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Internship on Employment and Social Policy in the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Social Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Labour Market Policy
  • Closing Date: 2022-11-29


Grade: Internship 

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

Vacancy no.:  


Job ID: [[9862]] 

Department: [[RO-Europe and Central Asia]] 
Organization Unit:  
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 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 Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, based at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, is responsible for the ILO's presence and activities in the 51 countries comprising the region.

Its roles include the development of ILO work priorities in the region, monitoring programme delivery, and providing support and coordination to its field structure. The latter comprises two Sub-regional Offices in Budapest and Moscow; seven Country Offices located in Ankara, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Rome; and National Coordinators in various other Member States.

The Regional Office serves as a link between the technical departments of the ILO and the field structure in Europe and Central Asia, and represents the region vis-à-vis the ILO tripartite constituency, as well as other UN and international organisations.

Learning area

As an intern in the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, you will be gaining experience of the multilateral system through working with the staff of the Regional Office, and by assisting them in analytical, project implementation and coordination work in the region.

In this role, you will contribute to the thematic preparation of the 11th European Regional Meeting; prepare briefings, speaking points and short analytical pieces for senior staff of the Office; attend meetings with constituents and thematic conferences in Geneva; and contribute to the main analytical outputs of the Regional Office. The latter can vary, but recent examples include an in-depth labour market analysis of Portugal and a research paper on labour shortages in the region.

You will collect and analyse information on the countries of the region, including statistical data and information on economic and social policies at regional, sub-regional and national level, while keeping abreast of the work performed by other actors in the region. You may also participate in collaborative efforts with other UN agencies and contribute to knowledge exchange among development partners.

To these ends, we are looking for an agile thinker with good writing skills, who is well-versed in broad current debates in employment and social policy, knowledgeable of the dynamics of the Europe and Central Asia region, adaptable to work within a multicultural environment, and committed to improving the working lives of people in the region.  


Advanced university degree, preferably in economics, political science, social science or in another relevant field of study.


Good knowledge or previous work experience on economic, labour market and social issues in Europe and Central Asia

Good knowledge or prior work experience in at least one of the following areas of expertise: employment, social policy, social dialogue and diplomacy, preferably related to the Europe and Central Asia region.


Excellent working (both oral and written) knowledge of English; working knowledge of another ILO official language (French or Spanish) is desirable.

Russian and/or another European language would be an advantage.


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

Excellent analytical and writing skills (in particular in English), experience in research and data analysis; knowledge of statistical software an advantage.


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), field offices 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 or field office within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster. 


If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the field office 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 the field, you will receive a monthly stipend from the ILO based on the cost of living in the area of the duty station, 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 the appropriate stipend per month. Your travel to the duty station 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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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.