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Statistics Classification Expert


Grade: P4  

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


Job ID: 918 
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 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 ILO Department of Statistics (STATISTICS), within the Statistical Standards and Methods (SSM) Unit.  The ILO Department of Statistics works to provide users with relevant, timely, and reliable labour statistics; to develop international standards for better measurement and monitoring of labour-related topics and enhanced international data comparability; and to help member States develop and improve their labour statistics. The position will contribute to the development and implementation of international statistical standards and methods, in particular as regards the development, use, maintenance and revision of international standard statistical classifications used in labour statistics and the corresponding derived or related national statistical classifications.   The position will report to the Head of the Statistical Standards and Methods Unit.

Specific Duties

1. Provide support towards the implementation of the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) Resolution concerning statistics on work relationships, including conducting conceptual and methodological work such as pilot testing, development of analytical reports and technical manuals and model data collection instruments. Supervise consultants or junior staff.

2. Review documentation for the revision of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08), including ICLS documents and background materials, and develop and coordinate a multi-year work programme related to revision of ISCO-08.  Coordinate the establishment of an ICLS working group on this topic and supervise consultants as necessary. 

3. Participate as an ILO expert in internal and external meetings on classifications used in labour statistics, particularly on ISCO, the International Classification of Status in Employment (ICSE), the International Classification of Status at Work (ICSaW) and the International Classification of Activities for Time Use (ICATUS).   Develop and share expertise on the classification of the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC), International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and skills classifications such as the European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO), specifically as they relate to labour statistics.

4. Participate, as required,  in activities related to resource mobilization to support development and implementation of international standard statistical classifications used in labour statistics and related ICLS standards, in particular, the ICLS Resolution concerning statistics on work relationships and ISCO.

5. Provide technical assistance, training and capacity building to ILO tripartite constituents and other actors to support implementation of ICLS standards concerning statistics on work relationships. Provide technical assistance and training to build capacity for implementation of ISCO, ICATUS and ISIC.

6. 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. Responsible for the development of a work programme in a selected field of labour statistics and other related topics. Initiate, coordinate and ensure the collection, evaluation, processing and dissemination of statistical data. Develop appropriate methods, plan surveys and other statistical inquiries for obtaining the relevant data.
  2. Supervise and coordinate establishment of databases.
  3. Ensure the quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency and comparability.
  4. Develop new or revise existing statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and estimates.
  5. Develop and revise international standards on statistical concepts, definitions, classifications and methods and write manuals to assist countries and other constituents in their statistical development while ensuring international comparability.
  6. Provide administrative and technical backstopping, guidance and advice to other ILO technical departments; field experts and constituents of the Organization in the planning, operation and evaluation of statistical programmes.
  7. Organize seminars, workshops, training sessions, expert meetings etc. within and outside the Organization. Represent the Organization at various meetings. Prepare relevant reports.
  8. Promote cooperation and maintain liaison with other related fields within the organization and with relevant statistical agencies, both national and international.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in the field of statistics or mathematics; or in economics or other related disciplines with training in basic and applied statistics or similar studies. Knowledge of computer science and its application to statistical work. 


Eight years of professional experience at the national level or five years at the international level. Strong experience in using a national occupational classification in an official labour statistics data collection instrument or survey for the purpose of producing occupational employment information and/or strong experience in developing or updating a national occupational classification used in an official labour statistics data collection instrument or survey is essential.  Experience in participating in the production and/or analysis of a labour statistics data collection instrument (such as a labour force survey, employment-based establishment survey or employment-related administrative register) is essential.


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


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


Good background in occupational classifications and other classifications used in labour statistics is essential.  Understanding of the basic principles and practices of standard statistical classifications will be very valuable. Knowledge of the use of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO).  


Ability to: conceptualize statistical problems and find solutions; negotiate and agree on the transfer/exchange of information and to ensure the relevance and validity of statistical information for dissemination; initiate and execute projects; synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related topics; formulate new concepts and methodologies, training materials, alternative courses of action and project proposals; prepare technical reports and  advice, recommendations and standards; to evaluate and monitor development cooperation activities and projects and supervise the work of junior staff. Ability to understand and communicate the impact of different courses of action; capacity to seek consensus among stakeholders with different interests.   

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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