International Labour Organization (ILO)

Specialist (Multinational Enterprises)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Job Description

Grade: P4 Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2021/ENTERPRISES/01 Publication date: 08 March 2021 Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 08 April 2021 Job ID: 5562 Department: ENTERPRISES Organization Unit: MULTI 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 Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement unit (MULTI) of the Enterprises Department. The department’s overall mission is the promotion of sustainable enterprises to achieve the ILO goal of decent work. MULTI contributes to this mission through the promotion of the principles of the ILO Tripartite Declaration on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) to governments, multinational enterprises and the social partners (employers’ and workers’ organizations). It provides policy advice and Technical Support for the effective implementation of these principles and recommendations at the global, regional and country-levels.

The unit builds capacity of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations in this area and provides technical assistance at the country-level, mainly through development cooperation projects in the areas of responsible supply chains and responsible business conduct. To enhance international policy coherence on the labour/employment dimension of Responsible Business, it collaborates with other international organizations with instruments and initiatives in this area, in particular the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD MNE Guidelines and the UN Global Compact. Through the ILO Helpdesk for Business on international labour standards, it directly supports companies that seek to align their policies and practices with principles of the MNE Declaration/international labour standards, including in their overall operations and with business partners in global supply chains.

The MNE Declaration, most recently updated in 2017, includes a set of operational tools to stimulate the uptake of the principles by governments, employers, workers and enterprises (multinational and national). The position will specifically contribute to the outreach and policy advice activities. The position will report to the head of the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement unit.

Specific Duties

1.In response to constituents’ requests, undertake a range of country-level activities on responsible and sustainable business practices based on the guidance provided by the MNE Declaration, in collaboration with other units in the Enterprises department, ILO technical departments and ILO field specialists.

2.Act as unit focal point for policy advice and promotional activities on the MNE Declaration in the Asia and The Pacific region, including technical backstopping of relevant projects in that region and enabling exchange of experience.

3.Develop programmes, tools and products in support of evidence-based policy advice to constituents in ILO Member States and enterprises that further the principles of the MNE Declaration.

4.Contribute to the Design of Capacity Building activities on responsible business and the MNE Declaration, together with the International Training Centre of the ILO-in Turin and at the country level, and contribute as resource person.

5.Formulate concept notes and project proposals together with other departments and ILO field offices on responsible business promoting the principles of the MNE Declaration that further the ILO’s goals and respond to constituents’ needs.

6.Identify and establish collaboration with other ILO programmes and relevant projects to mainstream the MNE Declaration.

7.Build partnerships with international organizations and the donor community on the promotion of the MNE Declaration.

8.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. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes, This involves: re-Analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics and information or policy guidelines, in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognised technical specialisation.
  2. Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.
  3. Provide policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of development cooperation activities.
  4. Formulate and submit project proposals and seek funding.
  5. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
  6. Undertake technical advisory missions independently or in collaboration with other specialists.
  7. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings and Training Courses.
  8. Prepare draft recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO Recommendations or Conventions on related technical fields.
  9. Write manuals and/or training guides on related topics.
  10. Disseminate information on programmes through publications and, press releases, as well as ensuring representation at donors’ meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
  11. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.
  12. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports).
  13. Participate in tripartite reviews on development cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in law, economics, social sciences, business or public Administration or other relevant technical field.


Eight years’ experience at the national level or five years at the international level. Demonstrated experience working with or in the private sector on corporate responsibility or sustainability and the interaction between public and private policies. Proven experience in partnership building, negotiating skills and resource mobilization would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English and a working knowledge of French or Spanish.  


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

competencies   Ability to:  synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects; provide seasoned advice on best practices, to address broader issues outside the field of specialization; formulate new concepts and methodologies; develop training materials, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings; design and synthesize strategies for  programme development in member States; produce reports (e.g. reports for regional conferences and  the International Labour Conference, technical publications, training manuals  and draft resolutions) and evaluate and monitor technical cooperation activities and projects. 


competencies   Ability to communicate and differentiate ILO positions within the broader agendas on responsible business, ability to establish strong interpersonal relationships and builds internal and external networks, orientation towards knowledge-sharing,  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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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.

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