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Labour Law and Labour Administration Specialist


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Bogotá
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Legal - Broad
    • Labour Market Policy
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-06

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Grade: P5  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2022/AM/06
Publication date: 5 May 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 June 2022


Job ID: 8188 
Department: RO-Latin America and the Caribbean 
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Lima 
Location: Bogota   
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 [email protected].


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 temporarily located in Bogotá, Colombia, and is part of the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for the Andean Countries (DWT/CO-Lima), which covers the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and is headquartered in Lima, Peru. DWT/CO-Lima provides high-quality, timely and integrated technical support to country offices in the design and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) upon request and in the context of results-based work plans. This support includes technical and policy advice, information and analysis. 

The Labour Law and Labour Administration Specialist is responsible for advising on the proper functioning of national labour administration systems, compliance with workplace standards through labour inspection and the promotion of a preventive occupational safety and health culture in the Andean countries. Their role is to: develop and implement programmes and tools for strengthening the institutional capacity of labour administration institutions; support labour administration institutions in developing occupational safety and health policies, strategies and measures for the prevention of occupational injuries, diseases and fatalities; and increase compliance with national labour laws through labour inspection.    

The incumbent is responsible for leading the design, development, coordination and implementation of programmes, projects, methodologies and tools to strengthen the governance of labour administration institutions and the functioning of national labour administration systems. The incumbent will also be responsible for creating and nurturing opportunities for collaboration with internal units, regional networks, United Nations (UN) agencies, multilateral partners, academic research institutions and development partners that contribute to reinforcing work in the areas of the ILO’s mandate, including by coordinating the actions implemented by the Office at country level.

The incumbent will report to the Director of DWT/CO-Lima and technical guidance and advice will be provided by the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) and the Labour Law and Reform Unit (LABOURLAW) at headquarters. 

Specific Duties

1.    Conduct, coordinate and provide oversight for research in the area of labour administration, namely in relation to global trends and comparative practice on the organization and management of national systems of labour administration, labour inspection and occupational safety and health. Promote and support the representation of ministries of labour in the definition and implementation of social and economic plans, coordination with other government institutions, collaboration with social partners, definition and implementation of public policies for labour market regulation and the development of national systems of occupational safety and health, tripartite consultation, labour law compliance, and integrated policy and regulatory responses to new challenges in the world of work.  
2.    Coordinate, prepare and conduct high-level events, conferences, meetings of experts, and workshops on good governance through labour administration and compliance with labour law through labour inspection, namely in coordination with regional networks, the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, other UN agencies, and research institutions.
3.    Identify and engage with development cooperation partners, particularly within the UN system, for the design, coordination and implementation of programmes, projects and activities in their technical field of speciality.  
4.    Collaborate with LABADMIN/OSH on the development of policies, tools, guidelines and technical materials in the area of labour market governance through labour administration, namely in relation to the extension of coverage and services to the informal economy, remote work and other non-standard forms of employment, cross-border labour market regulation and enforcement.  
5.    Provide technical assistance for regulatory development processes, namely to national congresses, to promote knowledge and development of the principles and provisions of international labour standards at the national level.  
6.    Analyse draft labour legislation submitted by governments to the ILO for comments. Provide advice and assistance to employers’ and workers’ organizations on existing and proposed labour legislation. Provide substantive support and advice for labour reform processes and assist governments and tripartite bodies in carrying out such processes, ensuring alignment of draft legislation with relevant international labour standards and comparative best practices for effective labour market regulation, in close coordination with headquarters.
7.    Ensure gender mainstreaming in the design and implementation of ILO assistance, paying particular attention to the impact on and benefits for women, young people and persons with disabilities.
8.    Develop, manage and maintain the necessary networks, partnerships and collaborations with individual experts and regional institutions to support ILO programmes, projects and activities related to labour market governance through labour administration.
9.    Support the management of the Country Office for the Andean Countries in coordinating the technical assistance provided by the Office to its constituents in Colombia.
10.    Perform other relevant duties as assigned. 


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

Generic Duties

  1. Lead, organize, plan, supervise and control the work of a technical unit (including managerial functions).
  2. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes, This involves analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics, information or policy guidelines in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognized technical specialization. 
  3. Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.
  4. Assume full responsibility for policy formulation and providing policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of development cooperation activities.
  5. Develop project design, review proposals, formulate, revise and submit project proposals and negotiate funding.
  6. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
  7. Lead technical advisory missions.
  8. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings.
  9. Prepare recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO recommendations on related technical fields.
  10. Write manuals and training guides on related topics.
  11. Disseminate information on action programmes through publications and press releases as well as ensuring representation at donors’ meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
  12. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.
  13. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, conference reports, Director General’s report to ILC).

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in law or social sciences. Demonstrated expertise in public administration and project management. 


Ten to fifteen years’ experience coordinating development projects and/or public administration, of which at least seven years at the international level. Experience in labour relations systems and social dialogue institutions and procedures is desirable. Practical experience and proven ability to work in close collaboration with social partners and government representatives. Experience in project management is an advantage. 


Excellent command of Spanish. Good working knowledge of English.


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

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 the 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 and coordinate activities among projects.

Demonstrated ability to: effectively communicate and collaborate; lead and work as a member of a team across disciplines; take initiative and demonstrate leadership, discretion and courtesy; accept accountability for outcomes; and work to tight deadlines. 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 [email protected]


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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