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Director, Human Resources Development Department


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Senior Executive level - D-2, Director - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed


Grade: D2 

Vacancy no.: CALL/D/2022/01
Publication date: 29 November 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 20 December 2022


Job ID: 10260 
Department: HRD 
Organization Unit: HRD 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


General Introduction

Under article 4.2, paragraphs (d) and (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in grades D1 and D2, as well as in grade P5 for all Director positions in field offices, are made by direct selection by the Director-General.


In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their curriculum vitae online by the above date (midnight Geneva time).


The following are eligible to apply:

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

Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.


Within the context of the ILO's efforts to promote staff mobility, any appointee should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career. Equally, previous field experience is considered desirable for this position.


The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


Applications from qualified candidates 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


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


Under the supervision of the Assistant Director-General for the Corporate Services Cluster, the Director of the Human Resources Development Department (HRD) is responsible for the ILO people management function, including the implementation of the overall corporate human resources strategy, ensuring its alignment with the vision and goals of the Organization. 

He/she provides global leadership and strategic direction on people management and ensures that human resources management services are aligned with the expectations of the Senior Management Team. Specifically, he/she leads and manages large teams responsible for strategy and service delivery in the specialized areas of global workforce planning, talent acquisition, the promotion of a safe and healthy work environment, staff development, performance management, organizational design, as well as benefits administration, HR operations, policy development, formal and informal conflict resolution. He/she performs the following functions:

Specific Duties

1.Provide leadership and vision in the development of people management strategies, policies, and systems linked to the strategic objectives of the ILO. 
2.Direct the HRD Department’s diverse portfolio of work and manage the financial resources in line with the approved Programme and Budget. Lead the design and implementation of effective and people-centered solutions in support of organizational needs.
3.Serve as a strategic partner to the Senior Management Team by providing direction and guidance on human resource and organizational development matters including the promotion of innovative solutions to achieve strategic goals. Build and enhance strategic partnerships and promote synergies and linkages across the ILO and with external stakeholders to drive organizational change and success. Promote a strong organizational identity and support its alignment internally and externally. 
4.Lead and guide the development and implementation of HR strategies, policies and programmes to address new organizational needs and initiatives including staff mobility, flexible work arrangements, respectful workplace, achievement of gender equity and diversity targets, rewards and recognition, field conditions of service and fair compensation and benefits. Ensure consistent application of HR strategies, policies and practices across headquarter and field. Leverage technology to ensure the effective delivery of human resource services.
5.Implement innovative solutions to overcome organizational challenges and execute strategies to improve the Office’s capacity to anticipate and respond to constituents’ needs. Serve as a catalyst for change and promote overall organizational agility and effectiveness. Support staff engagement towards change and engage and empower line managers to embrace transitional leadership.
6.Promote a dynamic high-performance culture based on the ILO’s values and competencies and develop methods to enhance staff engagement. Foster teamwork and collaboration between staff in the Department and across the Office at Headquarters, with the Regions and the Turin Centre. 
7.Promote effective communication and facilitate open and transparent Staff /Management consultative processes. Negotiate and seek consensus on HR matters; hold regular consultations with elected staff representatives; and chair / participate in joint advisory bodies and committees. 
8.Represent the Organization in high-level meetings and negotiations on HR policy questions and promote the Organization’s HR strategies and policies within the UN inter-agency system. Develop and share knowledge of emerging and best practices in the HR field, global HR topics and trends and UN common system HR initiatives.




An advanced university degree in Human Resources, Business or Public Administration, law, social sciences or a related field.


At least 15 years progressively responsible experience in human resources management, or a closely related area, including experience in managing large teams and significant budgets. Experience at a senior level in a large, multicultural organization in the public or private sector. Prior relevant experience working with senior management and in organizations with field operations is critical. 

Experience at the national and international levels. Excellent track record in human resource management. Experience with change management in an international context and knowledge of the conditions of service of the UN Common System or of international organizations would be considered an asset. 


Excellent oral and written command of one of the ILO’s working languages (English, French and Spanish) and proficiency in another. Working knowledge of the third ILO language will be considered an advantage.


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

Leadership skills. Good knowledge of HR best-practices.  Ability to lead and manage large and diverse teams and to foster teamwork. The ability to work in a multicultural environment and demonstrated gender-sensitive behaviour. Ability to manage and implement complex organizational processes. Develop and drive strategic change, set priorities and ensure effective use of human and financial resources. Ability to develop results with integrity. Strong interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy. Resilience and ability to deal with ambiguity.


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.


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.

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.


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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