Share these jobs

Microdata Analyst


Grade: P2 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2023/STATISTICS/01
Publication date: 24 February 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 27 March 2023


Job ID: 10486 
Department: STATISTICS 
Organization Unit: STATISTICS 
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 ILO Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.


Applications from candidates who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants 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).


Applicants 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


In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.


Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.


The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


Please note that in the context of the new ILO organigram, the naming of the departments may be subject to change.



This position is located within the Department of Statistics (STATISTICS). STATISTICS is responsible for the collection, production and dissemination of labour statistics published on ILOSTAT, the ILO’s central statistical database. 

The incumbent will work in the Data Production and Analysis Unit (DPAU), which maintains the ILO Harmonized Microdata collection and is responsible 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 contribute to improving the timely collection, production, and dissemination of labour statistics through ILOSTAT.  

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


Specific Duties

1.    Identify and process microdata sets using DPAU’s standard microdata pre-processing methodology which will be utilized for deriving labour market indicators for publication on ILOSTAT. This will require reviewing survey questionnaires, mapping variables from national to ILO concepts, and pre-processing microdatasets to a standardized format using Stata.
2.    Develop and run R scripts to fulfil ad-hoc ILOSTAT data production requests, including the production of internationally comparable datasets, leveraging the ILO Harmonized Microdata collection.
3.    Assist with the Unit’s data collection activities, by processing excel files received through the annual ILOSTAT questionnaire, ensuring the application of data quality control protocols, and draft correspondence to address data gaps, errors, and discrepancies.
4.    Contribute to the technical assistance provided to ILO Member States by preparing tailored microdata processing routines, including the estimation of labour market transitions and labour flows using panel data. Provide input to supporting training materials and technical guidelines and participate in related training missions.
5.    Liaise with relevant ILO technical departments to verify that standard ILO methodologies related to sampling, questionnaire design, and processing of derived variables are applied in the design and implementation of School-to-Work Transition Surveys. Produce related analysis.
6.    Provide technical support related to compiling and processing industrial relations data including trade union membership, collective bargaining coverage, strikes and lockouts, and ensure, to the best extent possible, that the derived data are disaggregated by status in employment and sex.
7.    Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

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

Generic Duties

1. Undertake research, collect, compile, and analyse statistical data by identifying and deciding on sources of data. 
2.    Responsible for the review and checking of questionnaires received from national statistical offices; detect and correct obvious errors in reporting and identify inconsistent data or data gaps and draft correspondence to obtain clarification.
3.    Evaluate suitability of data. Check data validity and make adjustments accordingly.
4.    Transfer data to database and record appropriate technical notes.
5.    Maintain a database and oversee input by statistical support staff. Provide technical guidance to support staff in the extraction of data from sources, as well as entry and retrieval from databases and in various statistical calculations and compilations.
6.    Develop questionnaires or revise existing ones to incorporate recent changes and developments.
7.    Participate in training sessions, meetings, and seminars as resource person.
8.    Respond to inquiries from users concerning the information disseminated and the availability of data


Required qualifications


First level university degree (bachelor’s or equivalent) in the field of statistics, mathematics, economics or other relevant fields with training in basic and applied statistics or similar studies. 


Three years of experience using and processing microdata from household surveys (such as labour force surveys, income/expenditure surveys, living standard surveys). 


Excellent command of one official language of the Organization (English, French, Spanish).


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

Technical competencies     
Knowledge of computer science and its application to statistical work.  Excellent programming skills in Stata and R. Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines. Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques. Ability to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and conduct research and analytical work. Ability to draft technical reports. Data collection and analytical skills.

Behavioural Competencies
Ability to engage in teamwork in a multicultural setting. Willingness to share information and knowledge. Team-player. 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.


Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at


Recruitment process

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


The ILO has zero tolerance for acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and is determined to ensure that all staff members and all beneficiaries of ILO assistance do not suffer, directly or indirectly, from sexual exploitation and abuse. 
To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organisation, the ILO may conduct a background verification of candidates under consideration.


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.