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Internship for Persons with Disabilities (2 persons)


Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 08 May 2023
Application deadline (midnight local time): 31 May 2023

Vacancy no.: JAKARTA/INTERN/2023/01 


Job ID: 10825 

Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Jakarta 
Location: Jakarta 
Duration of contract: 6 months 


ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.


The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non- or under- represented member States. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to 


Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.

(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).



The United Nations is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion and is taking concrete steps to create a culture and environment that is open, inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities and staff with dependents with disabilities. This is being addressed in accordance with the general principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) launched in 2019. UNDIS is a system-wide mechanism for sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion through all pillars of the UN's work. Together, these efforts are also central to achieving the promise set forth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind.


Persons with disabilities are the largest minority group in the world, representing an estimated 15 percent of the world's population, or approximately 1 billion people. About 80 per cent are of working age. They are a diverse, heterogenous population that face discrimination and barriers that makes it more challenging for them to access equal opportunities.


In Indonesia, persons with disabilities are still facing various barriers to employment due to various reasons:

  • Access to good education is limited, 75% of person with disabilities only graduate from primary school and below
  • 77% of those that are working, are in formal sector
  • 55.5% of the unemployed with severe disabilities are between 15 to 34 years old
  • Insufficient infrastructures that hamper mobility
  • Various internal barriers of the potential workers with disabilities
  • Low awareness from the demand side, still treating persons with disability as object of philanthropy or with medical perspectives


UN Disability Inclusion Project in Indonesia

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Indonesia is implementing a Disability Inclusion Project which is part of a global programme that at this stage includes 10 countries from around the world.

The project consists of three components that aim to promote disability inclusion in UN operations in the following areas:

  1. Physical Accessibility to Premises
  2. ICT/Digital Accessibility
  3. Inclusive HR Services: Engagement and Recruitment of persons with disabilities


Through this project, various barriers are being gradually removed, and UN agencies are encouraged to recruit more persons with disabilities.


ILO commitment to promote disability inclusion

The ILO in Indonesia is fully committed in promoting disability inclusion, particularly in employment. The work is part of the second priority of the Decent Work Country Programme (2020-2025) on Job creation and youth employment, with the County Programme Outcome IDN 126 on " Increased capacity of the ILO constituents to strengthen policies and programs to ensure equal opportunities and treatment for men, women, PwDs and other groups in vulnerable situations”. For this, we are supporting our stakeholders in various matters regarding disability inclusion:

  • Working with the ministry of manpower in operationalization of Disability Employment Service Unit at regional level
  • Various awareness raising campaign to employers and workers, through the Indonesia Business and Disability Network
  • Providing Disability Equality Training to various stakeholders, including companies and trade unions
  • Supporting the UN in Indonesia in their disability inclusion initiatives, including review of UNCRPD and implementation of Disability Inclusion Score Card.


We also produce various publication on disability, the latest one is mapping of workers with disability: Mapping workers with disabilities in Indonesia (


While the ILO CO in Jakarta is the forefront of disability inclusion in Indonesia (ILO Program Officer is the UN focal point for Disability Inclusion), we have no person with disabilities working in our office. We really need to start walking the talk.


Considering the above background and our commitment to disability inclusion, while getting the talent is really difficult in Indonesia, we would like to propose that we start with internship for two candidates:

  1. Social Media Intern, who can assist our Senior Communication Officer in ensuring that our publications, website and other communication tools are disability inclusive.
  2. Indonesia Business and Disability Network Intern, who will assist the Program Officer to manage and revamp the Indonesia Business and Disability Network. Currently the secretariat of the IBDN is with CO-Jakarta and managed by the Program Officer.

Required profile


Enrolled in the final year of a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme or equivalent), or in a higher degree programme as may be required for specific internships, in a recognized university, school, similar institution or related vocational programme, in areas relevant to the work of the Office, or have completed such programme in the year preceding the application.

Additional Criteria

Social Media Intern

  • Familiar with various social media tools, websites and other communication tools
  • Able to provide recommendation to improve inclusiveness in ILO communications tools, publications, etc.
  • Creative and can work independently

IBDN Intern

  • Ability to network with various stakeholders in Indonesia that relates to disability inclusion (government institutions, DPOs, schools and universities, companies, other organizations)
  • Have good ideas and initiatives to improve outreach and engagement of IBDN


Have a fluent knowledge (both oral and written) in English.

Duration of internships

Considering that we will recruit persons with disabilities and workplace adjustment might be needed, we would like to propose the following duration:



Social Media Intern

6 months

IBDN Intern

6 months


IBDN officer will be required to meet companies, DPOs and other parties in order to improve the outreach and engagement, thus we foresee that it will take a longer time to complete


How to apply:


1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs 

2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs 

3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline. 


Selection process:


If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the field office for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.




As an intern in the field, you will receive a monthly stipend from the ILO based on the cost of living in the area of the duty station, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive the appropriate stipend per month. Your travel to the duty station will be at your own expense.




Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station.


Fraud warning:


The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.