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Legal/Labour Law Officer - P2


Grade: P2  

Vacancy no.: TEMP/CALL/P/2020/04
Publication date: 22 July 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 10 August 2020


Job ID: 4023 
Department: NORMES 
Organization Unit: LIBSYND 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Short 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. 


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 short-term 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 within the International Labour standards Department (NORMES). NORMES is responsible for designing and implementing the ILO standards-related activities in accordance with the standards strategy adopted by the Governing Body. NORMES is the lead Department in realizing Office-wide coherence and cooperation on International Labour Standards (ILS) and promotes the ILO standards policy as a cornerstone of ILS activities. NORMES strives to enhance the relevance of ILS to the world of work and ensure their role as a useful means of achieving the constitutional objectives of the Organization, as well as the ILO strategic objectives, as called for by the 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. NORMES is also responsible for supporting and servicing all the supervisory bodies of the ILO. As recognized in the Programme and Budget (P&B) for the current biennium (2020-2021), the focus of NORMES is international labour standards and authoritative and effective supervision (Outcome 2).

The position will report to the Heads of the Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining thematic units. 

Specific Duties


1.    Examine reports by governments and comments by employers’ and workers’ organizations on ratified and unratified Conventions and Recommendations. Perform comparative analyses of the legislation and practice of the different States. Assist in the preparation of draft legal documents.

2.    Examine communications from constituents concerning freedom of association and collective bargaining, in particular as to complaints submitted to the Committee on Freedom of Association (CFA), and prepare draft documents and perform other tasks in support of the work of the CFA.

3.    Undertake research and studies on problems relating to the relevant subject matters, international law or labour standards. Participate in activities relating to the technical assistance provided to member States concerning the ratification of international labour Conventions and their effective implementation.

4.    Provide support to ILO events and meetings, in collaboration with other NORMES colleagues, through participating and taking notes in meetings such as the CFA.    

5.    Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Generic Duties


  1. Examine reports by governments and comments by employers' and workers' organizations on ratified and unratified Conventions and Recommendations. Perform comparative analyses of the legislation and practice of the different States. Draft comments for the high-level committees and/or groups of experts.
  2. Draft notes, reports and comments concerning the application of Conventions, for consideration by governments, the Governing Body, and the International Labour Conference.
  3. Undertake research and studies on problems relating to internal administration, international law or labour standards.
  4. Participate as a member of the secretariat of various committees dealing with legal issues or labour standards, including the preparation of background material and documents, drafting records of meetings, drafting reports, etc.
  5. Draft replies to requests from constituents or clients on questions relating to international labour standards or other legal questions.
  6. Prepare summaries of judgements and national labour law case.
Required qualifications


Advanced degree in law.



Minimum of one year of national or international experience.



Excellent command of Spanish and a good working knowledge of English and/or French.



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

Technical Competencies:

Ability to analyse legal issues and draft clearly and concisely to assist in preparing draft legal comments, and other documents and briefs as required.
Behavioural Competencies:

The candidate is expected to demonstrate and be guided by ILO competencies, specifically:
•    Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
•    Client orientation: effectively identifies and meets constituents’ needs.
•    The ability to efficiently cooperate as a team member and work in a multicultural environment, and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required


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.


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.