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Junior Communications Officer


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: Closed


Grade: P2 

Vacancy no.: DC/EMPLOYMENT/P/2022/02
Publication date: 15 November 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 December 2022


Job ID: 10225 
Department: EMPLOYMENT 
Organization Unit: SKILLS 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year 


Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.


In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.


Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


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 SKILLS Branch, within the Employment Policy Department (EMPLOYMENT), assists governments and social partners in reviewing and reforming their vocational education, training and lifelong learning (LLL) systems, policies and institutions. It supports ILO field offices in the development and implementation of skills and employability development components of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs). Its mandate is to enable constituents to improve skills development systems to improve the employability of workers, the productivity of enterprises and the inclusiveness of economic growth.


The Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning (GPSL3) works as an accelerator of the SKILLS branch’s technical support to ILO Constituents in the context of the future of work, and as a vehicle to deliver outputs of the Programme and Budget for the Biennium 2022-2023 and beyond. The Programme oversees the Skills and Lifelong Learning Knowledge-Sharing Platform (KSP) which disseminates approaches, knowledge and experiences that governments, employers, workers and international organizations have found effective in addressing these issues of common concern across the world. The KSP is linked to a monthly newsletter sent to subscribed contacts containing curated informational content from news articles to resources and events.


The Junior Communications Officer will support the work of the Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning and the ILO’s work on skills development and lifelong learning broadly. The objective of the position is to develop communication products to showcase the results of the GPSL3 and to promote a greater visibility to ILO’s achievements in terms of a) changes in the development and application of regulatory and policy frameworks; b) achievements in terms of positive changes in the lives of learners, job seekers and workers; c) productivity improvement in targeted enterprises.


The incumbent works under the overall supervision of the Chief of SKILLS Branch and  reports to the Head of Operations of the Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning. The incumbent will work closely with the Communications Officer in the EMPLOYMENT Department Management and Co-ordination Unit ( DMCU) and receive guidance and technical advice from time to time. The incumbent will also closely coordinate with the field specialists and specialists of the Skills and Employability Branch. 

Description of Duties


  1. Prepare draft communication plans and strategies for the Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning.
  2. Research and develop draft communication materials, by contacting field offices to collect information on planned knowledge products, events, projects and campaigns.
  3. Synthetise key messages and other information into products (infographics, fact sheets, brochures, presentations, video and web-based materials, etc.), in close collaboration with field colleagues, that can be disseminated to target audiences via established websites, knowledge sharing sites and social media platforms.
  4. Provide creative support for internal and external communication efforts including print publications, electronic communication, community engagement, media and video productions.
  5. Update and maintain the ILO SKILLS website to always keep it current. Review the user data and make improvements to the website in collaboration with relevant internal and external partners.
  6. Update the ILO Skills and Lifelong Learning Knowledge Sharing Platform and related platforms. Collect and analyse data on KSP users’ and contributors’ activity and feedback.
  7. Draft, maintain and disseminate the Skills and Lifelong Learning Newsletter and the Skills and Lifelong Learning Twitter Account and other social media.
  8. Document, edit, and contribute to disseminate success stories and human-interest stories in written, audio and video formats which are related to the specific interventions and results of the GPSL3. Update the annual Results Book for the GPSL3. Support day-to-day communications from various SKILLS Specialists in HQ and liaise with DCOMM.
  9. Support measures to promote visibility of the ILO’s work on skills development to achieve multiplier effects through knowledge management and communication.
  10. Participate in workshops and seminars and prepare reports, communication materials and presentations.
  11. Undertake any other duties  assigned by the Branch Chief from time to time.

Required qualifications



First level university degree in communications, media, journalism/information science/ education/technical and vocational education/economic development, social science or a related field.



At least three years of professional experience in public information, communications, knowledge management and advocacy at national level, or three years at international level.



Excellent knowledge of English; good working knowledge of French will be an advantage.



  • Sound knowledge of communication and visibility through various online and offline modalities.
  • Good knowledge of PC software (including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software and Microsoft Adobe) such as Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of modern communication principles, techniques and systems.
  • Excellent communications skills including the researching and selection of information and writing and editing skills.
  • Good understanding of the working practices of the media.
  • Skills related to the creation of broadcast content would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of website content creation, structuring and management.
  • Good data analysis skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to present complex topics into simple and attractive formats.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new software and systems.
  • 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.
  • Any extension of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

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


Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.


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 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

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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