Internship on Fair Recruitment of migrant workers

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Grade: Internship

Publication date: 15 April 2024
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 29 April 2024

Vacancy no.:

Job ID: 11802

Organization Unit: MIGRANT
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 candidates, particularly from non- or under- represented member States from the following countries:

Qualified candidates from those countries may be eligible for a special fund that provides financial assistance for round-trip airfare (economy class) in addition to the stipend.

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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).


The Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT), within the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY). MIGRANT is co-leading the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative (FRI)with the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS),

The internship will support the implementation of the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative, at the occasion of its 10th Anniversary.

Since its launch on 2014 the FRI has been critical to ILO work in the area of the national and international recruitment of workers and added renewed impetus and visibility to this important topic and recognising, among others the critical link between abusive recruitment practice and higher risk of forced labour.

The initiative is grounded in international labour standards, global guidance, and social dialogue between governance institutions and actors of the labour market

The four-pronged approach of the FRIs implemented in close collaboration with governments, representative employers and workersโ€™ organizations, the private sector and other key partners:

Pillar 1: Enhancing, exchanging and disseminating global knowledge on national and international recruitment processes

Pillar 2: Improving laws, policies and enforcement to promote fair recruitment

Pillar 3: Promoting fair business practices

๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!

Pillar 4: Empowering and protecting workers

Its centrepiece is the General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment (GPOG), adopted in 2016 and complemented by the Definition of Recruitment Fees and Related Costs, adopted in 2018. These two documents constitute the most up-to-date, internationally agreed guidance in the area of recruitment.

The 10th anniversary of the launch of the FRI offers the opportunity to show progress, lessons learned and promising practices on fair recruitment, in line with ILO general principles and guidelines for fair recruitment, as well as to identifying gaps that remain to be addressed. This will also imply the need to make more visible the linkages of fair recruitment with other thematic areas related to labour migration and the eradication of forced labour, including in the context of the 10th anniversary of the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, P29. 2024 is therefore a critical year for the ILO to show progress on fair recruitment globally, identify emerging challenges and possible solutions and set the agenda for the years to come.

Learning Area

As an intern in the Labour Migration Branch of the ILO, you will be an integral part of a team in charge of the implementation of the Fair Recruitment Initiative. Throughout the internship you will become more familiar with ILOโ€™s institutional and informal coordination mechanisms; enhance their technical knowledge about key concepts concerning decent work for migrant workers and how multilateral organizations are coordinating to further fair recruitment for migrant workers through different approaches; gain a deep sense of the ILOโ€™s mandate on fair recruitment, migrant workers and labour migration and how to communicate messages on these issues to a wider audience; interact with other organizations that are working on fair recruitment, labour migration and forced labour, including private sector, employers and workers organizations; get acquainted with the work of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team; further your skills in the areas of project implementation and evaluation, writing and communications, and monitoring and evaluation.

Under the direct supervision of the Migration Policy Specialist, and in close collaboration with FUNDAMENTALSโ€™ Specialist on Forced Labour, you will gaining experience by supporting work of relevant specialists related to the following broad areas and tasks:

Knowledge generation, dissemination, and capacity building

  • Development of technical materials (studies, guidelines, briefs, policy analysis, data collection and analysis, communication pieces, teaching materials) on different topics/priorities areas and directed at different audiences (e.g. governments, including legislators and enforcement authorities, workers organizations, business, media professional, academics);
  • Capacity building and training materials on Fair Recruitment and forced labour, directed to government, trade union and employersโ€™ organizations and contribute as resource person to relevant training and capacity building events.
  • Document good practices and lessons learned from relevant projects and initiatives, including from the Global Business Network on Forced Labour
  • External partners coordination, including under the umbrella of the MOU with University of Geneva and the Global Business school network for the development of relevant business-oriented materials.

    Technical assistance, project monitoring and implementation

    • Monitor progress against the FRI strategy 2021-25, including the monitoring of FRI workplan.
    • Information and data collection from relevant projects, HQ and field offices to analyse progress in the implementation of the FRI and document results.
    • Technical backstopping of relevant projects related to fair recruitment, forced labour and labour migration.
    • Coordination and support to the FRI internal and external governance structure.

      Advocacy and communication

      • Support to the maintenance, functioning and expansion of the Global FRI Knowledge Hub.
      • Conceptualization and organization of relevant events/materials to mark the 10th anniversary of the FRI, including its linkages with the campaign for the 10th anniversary of ILO Protocol No. 29
      • Organization of the annual Global Media Competition on Labour Migration, including developing communication material, coordination among panel of judges, announcement of winners and disbursement of prizes


        Political or social science, economics, law, development studies, international relations, sustainable business management or other relevant discipline.The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 years ago


        Any relevant work experience and knowledge of labour migration/trafficking issues, including sustainable business management, would be an advantage


        Excellent command of English (both written and oral). Good knowledge of a second working language of ILO (French or Spanish) would be an asset.


        Good communication skills, both written and verbal. Capacity to work on own initiative as well as cooperate as a team member. The ability to work in a multicultural and time sensitive environment, and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.

        Additional requirements

        Technical knowledge of digital communication/media platform would be 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), hiring departments 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 within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected by any department for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster.

        If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the hiring department 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 Geneva, you will receive a stipend of 2450 CHF per month from the ILO, 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 2450 CHF per month. Your travel to Geneva will be at your own expense.In addition to the amounts referred above, each intern shall receive the amount of CHF45 per month, or the equivalent amount in the currency in which the monthly stipend is paid, which is a contribution from the Office towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship.


        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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