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Labour Market Modelling Specialist


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2020/11
Publication date: 17 July 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 5 August 2020


Job ID: 4009 
Department: STATISTICS 
Organization Unit: STATISTICS 
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.


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


The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).


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:


This temporary position is located within the ILO Department of Statistics. The Department is responsible for the collection, production and dissemination of labour statistics published on ILOSTAT, the ILO’s central statistical database, and for the development and maintenance of numerous econometric models designed to produce national, regional and global estimates for the ILO modelled estimates data series.


The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining and further developing this data series and the related econometric models, including the ILO nowcasting model designed to estimate the impact of COVID-19 on labour markets.


The position will report to the Head of the Data Production and Analysis Unit (DPAU).

Specific Duties

1. Work with DPAU staff to compile input databases for the ILO modelled estimates data series, including selecting appropriate labour statistics inputs from ILOSTAT and macroeconomic and other data inputs from external sources.

2. Maintain and further develop the statistical and econometric models under the ILO modelled estimates data series and the ILO nowcasting model for estimating the impact of COVID-19 on working hours, ensuring quality control and methodological transparency.

3. Oversee the work of external collaborators in the areas of data collection and cleaning, econometric modelling and analysis.

4. Prepare preliminary technical and analytical inputs for ILO publications including the ILO COVID-19 Monitor and the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) reports.

5.  Support the further development of ILOSTAT website offerings, including production of new indicators, technical documentation, production of analytical reports and blogs.

6. Explore and suggest innovative data sources and/or models to use in the labour statistics field, particularly in the context of measuring and assessing the COVID-19 impact on the world of work.

7.  Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

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. Knowledge of computer science and its application to statistical work.


Three years of relevant professional experience at the national level and two years at the international level.


Excellent command of one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of a second.


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


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; guide and coordinate the work of General Service staff and external collaborators and to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to action plan and programme development. Expertise in Stata and R is essential.

Ability to: work under tight deadlines, multitask, 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.


In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and in view of border and travel restrictions as well as ILO teleworking arrangements, the start date of contracts or transfers to temporary positions will have to be reconfirmed in the context of the evolution of the pandemic.


Fraud warning


The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.