Technical Officer, International Migration, Geneva, Switzerland At International Labour Organization (ILO)

the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Closing date: Monday, 26 June 2023

Grade: P3

Vacancy no.: TEMP/MIGRANT/P/2023/01 Publication date: 15 June 2023 Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 26 June 2023

Job ID: 10945 Department: WORKQUALITY Organization Unit: MIGRANT Location: Geneva Contract type: Temporary mobility assignment

This is a temporary assignment with a duration of 6 months.

The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.

The following are eligible to apply:

– Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. The Office will facilitate the temporary re-assignment of a selected internal candidate to this position.

– External candidates.

Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.

The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to

Applications from qualified candidates 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:

*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.


The temporary position is located in the Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT) of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY). WORKQUALITY brings together ILO’s technical expertise in the areas of economic and labour market analysis, working conditions, labour relations and collective bargaining, labour migration, disability inclusion, gender and ethnic/racial equality, HIV/AIDS in the workplace, and policy integration. MIGRANT has the primary responsibility within the Office for the formulation and implementation of the Organization’s policies and decisions concerning migrant workers, as well as for the design, the implementation and the evaluation of regional and national labour migration policies and programmes.

MIGRANT undertakes analytical work on the economic, employment and social aspects of international labour migration with an emphasis on its implications for development, labour markets and workers protection; provides related technical advisory services to its constituents and other concerned stakeholders; carries out development cooperation activities; organizes policy forums and meetings on labour migration issues; and publishes and disseminates related information and good practices.

The incumbent will work principally on knowledge development and technical assistance on Fair Recruitment and labour migration policy development and implementation with a focus on the Africa region, while also providing support to the crisis-climate specialist as needed. She/he will collect good practice guidance and assist field and HQ technical staff in their development and dissemination of tools and processes, particularly related to migrant workers’ rights and protection.

The incumbent will report to the relevant Labour Migration Specialist.

Description of Duties

  •  Provide technical and operational support for the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative, including implementation of the Phase II strategy and delivery of global outputs, support to resource mobilisation and collaboration with external partners.
  •  Support the development and implementation of ILO Fair recruitment strategy in Africa including by providing technical assistance to ILO DC projects and oversight of DC technical specialists as appropriate. Particular support will be oversight of MIGRANT inputs to FAIR III, in close consultation with ILO labour migration field specialists and specialists in other ILO policy areas, and including to discuss and find solutions to problem areas, and propose collaborative implementation arrangements.
  •  Support the design, implementation and monitoring of development cooperation projects and liaise with relevant donors, including the Swiss Development Cooperation. These projects respond to complex, inter-regional policy concerns, related to labour migration governance and fair recruitment, and will support ILO’s agenda on “Promoting Fair and Effective Labour Migration Policies”. The incumbent will also support fundraising efforts through enhanced donor relations.
  •  Plan, organize events for promoting international standards and policy guidance relating to the protection of migrant workers and ILO guiding principles and operational guidelines on Fair recruitment; organizing learning forums, high-level meetings, training and interactive discussions with international experts, and media training. This includes providing input to the preparation of technical background material and drafting of the report of the meetings/discussions, including interregional dialogue. Coordinate technical input to ILO’s website on labour migration in various official languages.
  •  Serve as an interlocutor with ILO’s social partners, workers and employers’ organisations, based on good practices in key areas of work, such as labour migration governance, fair recruitment, together with relevant specialists in MIGRANT.
  •  Facilitate knowledge exchange with external experts working on migration, and promote ILO policies regarding international labour migration, including in collaboration with the crisis specialist on refugees and climate change as needed. This includes participation in and contributing to meetings of experts and conferences at international, regional and national level and representing MIGRANT as a technical officer on labour migration issues.
  •  Contribute to the Branch team on labour migration, programme and budget as appropriate, and produce reports on labour migration as requested by direct supervisor or Chief of Branch, based on research and policy analysis, and provide technical support for the development of guidelines and publications on the good practice approaches taken, tools used and results achieved by the Organization.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in social sciences, economics, international relations or law, with demonstrated expertise in the migration field. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least five years of experience working on international labour migration issues and/or other related areas. The incumbent should have demonstrated experience in designing technically sound projects that are successfully funded; have experience conducting quick and sound labour migration policy analysis under time pressure investigations on labour migration related issues; have designed products, campaigns, and/or approaches for outreach to governments, employers and workers’ organizations that translate complex technical data or analysis into clear, understandable and user-friendly written or web products; have experience developing media outreach on labour migration and providing training to media.


Excellent command of English and demonstrated proficiency in French. Working knowledge of Spanish would be an advantage.


The ability to: carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines, ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques, ability to coordinate and conduct straightforward research work, ability to draft press releases, discussion papers, reports and good computer skills, participate effectively in technical missions and multi-disciplinary teams; research, writing and communication skills in English, , as well as capacity to provide first-line technical advice in the area of specialization; the ability to conceptualize 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 coordinate 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.

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO People and open the ILO Jobs module from the home page menu. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the week 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, ass 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.

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.


Search Jobs By Country

List of Countries

February 2024