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Technical Officer on Occupational Safety and Health Data


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/3/2021/GOVERNANCE/01
Publication date: 12 November 2021
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 13 December 2021


Job ID: 6885 
Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: LABADMIN/OSH 
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 Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) of the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE). GOVERNANCE has three Branches (Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; Better Work; Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health) and two Units (Social Dialogue and Tripartism; Labour Law and Reform).

LABADMIN/OSH is responsible for raising awareness, providing policy and technical advice and strengthening the capacities of constituents in line with applicable international labour standards in relation to national systems of labour administration, workplace compliance through labour inspection. It is also responsible for  the development of a global and national preventative occupational safety and health culture. The Branch supports action at international, regional and national levels; develops and implements programmes and tools for strengthening the institutional and human capacity of labour administration institutions; supports institutions of work in developing occupational safety and health policies, strategies and measures for the prevention of occupational injuries, diseases and fatalities; and increasing compliance with national labour laws through labour inspection.
The position will be responsible for assisting the Branch in developing research on occupational safety and health, and maintaining up-to-date knowledge regarding statistical data and other information on work-related accidents and diseases, occupational safety and health trends and performance; and regularly updating estimates on the work-related burden of disease and injuries and other pertinent data related to occupational safety and health.  The position will also develop and apply statistical models and tools to allow the Branch to support other business units, ILO field offices and Member States to have precise information on the evolution of incidence and frequency rates, and other safety and health data relevant for ILO constituents.

The position will report to the team lead on occupational safety and health, and will work in close consultation with the team leads on labour inspection, and programming and operations for specific projects and deliverables.

Specific Duties

  1. Participate in the design and implementation of promotional strategies and contribute to the drafting of policy, advocacy and technical tools to support the ratification and implementation of OSH instruments, with a particular focus on the 2002 Protocol to the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155), and the related code of practice.
  2. Provide assistance to the Branch, ILO field offices and constituents in the development and implementation of OSH data collection policies, systems and programmes, namely to assist Member States in relation to reporting requirements against pertinent Sustainable Development Goal indicators.
  3. Provide input into the development and implementation of a conceptual framework and pertinent indicators and tools to monitor the continuous improvement of a national preventative culture in line with the provisions of the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187).
  4. Develop knowledge, technical guidance and capacity building materials on OSH data, in particular but not exclusively on data sources and uses in estimates of occupational accidents, occupational diseases and exposure to work-related risk factors. This includes the regular updating and production of new estimates on the burden of diseases and injuries in collaboration with the World Health Organization.
  5. Conduct analytical research and provide inputs by proposing and applying statistical methodologies for the development of reports and other publications, and development cooperation projects under the Safety and Health for All Programme, and its Vision Zero Fund.
  6. Assist the Branch in developing and implementing indicators on OSH performance, and monitoring and reporting on OSH practices, including at the global, regional, national and workplace level.
  7. Provide inputs to standard-setting processes, development of technical instruments and global reports.
  8. Collaborate broadly within GOVERNANCE and with other departments such as the Department of Statistics and the Research Department on OSH data strategies and contribute to their development and implementation.
  9. Proactively monitor, develop and update relevant OSH-related databases and other sources of information to provide advice to the Branch on global and regional trends, national practices, emerging risks and innovation on OSH.
  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:

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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 in statistics, medicine or applied sciences, namely engineering physics, physics, or on occupational safety and health with a specialization in statistics.


At least three years’ experience at the national level and two years at the international level on occupational safety and health data, including data modelling and statistical analysis.


Excellent command of one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of another official language.  One of these languages must be English.


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


Demonstrated ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse complex cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialised technical field; demonstrated skills in applying research to practical applications in the area of occupational safety and health data; demonstrated ability to assist in the development and implementation of programs, projects and activities.


Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and collaborate; to take initiative and to exercise discretion, and common courtesy; accept accountability for outcomes; work under tight deadlines. 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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