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Economist, Gender Equality and Non-discrimination


Grade: P4 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2022/WORKQUALITY/02
Publication date: 31 August 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 3 October 2022


Job ID: 9363 
Department: WORKQUALITY 
Organization Unit: GEDI 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The following are eligible to apply:

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


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 and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants 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).


Applicants 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:


In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.


Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.


The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


The position is located in the Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch (GEDI) within the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY). GEDI is responsible for promoting gender equality and respect for inclusion and diversity in the world of work, and for managing the ILO’s programme on HIV and AIDS. The Branch strives for the elimination of discrimination, including based on gender, race, ethnicity, indigenous identity, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability and HIV status, and participates in UN system-wide cooperation and collaboration in these areas. 

The Branch provides advice, tools, guidance, and technical assistance to constituents including with respect to promoting more inclusive workplaces and addressing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. GEDI promotes a transformative approach to gender equality at work, which: (i) strengthens positive norms that support equality and an enabling environment in the world of work; (ii) advances the relative position of women and marginalized groups in the labour market; and (iii) promotes transformation of underlying structures, institutions and policies that perpetuate and legitimize gender and other inequalities in the world of work. Priority areas of intervention for the Branch include preventing and addressing violence and harassment at work, promoting investment in and transformation of the care economy and promoting equal pay for work of equal value.  GEDI co-leads the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC). 

The incumbent will support the Branch’s research, analytical, policy and advocacy work. In particular, the incumbent will produce state-of-the-art, evidence-based research to inform global, regional, and national policy dialogues and interventions on a range of areas relevant to a transformative agenda for gender equality.

The position will report to the Senior Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination Specialist who coordinates the Gender Team.

Specific Duties

1.Initiate, design, and conduct/coordinate a research agenda on gender equality and non-discrimination in the world of work using sophisticated data and methodologies including an intersectional methodology and tools covering intersecting grounds of discrimination, such as gender, race, disability, HIV status and sexual orientation with the view to addressing underlying structural economic barriers to gender equality, including the role and effectiveness of labour market and other relevant related policies. Collaborate closely with other technical specialists within and outside the Branch and in the field to ensure the delivery of this work. 
2.Interpret, apply and, as necessary, adapt econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions to advance a transformative agenda for gender equality in the world of work, taking into consideration intersecting elements.
3.Provide evidenced-based policy advice and guidance to ILO constituents on how best to ensure gender equality and non-discrimination positive effects of labour market policies with attention to care economy, violence and harassment at work, equal pay for work of equal value, climate change and just transition, conflict and fragility and other emerging issues. 
4.Conceptualize, develop and implement intersectional tools and methodologies designed to support ILO constituents in building programmes that address the structural causes of gender inequalities. 
5.Prepare research-based and statistical inputs (based on both quantitative and qualitative analysis) for ILO publications, including reports, working papers, briefs, and presentations including for social media, info graphics, and for the website.
6.Contribute to the development and drafting of interdisciplinary comparative research projects on gender equality, non-discrimination, inclusion and diversity including providing inputs used to formulate proposals to submit to donors.
7.Provide substantive technical assistance to ILO constituents in the area of equal pay for work of equal value including supporting the technical and programmatic work of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC).
8.Represent the Office in tripartite and international meetings and conferences and participate or assist in multidisciplinary country policy advisory or fact-finding missions or other global, regional or country-related technical assistance activities.  Conduct and facilitate seminars, meetings, training courses on technical issues including support to EPIC.
9.Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

Generic Duties

  1. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes, This involves: re-analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics and information or policy guidelines, in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognised technical specialisation. 
  2. Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.
  3. Provide policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of development cooperation activities.
  4. Formulate and submit project proposals and seek funding.
  5. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
  6. Undertake technical advisory missions independently or in collaboration with other specialists.
  7. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings and training courses.
  8. Prepare draft recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO Recommendations or Conventions on related technical fields.
  9. Write manuals and/or training guides on related topics.
  10. Disseminate information on programmes through publications and, press releases, as well as ensuring representation at donors’ meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
  11. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.
  12. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports).
  13. Participate in tripartite reviews on development cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in economics, or other relevant field.  A specialization in feminist and labour economics or development economics would be an advantage.  A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required seven years of experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least seven years of experience, including at the international level working on employment and labour market issues. Proven publications record with a strong gender focus.


Excellent command of one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of a second official language of the Organization. One of these languages must be English. Knowledge of a third official language of the Organization would be an advantage.   


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

Technical competencies

Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques to identify and develop sources for data collection, conceptualize and design research techniques, formulate new concepts and methodologies, analyse complex cross-national practices and large data sets (e.g. STATA). Knowledge of heterodox approaches, and of statistical data analysis and data management.  Knowledge and experience with respect to gender equality and non-discrimination.  Solid knowledge of existing databases and updated information on current work of other international organizations on similar issues.  Ability to synthesize research and reach empirically-based conclusions on related subjects and to conduct independent and inter-disciplinary research, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data from different sources. Ability to prepare high quality, technically sound reports and peer reviewed publications with conclusions and recommendations.  Ability to provide implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.  Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and multidisciplinary teams.  Capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of gender equality and non-discrimination.  Capability to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals.  Ability to effectively conduct consultations within and outside the Organization and to manage a large quantity of information. Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams and speak to disciplines other than economics.

Behavioural competencies

Good interpersonal skills and ability to liaise and cooperate with other members of the team, other units and field offices.  Capacity to continuously develop and update professional skills, and master new tools.  Diagnose development needs and target learning opportunities; assimilate, apply and share job-related knowledge in a timely manner.  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.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.


Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at


Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at 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.


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