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Intern (Corporate Social Responsible /Responsible Business Conducts in Global Supply Chains)


Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 11 February 2020
Application deadline (midnight Bangkok time): 20 February 2020

Vacancy no.: INTERN/BANGKOK/2020/02 


Job ID: 2522 

Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Location: Bangkok 
Duration of contract: Six months 


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.


The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non - or under - represented member States. 


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 International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations specialized agency devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. The organisation’s main objectives are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities for all, enhance social protection, and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.


The ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) is the ILO instrument adopted by governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations in 1977 and most recently revised in 2017 which provides guidance to multinationals and other enterprises on respecting workers’ rights and contributing more broadly to economic and social development; and to governments on creating an enabling environment to encourage all companies to do so. It forms the framework for ILO’s work on corporate social responsibility, containing principles derived mainly from International Labour Standards and incorporates the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, contributing to promoting decent work in global supply chains.


The "Responsible Supply Chains in Asia" (RSCA) programme (RAS/16/13/EUR) is a three years programme developed by the European Union together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Taking guidance from the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (ILO MNE Declaration, 2017) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (2011), the programme promotes corporate social responsibility (CSR)/responsible business conduct (RBC) with regard to the environment, decent work and the respect of human rights. The overarching objective of the programme is to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by ensuring that investors and businesses have a better understanding and practical examples of responsible behaviour. It is also to create policy environments conducive to promoting responsible conduct and increased opportunities for dialogue.


The RSCA programme is present in six countries in the region, China, Japan, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, targeting specific economic sectors in each of the countries. It aims at contributing to an enhanced respect for labour standards and decent work by businesses engaged in supply chains in Asia, in line with international instruments on CSR, RBC and business and human rights.

This internship is a learning opportunity for graduate students (or recent graduates) on the most pressing issues related to CSR, RBC, human and labour rights across businesses and global supply chains in Asia. The intern will be exposed to the policy making process to promote an enabling environment for responsible labour practices, including the interaction between a broad range of actors including government officials, business associations, multinational enterprises, trade unions, civil society organisations, universities and think tanks.


The intern will also be exposed to a whole range of areas such as supply chains issues, international labour standards, public and private CSR policies, labour rights due diligence, capacity building activities on the labour dimension of CSR, international developments on corporate responsibility and sustainability and the ILO’s specific contribution on the basis of the principles of the MNE Declaration.  The main focus of the work is framed on the implementation of the recommendations of the revised MNE Declaration (2017) and the activities of the programme Responsible Supply Chains in Asia. The intern will gain experiences in working with specialists and professionals in the areas of work of the ILO, mainly on International Labour Standards, enterprises development, child labour, industrial relations, social dialogue, CSR and global supply chains. 


Reporting  line:

The intern will be based in the ILO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok (Thailand), and will report to the Knowledge Management Officer and Programme Manager of the RSCA programme. As part of the internship, the intern will also interact with National Project Coordinators (NPCs) and other members of the RSCA team.

Description of duties

Under the overall guidance of the Knowledge Management Officer and Programme Manager of the Responsible Supply Chains in Asia Programme, the intern will perform the following tasks:

1. Provide support to research activities of the project in coordination with the Knowledge Management Officer, Programme Manager, and the National Project Coordinators (NPCs);

2. Provide assistance to the research carried out within the programme in relation to CSR and responsible labour practices in GSCs through reviews of existing related research, annotated bibliographies and literature reviews;

3. Provide support to activities related to information and knowledge management in coordination with the Knowledge Management Officer;

4. Provide support to the Knowledge Management Officer and Programme Manager for the development of material to support governments, business associations, trade unions and civil society organisations in terms of the promotion of an enabling environment for responsible labour practices in global supply chains (e.g. toolkits, handbooks, etc.);

5. Assist the Knowledge Management Officer and Programme Manager in the activities related to the follow up of communication pieces and other documents uploaded by the NPCs in the 6 countries covered by the programme;

6. Provide support to the preparation of relevant documents of the programme such as project proposals, reports, concept notes, agendas, talking points, and research briefings;

7. Provide support for the planning and implementation of events such as seminars, CSR workshops, trainings, and panel discussions on the topics covered by the RSCA programme;

8. Assist other activities related to the programme under the guidance of the Knowledge Management Officer and Programme Manager.


Human rights, international law, development studies, business management, political sciences, economics, CSR, history,  social sciences or other relevant discipline. The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of a graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 year ago (mandatory).


Any relevant work experience and knowledge in a policy area related to CSR, International Labour Standards, Responsible Business Conduct, Business and Human Rights and/or Global Supply Chains, would be an asset.


Excellent command of spoken and written English is required (both oral and written) knowledge of an additional UN official language will be an asset.


o Excellent writing skills including an ability to nuance and adapt messages to different audiences.
o Good analytical skills, creativity, and own initiative.
o Ability to carry out desk-reviews and qualitative research.
o Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines.
o Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
o Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
o Advanced working knowledge of relevant computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
o Good photo/image editing skills and visual and web design knowledge are considered assets but not required.


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:


The hiring unit/programme will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should the 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. 


If shortlisted, you may be contacted 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 Bangkok, you will receive a stipend of USD 550 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 USD 550 per month. Your travel to Bangkok 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 at the duty station (in this case, in Bangkok).


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.