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Labour Force Statistics Officer


Grade: P3  

Publication date: 8 February 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 28 February 2019

Vacancy no.: TEMP/CALL/P/2019/01


Job ID: 1062 
Department: STATISTICS 
Organization Unit: STATISTICS 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Short 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


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This temporary position will be located within the Department of Statistics (STATISTICS) and will report to one of the Senior Statisticians working on labour force survey (LFS) methodology.


The position will contribute to the work of the Department in the area of LFS methodology. In particular, the incumbent will contribute to the Department’s activities to develop practical LFS tools and training materials aligned with the latest international standards on work statistics adopted by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS).


The LFS tools and training materials are intended for use by countries with different socioeconomic contexts to promote national adaptation and implementation of the latest international standards. A particular focus of the work will be to develop practical guidance for the reporting, analysis, interpretation and communication of key labour force statistics, aligned with the standards adopted by the 19th and 20th ICLS, including the new indicators of labour underutilization and subsistence foodstuff production, as well as the new International Classification of Status in Employment (ICSE-18).  



Specific Duties


Under the supervision of the Senior Statistician the incumbent will:

1. Develop detailed plans for the preparation of two LFS practical guides, aligned with the latest ICLS standards and accumulated survey good practice, on:

a. Reporting, analysis and interpretation of key labour market statistics.
b. Communication of key labour market statistics.

2. Prepare a main draft of the practical guides, including drafting the text, preparing illustrations and infographics using LFS micro-data or available estimates from selected countries covering key labour market indicators (employment and the various measures of labour underutilization), and special tabulations for highlighting the characteristics of work in agriculture, own-use producers of foodstuff producers, etc.

3. Develop accompanying training curricula and material based on the practical guidance developed. Develop course materials, presentations, exercises, data files, supplementary materials, student quizzes, etc.; suitable for inclusion in ILO capacity building programmes; 

4. Support the department activities, including by preparing inputs for use as part of the ILO LFS practical toolkit, and in the delivery of capacity building and technical assistance to Member Countries in LFS;


Required qualifications



Advanced university degree in the field of statistics or mathematics or in economics or other related disciplines with training in basic and applied statistics or similar studies, or equivalent work experience.

Knowledge of computer science and its application to statistical work.




A minimum of 5 years of experience in processing, analysis and reporting of statistics collected through LFS and preparing key statistical outputs for dissemination;

Practical knowledge of LFS methodology, including overall design, content and data quality issues;

Experience with weighting and basic analysis of survey data with complex designs using statistical programming languages, preferably STATA and/or SPSS and with data visualization software;

Proven experience in drafting a variety of materials to communicate key labour market statistics to different users, including basic reports of headline indicators, press releases, statistical briefs, methodological notes, etc.

Experience in developing and/or delivery of training courses and materials in labour force statistics would be an advantage.

Familiarity with the ICLS standards and exposure to international statistical work through participation in international statistical meetings and working groups or horizontal cooperation would be an advantage




Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Good knowledge of another official ILO language would be an advantage.




Ability to apply statistical techniques and methods to a wide variety of practical problems;


undertake research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialized technical field;


prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to action plan and programme development.


Sensitivity to diversity


- work effectively with multi-national, multi-ethnic project team members and have a gender sensitive behaviour and attitude.



Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position.


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