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Senior Labour Statistician


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-18


Grade: P4 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2022/STATISTICS/02
Publication date: 17 June 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 18 July 2022


Job ID: 8570 
Department: STATISTICS 
Organization Unit: STATISTICS 
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 Department of Statistics (STATISTICS). STATISTICS is responsible for compiling and disseminating ILO statistics related to the world of work. It supports the development of international statistical standards in the field of decent work through the International Conference of Labour Statisticians, the UN Statistical Commission and the UN Statistical Division and other international fora. It provides ILO constituents with technical assistance to improve their ability to produce primary data in accordance with agreed standards, classifications and concepts, particularly in developing household and other type of surveys, use adequately international statistical standards. It is also responsible for building capacities and collecting harmonised data, and for reporting on the global indicators to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals. The position is located in the Statistical Standards and Methodology Unit (SSMU), responsible for the support of the development and implementation of the latest standards in the domain of work statistics, assisting constituents in their measurement and dissemination programmes. The position reports to the head of the SSMU.

Specific Duties

1.Provide technical assistance and capacity building to national statistical offices and other ILO constituents on the development of their systems for the collection of work statistics, including support for the identification of needs, assessment of data sources, planning and implementation of surveys in line with latest statistical standards and good practices. This can include diverse sources like Labour Force Surveys (LFS), population and household censuses, establishment surveys and administrative data sources as relevant at the national level and approaches to organise them into a labour market information system.
2.Provide technical assistance to countries on the organisation of their system of work statistics across sources and stakeholders to develop efficient and co-ordinated work programmes for the generation of a wide range of work statistics. This support will cover the institutional frameworks, work practices and systems required to implement and improve co-ordination across the national statistical systems.
3.Support countries in the development of their dissemination programmes on decent work, and other key labour force and work-related indicators. This will include capacity building, technical assistance and preparation of guidance and tools, including implementation of approaches to communicate widely and effectively, through blogs, publications and other means.
4.Responsible for a programme of work to support the measurement and dissemination of decent work-related SDG indicators at the national level. In addition to providing technical assistance and capacity building, this will involve the generation of technical guidance on the collection and use of this data referencing relevant international statistical standards such as those adopted at the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS).
5.Support the work of the global technical team for statistics, including country-level work through UN Co-ordination mechanisms such as the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks and the Secretary General’s data strategy. This will include support for the development of work programmes and training programmes on decent work-related indicators for UN Country Teams and Resident Coordinator Offices. 
6.Contribute to the design, pilot testing, guidance development, capacity building and provision of technical assistance on tools and guidance on data collection across sources, including LFS, other surveys or administrative sources as appropriate, to incorporate high-priority labour-related topics in line with the latest ICLS standards. Support the dissemination of developed guidance and tools to a wide audience to support national level implementation.
7.Support the wider work of the Office in assigned topics including statistics on co-operatives, occupational safety and health, industrial relations and gender equality or others as necessary in collaboration with other units within the Department and with other ILO Departments, as necessary. 
8.Support and promote the development and implementation of international statistical standards in the area of labour and decent work, including concepts, classifications, definitions and methodologies, participation and leadership of international expert groups, regional consultative meetings, tripartite meetings of experts and the ICLS. 
9.Develop and manage development co-operation projects as required to support the work of the unit, including liaison with potential donors, development of project proposals, management of projects, evaluation and reporting of outcomes. 
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:

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Generic Duties

  1. Responsible for the development of a work programme in a selected field of labour statistics and other related topics. Initiate, coordinate and ensure the collection, evaluation, processing and dissemination of statistical data. Develop appropriate methods, plan surveys and other statistical inquiries for obtaining the relevant data.
  2. Supervise and coordinate establishment of databases.
  3. Ensure the quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency and comparability.
  4. Develop new or revise existing statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and estimates.
  5. Develop and revise international standards on statistical concepts, definitions, classifications and methods and write manuals to assist countries and other constituents in their statistical development while ensuring international comparability.
  6. Provide administrative and technical backstopping, guidance and advice to other ILO technical departments; field experts and constituents of the Organization in the planning, operation and evaluation of statistical programmes.
  7. Organize seminars, workshops, training sessions, expert meetings etc. within and outside the Organization. Represent the Organization at various meetings. Prepare relevant reports.
  8. Promote cooperation and maintain liaison with other related fields within the organization and with relevant statistical agencies, both national and international.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in the field of statistics, economics or other related disciplines with training in basic and applied statistics or similar studies. Knowledge of computer science and its application to statistical work.  


Eight years of professional experience at the national level or five years at the international level, including in supporting the measurement and dissemination of official statistics on work and experience at the country level in a UN common system entity.


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


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


Ability to: conceptualize statistical problems and find solutions; negotiate and agree on the transfer/exchange of information and to ensure the relevance and validity of statistical information for dissemination; manage liaison with compilers, users and stakeholders of labour force and work related statistics; initiate and execute projects; synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related topics; formulate new concepts and methodologies, training materials, alternative courses of action and project proposals; use statistical programming software such as STATA, SPSS or others for the processing and analysis of data; prepare technical reports and advice, recommendations and standards; identify and implement good statistical methodologies and practices to collect statistical information, evaluate and report on its quality; to evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects and supervise the work of junior staff.   

High standards of integrity, professionalism, personal discipline and impartiality. Client orientation. The 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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