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Technical Research Officer


Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2020/07
Publication date: 26 June 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 15 July 2020


Job ID: 3911 
Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: GOVERNANCE 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. This is an assignment of a purely temporary nature, not expected to lead to a career in the ILO. Duration is 12 months.


The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.


The following are eligible to apply:


- Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

- External candidates. A selected external candidate will be issued with a 4.2 (e) contract.


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:


The temporary position is located within the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE).   The Department comprises three Branches:  Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; Better Work; and Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health, and two Units: Social Dialogue and Tripartism; Labour Law and Reform. 


GOVERNANCE develops knowledge and advice on labour law based on comparative studies and ILO conventions and recommendations. It provides state-of-the-art technical support and capacity-building to labour ministries and assists labour inspectorates to build capacity and develop strategies to achieve compliance with labour laws, including occupational safety and health laws. It advocates and helps constituents to build strong and functional institutions and processes for social dialogue and it promotes fundamental principles and rights at work and workplace compliance with relevant regulation. The Department has also been assigned with the preparation and production of the first ILO flagship report on social dialogue and tripartism to be published in 2021. This first flagship report will address the role and impact of collective bargaining on inequality, wages and working conditions.


The temporary position is responsible for contributing to the empirical analysis and research for the production of the first flagship report on Social Dialogue and tripartism.  This will involve using various research methodologies, analysing data, drafting findings and conclusions.

The temporary position will report to the Lead Researcher, ILO Flagship Report on Social Dialogue and Tripartism.

Specific Duties

1. Undertake qualitative and quantitative research and prepare analytical inputs for the 2021 ILO flagship report on Social Dialogue and tripartism and assist in authoring the report.
2. Compile indicators, graphs and charts using latest data visualization techniques.
3. Undertake literature review, and collect and analyse country experiences with a view to developing an evidence-base.
4. Collaborate with research centres and other international organizations, such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to exchange information.
5. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by external collaborators or junior staff including overseeing quality assurance.
6. Undertake fact-finding missions for the purpose of gathering information and data for the 2021 Flagship Report.
7. Participate in seminars and workshops as a resource person.
8. Follow-up to ensure compliance with the required timelines and stages of the production of the report.
9. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in economics, industrial relations or other social sciences.


Three years’ experience at the national level and two years at the international level.  Experience in undertaking research, writing and data visualization.


Excellent command of English.  Working knowledge of French or Spanish would be an advantage.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques; ability to provide assistance to senior specialists carrying out research; ability to conceptualise, plan, coordinate and conduct research; the 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; capability to guide and co-ordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff or young professionals;   ability to draft press releases, discussion papers; ability to prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan or programme development;  excellent computer skills and knowledge of relevant software;  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.
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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
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Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. 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 2 to 4 weeks 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.


In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and in view of border and travel restrictions as well as ILO teleworking arrangements, the start date of contracts or transfers to temporary positions will have to be reconfirmed in the context of the evolution of the pandemic.


Fraud warning


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