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Managing Editor

Grade: P5  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2018/RESEARCH/01
Publication date: 11 April 2018
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time):  14 May 2018


Job ID: 212 
Department: RESEARCH 
Organization Unit: REVUE 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO 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.


Applications from officials who have reached, or will reach 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


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:


Successful completion of the Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates.


The position is located in the International Labour Review Section (REVUE) of the ILO Research Department (RESEARCH).


REVUE has overall responsibility for the production, publication and dissemination of the International Labour Review (ILR), which is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal of international scope in labour and employment studies. Published quarterly since 1921, in English, French and Spanish by decision of the ILO Governing Body and under the responsibility of the ILO Research Department, the ILR aims to advance academic research and inform policy debate and decision-making in all fields related to the world of work (economics, law, industrial relations, social policy, sociology, development studies, etc.) by publishing and bringing together the original thinking of academics and experts in those fields. The ILR also features concise reports on current developments considered to be of particular interest to those working in these fields and reviews of recent major publications. It is committed to an editorial policy that combines accessibility with rigorous, insightful analysis and the highest scholarly standards.


The position reports to the Director of RESEARCH.

Specific Duties

1. Coordinate the overall production of the ILR in the three languages of the journal on a timely basis, including supervision and monitoring of the work of REVUE (editorial team) and all aspects of collaboration between the Editorial Board, independent reviewers, contractual translators and editors, the in-house proof-reading and type-setting units (the Document and Publications Production, Printing and Distribution Branch/PRODOC) and the journal’s publisher (when applicable).

2. Establish the ILR publications schedule, in coordination with Management in the Research Department and the ILO publications plan. Plan and decide on the content of each issue of the ILR in agreement with the Editorial Board, considering the need to maintain a balanced coverage of regions, disciplines and the concerns of a global readership.

3. Keep abreast of labour and social policy developments worldwide, current academic debates in the field, and the ILO’s research and policy agenda, therefore maintaining contacts with professionals in a range of fields, including the independent advisers to the ILR.

4. Conduct a preliminary evaluation of unsolicited manuscripts submitted to the journal in the working languages, reject those that are unsuitable for publication in light of the ILR’s editorial policy, and refer the remainder to selected members of the Editorial Board and/or independent referees according to subject matter.

5. Plan and organize regular meetings of the Editorial Board (e.g. setting the agenda, recommending contents, proposing a programme of work on future issues).

6. Manage the review process for manuscripts under consideration in agreement with the members of the Editorial Board and/or designated independent advisers.

7. Make editorial suggestions to the authors of accepted papers to ensure that they meet the highest standards of clarity and presentation in accordance with the ILR’s editorial policy and style.

8. When needed, provide contributions to the ILR’s “Notes, debates and communications” section.

9. Contribute to the Editorial Board’s efforts to solicit contributions to the journal, especially for agreed Special Issues.

10. Coordinate and contribute to initiatives to promote the ILR, and encourage submissions from world-class researchers.

11. Keep abreast of trends and developments in scientific publishing (digital and traditional) and, in collaboration with the Department of Communication and Public Information (DCOMM) and other relevant partners, establish an online and social media strategy for the ILR.

12. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.



These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

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Generic Duties

  1. Plan, organize, supervise and monitor the work of a unit producing publications or a periodical publication in the official languages of the organization, on a timely basis and within acceptable cost. Determine priorities for the unit, plan, schedule and allocate work to staff in order to meet deadlines and required output while maintaining editorial standards, and supervise the editorial performance of the unit.
  2. Establish a publications programme in accordance with the appropriate mandates, and take into account the requirements of originating units and available resources.
  3. Establish editorial practices and guidelines for the unit and contribute to the establishment of organization-wide policy in this respect. Keep abreast of labour and social policy developments worldwide. Maintain contact with colleagues undertaking research that might lead to publishable material.
  4. Edit or revise highly sensitive texts and approve the editing of exceptionally difficult or complex manuscripts. Write editorials and introductions for each issue of a periodical publication.
  5. Contribute to the establishment of recruitment criteria, including examinations and training, and arrange for the training of staff and contractual editors.
  6. Recommend action on personnel, budgetary, procedural and other matters relating to the efficient operation of the unit.
  7. Manage the editorial aspects of electronic publishing.
  8. Provide authoritative advice to high-level management on editorial policy and problems, and represent the office at both formal and informal meetings.

Required qualifications


Advanced-level university degree in languages, law or a social science, or the equivalent in experience.


At least ten years of professional experience in writing, drafting, revising and/or editing, with specialization in labour and employment issues, of which at least five years at the international level in a senior position.


Excellent command of one working language (English, French or Spanish) of the Organization and proficiency in another; working knowledge of a third working  language would be an advantage.


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


Broad general knowledge and a highly developed ability for good independent judgment and analysis in respect of employment and social policy and other subject areas of the ILR.

Knowledge of work practices, methods and processes in the editorial field, and particularly good understanding of academic and scientific writing and publishing. Excellent written communication skills. Ability to manage the editorial aspects of electronic publishing.

Ability to perform efficiently as a manager, and in particular to prepare and manage the budget and to negotiate resources with other programmes, especially those responsible for translation, production, marketing, distribution and promotion.

Ability to plan, design and carry out a publications programme independently and to supervise and guide the work of the editorial staff.

Tact and persuasiveness in dealing with colleagues, authors, independent advisers, collaborators and constituents.

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.

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Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at 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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