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Chief, Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch


Grade: D1  

Vacancy no.: CALL/D/2019/03
Publication date: 13 May 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 13 June 2019


Job ID: 1159 
Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: LABADMIN/OSH 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


General Introduction

Under article 4.2, paragraphs (d) and (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in grades D1 and D2, as well as in grade P5 for all Director positions in field offices, are made by direct selection by the Director-General.


In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their curriculum vitae online by the above date (midnight Geneva time).


The following are eligible to apply:

  • Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.

Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.


Within the context of the ILO's efforts to promote staff mobility, any appointee should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career.


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


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 within the Governance and Tripartism Department, one of nine departments in the ILO’s Policy Portfolio. The Department has responsibility for several key aspects of labour market governance.  This includes developing evidence-based advice on labour laws and their effective implementation, promoting and advocating for the realization of fundamental labour rights and safe and healthy workplaces, and helping to build strong and functional institutions and processes for social dialogue, including by capacity building for employers’ and workers’ organizations.  

This position is responsible for leading and managing the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LabAdmin/OSH). The LabAdmin/OSH Branch provides technical support and capacity-building to labour ministries and labour inspectorates by using a strategic compliance approach to help them implement the full range of labour laws under their responsibility, including laws on occupational safety and health. Recognizing the limitations of the traditional enforcement model in today’s world of work as a result of limited resources, changing business models and other developments, the strategic compliance approach relies on evidence-based proactive, targeted and tailored interventions involving multiple stakeholders, emphasizing respect for fundamental rights at work and international labour standards, to provide the labour inspectorate with a new methodology to achieve compliance outcomes.  

The incumbent reports to the Director of the Governance and Tripartism Department.

Description of Duties

  1. Provide leadership for the activities of the Branch in the changing world of work by identifying and assessing key priorities, formulating policies and leading research, focusing in particular on the rapid changes in the world of work that pose new challenges for labour administration, labour inspection and OSH.
  2. Promote, strengthen and develop new areas of partnerships at the global, regional and country level for promoting collaboration and joint initiatives related to labour administration, labour inspection and OSH. Initiate and supervise joint work with organizations within the UN system and elsewhere on common goals related to labour administration, labour inspection and OSH.
  3. Develop new areas and mobilize funding for development cooperation in labour administration, labour inspection and OSH that respond to the needs of member States in the changing world of work.
  4. As a member of the Management Team of the Department, provide strategic guidance and support to the Department Director by contributing to development of the strategic vision of the ILO agenda on labour market governance and the management of Department-wide human resources, budgeting and other issues.
  5. Formulate programme objectives and action plans in consultation with the Director of Governance; ensure timely delivery of agreed workplans, cost and quality targets; manage programme and budget and human resources, including career development and mobility, in compliance with the policies and requirements of the Department.
  6. Lead the growth and implementation of the ILO’s Flagship Programme on Global Action for Prevention on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH/GAP), through development of new global products and engagement at country level and with development partners.
  7. Ensure coherence and high quality of the Office’s work with regard to labour administration, labour inspection and OSH by actively collaborating with departments across the Policy Portfolio and working closely with specialists in the regions.
  8. Represent the Office and promote the objectives of the Branch at meetings, seminars and conferences with the aim of promoting ILO approaches and standards internationally and integrating labour administration, labour inspection, and OSH in the work of other ILO branches and units.
  9. Plan and supervise the preparation of studies, policy guidelines, training and information materials as well as new standards and technical guidelines on relevant topics and supervise preparation of reports to the International Labour Conference and Governing Body. 
  10. Oversee, develop and maintain capacity building courses and academies in related fields in collaboration with the ILO’s International Training Centre in Turin.
  11. Perform other relevant duties as required.

Desirable Profile


Advanced university degree in one of the following area: public administration, labour law, labour inspection, social science or other relevant field.


15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of labour administration, labour inspection or occupational safety and health, including proven record of high level policy advice in different country contexts and ten years of experience in managing teams.


Excellent oral and written command one of the ILO’s working languages (English, French and Spanish). A working knowledge of a second working language will be considered an advantage.


In addition to the ILO core competencies:

A strategic vision in relation to labour market governance that advances a strategic compliance approach.

Strong management skills with demonstrated ability to plan the work and manage work teams involved in diverse fields of specialization and to motivate staff, promote interest and engagement, harmonious working relationships and teamwork.

Ability to contribute effectively as a member of the management team on organizational issues and organizational priorities.

Strong interpersonal skills, tact, discretion, confidentiality and diplomacy. Demonstrated sound political judgment and capacity to work well in a tripartite context.

Excellent communication and negotiation skills with the ability to represent the Branch in various fora.
Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period.
  • A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
  • Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.


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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 3 to 4 months 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.


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