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Senior Labour Migration Statistician

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Social Affairs
    • Migration
    • Statistics
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-04

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Grade: P5  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/3/2020/STATISTICS/01

Publication date: 03 November 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 04 December 2020


Job ID: 4553 
Department: STATISTICS 
Organization Unit: STATISTICS 
Location: Geneva   
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 Department of Statistics (STATISTICS). STATISTICS is responsible for compiling and disseminating ILO statistics related to the world of work. It supports the development of international statistical standards in the field of decent work through the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS), the UN Statistical Commission and the UN Statistical Division and other international fora. It provides ILO constituents with technical assistance to improve their ability to produce primary data in accordance with agreed standards, classifications and concepts, particularly in developing household and other type of surveys, use adequately international statistical standards. It is also responsible for building capacities and collecting harmonised data, and for reporting on the global indicators to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals.
STATISTICS has been developing statistical standards on measuring international labour migration and assisting countries in collecting data on this issue. This position will take this work further collaborating closely with the Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT) and the Global Technical Team on Statistics. The position  will report to the Director of the Department.

Specific Duties
  1. Lead all activities related to measurement of international labour migration as a follow- up of the 20th ICLS guidelines on this issue and ensure its integration across the department’s programme of work. This will involve collaboration with partners at global and regional levels, development of manuals aligned with latest international statistical standards, development and pilot testing of practical survey tools,  and delivery of technical assistance and training to constituents to promote the measurement and use of labour migration statistics.
  2. Strengthen procedures developed to compile and disseminate international labour migration statistics as part of the department’s ILOSTAT database and establish partnerships to access national data on a regular basis.
  3. Provide technical assistance and capacity building to national statistical offices, ministries of labour, employers’ and workers’ organizations and regional and international partners on the planning, execution and dissemination of international labour migration statistics through household-based surveys, administrative records and population and housing censuses using the latest statistical standards agreed by the ICLS.
  4. In line with the ILO’s Fair Migration Agenda, strengthen national level data collection on recruitment costs borne by migrants, particularly in reference to the SDG indicator 10.7.1. This includes providing technical assistance to countries in understanding the internationally agreed methodology for this indicator and designing tools to collect data.
  5. Working together with the various parts of the Office, update the ILO global estimates of international migrant workers. In particular, review and update the methodology, as appropriate, for preparing global and regional estimates of labour migration by sex and age group and by major branch of economic activity to the extent possible.
  6. Develop  and align future international statistical standards in the area of international labour migration, including concepts, definitions and methodologies, participation and leadership of international expert groups, regional consultative meetings, tripartite meetings of experts and the ICLS. These activities will aim at developing new and revised statistical frameworks for measurement based on good practices, drafting substantive inputs (review of national practices, working papers, reports), and planning and carrying out tests of proposals on the issue.  
  7. Design development cooperation projects to increase possibilities to support constituents in the measurement of international labour migration, by implementing and using the latest tools made available by the ILO in reference to the new framework provided by the 20th ICLS.
  8. Represent the Organization  in regional and global expert groups (UN, EUROSTAT, UNHCR, IOM, OECD and other international or regional body) on migration statistics providing technical inputs and assure that the ILO’s mandate is correctly represented.
  9. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

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Generic Duties

1. Direct the planning, initiation and execution of an international statistical programme, comprising data collection, compilation, analysis, dissemination and international standardization of data. Provide both technical and managerial supervision of the work programme.

2. Undertake and supervise research and methodological studies with regard to international standards on statistical concepts, definitions, classifications and methods.

3. Develop new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and estimations.

4. Provide high-level technical and policy advice throughout the Organization, and to constituents, regional offices and other statistical institutions on the statistical aspects of programmes and projects including improvement of statistical capabilities and organization of national statistical services and the collection, evaluation and analysis of data.
5. Maintain close liaison and cooperation within the field of responsibility throughout the Organization and with other relevant national and international institutions to ensure full co ordination and to avoid duplication of efforts.

6. Represent the Organization at international, regional, sub-regional and national meetings, inter-agency meetings and training courses.

7. Advise senior management on trends and developments in the relevant field and recommend appropriate courses of action.

8. Formulate, develop and implement new strategies, approaches and statistical work programmes.

9. Lead technical advisory and project evaluation missions.

10. Formulate and present project proposals and seek funding.


Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in the field of statistics, demography, social sciences or other related disciplines and training in applied statistics or similar studies.  Demonstrated expertise in population studies/ demography/ migration and sampling techniques are essential.  Knowledge of computer science and its application to statistical work is essential.


Ten to fifteen years of professional experience of which at least seven years at the international level, including in a national statistical office or statistical department of an international organization with proven experience in labour force and migration surveys, labour migration statistics, and in leading standard setting mechanisms in statistics.


Excellent command of one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of a second official language. One of them must be English.


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

Technical competencies     
Demonstrated and recognized technical and/or managerial leadership in carrying out the activities of the Work Programme in line with  objectives and policies; technical expertise in using statistical software like STATA and SAS; demonstrated technical expertise to devise new methods, concepts, approaches and techniques, leading to development of ILO standards and technical guidelines; ability to manage large projects and coordinating activities among projects; decision making skills; excellent problem solving skills and ability to represent the Organization at collaborative meetings and provide authoritative technical and policy advice.  

Behavioural competencies    
A high standard of integrity and professionalism. The 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.


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