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Social Dialogue Specialist


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/4/2018/GOVERNANCE/01
Publication date: 21 December 2018
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 31 January 2019


Job ID: 917 
Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: DIALOGUE 
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 Social Dialogue and Tripartism Unit (DIALOGUE) of the Governance and Tripartism Department. The overall mandate of the Unit is to coordinate the work of the Office in relation to the strategic objective of Social dialogue and Tripartism. In so doing, it undertakes to mainstream social dialogue and tripartism as a cross cutting policy driver across all policy outcomes of the Programme and Budget.  It assists member States in establishing and strengthening the institutional and legal frameworks and mechanisms for social dialogue and tripartite cooperation between and amongst government and the social partners, strengthening the capacity of social dialogue actors and enhancing the role of social dialogue in the design of labour, economic and social policies with the view to advancing decent work for all.


DIALOGUE promotes sound industrial relations at all levels using various means as follows:  promotion of ratification and effective implementation of relevant  international labour Conventions and Recommendations, especially the Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards)  Convention, 1976 (No. 144) and the Consultation (Industrial and National Levels) Recommendation, 1960 (No. 113); training and capacity building; advocacy; knowledge generation and dissemination through the development of policy and training tools  to underpin policy advice and technical assistance; and the development of internal and external partnerships.


The position reports to the Head of the DIALOGUE.

Specific Duties

1. Provide policy advice to member States on social dialogue and tripartism, establishing and/or strengthening legal and institutional frameworks for social dialogue and tripartite cooperation between and amongst government and employers’ and workers’ organisations at all levels (national, sectoral as well as at cross border level for instance within regional groupings).
2. Lead the work on the database on institutions for tripartite social dialogue. This involves the expansion and updating of the database to include additional countries and information, the collection and analysis of information including laws, regulations and by-laws regulating the functioning of such institutions. It also involves developing comparative research on the role, impact and outcomes of tripartite social dialogue including social pacts and agreements, and producing resource materials to underpin policy advice and technical assistance to tripartite constituents in strengthening the effectiveness and inclusiveness of social dialogue institutions.
3. Coordinate the advocacy work and technical assistance on the promotion of ratification and effective implementation of Governance convention No. 144 on tripartite consultation in cooperation with the International Labour Standards Department, the Bureaux for Employers’ and Workers’ Activities and Social Dialogue Specialists in the field.
4. Develop policy and training tools (technical briefs, guides, training modules) on social dialogue and tripartism as governance tools including in relations to issues related to employment, OSH and gender equality.
5. Provide policy advice to constituents on social dialogue and tripartism including undertaking comprehensive assessment of social dialogue frameworks, drafting and presenting reports with policy recommendations and supporting tripartite constituents in the implementation of the recommendations.
6. Undertake comparative and evidence based research on a wide range of social dialogue and industrial relations related issues including the broad theme of social dialogue and the future of work.
7. Assist with the preparation and implementation of the Programme and Budget and the strategic work plan of the Unit. This involves the contribution to the formulation and delivery of country programme outcomes and global products taking into consideration the needs and priorities of constituents.
8. Build and maintain relations with international, regional and national institutions for social dialogue as well as with research institutions.
9. Deliver lectures, conduct training seminars, round tables and workshops at the ILO International Training Centre in Turin  and at national and regional levels on issues related to social dialogue, tripartism and industrial relations.
10. Act as geographical focal point for the assigned regions in coordination with the relevant Country Offices and Decent Work Technical Teams.
11. 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. Design and promote a wide range of special subject matters related programmes. This involves: analysis of complex trends and statistics and information or policy guidelines in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognised technical specialisation.
2. Develop and review an institutional framework in which tripartite constituents can best  implement ILO advice and action programmes.
3. Provide policy advice to ILO constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of technical cooperation activities.
4. Formulate and submit project proposals and seek funding.
5. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
6. Undertake technical advisory missions independently or in collaboration with  Multidisciplinary Teams.
7. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings and training courses.
8. Prepare draft recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO Recommendations or Conventions on related technical fields. 
9. Write manuals and/or training guides on related topics.
10. Disseminate information on programmes through publications and press releases as well as ensuring representation  at donors meetings, international, regional and national for a and advocacy campaigns.
11. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers, interns and external collaborators.
12. Provide technical inputs to Office documents (tripartite technical committees, regional meetings, meetings of experts) including conference reports.
13. Participate in tripartite reviews on technical cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in Industrial Relations or Law with demonstrated expertise in the area of social dialogue, tripartism and industrial relations.


Eight years’ experience at the national level or five years at the international level in one or preferably more of the following areas: labour  and employment relations; workplace cooperation; tripartite governance of the labour market; social dialogue and workplace compliance; industrial relations and the future of work; labour law. Proven experience in cross-disciplinary research and demonstrated capacity to publish research results.


Excellent command of two working languages (English. French, Spanish) of the Organization. One of them must be French.


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

Proven analytical and research skills; this implies a strong ability to analyse complex social dialogue and industrial relations trends and issues using comparative data and draft high profile reports; synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide seasoned advice on best practices, to address broader issues outside the field of  specialization; formulate new concepts and methodologies; develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings; design and synthesize strategies for programme development in member States; produce reports (e.g. reports for regional conferences and the International Labour Conference, technical publications, training manuals and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor technical cooperation activities and projects. The 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

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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.


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