Internship on Multilateral Cooperation and Sustainable Development

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    2 months ago
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    Administration, Economics, Environment and Natural Resources, Partnership and Resource Mobilization
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Grade: Internship

Publication date: 02 October 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 16 de October 2023

Job ID: 11266

Department: Multilateral Partnerships and Development Cooperation (PARTNERSHIPS)
Organization Unit: MULTILATERALS
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

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).

Learning areas

The Intern in multilateral cooperation and sustainable development, you will be exposed to a whole range of areas such as capacity building for ILO constituents on decent work and sustainable development; office-wide work on decent work and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; related research and communication activities and preparation of policy papers and project documents.

The Intern will gain experience in working with specialists who are involved in the following tasks: multilateral cooperation within and outside the UN System, UN Reform, and regional and country-level field support on sustainable development.

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

Required profile

The Department of Multilateral Partnerships and Development Cooperation (PARTNERSHIPS) leads, coordinates and promotes the ILO’s involvement in the UN system and cooperation with other multilateral organizations. In doing so, it cooperates with the ILO Offices in New York, Washington and in other locations hosting international organizations. PARTNERSHIPS also establishes and develops strategic partnerships in close interaction with other clusters and the regions. It is responsible for developing the ILO’s strategy for development cooperation and it leads consultations and negotiations with development cooperation partners. It is responsible for mobilization of voluntary contributions for the ILO’s programme as well as for coordinating development and financial reporting to funding partners. Finally, it facilitates, in close collaboration with other portfolios, the streamlining of work processes and procedures, and provides assistance to enhance service delivery in the field.

The current internship relates to Multilateral Cooperation (MULTILATERALS)in PARTNERSHIPS. MULTILATERALS role is to lead, coordinate and promote the ILO’s active involvement in the UN System and cooperation with other multilateral organizations. A particular focus of the work is active engagement on promoting decent work within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Managed under Outcome A of the Programme and Budget 2022/23, this work is undertaken in the context of the 2019 ILO Centenary Declaration as well as the Global Call to Action for a Human-centred Recovery from the COVID-19 Crisis, adopted in June 2021.


MSC in international relations, development studies or related 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.


Work experience in multilateral cooperation or international development and in capacity building would be an advantage.


Working knowledge of English, knowledge of another one of the ILO’s official languages an advantage.


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

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.

Selection process:

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. In addition to the amounts referred above, each intern shall receive the amount of CHF45 per month, or the equivalent amount in the currency in which the monthly stipend is paid, which is a contribution from the Office towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship.


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).

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.


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