Legal Adviser


Grade: D2 

Vacancy no.: CALL/D/2024/01
Publication date: 12 February 2024
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 13 March 2024


Job ID: 11663 
Department: JUR 
Organization Unit: JUR 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


General Introduction

Under article 4.2, paragraphs (d) and (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in grades D1 and D2, as well as in grade P5 for all Director positions in field offices, are made by direct selection by the Director-General.


In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their curriculum vitae online by the above date (midnight Geneva time).


The following are eligible to apply:

  • 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.


Within the context of the ILO's efforts to promote staff mobility, any appointee should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career. Equally, previous field experience is considered desirable for this position.


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: ILO Jobs: Non- and under-represented Member States



The position of Legal Adviser directs the Office of the Legal Adviser, which  is responsible for providing legal advice and a full range of legal services on all matters implicating the legal interest of the Organization, including legal opinions, Office documents, Memoranda or briefs, concerning its Constitution, membership, governance structure, rules and activities. All officials, whether at headquarters or in the field, in the performance of their functions are expected to seek legal advice and any necessary legal services on all such matters to enable them to act in the best interests of the Organization in accordance with ILO rules and procedures. 


The Legal Adviser reports directly to the Director-General and, under the authority of the Organization’s constitutional bodies and of the Director-General, will perform the following functions: 


1.    Provide timely, politically sensitive, high quality and sensible legal advice to, the ILO’s constitutional bodies (Director-General, International Labour Office, Governing Body of the International Labour Office and International Labour Conference) and the tripartite constituents of its Member States, as well as to the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin. This includes: 

•    providing interpretations of, and drafting texts for, the Constitution, standing orders and rules of procedure of the ILO’s governing bodies, financial regulations and rules of the ILO, as well as international agreements and other legal instruments;

•    providing interpretations and facilitating the drafting of international labour Conventions and Recommendations and other standards;

•    providing advice relevant to the status of the Organization in the countries in which its headquarters and other offices are situated and in other Member States;

•    representation of the Organization before the Administrative Tribunal of the ILO on employment related disputes with the officials of the Organization, and other legal work involving personnel questions, including interpretation and drafting of the Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules;

•    representation of the Organization, with respect to legal matters, including dispute settlement, in other international fora and vis-à-vis national authorities;

•    providing advice and drafting texts for contracts and other commercial or private law matters;

•    participation in relevant internal committees and other bodies, such as the Committee on Accountability, the Disciplinary Committee or the Compensation Committee.


2.    Lead and manage an integrated team of lawyers in carrying out the above duties. Establish and appraise workplan objectives and action plans, ensuring timely and quality completion within resources available.


3.    Provide advice on the legal, institutional and administrative and aspects arising from  the attachment  to the Organization of the Administrative Tribunal of the ILO servicing more than 40 other international organizations.


4.    Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Desirable profile:

The set of qualifications below is indicative of the type of experience, education, language skills, and competencies expected for this position.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law. 
A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in law with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
A doctoral degree will be an advantage.  


Minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in a legal field, including at the international level. Proven experience in a managerial function including direct supervisory responsibilities over a team. A record of academic writings in the field of public international law will also be an advantage. 


Excellent command of two working languages (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. Working knowledge of a third language will be considered an advantage.


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

Recognized knowledge of public international law and the law of international organizations, as well as of principles of administrative and commercial law. Knowledge of the United Nations System will be considered as an advantage. Demonstrated ability to articulate technically complex and politically-sensitive notions, with clarity, tact and diplomacy. Political acumen and demonstrated negotiation skills. Proven decision-making skills and excellent problem-solving skills. Demonstrated leadership skills to motivate staff, promote interest and engagement, harmonious working relationships and teamwork. Ability to supervise staff and to plan the work and manage work teams involved in diverse fields of specialization. Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and to identify priority activities and assignments. Independent judgement and excellent skills in analysing and organizing facts, level and policy considerations and in presenting clear and convincing legal advice. Excellent ability to communicate and interact with ILO’s leadership and senior management, Member States and others.  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 the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.


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 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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