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Technical Officer


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: TEMP/CALL/P/2019/02
Publication date: 11 February 2019

Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 24 February 2019


Job ID: 1063 
Department: WORKQUALITY 
Organization Unit: MIGRANT 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Short Term 


This is a temporary assignment until mid-December 2019.


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


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




The position is located in the Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT) of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY). WORKQUALITY brings together ILO's technical expertise in the areas of economic and labour market analysis, working conditions, labour relations and collective bargaining, labour migration, disability inclusion, gender and ethnic/racial equality, HIV/AIDS in the workplace, and policy integration.


The Labour Migration Branch has the primary responsibility within the Office for the formulation and implementation of the Organization's policies and decisions concerning migrant workers, as well as for the design, the implementation and the evaluation of national migration policies, These are carried out in accordance with the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration, the provisions of Conventions Nos 97, 143, Recommendations Nos 86 and 151, and of other relevant international labour standards, and ILO’s Outcome 9 of the Programme and Budget on Fair and effective international labour migration and mobility. MIGRANT undertakes analytical work on the economic, employment and social aspects of international migration with an emphasis on its implications for development, labour markets and workers protection; provides related technical advisory services to its constituents and other concerned stakeholders; carries out technical cooperation activities; organizes policy forums and meetings on labour migration issues; and publishes and disseminates information and good practices.


The Technical Officer will be involved in research activities, in particular to support ILO’s contribution to a Global Skills Partnership that is being forged together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Employers Organization (IOE), and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The Technical Officer will also contribute to the ILO’s work on pilot testing statistical definitions of labour migration as follow up to the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) held in October 2018. The position will thus contribute to work with which the Office was tasked by the June 2017 International Labour Conference (106th Session of the International Labour Conference (2017), Resolution concerning fair and effective labour migration governance) as expressed in ILO’s five-year action plan on labour migration governance (2018-22), see GB.331/INS/4/1(Rev.).  The Technical Officer will also undertake other duties as assigned.


This position is a temporary full-time post to provide research assistance and analysis as appropriate.  The incumbent of this position will report to the Labour Economist at MIGRANT (WORKQUALITY).

Specific Duties

The incumbent will carry out the following duties:

1. Undertake research and prepare analytical reports for MIGRANT , in particular with regard to skills and migration issues (e.g. understanding and responding to skill demands for labour migration, recognition of skills and qualifications of migrant workers);

2. Assess country experience on skills and labour migration issues with a view to prepare inputs to policy advice;

3. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators;

4. Carry out quantitative analyses of labour migration statistics;

5. Consult closely with counterpart in other relevant ILO units in HQ and in the regions to obtain technical research inputs;

6. Participate in missions with other team members in relation to the research agenda;

7. Participate in training seminars and workshops as a resource person;

8. Compile and maintain data bases on selected subjects, and analyse data for programme development and research studies;

9. Draft components of regional, country or related sectoral analyses for reports and publications;

10. Contribute to technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring;

11. Participate in technical missions for research and fact finding;

12. Assist in organizing workshops and seminars;

13. Provide any additional assistance to the MIGRANT branch as appropriate.


Required qualifications



Advanced university degree in economics, econometrics or related social science.



Three years of relevant professional experience at the national level and two years at the international level. Experience in quantitative research is required, and as relating to labour migration would be an asset. Knowledge and experience with education and training systems, especially in the area of skills and labour migration would be a distinct asset. Previous work experience within the UN system would be an advantage.



Excellent command of English and working knowledge of at least one other official ILO language.



Good interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and conduct straightforward research work. Strong analytical skills and ability to use quantitative techniques. Excellent written skills in English and ability to draft discussion papers, reports, policy briefs and similar. Good understanding of issues related to labour migration. Good understanding of labour migration statistics concepts and definitions as well as data collection methods. Proficiency with statistical analysis software.


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit 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 one week 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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