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Senior Economist

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-24

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Grade: P5  

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2020/21
Publication date: 3 November 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 24 November 2020


Job ID: 4951 
Department: RESEARCH 
Organization Unit: RESEARCH 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. This is an assignment of a purely temporary nature, not expected to lead to a career in the ILO. Duration is 12 months.


The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations


The following are eligible to apply:


- Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

- External candidates. A selected external candidate will be issued with a 4.2 (e) contract.


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. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those 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).


Applications from qualified candidates 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:


The position is located in the Research Department (RESEARCH) of the ILO, which conducts research on labour and employment issues to contribute to policy formulation for ILO constituents at the global level. The main purpose of the Department is to assess major trends, including new technologies, demographic change, the scarcity of natural resources, the evolving role of finance and emerging patterns in development and globalization in relation to their socio-economic impact. Core research issues also include the assessment of “what works”, in terms of labour market policies on decent work outcomes.


The Research Department produces a number of high profile reports which include the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) and the WESO Trends, and is the Department responsible for the ILO’s peer-reviewed journal, the International Labour Review. It carries out research that examine the inter-linkages between economic growth, the broad trends outlined above and social equity. RESEARCH publishes widely in different formats, including ILO major reports, research briefings, academic journal papers, working papers, collaborative reports with academics and other policy organisations and is present in social media.


The incumbent leads a team within the Research Department relating to labour market trends and policy evaluation and reports to the Director of the Department.

Specific Duties

1. Lead a technical team responsible for carrying out research relating to labour market trends and policy evaluation. 

2. Lead, design and promote large multi-stakeholder research programmes, including the use of sophisticated data and methodologies, in particular the advanced application of micro-econometric (impact evaluation) models, implemented to contribute to extend the knowledge on particular economic and development subjects (e.g. assessing the nature, type and pace of work-to-work transitions and the role of skills in fostering transitions to decent work).

3. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of labour market policies and institutions with views of formulating evidence-based policy advice that is relevant and applicable for countries on the improvement of these policies (e.g. assessing how income support and active labour market policies (ALMPs) can come together to improve the employment and life trajectories of workers).

4. Develop evidenced-based policy advice for ILO constituents on what works in terms of labour market policies, programmes and practices, and how to strengthen them to ensure positive effects for persons in the countries. Recommendations include as well how to improve methodologies so both, countries and the ILO could take these into account to improve the effects of relevant measures.

5. Contribute to high-level research on frontier issues, through academic and policy-oriented publications, in collaboration with other relevant expert teams of the ILO; and contribute to the dissemination of these policy-oriented research findings through presentations at international, regional and national fora, to the international community of experts, policymakers and academics.

6. Lead technical advisory missions and participating in tripartite and international meetings and conferences. Represent the Office at these events, as required.

7. Perform other relevant duties, as assigned.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree with demonstrated expertise in the field of Labour Economics and /or Econometrics. A PhD in Economics would be considered an advantage.


Ten to fifteen years’ experience of which at least seven years at the international level. Specific research experience related to developing and emerging countries will be considered an advantage as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals.


Excellent command of English and working language of a second official language (French, Spanish) of the Organization. Knowledge of the third official language of the Organization will be considered an advantage.


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


Technical competencies  
Demonstrated knowledge on handling of large micro-datasets and using micro-econometric techniques and the management of multi-stakeholder projects that necessitate these complex datasets and techniques.


Demonstrated and recognized technical and /or managerial leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the related work unit, demonstrated technical expertise to devise new methods, concepts, approaches and techniques, leading to development of ILO standards and technical guidelines and ability to prepare ILO strategy reports in the related field for programme development, the ability to provide policy advice and the ability to manage large projects to coordinate activities among projects.

Behavioural competencies 
Effective writing, speaking and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. 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 2 to 4 weeks 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.


In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and in view of border and travel restrictions as well as ILO teleworking arrangements, the start date of contracts or transfers to temporary positions will have to be reconfirmed in the context of the evolution of the pandemic.


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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