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Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-09

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Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2021/MULTILATERALS/01
Publication date: 09 July 2021
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 09 August 2021 


Job ID: 6430 
Organization Unit: MULTILATERALS 
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.


Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.


The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


The position is located in the Multilateral Cooperation Department (MULTILATERALS). MULTILATERALS’ role is to lead, coordinate and promote the ILO’s active involvement in the UN system and cooperation with other multilateral organizations. This includes the management of the relationship with the international financial institutions in close coordination with the Deputy Director-General for Policy, who leads the collaboration with those institutions on policy, research and data. The Economist will  provide support towards effective coordination and communication between, on the one hand, ILO Departments at headquarters and field offices and, on the other hand, the key international and regional financial and economic institutions, most particularly the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The incumbent will collaborate with relevant specialists in technical departments at ILO headquarters and in field offices, as well as with the ILO  Offices for the United States and Canada,  and for France. A particular focus will be in the area of policy coherence between the ILO, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and relevant regional economic and financial institutions as stated in the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, as well as stipulated in the Report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work, in decisions taken by the ILO Governing Body and the International Labour Conference.

The position reports to the Director of MULTILATERALS.


Specific Duties

1. Serve as focal point in relation to the preparation of briefings on developments at the OECD for ILO senior management. Monitor trends and advise on ILO engagement with the OECD, prepare briefing notes and draft speeches on OECD issues for the department director and ILO senior management. Form part of the ILO delegation to OECD meetings, as required.     

2. Under the supervision of the director and in close cooperation with the Deputy Director-General for Policy, the ILO Office for the United States and Canada, as well as the Regions and other Departments, contribute to ILO engagement with the IMF and the World Bank. This includes providing briefing on key developments at the IMF and the World Bank; drafting inputs for statements by the ILO Director-General to the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee; participating in country level collaboration with the IFIs and assisting the department director during the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings.

3. Contribute to documents for the ILO’s Governing Body and the International Labour Conference hat concern policy coherence with international and regional economic institutions, global economic developments and multilateralism.
4. Serve on internal working groups and technical teams dealing with the international and regional economic and financial institutions, global economic developments and the relationship between labour market institutions and macroeconomic developments.

5. Contribute as a resource person to knowledge-sharing, training programmes, events and technical meetings of ILO staff at headquarters and in field offices. Provide guidance on the ILO’s approach to policy coherence and partnerships that enhance efforts to reflect decent work in policy-making and governance frameworks and to foster decent work outcomes at the global, regional and national levels.

6. Participate in meetings organised by ILO constituents that concern the promotion of decent work in the policies and programmes of international and regional economic and financial institutions.

7. 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. Undertake research and prepare analytical reports on selected subjects within the area of technical competence.
  2. Assess country experience (on selected topics) with a view to identifying best practices in finding solutions to problems identified.
  3. Provide technical inputs (articles, reports) for regional, country or related sectoral analyses, ILO reports and publications.
  4. Provide technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring.
  5. Undertake missions for the purpose of providing technical recommendations on selected topics following ILO established guidelines, manuals and standards.
  6. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators.
  7. Act as focal point on a specific field of specialization.
  8. Participate in training seminars and workshops as resource person.
  9. Represent the technical unit at international, regional and national fora.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in economics


At least three years of professional experience in economic and policy analysis at the national level and two years at the international level.



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



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


Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and multi-disciplinary teams; capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialisation; the ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialised technical field; capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals; ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.
Solid knowledge of the work of the Organization, its policies, programmes and procedures and of employers’ and workers’ organizations and knowledge of international and regional economic institutions. Ability to contribute and provide input into discussions in a multilateral environment. Strong skills in economic analysis and ability to undertake policy analysis and to produce reports.

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

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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