with high-level committees and/or groups of experts Provide advice to colleagues on labour
standards under the incumbent's responsibility.
2.Prepare legal opinions and interpretations on a variety of legal questions or in a specialised field.
3.Prepare notes, reports and documents concerning questions of international law or labour standards, including requests for interpretations on complex legal questions, for consideration by governments, the Governing Body, the International Labour Conference and the Director-General. Develop strategies for follow-up to decisions made by policy bodies.
4.Analyse draft labour legislation submitted by governments to the ILO for comments prior to adoption.
5.Undertake research and write studies on complex problems (i.e. judging compatibility between legislation and practice) relating to international labour standards, labour law and labour relations, as well as prepare general surveys, manuals and articles. Supervise the preparation of statements on questions of public international law relevant to the work of the ILO. Advise on the position to be taken by the Organization on these issues.
6.Review and approve instruments of ratification.
7.Provide technical support to special tripartite committees established by the Governing Body or commissions of inquiry to examine alleged infringements of ratified Conventions.
8.Represent the work unit at meetings, including Conference committees and industrial committees, to provide advice on legal questions or questions concerning international labour standards or labour relations. Act as adviser to Conference committees and assist in the drafting of international legal instruments and participate in preconference work, including drafting committees.
9.Develop, plan and implement technical advisory and promotional activities, including tripartite seminars, workshops, lectures and discussion groups. Represent the Office on missions which may be of a sensitive or controversial nature and before judicial bodies. Represent the work unit on internal committees or at inter-agency meetings.
10.Participate in the secretariat of various committees dealing with legal issues or labour standards, including preparation of background material and documents, drafting records of meetings, drafting reports, etc.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in law.


Minimum of eight years' practical relevant experience at the national level or at least six years at the international level. Project management experience would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English. 


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies:

Ability to perform tasks in accordance with instructions and guidelines; make use of analytical, and technical qualitative and quantitative tools; design research studies and conduct comparative analyses involving the application of principles of law to the analysis of administrative, substantive and procedural problems of substantial intricacy; advise and persuade colleagues and constituents on legal questions. Capacity to participate effectively in technical missions and within a team; ability to guide and coordinate external collaborators´ work, general-service staff or young professionals; ability to prepare technically accurate reports and publications, with conclusions that may lead to an action plan and the elaboration of programmes; ability to formulate, evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects. Good knowledge of information technology.

Behavioural competencies:

Good written and spoken communication and presentation skills. Strong diplomatic skills, tact and discretion. High standard of integrity, professionalism, personal discipline and impartiality. Good interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.



Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period.
  • A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
  • Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

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Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at


Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


Fraud warning

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