Publication date: 02 October 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 16 October 2023
Job ID: 11279
Department: Conditions of Work and Equality department (WORKQUALITY)
Organization Unit: Labour Migration branch (MIGRANT)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
The internship will support ILO/MIGRANT’s involvement in the UN Network on Migration and with the Global Refugee Forum, as well as other interagency fora as relevant, with a particular focus on climate change and human mobility.
You will gain experience in the full range of ILO’s engagement in these structures, across areas including labour migration; migration and development; migration and climate change; social protection; and refugees’ inclusion into labour markets and their access to decent work.
You will improve your understanding of the international labour standards-based approach to migration, and its relationship to the overall context of safe, orderly and regular migration as well as to policy guidance related to working in crisis and forced displacement contexts.
You will learn about how discussions on climate change integrate human mobility considerations, including in the context of the Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC.
You will develop insights on the functioning of interagency processes within the United Nations, and how major international summits are prepared and run.
Interns should expect to devote 10% to 20% of their time to administrative tasks.
The internship is within the ILO Labour Migration branch (MIGRANT), part of the Conditions of Work and Equality department (WORKQUALITY). The branch supports decent work for migrant workers and refugees through research and capacity-building activities promoting ratification and application of relevant international labour standards on labour migration and decent work; fair recruitment of migrant workers; social protection of migrant workers and refugees; skill development and recognition; return and reintegration of migrant workers; and support to ensure decent work for refugees and climate-related migrants.
MIGRANT is the focal point for ILO engagement in the Executive Committee of the United Nations Network on Migration, which helps guide the UN system-wide support for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The work of the Network is currently focused on preparations for the International Migration Review Forum, the first global review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
MIGRANT has also closely been involved in coordinating ILO’s engagement with the implementation of the Global Compact for Refugees, including through engagement in the Global Refugee Forum.
The ILO is also engaged in supporting work addressing the intersection between climate change and human mobility, including through the UNFCCC Task Force on Displacement and the UN Network Workstream on climate change, the GCM and the Paris Agreement.
Background in migration studies, politics and international relations, or other related area.
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 (mandatory).
Experience volunteering or working on issues related to international migration and/ or mobility an advantage; experience in international environments an advantage; experience of supporting organization of meetings and events an advantage; knowledge of Microsoft Office and virtual meeting platforms (MS Teams, Zoom) an advantage. e.g. any relevant work experience and knowledge of IT would be an advantage.
Fluency in English is required; working knowledge of another of ILO’s official languages (French, Spanish) an advantage.
Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills, especially written skills, and be able ability to work in a team; ability to multitask; research, drafting and notetaking and computer and social media skills.
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. 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).
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.