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  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2022-11-29


Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 15 November 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 29 November 2022

Vacancy no.:  


Job ID: [[9770]] 

Department: [[PARDEV]] 
Organization Unit: [[ESPU]] 
Location: Geneva, Switzerland  
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)


You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments and field offices, which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, the ILO does not inform candidates about the status of their application. 


ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.


**Please note that you can apply to a maximum of three internship profiles during the current application period. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any profile.** Note that you may withdraw your candidature at any time via the Jobs Applied section of your profile.


It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non- or under- represented member States. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided to those with disabilities in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.

(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).


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



The Department of Partnerships and Field Support (PARDEV) establishes and develops strategic partnerships in close interaction with other ILO portfolios and with the Regions. It is responsible for developing the ILO’s strategy for development cooperation. PARDEV leads consultations and negotiations with development cooperation partners and is responsible for mobilizing voluntary contributions for the ILO’s programme, as well as coordinating technical and financial reporting to donors. In close collaboration with the other portfolios, PARDEV facilitates streamlining of work processes and procedures and provides assistance to enhance service delivery in the field. In addition, PARDEV is responsible for providing field operation support.
PARDEV is comprised of three units: the Development Partner Relations Unit (DPRU), the Development Cooperation and Support Unit (DCSU), and the Emerging and Special Partnerships Unit (ESPU).
ESPU works on strengthening and developing partnerships of key strategic importance to promote the Decent Work Agenda, in particular: Development cooperation partnerships with countries from the “Global South” and supporting South-South and triangular cooperation implementation and design; substantive partnerships with international organizations, parliamentarians and parliamentary organisations; the international civil society, Academia, local governments and faith-based organizations. 
These partnerships complement those being developed and supported by DPRU and DCSU. ESPU provides strategic information on development cooperation policies from emerging partners and UN operational activity trends to PARDEV and other relevant ILO departments. 

Learning areas

Under the direct supervision of the supervisor, and in close cooperation with relevant professional staff in ESPU-PARDEV, the INTERN will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
Support activities that raise awareness and share knowledge on SSTC in the field of decent work,  through the preparation and support to the organization of study tours, good practices sharing and the compilation and dissemination of capacity building activities and tools for ILO constituents, as well as the SSTC Academies and South-South and triangular cooperation fora;
With the support of the Special Partnerships function, support the design, implementation, and disseminate SSTC initiatives involving universities, local governments and parliamentarians. 
Support activities and partnerships in the area of Multi Stakeholder Partnerships’ design, consolidation in cooperation with Technical deparments. Assist in the drafting of communication material, trainning and capacity building activities as well as learning exchanges.  
During the period of assignment, the INTERN will contribute to the following key outputs:
South-South and triangular cooperation partnerships promoted, initiated and monitored, enhancing stronger relations with emerging and special partners from the “Global South”;
Substantive partnerships, especially through MSPs,  with international organizations, parliamentarians and parliamentary organisations, the international civil society, the academia, local governments developed and supported".

Required profile


The candidate should have graduated (at least at Master level) from a program specialized in one of the following discipline: international relations, political science (with a focus of international affairs), development studies. 
The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 years ago.


Any relevant work experience and knowledge of IT would be an advantage.


Working (both oral and written) knowledge of at least one of the ILO’s official languages (English, French, Spanish) and preferably of a second language.


Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and be able to work in a team.


How to apply:


1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs 

2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs 

3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline. 


Selection process:


Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), hiring departments will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected by any department for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster. 


If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the hiring department for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.




As an intern in Geneva, you will receive a stipend of 2450 CHF per month from the ILO, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive 2450 CHF per month. Your travel to Geneva will be at your own expense.




Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field).


Fraud warning:


The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.