Legal Officer - P3 (temporary parental leave replacement)


Grade: P3 

Vacancy no.: TEMP/JUR/P/2024/01
Publication date: 1 July 2024
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 14 July 2024


Job ID: 12122 
Department: JUR 
Organization Unit: JUR 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Special Short Term 


This is a temporary assignment with a duration of 4 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. 


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:


*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the
appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.



The temporary position is located in the Office of the Legal Adviser (JUR).  JUR provides a wide range of legal services to the Organization and its various organs (International Labour Conference, Governing Body and Secretariat).


The work is carried out by a team of nine jurists headed by the ILO Legal Adviser, which provides legal counselling and other legal support services to all departments and units (including the ILO’s Turin Training Centre) as well as to the Organization’s three constituent groups. It is responsible for protecting the legal status of the Organization and defending its interests. JUR reports directly to the Director-General.


The position reports to the Legal Adviser, JUR

Specific Duties

1.    Review and comment upon draft agreements in relation to development cooperation and other operational activities of the ILO with donors, beneficiaries and suppliers, including leases for premises and procurement contracts. 


2.    Provide legal support services to ILO meetings and to the ILO governance organs; prepare draft documents, research notes and legal opinions.  


3.    Prepare draft Office informal opinions in response to requests for interpretation of international labour standards; prepare draft questionnaires/reports in relation to proposed abrogation and/or withdrawal of international labour standards.


4.    Prepare draft submissions to the ILO Administrative Tribunal in response to staff complaints; prepare draft legal opinions on interpretation of the Staff Regulations, other statutory texts and internal circulars.


5.    Assist with the deposit and registration of ratifications of international labour Conventions and prepare certified statements to the UN secretary-General.  Prepare draft correspondence  with the  host country or diplomatic missions of Member States in relation to the privileges and immunities of the ILO and its officials. 


6.    Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications



Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law, with a specialization in public international law (e.g. law of international institutions, international human rights law, international administrative law).  A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in law, with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.



At least five years’ practical experience in the field of international law.  Relevant experience in an international organization would be an advantage.


Excellent command of one working language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of a second working language of the Organization.  One of these languages must be English. Knowledge of a third working language would be an advantage. 


Ability to analyse legal issues, draft clearly and concisely, to prepare studies and comments, and take initiatives to keep up-to-date with new developments in public international law and administrative law.

Capacity to self-organize, prioritize assignments and work under time-pressure.


Thorough understanding of the legal and institutional specificities of the ILO’s tripartite structure and the special role and responsibilities of JUR in this context.


Ability to apply the principles of law to the analysis of a variety of subject matters requiring interrelationships between the subject under review and existing legislation and practice; advanced communication skills, oral and written. 


Excellent writing skills.


Absolute discretion in dealing with confidential matters. 


Flexibility and capacity to work in a team and in a multicultural environment. 


Ability to use standard computer software. 


Ability to 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 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.


Fraud warning


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