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Grade: P2  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2020/RESEARCH/01
Publication date: 10 July 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 10 August 2020


Job ID: 3957 
Department: RESEARCH 
Organization Unit: RESEARCH 
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.


The position is located in the Research Department (RESEARCH) of the ILO, which conducts research on labour and employment issues to contribute to policy formulation for ILO constituents at the global level. The main purpose of the Department is to assess major trends, including new technologies, demographic change, the scarcity of natural resources, the evolving role of finance and emerging patterns in development and globalization in relation to their socio-economic impact. Core research issues also include the assessment of “what works”, in terms of decent work outcomes.


RESEARCH produces a number of high profile reports, which include the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) and the WESO Trends, and is the Department responsible for the ILO’s peer-reviewed journal, the International Labour Review. It carries out research that examines the inter-linkages between economic growth and social equity. RESEARCH publishes widely in different formats, including ILO major reports, research briefings, academic journal papers, working papers, collaborative reports with academics and other policy organizations and is present in social media.


The position will contribute to the work of the Labour Market Trends and Policy Evaluation team of RESEARCH, in particular to the research and analysis of labour market policies and to the preparation of the flagship publication of the ILO “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends” which is published annually.


The position will report to the Senior Specialist of the Labour Market Trends and Policy Evaluation team within RESEARCH.

Specific Duties

1. Assist in the econometric and statistical analyses related to the different revisions of the ILO modelled estimates database which includes: updating the input data and checking its quality, running the model, and verifying the outcomes.

2. Assist in the development of econometric routines underlying the ILO modelled estimates database, in order to improve and enlarge this database with new indicators. This includes assisting in the implementation and testing of algorithms.

3. Contribute towards the preparation and analysis of country level employment and labour market data, including through monitoring of labour market dynamics and policy developments at the country and regional levels.

4. Contribute to the preparation and production of analytical reports, including the WESO Trends. This involves preparing and verifying tables and figures to be presented in the report and its appendices, contributing to data analysis, consolidating and organizing contributions from the ILO regional offices, assisting in the drafting of sections of the report, preparing press releases.

5. Contribute towards drafting documents of relevance to the wider objectives of RESEARCH, such as research briefs, academic papers and other research reports.

6. Undertake research and analyse the impact of labour market policies on employment and social outcomes through micro-econometric methods. Research, analyse and assess country experiences, on selected topics with a view to identifying good practices. 

7. Collaborate and exchange information internally with field offices, technical departments at headquarters, and externally with counterparts in other international organizations, international think tanks and research centres.

8. 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. Compile and maintain data bases on selected subjects.
  2. Analyse data for programme development and research studies.
  3. Draft components of regional, country or related sectoral analyses for reports and publications.
  4. Assist in technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring, as junior desk officers.
  5. Participate in technical missions for research and fact-finding.
  6. Assist in organizing workshops and seminars.
Required qualifications

First level university degree in the field of economics.  An advanced university degree with specialization in either development or labour economics would be an asset.


Two years of experience at either the national or international levels. Experience with quantitative data management and econometric analysis (e.g., in Stata®). Experience in drafting research reports.


Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of a second official language (French or Spanish) of the Organization would be an asset. 


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

Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines; ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques; ability to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and conduct straightforward research work; ability to draft press releases, discussion papers, reports and good computer skills; knowledge of time-series and micro-econometric techniques;  ability to use related software (Stata®); effective writing, speaking and interpersonal communication skills.  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:


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.


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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