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Labour Market Officer


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Labour Market Policy
  • Closing Date: Closed


Grade: P3 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/3/2022/RESEARCH/02
Publication date: 23 November 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 23 December 2022


Job ID: 10254 
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 Research Department (RESEARCH), which supports the ILO’s agenda for promoting a human-centred approach to the future of work, as outlined by ILO’s Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work. RESEARCH is responsible, inter alia, for developing collaborative programmes to research frontier and multidisciplinary issues relating to the objective of decent work for all. 
RESEARCH produces a number of high-profile reports, including 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. It carries out research that examines the inter-linkages between economic growth and social equity. RESEARCH publishes widely in different formats, including ILO major reports, research briefings, academic journal papers, working papers, collaborative reports with academics and other policy organisations and is present on social media. It spearheads and conducts evidence-based policy research to support the work of ILO technical departments and field offices. 
The position will contribute to the work of the Effective Labour Institutions team of RESEARCH, including research and analysis on implementation of and compliance with labour regulation and decent work. 
The position will report to the Senior Economist of the Effective Labour Institutions team in RESEARCH.

Specific Duties

1.Carry out empirical research that analyses implementation capacity and compliance in respect of labour regulations, using novel sources of data and research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, with a view to widening understanding on the implementation of regulations in practice and existing gaps. 
2.Design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a range of issues in the labour market and social fields, including emerging issues and opportunities for the institutions of work related to the digital economy. Interpret and present complex findings in a user-friendly manner.  
3.Identify gaps in research related to implementation and compliance of labour regulations and prepare work plans and proposals to address these gaps, taking into account, for example, data needs, the use of novel forms of data and estimation strategies, and potential partners.
4.Provide timely and relevant contributions on a regular basis to publications produced by RESEARCH, in its flagship reports. This involves developing and drafting high quality research documents, contributing to data analysis, critically engaging with literature across a range of disciplines and subjects, consolidating and organizing contributions across the Organization, and preparing press releases.
5.Draft documents such as policy briefs and country notes that present technical findings in a policy-oriented, non-technical manner, for both internal and external audiences, including the ILO Governing Body as well as other multilateral institutions.
6.Contribute to the design of projects and/or provide technical inputs to joint projects and activities.  Liaise with technical specialists at the national and regional levels in this regard. 
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. 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 the field of economics, law or other relevant field. Specialization in labour-related fields, particularly at the intersection of labour and development or labour and technology, would be considered an asset.  A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in economics, law or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least five years of experience in drafting high-quality research papers and reports in subjects related to labour market and social issues. Experience in the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Specific research experience related to developing countries, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and experience working with big data, will be considered an advantage.


Excellent command of English and a working knowledge of another official language (French, Spanish) of the Organization.


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

Capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialisation; ability to conceptualise and design research and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialised technical field; proven ability to use statistical methods including analysing large data sets (e.g., STATA); ability to apply multidisciplinary approaches (e.g., economics, sociology, political science, legal studies) notably to labour market institutions; ability to participate effectively in technical missions and multi-disciplinary teams; capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals; ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation. 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.


Fraud warning

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