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Senior Economist


Grade: P5  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2022/RESEARCH/01
Publication date: 5 May 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 June 2022


Job ID: 8114 
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 ILO Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


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


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 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:


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.


The position is located in the Research Department (RESEARCH) of the ILO, which conducts research on labour and employment issues to contribute to policy formulation for ILO’s constituents at the global level. The main purpose of the Department is to assess major trends, including new technologies, demographic change, the scarcity of natural resources, and the evolving role of finance and emerging patterns in development and globalization in relation to their socio-economic impact. Core research issues also include the assessment of “what works”, in terms of labour market policies on decent work outcomes. 

The Research Department produces a number of high-profile reports which include the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) and the WESO Trends and is responsible for the ILO’s peer-reviewed journal, the International Labour Review. It carries out research that examines the inter-linkages between economic growth, the broad trends outlined above and social equity. RESEARCH publishes widely in different formats, including ILO major reports, research briefings, academic journal papers, working papers, collaborative reports with academics and other policy organizations and is present in social media.

The position will be responsible for building a new research agenda in the Department in the area of labour standards application and compliance and related investments in the capacity of the institutions of work. An important initial focus will be leading preparation of the 2023 WESO thematic report, which will focus on critical workers and sectors and the relevant policies and conditions that affect an economy’s resilience to shocks. The Senior Economist will be responsible for leading the ad hoc research teams on labour institutions capacity.

The position will report to the Department Director.

Specific Duties

1.Plan and lead a technical team responsible for carrying out a new research agenda in the area of labour standards application and compliance and related investments in the capacity of the institutions of work. Support preparation of related major reports issued by the Department, including leading and coordinating the preparation of the 2023 WESO thematic report on critical workers and sectors and the policies and conditions that bear upon an economy’s resilience to shocks. 
2.Lead, design and promote large multi-stakeholder research programmes, involving the use of sophisticated data and methodologies, implemented to extend the knowledge on particular economic and development subjects, including with respect to gender-related topics.
3.Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of labour market policies and labour institutions capacity with a view to formulating evidence-based policy advice that is relevant and applicable for developing and emerging countries in relation to the improvement of national policies.
4.Develop evidenced-based policy advice for ILO’s constituents on what works in terms of labour market policies and labour institutions programmes and practices and provide guidance on how to strengthen them to ensure positive effects for countries. 
5.Initiate, supervise and conduct high-level research on frontier issues, through academic and policy-oriented publications, in collaboration with other relevant expert teams of the ILO and contribute to the dissemination of these policy-oriented research findings through presentations at international, regional and national fora, to the international community of experts, policy makers and academics. 
6.Represent the Office in tripartite and international meetings and conferences.
7.Perform other relevant duties, as required.

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

Generic Duties

  1. Lead, organize, plan, supervise and control the work of a technical unit (including managerial functions).
  2. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes, This involves analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics, information or policy guidelines in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognized technical specialization. 
  3. Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.
  4. Assume full responsibility for policy formulation and providing policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of development cooperation activities.
  5. Develop project design, review proposals, formulate, revise and submit project proposals and negotiate funding.
  6. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
  7. Lead technical advisory missions.
  8. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings.
  9. Prepare recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO recommendations on related technical fields.
  10. Write manuals and training guides on related topics.
  11. Disseminate information on action programmes through publications and press releases as well as ensuring representation at donors’ meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
  12. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.
  13. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, conference reports, Director General’s report to ILC).

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in Labour Economics and/or Econometrics with demonstrated expertise in the field.


Ten to fifteen years’ experience working on Labour Economics issues, of which at least seven years at the international level. Specific research experience related to developing and emerging countries as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals will be considered an advantage.


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


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

Technical competencies
Demonstrated knowledge on handling of large micro-datasets and using micro-econometric techniques and the management of multi-stakeholder projects that necessitate these complex datasets and techniques.
Demonstrated and recognized technical and/or managerial leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the related work unit; demonstrated technical expertise to devise new methods, concepts, approaches and techniques, leading to development of ILO standards and technical guidelines; ability to prepare ILO strategy reports in the related field for programme development; ability to provide policy advice; ability to manage large projects and coordinate activities among projects.

Behavioural competencies
Effective writing, speaking and interpersonal communication skills. 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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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 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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