International Labour Organization (ILO)

Research Officer (Labour Law)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: P3 Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2021/RESEARCH/02 Publication date: 26 May 2021 Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 28 June 2021 Job ID: 5873 Department: RESEARCH Organization Unit: RESEARCH 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 Research Department (RESEARCH) of the ILO, which conducts research on labour, employment and social protection issues to contribute to policy formulation for ILO constituents at the global level. The main purpose of the Department is to assess major trends - including new technologies, demographic change, the scarcity of Natural Resources, the evolving role of finance and emerging patterns in development and globalization - in relation to their socioeconomic and legal impact. Core research issues also include the assessment of "what works", in terms of decent work outcomes. RESEARCH produces flagship publications such as the annual World Employment and Social Outlook as well as studies that examine the inter-linkages between Economic Growth and social equity.

The position will contribute to the Department’s work on globalization, competitiveness and labour standards in particular to the research on social and Labour Market outcomes at the macro and micro levels. This includes multi-dimensional Analysis of institutional and legal settings with the aim of developing policy objectives to achieve more equitable outcomes.

The position will report to the Senior Economist for globalization, competitiveness and labour standards in RESEARCH.

Specific Duties

  1. Undertake multidisciplinary research on social and labour market outcomes, particularly with respect to comparative analysis of legal frameworks, institutions and practices of the different Member States.
  2. Carry out policy assessments and country level analysis (including trade and investment) on social and labour market outcomes, comprising the role of institutions using quantitative and qualitative techniques.
  3. Carry out comparative analysis of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements,  and regularly update ILO databases on trade and decent work.
  4. Draft high quality technical inputs, particularly legal and institutional analysis, for ILO flagship and main reports, as well as for expert meetings, specifically linked to trade, investment and global supply chains.
  5. Contribute to the development and drafting of international comparative research projects. This includes providing inputs to formulate proposals for submission to donors.
  6. Undertake missions for the purpose of gathering quantitative and qualitative information for research and briefing country counterparts with respect to issues in the area of Law" id="link" class="link">Labour Law and other related legislation relating to trade and global supply chains.
  7. Participate in internal policy and technical meetings, and act as department focal point in Office- wide committees, including with the field offices in areas involving domestic labour laws or the application of international labour standards.
  8. Deliver presentations in a variety of internal and external settings, including in advanced research environments.
  9. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

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 labour law.


Three years’ experience at the national level and two years at the international level. Experience in drafting high-quality research papers and reports in subjects related to legal issues.


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


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires: Good knowledge of comparative and international labour law; the ability to participate effectively in technical missions and multi-disciplinary teams; capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialisation; 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 prepare reports and publications of a high quality, technically sound with conclusions leading to an action plan and programme development and ability to provide credible implementation assistance to senior specialists in carrying out research, project formulation and implementation. Ability to reason and make sound judgement. 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.
For more information on conditions of employment, please visit: 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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