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Grade: P2

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2022/GOVERNANCE/03
Publication date: 31 August 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 3 October 2022

Job ID: 9410
Department: GOVERNANCE
Organization Unit: FUNDAMENTALS
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, employersโ€™ and business membership organizations, and workersโ€™ 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:

    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.


    The position is located in the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) within the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE). GOVERNANCE provides advice and assistance on a range of topics related to the governance of labour and employment relations. It provides technical inputs on labour laws based on ILO Conventions and Recommendations. It renders state-of-the-art technical support and capacity-building to labour inspectorates and labour administrations in general and assists in developing strategies to achieve compliance with labour laws and occupational safety and health standards. It advocates and helps constituents to build strong and functional institutions and processes for social dialogue. It also includes the Better Work Programme which is a joint ILO and International Finance Corporation technical programme to improve the working conditions in the ready-made garment and footwear industry in several countries through participatory and multi-stakeholder arrangements.

    FUNDAMENTALS carries out development cooperation, research, statistical, partnership and advocacy functions to assist ILO Member States to respect, promote and realize fundamental principles and rights at work, which are: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. The Branch also coordinates the strategic development and implementation of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour (IPEC+), one of five ILO flagship programmes.

    The position is responsible for providing organizational, technical and administrative support to FUNDAMENTALS with a view to enhancing the overall quality, coherence, programming and visibility of the Branch's work. This includes providing support for a more integrated planning among unitsโ€™ and individualsโ€™ workplans, facilitating the internal communication and flow of information, providing direct support to the administration of the Branch and ad hoc-technical support throughout the Branch, when required.

    The position reports to the Chief of FUNDAMENTALS.

    Specific Duties

    1.Provide support to the Branch Chief with the Branchโ€™s work planning and the development or adaptation of tools and worksheets to monitor the implementation of the results-based workplan. In collaboration with the different units in the Branch, contribute to the Office-wide work planning and reporting mechanisms.
    2.Under the instruction of the Branch Chief, organize the Branchโ€™s staff meetings, seminars and retreats, maintain its calendar of activities and missions, draft meeting reports and follow-up activities, compile information and contribute to content design of communication materials. Prepare regular mailings to the Branch's external contacts to share information about upcoming events and achievements.
    3.Undertake research and review information and data, draft summaries, including for web publication, and disseminate latest information on issues and areas of importance to Branch staff. Respond to internal and external requests for information and general inquiries on the Branch's programme of activities and objectives.
    4.Upon request from units, technical specialists at headquarters and field offices and programme managers, provide input to the drafting of project proposals and resource mobilization activities.
    5.Upon the request of the Branch Chief, support the Branchโ€™s technical areas of work, such as through the drafting of terms of reference, technical notes, revision of technical documents, drafting of talking points and speeches, and support to joint work within GOVERNANCE and other departments.
    6.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.Obtain, gather, assemble and develop databases on personnel, budget, financial and other administrative information and documents.
    2.Participate in the organization of conferences, seminars and meetings.
    3.Monitor activities and resources and update information.
    4.Maintain records of obligations and expenditures.
    5.Prepare periodic reports on administrative matters.
    6.Assist in the administrative backstopping of projects and participate in the development of project proposals.
    7.Prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts and propose allocation changes with justifications.
    8.Prepare progress reports on status of projects and work unitโ€™s plan of activities.
    9.Supervise the work of administrative support staff.

    Required qualifications


    First level university degree in social sciences, business administration, law, economics or other relevant field. An advanced university degree would be considered an advantage.


    At least three years of experience in administration related to world of work-related matters. Experience in the use of modern communication tools, social media, webinar facilitation, etc.

    Experience in development cooperation and experience with the use of knowledge sharing platforms (design and content management) would be an advantage.


    Excellent command one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of a second official language of the Organization. Working knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage.


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

    Technical Competencies:

    Demonstrated knowledge in the field of fundamental principles and rights at work would be an advantage. Knowledge of ILO internal procedures and structures would be an advantage. Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines. Ability to rapidly learn new areas of knowledge linked to the position, including on fundamental principles and rights at work, as well as office procedures. Good drafting and communication skills, including the ability to draft clearly and concisely. Good knowledge of PC software (including word processor and spreadsheet and presentation software) such as Microsoft Office and ability to analyse administrative records and financial data.

    Behavioural competencies

    Organisation and administrative skills. Decision making and problem-solving skills. Ability to prioritize tasks. Discretion, sense of responsibility, judgement and diplomacy. Positive attitude and excellent team spirit. 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 at 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.

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      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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