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Internship within the Regional Programme Unit - Regional Office for Africa (ROAF)


Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 04 November 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 25 November 2019

Vacancy no.: ABIDJAN/EB/INTERNSHIP/2019/06 


Job ID: 1995 

Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: RO-Africa 
Location: Abidjan 
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)


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 qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non - or under - represented member States. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities.




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 main objectives of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Africa are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. Africa’s population is rising the fastest. The pressure to provide decent work opportunities for new labour market entrants will be particularly acute in Africa. The ILO in the region has given priority to promoting employment in the rural and informal economies, and underscored the need for action to tackle youth unemployment. Building the capacity of its constituents to contribute more effectively to the achievement of equitable and inclusive growth is a major urgency.

The ROAF has overall political and management responsibilities for the promotion of ILO principles, policies and decent work priorities in the region as well as provides strategic guidance and support to all country offices and Decent Work Technical Support Teams (DWTs) in Africa.


The Regional Programming Unit (RPU) provides support at regional and country level in the areas of strategic planning, strategic used of resource, decent work country programmes development and implementation, development cooperation projects formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and knowledge management. 

Learning areas


As an intern in ROAF, you will work within the Regional Programming Unit (RPU) under the supervision Chief RPU.


Your duties and responsibilities include:


i. Assisting in the review as well as the monitoring of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) in the region.

ii. Assisting in preparing and organizing outcome-based workplan (OBW) reviews, and in monitoring the implementation of recommendations in line with the organization’s programme, and budget objectives;

iii. Assisting in the analysis of proposals and use of resources of the regular budget, the regular budget supplementary account (RBSA), and other special resources to ensure compliance with ILO policy and programme priorities;

iv. Assisting in the appraisal of the development cooperating project proposals and other resources mobilization-related initiatives;

v. Assisting in monitoring CPOs (Country Programme Outcomes) information in the Strategic Management Module of IRIS as required for the Implementation Planning and the Programme Implementation Report,

vi. Contributing to the preparation of periodic programme implementation reports, including the quarterly programme performance monitoring reports and the biennial Programme implementation Report;

vii. Assisting in the preparation of briefs, background information, periodical reports, subject matter related technical reports and statistical data on status of programme/project activities in the region;

viii. Assisting in drafting programming training materials, including on RBM, theory of change and DWCP formulation;

ix. Provide any other support in other area of work for the RPU as may be required by the supervisor.

Required profile


A university degree in Economics / Management/Political Science / Social Sciences or related fields. The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 year ago.



Experience in administrative coordination as well as programme management would be an advantage.



Fluency (both oral and written) in French or English good knowledge of other language would be an advantage.


The candidate is expected to demonstrate and be guided by ILO competencies, specifically:


  • Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment;
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Strong orientation to learning and knowledge sharing;
  • Capacity to work on own initiative as well as cooperate as a team member; and
  • Sensitivity to diversity as well as gender equality issues.

Additional requirements: Take initiative and responsibility for high-quality outputs and meet deadlines; knowledge of statistical software; experience in research and data analysis.


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), field offices will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected for this internship.  


If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the Regional Human Resources Office 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 the field, you will receive a monthly stipend from the ILO based on the cost of living in the area of the duty station, 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 the appropriate stipend per month. Your travel to the duty station will be at your own expense.




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 and a copy of documentation attesting to such insurance coverage should be provided to the Office on the first day of the intership.


In addition to the stipend, you will receive a contribution from the Office towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship.


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.