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Economist, Labour Market Specialist


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/4/2018/WORKQUALITY/01
Publication date: 05 February 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 11 March 2019


Job ID: 1035 
Department: WORKQUALITY 
Organization Unit: WORKQUALITY 
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 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.


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


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:


Successful completion of the Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates.


The position is located in the Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK) of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY). INWORK aims to improve the working conditions and protection of workers through effective policies while contributing to achieving an inclusive labour market which provides access to quality employment for all. Supporting the development of sound labour relations is the cornerstone of the strategy to realize such outcomes and to ensure a just share of the fruits of economic and social progress for all. The Branch undertakes multidimensional analysis of workers’ protection, vulnerability at work and labour market institutions, including the impacts of the latter on labour markets and economic performance and on equality. In doing so, it develops and, upon request, offers integrated policy advice which is responsive to national needs, priorities and resources.

The incumbent will contribute to the Branch’s research, analytical and policy work concerning the design of sound and inclusive labour market institutions. He/she will develop a better understanding of the interplay between institutions, especially those governing work contracts and labour market security, which have a bearing on workers’ labour supply, working conditions, labour market performance, development of non-standard forms of employment and job quality. He/she will provide policy advice to ILO constituents using evidence-based analytical work on how to ensure that regulations and institutions contribute to more equitable outcomes in the labour markets and provide protection against vulnerability, and what specific policy tools can be developed to monitor and to improve the functioning of institutions.

The position will report to the Chief of INWORK.

Specific Duties

1.Undertake research and analytical work for the design of effective, efficient, sound and inclusive labour market institutions.
2.Design and implement policy-oriented analysis and recommendations aiming at improving labour market performance and job quality, reducing vulnerabilities associated with labour market segmentation and employment in non-standard forms of employment.
3.Undertake technical advisory missions in collaboration with technical specialists in the field to provide technical and policy advice to ILO constituents on non-standard forms of employment, employment protection and inclusive labour market institutions.
4.Monitor and assess trends, reforms, and policy developments in respect of a range of labour market institutions, especially those governing work contracts and labour market security, at global, regional, and national levels.
5.Write and review publications, disseminate the major research findings in the ILO working paper series, globally recognized peer-reviewed journals, books and edited volumes, policy briefs and newsletters.
6.Formulate project proposals related to inclusive labour markets institutions, non-standards forms of employment, employment protection and labour market segmentation. Participate in relevant resource mobilisation activities. Provide technical backstopping to development cooperation projects or components of projects focussed on such areas.
7.Contribute, in collaboration with other members of the Branch and the Department, to the development of integrated approaches and activities aimed at assessing the impact of labour market institutions on equality and labour market performance, addressing vulnerability at work and strengthening workers' protection.
8.Participate in high-level international meetings and engage in evidence-based policy dialogue with the view to promoting ILO standards, knowledge and policies related to labour market institutions, contractual arrangements and inclusive labour markets.
9.Contribute to raising awareness among ILO constituents, policy makers, and the general public on labour market security as well as on the economic and labour market effects of non-standard work.
10.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 recognized technical specialization.
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 technical 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 Multidisciplinary Teams.
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, 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 in Economics.


Eight years’ experience at the national level or five years at the international level related to labour market institutions.


Excellent command of one working language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. Working knowledge of another working language would be an advantage.


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

Very good knowledge of labour market institutions, including in developing countries; proven ability to utilise statistical methods including analysing large data sets (e.g., STATA); confirmed experience in applying multidisciplinary approaches (e.g., economics, sociology, political science, legal studies) notably to labour market institutions; good knowledge of international labour standards. Ability to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide seasoned advice on best practices, demonstrated ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies, especially in the field of labour market institutions, alternative courses of action, training materials, project proposals, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings; design and synthesize strategies for programme development in member States; produce reports (e.g. reports for regional conferences and the International Labour Conference, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects. Strong analytical skills; ability to address and communicate with a variety of audiences (both specialized and non-specialized). The 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 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.


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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