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Company Name
Internation Labour Organization
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Date Posted May 12, 2014
Category Labour Rights
Job Type Full Time
Closing date for applications 2014-05-25


The ILO values diversity . We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. Applications from non- or under-represented member States would be particularly welcome.

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 which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates only. In case you are not sure as to which profile suits best your background, kindly apply up to a maximum of three different profiles.

An internship with the ILO provides an opportunity to:

(a) Increase their 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 work experience with the ILO directly related to their field of studies.

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.

Description of Duties

Would you like to learn about the people and their working conditions at ILO - how people get recruited, under which conditions they are employed and how the career progression is managed in the Human Resources Department? How to create value through Human Resources?

If you are a strong communicator with a client focused mind set and motivated to drive initiatives, the Human Resources Department can offer you an interesting and rewarding internship opportunity.

As an intern in the dynamic Human Resources Development Department, you will be exposed to a whole range of exciting areas such as recruitment, training & development, job grading, organizational design, entitlements, employee's relations, talent- and performance management.

You will gain experience in working with HR specialists who are: formulating and interpreting human resources policy; planning and administering career development schemes; advertising vacancies, interviewing and testing applicants and selecting the most suitable candidates; ensuring the timely and efficient filling of vacancies; organizing and administering employees consultation and grievance procedures; negotiating settlements of appeals and complaints; carrying out job analysis and evaluation; implementing and administering systems for job grading; determining and administering conditions of service, staff regulations and rules, and eligibility to entitlements; administering the ILO's policies and regulations concerning the payment of salaries and allowances; evaluating and determining the specific training needs of the ILO; developing communication and implementing training programmes to meet identified needs; establishing and maintaining relations between employees and management within the ILO; and advising and representing management in matters involving formal consultation and negotiation with employees associations.

Interns should expect to devote 10% to 20% of their time to administrative tasks.

Required Qualifications


Area of studies: Human Resource Management, Law, Business Administration, Psychology, Educational Sciences.

Applicant should currently follow a course of study (last year of Master degree or above), or have completed studies within 12 months prior to this application.


Any relevant work experience in Human Resources would be beneficial as well as the ability to use standard MS office products (excel, word, powerpoint)

Good knowledge of Microsoft office programmes, in particular Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Knowledge on statistical data analysis and/or web design would be an advantage. Good drafting, analytical and research skills. Ability to take initiatives.


You should have working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of the ILO's official languages (English, French or Spanish).


Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and be able to work in a team.

Additional Information:

Application process:

**Please note that only three applications per recruitment advertisement period are accepted. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any available vacancies.**

Please complete the online application form, attaching a cover letter. In order to do so, please complete your profile first and submit your application. Then add your cover letter under the section of "my applications". The cover letter needs to be attached to the roster to which you have applied. Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. The more you can be specific about what you are interested in, the easier it will be for the departments to match their needs with your profile. Please also indicate your availability (e.g. proposed start date and latest possible end date).

Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), departments will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship match your specific profile.

If you have not been contacted by any department within three-four months after your application, you can consider that your profile has not been picked by any department for this roster. Departments will use the roster for internships starting within the next 4 months.


Please note internships start on the 1st or 15th of any month for a minimum duration of three months and a maximum duration of six months.


Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following three 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).
(3) You are currently following a course of study (last year of Master degree or above), or have completed studies within 12 months prior to this application.
(4) You have working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of the ILO's official languages (English, French or Spanish).


You should ideally receive funding for your internship through an institution (for example you university/sending institution or a foundation), to cover your subsistence expenses (in Geneva estimated at 1,850 Sfr per months). However, if this is not provided, you will receive a stipend to cover living expenses. Your travel to the duty station would 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.

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