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Research Officer


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/4/2018/RESEARCH/01
Publication date: 05 February 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 11 March 2019


Job ID: 1046 
Department: RESEARCH 
Organization Unit: RESEARCH 
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 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 Research Department of the ILO (RESEARCH), which conducts research on labour market and social issues to shape a future of work that is inclusive and sustainable, provides meaningful, productive and decent work for all and contributes to policy formulation by ILO constituents. The main purpose of the Department is to assess major trends - including new technologies, demographic change, the scarcity of natural resources, the evolving role of finance and emerging patterns in development and globalization - in relation to their socioeconomic impact. Core research issues also include the assessment of policies that have been effective in ensuring decent work outcomes.

The position will contribute to the research programme on innovation, digital technologies and decent work. This area of research explores changes in production processes, production structure, productivity and wage growth, changes in job profile and skills needs, among others as a result of innovations and digital technologies, and how it impacts economic, social and labour market outcomes at both the micro and macro level. It will also evaluate working conditions, the role of unions and social dialogue, and employment legislations in the changing world of work. The research programme will analyse the issues from a multidisciplinary lens including gender perspective using mixed methods approach with the aim of developing policy objectives to achieve more equitable outcomes. The position requires a strong ability to conceptualise, analyse using innovative methods and techniques and convey the main findings of the work in a clear, succinct manner to a non-technical audience. It also includes building external networks with researchers, academic and policy-oriented institutions to engage them in the department's work and contribute to developing research proposals. 

The position reports to the Senior Economist.

Specific Duties

  1. Analyse trends in labour markets, industrial relations, changes in technology and organisation of work related to innovations and digital technology.
  2. Undertake quantitative and qualitative research at the global and country level, with a particular focus on impacts of innovation, automation and digital technology on economic, social and labour market outcomes. This includes identifying institutional factors, best practices and proposing solutions to the problems identified.
  3. Provide support for reviewing methodologies, developing questionnaires, surveys on innovations and digital economy.
  4. Prepare both quantitative and qualitative analysis for reports and ensure that the work yields evidence-based policy conclusions.
  5. Contribute to the development and drafting of international comparative research projects on issues related to innovations, automation and digital technologies, including inputs used to formulate proposals and submit to donors.
  6. Provide technical backstopping for projects related to innovations, digital technologies and decent work to ensure timely collection of data, including identification of key research experts and priorities in defined area and organizing events.
  7. Undertake missions for the purpose of gathering information and data, implementation of surveys, etc. for research and briefing country counterparts with respect to issues relating to innovations, digital technologies and decent work.
  8. Liaise with the tripartite network and support in organising events, workshops and conferences.
  9. Participate in policy and technical meetings and present technical issues that link to established policy recommendations. Give presentations in a variety of settings within the ILO and external to the ILO, including in academia and policy think tanks.
  10. 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 and prepare analytical reports on selected subjects within the area of technical competence.
  2. Assess country experience (on selected topics) with a view to identifying best practices in finding solutions to problems identified.
  3. Provide technical inputs (articles, reports) for regional, country or related sectoral analyses, ILO reports and publications.
  4. Provide technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring.
  5. Undertake missions for the purpose of providing technical recommendations on selected topics following ILO established guidelines, manuals and standards.
  6. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators.
  7. Act as focal point on a specific field of specialization.
  8. Participate in training seminars and workshops as resource person.
  9. Represent the technical unit at international, regional and national fora.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree or Ph.D in sociology, development economics, industrial relations, geography, gender studies, sociology or political science. Publications in Journals would be an advantage.


Three years' experience at the national level and two years at the international level. Three years of experience in inter-disciplinary research and conducting field-based surveys of workers, and managing databases using quantitative and qualitative methods. 


Excellent command of one working language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. Working knowledge of another working language of the Organization would be an advantage. 


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


Ability to participate effectively in technical missions and multidisciplinary teams; capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialisation; ability to conceptualise, plan, coordinate and conduct research; ability to bring in inter-disciplinary approaches to research; ability to coordinate and design qualitative and quantitative research techniques and use analytical tools to do statistical analysis; ability to coordinate and guide field based surveys, and undertake data collection at macro and micro level; capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals; ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.


Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes; ability to organize and balance multiple areas of work; ability to work both independently and within a team-based environment; and keen attention to detail and data quality. 



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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