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  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2022-11-28


Grade: P2 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/3/2022/RESEARCH/01
Publication date: 25 October 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 28 November 2022


Job ID: 10042 
Department: RESEARCH 
Organization Unit: RESEARCH 
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: ILO Jobs: Non- and under-represented Member States


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.


Please note that in the context of the new ILO organigram, the naming of the departments may be subject to change.



The position is located in the Labour Market Trends and Policy Evaluation team of the Research Department (RESEARCH) of the ILO. RESEARCH analyses how major trends, including new technologies, demographic change, the scarcity of natural resources, the evolving role of finance and emerging patterns in development and globalization are affecting the world of work. In support of the ILO’s mandate of decent work, the Department engages in policy evaluation and analysis, such as the assessment of “what works”, in terms of decent work outcomes.
RESEARCH produces a number of high-profile reports, which include the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) and the WESO Trends and is responsible for the ILO’s peer-reviewed journal, the International Labour Review. RESEARCH publishes widely in different formats, including ILO major reports, research briefings, academic journal articles, working papers, collaborative reports with academics and other policy organizations and is present in social media. 
The Labour Market Trends and Policy Evaluation team conducts research on labour and employment issues to contribute to policy formulation for ILO constituents at the global level. The position will contribute to the work of this team, in particular to its research on skills and transitions in the labour market, which is tasked with assessing how transformations in the world of work are affecting the skills acquisition among workers and the demand for specific skills among enterprises. It will also contribute to research on the effectiveness of labour market policies, in particular active labour market policies, and the characteristics that are needed for policies to improve labour market and social outcomes. This involves having the capacity to understand the interactions between different institutions and policy settings.
The position will report to the Senior Economist of the Labour Market Trends and Policy Evaluation team within RESEARCH.

Specific Duties

1.Contribute to research that studies labour market policies, in particular active labour market policies, with a view to assessing their impact on employment and social outcomes. This includes assessing how the design of these labour market and social policies contributes to improving labour market outcomes, conditions of work and the well-being of populations around the world; and how effects differ by gender, age and other demographic characteristics. This also involves tracking new opportunities for carrying out these types of assessments. 
2.Contribute to the team’s research undertaken to understand how changes in the demand and supply of skills can play a role in fostering transitions to better work. This includes using online data on vacancies and applications to job portals in several low- and middle-income countries, and natural language processing and machine-learning techniques for the analysis.
3.Carry out background micro-econometric and statistical analysis related to the assessment of changes in the demand and supply of skills, the role of labour market and social policies and the evaluation of cause-and-effect relationships. This includes building, cleaning and working with different types of databases at the microeconomic level of both a cross-sectional and longitudinal nature, including big data from online job platforms.
4.Contribute to research projects within the team and provide inputs into specific components of research papers, working papers and reports. Assist in drafting documents such as policy briefs and country notes that present technical findings in a policy-oriented, non-technical manner, for both internal audiences and international fora.
5.Liaise internally with other departments at headquarters and field offices and externally with international think tanks and organizations, research centres and academic institutions to obtain information required for research projects and activities.
6.Provide inputs to other research, including literature reviews, background research, contribution to concept notes and other activities in support of ongoing policy reports and other projects of the Research Department.
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:

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 (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the field of economics. An advanced university degree with a specialization in labour-related or development economics would be an asset.


At least three years of experience undertaking research on labour market and social issues. Experience with quantitative data management and applied econometric analysis, in particular using quasi-experimental and impact evaluation methods (in Stata or R). Experience working with large and complex micro-data (e.g., big data from online sources or social security records).


Excellent command of English. A working knowledge of a second official language (French, Spanish) of the Organization would be an asset.


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

Technical competencies

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 (applied econometrics, quasi-experimental methods, impact evaluation); demonstrated knowledge of statistical and econometric techniques including ability to use Stata; ability to conduct research, draft research papers and working papers and provide inputs into policy reports; effective communication skills. Proficiency in Stata or R; knowledge of Python would be an advantage.

Behavioural competencies

Excellent trouble-shooting and problem solving skills; ability to work both independently and within a team-based environment; discipline in following strict deadlines; keen attention to detail and outcome quality; ability to organize and balance multiple areas of work; 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


Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. 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.


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