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Gender Equality and Non-discrimination Officer


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-03


Grade: P3 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2022/WORKQUALITY/03
Publication date: 31 August 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 3 October 2022


Job ID: 9402 
Department: WORKQUALITY 
Organization Unit: GEDI 
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 Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch (GEDI) within the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY). GEDI is responsible for promoting gender equality and respect for inclusion and diversity in the world of work, and for managing the ILO’s programme on HIV and AIDS. The Branch strives for the elimination of discrimination, including based on gender, race, ethnicity, indigenous identity, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability and HIV status, and participates in UN system-wide cooperation and collaboration in these areas. 

The Branch provides advice, tools, guidance, and technical assistance to constituents including with respect to promoting more inclusive workplaces and addressing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.  GEDI promotes a transformative approach to gender equality at work, which (i) strengthens norms that support equality through access to rights and an enabling environment in the world of work; (ii) advances the relative position of women and marginalized groups in the labour market; and (iii) promotes transformation of underlying structures, institutions and policies that perpetuate and legitimize gender and other inequalities in the world of work. Priority areas of intervention for the Branch include preventing and addressing violence and harassment at work, promoting investment in and transformation of the care economy and promoting equal pay for work of equal value.  GEDI co-leads the Equal Pay International Coalition.

The incumbent will support the Branch’s research, analytical, policy, advocacy, technical and programmatic work to assist the ILO and its constituents in advancing a transformative agenda for gender equality. This includes supporting the coordination of the ILO Action Plan on Gender Equality. 

The position will report to the Senior Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination Specialist in GEDI who coordinates the Gender Team.

Specific Duties

1.Prepare well-researched technical inputs for ILO publications, including reports, working papers, and briefs, as well as for social media, info graphics, and for the website on issues relating to gender equality and non-discrimination in the world of work ensuring that multiple and intersecting grounds of discrimination, such as gender, race, disability, sexual orientation and HIV status, are fully embedded in the analysis and development of contents and visual materials and contribute to the development and dissemination of a wide variety of knowledge products.   
2.Provide inputs to the development of training materials and tools relating to gender equality and non-discrimination.
3.Provide technical support to the implementation of development cooperation projects aimed at operationalizing the theory of change for a gender equality transformative agenda.
4.Liaise with and provide support to other teams within GEDI to foster an integrated and intersectional approach to gender equality, ensuring collaboration with other teams within WORKQUALITY and other ILO Departments.
5.Liaise with colleagues within the Branch and in ILO fields offices in the provision of technical assistance to ILO constituents on a wide range of gender equality and non-discrimination related topics with attention to the care economy, violence and harassment at work, pay equity, digital and just transitions, conflict and fragility and other emerging issues. 
6.Enhance knowledge management and sharing, including through mapping exercises and collection and storage of information using new technologies.
7.Participate in the organization of global and regional events, training sessions, workshops and meetings, including through the use of technology, and in supporting ongoing and new initiatives at UN level through collaboration.
8.Assist in coordinating the monitoring and implementation of the ILO Gender Equality Action Plan, including by liaising with custodians of targets and indicators, and assist in ensuring alignment with and reporting under the UN System-Wide Action Plan, while also building synergies with the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy.
9.Assist in coordinating the ILO Global Gender Network, including through providing technical support to the network in its role in advancing gender equality and effective gender mainstreaming throughout the ILO. 
10.Provide support in coordinating and delivering work relating to ILO quality control mechanisms such as appraisals of Decent Work Country Programmes and development cooperation projects. Engage in evaluation processes.
11.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. 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 (Master’s or equivalent) in economics, law, social and political science, anthropology, human rights, gender, or development studies or other relevant field.   A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required five years of experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least five years of experience in working on gender equality, non-discrimination, women’s rights and empowerment.


Excellent command of one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of a second official language of the Organization. One of these languages must be English. Knowledge of a third working language of the Organization would be an advantage.  


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

Technical competencies


Technical knowledge and experience with respect to gender equality and non-discrimination in the world of work.  Research and analytical skills. Ability to distil essential information from a large quantity of reports and articles and translate them into well-structured, concise, and easy to understand notes/messages. Ability to draft reports.  Ability to develop communication tools and effectively use technology.



Behavioural competencies


Good interpersonal skills and ability to liaise and cooperate with other members of the team, other units and field offices.  Capacity to continuously develop and update professional skills, and master new tools.  Strong knowledge of latest communication trends and tools. Diagnose development needs and target learning opportunities. assimilate, apply and share job-related knowledge in a timely manner.  Ability to work under 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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.


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.


The ILO has zero tolerance for acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and is determined to ensure that all staff members and all beneficiaries of ILO assistance do not suffer, directly or indirectly, from sexual exploitation and abuse. 
To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organisation, the ILO may conduct a background verification of candidates under consideration.


Fraud warning

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