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Senior Research Specialist


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/NEWDELHI/P/2019/03
Publication date: 30 September 2019
Application deadline (midnight India time): 25 October 2019


Job ID: 1582 
Department: GOVERNANCE 
Organization Unit: FUNDAMENTALS 
Location: New Delhi   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration:  


Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.


In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.


Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.


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 seeks to recruit a Senior Research officer at the P4 level within a new Development Cooperation (DC) project, "Asia Regional Child Labour Programme” with a focus on the elimination of child labour in Asia. The project, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), has a budget of about USD 10 million, and will be implemented over a period of 48 months. It will support 6 countries in Asia to eliminate child labour under the IPEC+ Flagship Programme: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Myanmar and Pakistan. The research component of the project will cover activities in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan and will be implemented over a period of 36 months. The programme will complement other ILO projects in the area of child labour elimination in respective countries. The ILO programme is part of an overall DFID Asia regional programme on child labour elimination which is implemented by ILO, UNICEF and a coalition of NGOs led by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS).

The project falls under the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 8, target 8.7. This programme will spearhead ILO’s and DFID’s response to stepping up action on child labour in Asia.

The project will be used to support ILO/IPEC + activities in each of the six priority countries for this programme. It will support Child Labour elimination action plans for each of these countries. These include improving data collection and monitoring mechanisms, including support for national and provincial child labour surveys; working with government to strengthen policies and law enforcement mechanisms, such as strengthening policies to address the worst forms of child labour; capacity building and technical assistance of key agencies on implementing national action plans on worst forms of child labour; and awareness raising campaigns with communities on child labour. DFID County Offices in these countries will work closely with the ILO Country Offices in identifying priorities for action and in monitoring delivery.

The Research component of the project will support ILO’s work in strengthening the capacity of government in improving the collection of data and evidence on child labour and understanding the nature and prevalence of the worst forms of child labour in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. It will support mainly the capacity of statistics offices in gathering and analysing child labour data, and in undertaking specific surveys addressing the worst forms of child labour in specific sectors.

Reporting lines:

The incumbent will work under the immediate supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the overall guidance of the ILO Director, DWT/CO-New Delhi. The incumbent will receive technical guidance from the Research and Evaluation Unit of the FUNDAMENTALS Branch in ILO-HQ and will coordinate closely with the Labour Statistician and FPRW Specialists in New Delhi. The overall coordination with the other project’s component will be provided by the Solution and Innovation Unit of the FUNDAMENTALS Branch in ILO-HQ. The incumbent will be based in New Delhi.

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with National stakeholders, relevant ILO officials and other relevant ILO projects in the countries of project implementation (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) to facilitate the highest technical integrity of the project outputs. 

Description of Duties
  1. Develop and ensure timely delivery of a work plan of activities for Bangladesh, India and Pakistan in line with the objectives identified in the project document, within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the Project,
  2. Contribute to the effective implementation of the project by organizing, planning and carrying out the collection, evaluation, processing, screening, projections and dissemination of both primary data from the surveys carried out by the ILO and secondary data from ILO and other external sources.
  3. Responsible for the implementation of research activities of the Project through the provision of technical inputs, planning and control in conformity with ILO policies and project strategies.
  4. Coordinate the setting up and implementation of national child labour, forced labour, and other FPRW surveys, in collaboration, as required, with National Statistical Offices (NSOs), Research Institutions, National partners, ILO-STATS, as per the workplan.
  5. Provide technical support to NSO or other Institutions to all sampling-related processes in the context of national and sectorial child labour surveys (sample design, sample selection, calculation of sample weights and sampling errors arising from the use of probabilistic samples).
  6. Formulate, design, and conduct qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies on the areas relevant to the project
  7. Provide guidance to NSO or other Institutions to the development of survey report and research reports, including the design of questionnaires or other survey instruments, integration of survey modules relevant to the project (e.g. child labour) into regular data collection mechanisms, support to data analysis.
  8. Monitor the work of external collaborators assigned to develop specific research outputs;
  9. Review national survey and research reports before publication.
Required qualifications

Advanced university degree in the field of Statistics or Mathematics, 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.


At least Eight years of professional experience at the national level or five years at the international level in the following areas:

  •  Development, implementation and review of fundamental principles and rights at work (FPRW) related programs and policies;
  • Designing and undertaking research aimed at filling knowledge gaps and informing policy on fundamental principles and rights at work and wider employment issues;
  • Experience in drafting survey instruments; 
  • Experience in implementing quantitative and qualitative surveys;
  • Designing and field-testing of FPRW modules for national counterpart training;
  • Knowledge of child labour and forced labour issues;
  • Experience in drafting reports and preparing guidelines relating to research development and implementation.
  • Experience in analysing complex survey data and drawing conclusion.


Excellent command of English with ability to draft technical and research report.


  • Technical expertise in working on child labour and forced labour issues;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to draft policy-relevant papers of high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and/or programme development as well as technical publications and training materials;
  • Ability to conceptualize statistical problems and find solutions;
  • Ability to draft and revise survey reports;
  • Ability to synthesize technical work and reach evidence-based conclusions on related subjects;
  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques;
  • Knowledge of the statistical software STATA;
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to negotiate sensitive issues;
  • Ability to represent the organization;
  • Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies;
  • Ability to evaluate and monitor technical cooperation activities and projects and supervise the work of junior staff;
  • Ability to work within a team environment as well as;
  • 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.
  • Any extension of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

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