Publication date: 03 May 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 17 May 2023
Job ID: []
Organization Unit: [[SKILLS]]
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)
You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments and field offices, which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, the ILO does not inform candidates about the status of their application.
ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:
(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;
(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.
The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.
**Please note that you can apply to a maximum of three internship profiles during the current application period. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any profile.** Note that you may withdraw your candidature at any time via the Jobs Applied section of your profile.
It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.
The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non- or under- represented member States. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided to those with disabilities in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to email@example.com
Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:
(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.
(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).
Please note that in the context of the new ILO organigram, the naming of the departments may be subject to change.
This position will be located in the Skills Branch of the Employment Policy Department at the ILO’s headquarters in Geneva. The Skills Branch provides high-quality, timely, and integrated research, technical and policy advisory services on skills development and lifelong learning in four key thematic areas: national skills policies and systems; work-based learning, apprenticeships and recognition of prior learning; skills strategies for future labour markets; and skills for social inclusion.
Skills systems are confronted by the need to respond to increasingly dynamic and fluid labour market and societal conditions. Climate change, technology, demographic shifts, migration and globalization are causing increasing disruption to the world of work, while making skills development increasingly complex, fluid and unpredictable. Addressing contemporary skills challenges requires more dynamic and integrated skills and lifelong learning ecosystems.
As an intern in the Work Group on Skills Policy and Systems in the SKILLS Branch, you will be exposed to a whole range of areas related to skills development and lifelong learning (LLL). The work will entail tasks such as:
•Support the design and implementation of high-level policy guidance documents to support Member States in applying and adapting ILO policy frameworks and international labour standards on skills for employment to their circumstances and integrating skills development into their employment strategies and policies as part of a comprehensive employment framework.
•Assist in comparative analysis of national skills and lifelong learning policies and strategies
•Support in carrying out high-quality research products, new tools, methodologies and guidance documents to promote skilling, reskilling and upskilling of workers to enable their smooth transitions (including from school to work, informality to formality and work to work).
•Assist in the work related to digital transformation of skills and TVET systems and programmes.
•Support in developing strategies on financing skills development
•Assist in developing communication materials.
•Assist identifying and documenting best practices and lessons learned.
•Participate in workshops and seminars and prepare reports and presentations.
•Assist in other tasks related to the Branch.
Interns should expect to devote 10% to 20% of their time to administrative tasks.
First level degree in Economic or Social Sciences, Human Resource Development, Development Studies, International Relations or a similar field.
The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 years ago.
Relevant professional experience in skills and lifelong learning, communication, good knowledge of social media, communication apps, Word, Excel and PPP.
Proficiency in English. In addition, the candidate having proficiency in at least one of the other official languages of the ILO (French, Spanish) would have an advantage.
• Good analytical and drafting skills;
• Ability to produce high-quality written materials, including graphically-based PowerPoint presentations as well as text documents;
• Good communication skills and be able to work in a team ;
• Collaborative spirit, ability to work effectively in a team, being able to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy;
• Strong time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate; requirements, problems and obstacles, and an ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, and to work to tight deadlines;
• Self-motivated and able to work with autonomy;
• Ability to work in an international, a multicultural and multilingual environment with gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitude.
How to apply:
1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs
2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs
3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile
4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline.
Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), hiring departments will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected by any department for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster.
If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the hiring department for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
As an intern in Geneva, you will receive a stipend of 2450 CHF per month from the ILO, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive 2450 CHF per month. Your travel to Geneva will be at your own expense.
Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field).
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 - @ilo.org - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.