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Head, Labour Law and Reform Unit
International Labour Organization (ILO)
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Job Description

Grade: P5

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2021/GOVERNANCE/01
Publication date: 09 July 2021
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 09 August 2021

Job ID: 6263
Department: GOVERNANCE
Organization Unit: LABOURLAW
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 Labour Law and Reform Unit of the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE), within the ILO’s Policy Portfolio.

GOVERNANCE develops advice on labour laws and assistance on labour law reforms based on ILO conventions and recommendations, and on best comparative practices. 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. The Department includes ILO programmes to realize fundamental labour rights. It incorporates the following Branches and Units: Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health; Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; Better Work; Social Dialogue and Tripartism and Labour Law and Reform.


The overall mandate of the Labour Law and Reform Unit is to promote social justice by providing support to governments and employers and workers’ organizations to establish the rule of law and good governance in the field of labour and employment. The Unit seeks to provide proactive and integrated policy advice on what labour law and labour dispute resolution systems can do, drawing on experience from other countries. This includes practical guidance on strengthening institutions to assure good governance in practice. In particular, the Unit provides services that seek to:

a) Increase the number of Member States which base their labour laws and other employment-related legislation on ILO standards and advice on best comparative practices, and which use tripartite consultative processes in the preparation of such legislation;

b) Assist Member States to improve access to justice in labour disputes by establishing and strengthening dispute resolution mechanisms, including through new ways of working and technologies, so that individual and collective disputes are dealt with efficiently, effectively and equitably; and so as to promote compliance with labour law, in coordination with labour inspectorates as appropriate;

c)Assist Member States to integrate gender into all aspects of labour law and labour dispute settlement.

Within the above mandate, the Head will lead the Labour Law and Reform Unit and will report to the Director of the Governance and Tripartism Department.


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Specific Duties

  1. Lead, Plan, manage and coordinate the work of the Labour Law and Reform Unit, defining priorities in line with the overall vision of the Department, establishing relevant strategies in coordination with the field, and monitoring and evaluating their implementation.
  2. Prepare and monitor strategic workplans for the Unit that respond to constituents’ needs and integrate work with other Branches or Units of the GOVERNANCE Department and, as appropriate, with other departments and field offices.
  3. Coordinate the Unit's inputs into the development and implementation of the overall ILO Strategic Plan and the relevant Programme and Budget Outcomes.
  4. Assume primary responsibility for providing technical advice to the ILO’s constituents on labour law reform and labour dispute resolution systems, based on International Labour Standards and best comparative practices, such as reviewing labour laws and other employment-related legislations and base the analyses on best comparative practices.
  5. Identify strategic partnerships and mobilize resources to develop new tools and methods, including through the use of technology, to improve access to labour justice by strengthening dispute resolution mechanisms, including labour courts and industrial tribunals.
  6. Build and maintain a global network with leading academics, practitioners, technologists, and researchers in the field of Labour Law and Reform and employment -related legislation.
  7. Position the Unit as the central node in the global ILO network of specialists on labour law and labour dispute resolution, including by developing and implementing new Office knowledge products and tools, methods of work and technology to support labour law reforms, improved labour dispute resolution systems, and promotion of compliance with labour law.
  8. Perform other relevant duties as required.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

Generic Duties

  1. Lead, organize, plan, supervise and control the work of a technical unit (including managerial functions).
  2. Design and promote a wide range of special subject-matter-related programmes, This involves analysis of complex or conflicting data, statistics, information or policy guidelines in a manner requiring the advanced application of principles of a recognized technical specialization.
  3. Develop and review an institutional framework, in which social partners can best improve, implement and evaluate efficient and equitable ILO action programmes.
  4. Assume full responsibility for policy formulation and providing policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of development cooperation activities.
  5. Develop project design, review proposals, formulate, revise and submit project proposals and negotiate funding.
  6. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
  7. Lead technical advisory missions.
  8. Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings.
  9. Prepare recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO recommendations on related technical fields.
  10. Write manuals and training guides on related topics.
  11. Disseminate information on action programmes through publications and press releases as well as ensuring representation at donors’ meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
  12. Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.
  13. Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, conference reports, Director General’s report to ILC).

Required qualifications


An advanced university degree in law.


Ten to fifteen years’ practical experience of which at least seven years at the international level in labour law and labour relations. Demonstrated experience in the formulation of legal opinions and in providing high-level labour law advisory services. Demonstrated capacity to develop and to implement new approaches, methods and tools for use in advising ILO constituents. Demonstrated skill in undertaking comparative analytical research on a wide range of labour law-related policy questions, with particular attention to the inter-relations between regulation, industrial relations practices and labour market developments.


Excellent command of one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of a second official language. One of these languages must be English. A knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage.


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


A strategic vision in relation to labour law and labour relations. Ability to contribute effectively as a member of the GOVERNANCE management team on organizational issues and organizational priorities; assure technical leadership in developing and providing policy advice and carrying out the objectives of the Unit; design research studies and conduct comparative analyses involving the application of principles of law to the analysis of administrative, substantive and procedural problems of substantial intricacy; and to promulgate the results of research studies in a variety of ways, including academic quality publications.

Demonstrated and recognized technical and/or managerial leadership in carrying out the objectives and policies of the related work unit. Ability to manage large projects and to coordinate activities among projects. Demonstrated and recognized technical, advocacy and communication skills in policy development; demonstrated technical expertise to devise new methods, concepts, approaches and techniques, leading to development of ILO standards and technical guidelines and ability to prepare ILO strategy reports on policy and programme development; the ability to provide seasoned policy and programme advice to constituents; ability to understand purposes and approaches to policy advice and technical tools outside the specific area of technical expertise.


Strong interpersonal skills, tact, discretion, confidentiality and diplomacy. Demonstrated sound political judgment and capacity to work well in a tripartite context. Decision making skills and excellent problem-solving skills. The 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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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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