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Labour Law Specialist


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2019/13
Publication date: 7 November 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 21 November 2019


Job ID: 2012 
Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: LABOURLAW 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. This is an assignment of a purely temporary nature, not expected to lead to a career in the ILO. Duration is 12 months.


The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.


The following are eligible to apply:


- Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

- External candidates. A selected external candidate will be issued with a 4.2 (e) contract.


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.


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 in the Labour Law and Reform Unit of the Tripartism and Governance Department (GOVERNANCE). The Labour Law and Reform Unit aims to provide integrated, proactive policy advice on what labour law and dispute resolution systems can do, based on evidence from other countries. Within the framework of ILO standards, the Unit advises on the effects and role of labour law and dispute resolution systems as institutions for effective labour market governance, and for the pursuit of a wide range of labour market policy goals.


To this end, the Labour Law and Reform Unit advises on policy goals and processes for the introduction or the reform of labour law, and of dispute resolution systems. In that context, it is available to assess draft legislation. To support this work, the Unit carries out global research on dispute resolution systems, and on legal regulation of the employment relationship, of temporary agency work, and of termination of employment. The Unit is home to the ILO’s Employment Protection Legislation Database (EPLex). The Unit provides technical support for donor-funded ILO projects across the world. At present this includes Bangladesh, Georgia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.


Within the above mandate, the Labour Law Specialist will primarily deliver advisory services to member States, and assist tripartite constituents in assessing and, where necessary, framing or revising their national labour laws. The means of action to be employed by the Labour Law Specialist include undertaking research and publishing its results in a variety of ways; advocacy of ILO standards and principles; collection of technical information on labour law and dissemination of that information in a variety of ways; training of government officials, representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations, and members of the judiciary; and the provision of technical advice on drafting and revising legal texts. The incumbent will collaborate closely with all Branches and Units in GOVERNANCE and with technical specialists in ILO field Offices. The position will report to the Head of the Labour Law and Reform Unit.


Specific Duties

1. Initiate, design and conduct  comparative analytical research on a wide range of labour law policy questions at the centre of legal reforms, with particular attention to the outcome of regulatory options and the inter-relationship between regulation, industrial relations practices and labour market developments.

2. Facilitate tripartite consultations on labour law reform and undertake missions which may be of a sensitive or controversial nature, including before parliamentary bodies, ministries or labour secretariats.

3. Develop, plan and implement technical advisory projects on labour law reform including the establishment and improvement of dispute resolution systems.

4. Provide technical advice on matters pertaining to labour law reform including with respect to the establishment, management and delivery of a law reform process, as well as actual drafting of legislative provisions.

5. Contribute towards development of work plans in accordance with  constituents’ needs, and ensure these  are integrated with the other branches and units in GOVERNANCE as well as with other Departments and field  offices, as required..

6. Establish and maintain links with labour law research centres and academia.

7. Perform other relevant duties as required.

Required qualifications

Advanced degree in law, preferably with specialization in labour law and labour relations.


Minimum of eight years’ practical experience at the national level or at least six years at the international level in labour law and labour relations, including experience in one or preferably more of the following areas: collective representation, dispute settlement, termination of employment, workplace compliance, and OSH. Proven experience in cross-disciplinary research and demonstrated capacity to publish research results.


Excellent command of English, and good working knowledge of French. Working knowledge of Spanish would be an advantage.


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


ILO International Labour Standards principles and procedure; and
Current developments and research in labour market governance and regulation.
The ability to : design research studies and conduct comparative analyses involving the application of principles of law to the analysis of administrative, substantive and procedural problems of substantial intricacy;
Advise and persuade colleagues and constituents on legal questions;
Deal with colleagues and constituents with tact and discretion;
Work under pressure and meet tight deadlines; and
Work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.




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 2 to 4 weeks 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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