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Legal Specialist (Two positions)

Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-17

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Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2021/13
Publication date: 3 June 2021
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 17 June 2021


Job ID: 6226 
Department: NORMES 
Organization Unit: APPL 
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 contract of a temporary nature as per art. 4.2 (e) of the ILO Staff Regulations.


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 Labour Protection Unit in the Application of Standards Branch (APPL) within the International Labour Standards Department (NORMES). In accordance with ILO’s Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, NORMES strives to enhance the relevance of international labour standards to the world of work and to ensure their role as a useful means of achieving the constitutional objectives of the Organization, as well as the ILO.

More specifically, NORMES is responsible for: (i) designing and implementing the ILO standards-related activities in accordance with the standards policy adopted by the Governing Body; (ii) supporting and servicing all the supervisory bodies of the ILO; and (iii) the promotion of Office-wide coherence and cooperation on international labour standards. The Labour Protection Unit provides support to the ILO supervisory bodies and technical assistance to countries on a broad range of subjects covered by international labour standards, including labour administration, labour inspection, occupational safety and health, wages and working time.

The Legal Specialist will lead the substantive work in the thematic area(s) assigned by the Head of Unit and will support the Head of Unit in the management of the unit and the organisation of work.

The position will report to the Head of the Labour Protection Unit.

Description of Duties

1. In the assigned area(s) of work, prepare the work for the supervisory bodies. Ensure technical consistency in the thematic area(s), including by reviewing the work of others, under the supervision of the Head of Unit.
2. Advise constituents, including on sensitive issues, seeking guidance on political matters as necessary. Carry out detailed research and prepare technical papers to facilitate understanding of common trends in different standards-related areas.
3. Plan, organize and provide technical assistance and training to Member States, social partners and other relevant institutional partners, independently, with the aim of promoting the ratification and effective implementation of standards in the light of the supervisory bodies' comments.
4. Contribute to the development of the Unit’s work plan and the definition of its working methods.   As necessary, review the work prepared by other members of the Unit, before submission to the Head of Unit.
5. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in law.


Minimum of eight years' practical experience in labour or international law at the national level or at least six years at the international level.


Excellent command of two official languages (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. A working knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage.


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

Technical competencies

Ability to: 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; prepare responses to enquiries in clear and concise manner; good communication skills to explain the Office's position; keep up-to-date with new developments in the occupational area; advise and persuade colleagues and constituents on legal questions.

Behavioural competencies
Ability to: carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines; work within tight deadlines and respect confidentiality; deal with colleagues and constituents with tact and discretion. 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 the possible 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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