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Labour Law Specialist


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2020/23
Publication date: 20 November 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 1 December 2020


Job ID: 5051 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Beijing 
Location: Beijing   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. This is an assignment of a purely temporary nature, not expected to lead to a career in the ILO. Duration is 12 months.


The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations


The following are eligible to apply:


- Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

- External candidates. A selected external candidate will be issued with a 4.2 (e) contract.


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. 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


The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).


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:


The position is located in the ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia (CO-Beijing). CO-Beijing provides high-quality, timely and integrated technical support to tripartite constituents in these countries, responsive to their needs and tailored to their realities. Within the framework of international labour standards, the position will provide advice on the role and effects of labour laws as institutions for effective labour market governance, and for the pursuit of a wide range of labour market policy goals. In both China and Mongolia, the evolution of the labour markets is very dynamic, leading to a sharp rise in new and non-standard forms of employment. Knowledge gaps in understanding such evolutions are persistent. The Labour Law Specialist will contribute to bridging these gaps by paying particular attention to the creation of new forms of work. 

Drawing on international evidence-based knowledge and expertise, the Labour Law Specialist will primarily deliver advisory services to China and Mongolia, as identified in the respective Decent Work Country Programmes of both countries. The Labour Law Specialist will focus in particular on these priorities and outcomes related to the promotion of quality employment and the strengthening of international labour standards.

In this context, he/she is to provide advices, legal opinions and recommendations on labour law reforms and on dispute resolution systems. He/she is available to assess draft legislation and provide technical legal assistance to the constituents, to carry out research on new and non-standard forms of employment and to promote ILO standards and principles. The Labour Law Specialist will keep relevant ILO colleagues in the Regional Office of Asia and Pacific (ROAP) and at ILO headquarters informed about the evolution of the labour market in China and of any other information that is of relevance to the regional and global levels. 

Within the above mandate, the Labour Law Specialist will assist tripartite constituents in assessing and, where necessary, framing or revising their national labour laws. The means of action to be employed by the Labour Law Specialist include undertaking research and publishing its results in a variety of ways; strengthening national expertise on new and non-standards forms of work; advocating for ILO standards and principles; collecting and disseminating technical information on labour law; training government officials, representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations, and members of the judiciary; and providing technical advice on legal texts. The work of the labour law specialist will be informed by the ILO tripartite centenary declaration for a human-centred approach to the future of work.

The incumbent will report to the Director of CO-Beijing and will receive technical guidance and advice from the Head of the Labour Law and Reform unit in the GOVERNANCE Department at headquarters.

Specific Duties

1. Initiate, design, supervise, conduct and publish comparative analytical research on a wide range of labour law policy questions at the centre of legal reforms, with particular attention to the development of new and non–standard forms of employment.

2. Facilitate tripartite consultations on labour relations and labour law within the contexts of new and non-standard forms of employment, and represent the Office on missions, including before parliamentary bodies, ministries or labour secretariats.

4. Examine reports by governments and other authorities and analyse legislation and practice concerning the application of labour laws to new and non-standard forms of work.  Prepare legal opinions and interpretations on a variety of legal questions.

5. Building upon the Country Office’s existing expertise, assist in the preparation of strategic work plans that respond to constituents’ needs, and coordinate that work within the work of other units in ROAP and, as appropriate, within other Departments at the headquarters level.

6. Establish and maintain links with Chinese and Mongolian labour law research centres and academia to create a network of experts on new forms of employment. Develop, plan and implement technical advisory and promotional activities, including tripartite seminars, workshops, lectures and discussion groups with a view of sharing knowledge and expertise and promoting ILO standards and principles.

7. Support the Chinese and Mongolian constituents in their implementation of the ILO Centenary Initiative on the Future of Work and regularly exchange information and update with the relevant departments and units in Geneva.

8. Provide support and guidance to the Mongolian constituents on the draft labour law currently discussed in Parliament

9. Act as a technical support on labour rights in global supply chains in China

10. Provide input, guidance and reports to the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in China and Mongolia regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) outputs focusing on international standards and national policies linked to informal, unprotected and flexible workers.

11. Perform other relevant duties as required.


Required qualifications

Advanced degree in law, preferably with specialization in labour law and labour relations. Training in labour economics is an asset.


Minimum of eight years’ practical experience at the national level or at least six years at the international level in labour law and labour relations. Work experience in China is a key asset.


Excellent command of English. A working knowledge of Chinese is a key asset.


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

- Knowledge of ILO International Labour Standards principles and procedures;
- Knowledge of current developments and research in labour market governance and regulation.

It also requires the ability to:
- Design research studies and conduct comparative analyses involving the application of principles of law to the analysis of administrative, substantive and procedural problems of substantial intricacy- Represent the Organization and provide authoritative advice and guidance;
- Deal with colleagues and constituents with tact and discretion;
- Work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


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 2 to 4 weeks 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.


In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and in view of border and travel restrictions as well as ILO teleworking arrangements, the start date of contracts or transfers to temporary positions will have to be reconfirmed in the context of the evolution of the pandemic.


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