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Intern Field 1


Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 21 November 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 7 December 2019

Vacancy no.: Intern/Dhaka/2019/02 

Job ID: 2053 

Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Dhaka 
Location: Dhaka 
Duration of contract: 6 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).


Learning areas


The Ready-Made Garment (RMG hereinafter) sector in Bangladesh has grown rapidly since the 1980’s. It currently employs an estimated four million workers, of which some 60 per cent are women. This fast-paced growth has not been accompanied by similar developments in labour market institutions, resulting in significant challenges in working conditions and labour rights, which requires urgent attention. To address these challenges, ILO with the support from the governments of Sweden and Denmark is implementing a five year project called Promoting Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations (SDIR) in the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Industry. The project focusses on three specific outcomes, namely;

the development of dialogue mechanisms and relations between employers and workers, particularly at the workplace level, as a means for preventing disputes;

the development of the conciliation and arbitration mechanisms into a more credible, trusted and transparent system; and

in achieving these two outcomes, the project focusses on building the capacity of workers and employers to engage in social dialogue and collective bargaining at the workplace, and sector level and to make effective use of the dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms.

The project is initially being piloted in the 500 factories (350 non-unionised and 150 unionised) in RMG sector in Dhaka District with gradual scaling up within the sector. The SDIR project is expected to contribute to decent work in the RMG sector through the further development of existing national-level tripartite conciliation and arbitration mechanisms and workplace-level dialogue mechanisms between employers and workers.

In this regards, the project is seeking to two interns to assist in project activities particularly on data collection, classification and support to the project team in terms of project implementation.

Required profile


Two Internship positions are expected to assist the project to deliver the tasks covering (i) providing support to program officers, (ii) documentation management, (iii) monitoring and evaluation (data collection and analysis),(iv) training coordination offered by the ILO within its SDIR project. The internship positions are intended to offer opportunities for young graduates to gain experience working in development cooperation project environment by participating in and facilitating data collection, analysis, monitoring and evaluation aspects involving a wide area of ILO constituents and third parties concerned with SDIR project in the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Industry.


Guidance and Supervision

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Project’s Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) and the technical supervision of the projects programme officers, the ILO Interns will work with the SDIR project team and will contribute to the implementation of the project and delivery of outputs in the assigned areas. In addition, the interns will work closely with the members of the project team and will be involved in joint activities with other similar projects.


Candidates must be enrolled in the final year of a postgraduate degree programme (such as a Master’s Degree or equivalent), or in a higher level degree programme, or have completed such programme in the year preceding the application. Postgraduate studies in social science, law or business administration or other relevant discipline.


The following would be an advantage: Experience in academic training on research methodology, data collection techniques and analysis of social data and writing reports and documentation. Understanding in the orientation of development projects, industrial relations and social dialogue and broad understanding of RMG sector labour issues in Bangladesh


Excellent command of English and Bangla (written and spoken)



Under the supervision of the CTA and the technical supervision of programme officers of the SDIR project, the interns will be engaged in the following tasks:

Collect, review and document factory related data from the Department of Labour, BGMEA, BKMEA, and Workers Organizations (IBC & NCCWE) and factory level contact point;

  • Analyse data in order to create a factory profile;
  • Prepare a comprehensive documentation report on the list of factories;
  • Assist in coordinating with the implementing partners;
  • Collect data for monitoring and evaluation purposes;
  • Support the organization of meetings, workshops and consultation meetings with constituents;
  • Preparing reports on workshops and seminars;
  • Translation of existing materials into Bangla and vice versa for dissemination;
  • Assist in the management of communications with constituents and stakeholders;
  • Other activities as advised by the supervisor.



Stipend and medical insurance

The ILO will pay a monthly amount of equivalent US$ 500.00 (USD Five hundred)  which comprises a stipend of US$ 450.00 (USD Four hundred fifty) and the sum of USD 50.00 (Fifty) as a contribution towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of internship.


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:


If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the field 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 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.