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Social Dialogue Officer


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Conflict prevention
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-06

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Grade: P2  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2022/GOVERNANCE/02
Publication date: 5 May 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 June 2022


Job ID: 8162 
Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: DIALOGUE 
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 [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 located in the Social Dialogue and Tripartism Unit (DIALOGUE) within the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE). The overall mandate of DIALOGUE is to advocate for and promote effective and inclusive social dialogue at all levels, with a view to encouraging good governance in the world of work and advancing social justice and decent work for all.   In particular, the unit assists the tripartite ILO constituents in establishing and improving policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks for social dialogue and tripartite cooperation between/among governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations; strengthening the capacity of social dialogue actors; and enhancing the role and impact of social dialogue and tripartism in the design and implementation of labour, economic and social policies at all levels.


The position will be responsible for undertaking research and contributing to the drafting of documents and other material on systems and trends of social dialogue and industrial relations and relevant themes such as: peak-level social dialogue and tripartite cooperation; social pacts; representativeness; cross-border social dialogue; shaping labour market policy and regulation through social dialogue; social dialogue responses to crises and transitions; improving the inclusiveness of social dialogue including in relation to various enterprises and groups of workers such as women, youth and people with disabilities.  The position will contribute to, among others, the empirical analysis and research for the production of the flagship report on social dialogue and tripartism. 


The incumbent will report to the Head of DIALOGUE. She/he will work under the technical guidance of senior staff of the Unit and be integrated in the Unit’s geographical and thematic teams.

Specific Duties

1.Identify, collect and analyse data and information, of national or comparative scope, on social dialogue and tripartism and themes relevant to the Unit’s mandate and work plan, using all sources of information; update relevant databases or repositories.
2.Undertake research, including reviews of literature, and participate in the drafting of studies, reports, technical briefs, analytical notes, country profiles. 
3.Contribute to the preparation of training materials.  Provide input to presentations and other materials for use in policy fora and training seminars (national, regional and international), including the Academy on Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations.
4.Contribute to the broad range of activities of the Unit designed to identify and respond to the constituents’ needs and priorities, in line with the ILO Programme and Budget, action plans and other institutional documents relevant to social dialogue and industrial relations.
5.Contribute to the dissemination and communication strategy of the Unit, including through assisting in the organization of workshops and seminars and drafting newsletters and other promotional materials. 
6.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. Compile and maintain data bases on selected subjects.
  2. Analyse data for programme development and research studies.
  3. Draft components of regional, country or related sectoral analyses for reports and publications.
  4. Assist in technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring, as junior desk officers.
  5. Participate in technical missions for research and fact-finding.
  6. Assist in organizing workshops and seminars.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in industrial relations or social sciences. 


At least two years of proven research experience in the field of social dialogue and industrial relations.


Excellent command of one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. Working knowledge of a second official language.  


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

Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines;  ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques to undertake original research and draft analytical notes and boxes highlighting trends and country examples, prepare charts and tables highlighting comparative trends and practices; ability to contribute to presentations in the field of social dialogue and tripartism and related themes for conferences and seminars; ability to work within tight deadlines; ability to work in teams; good drafting and computer skills.   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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