Internship on Research and Statistics on Child Labour and Forced Labour

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Grade: Internship

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

Job ID: 11216

Department: GOVERNANCE
Organization Unit: FUNDAMENTALS
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

As an intern in FUNDAMENTALS, you will be exposed to a whole range of areas such as child labour, forced labour, non-discrimination and freedom of association, both from the research and from the policy standpoints. It is expected that the incumbent will assist researchers in the Unit by performing some of the following tasks, depending on the incumbent’s background:

-Contribute to the effective implementation of projects by organizing, planning, analyising and disseminating both primary data from the surveys carried out by the FUNDAMENTALS on child labour and forced labour and secondary data from ILO and other external sources.

-Contribute to literature reviews on topics related to the economic mechanisms explaining forced labour issues, as a part of a broader research agenda.

-Contribute to economic/econometric/microsimulation modelling of costs and benefits associated with forced labour elimination.

-Contribute to analytical work regarding vulnerabilities associated with prevalence of child labour and forced labour.

-Contribute to study design (questionnaire development, sampling) and analysis of household surveys through tabulation of indicators, econometric and statistical analyses.

-Contribute to methodological development on measurement of forced labour and human trafficking.

-Contribute to the development of data visualization tools, as needed.

-Co-draft short notes or technical papers.

-Contribute to the organization of workshops, staff missions to field work and other events organized by the Unit.

You would be gaining experience in working with specialists preparing policy reports for policymakers and other tripartite constituents on a broad set of topics.

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

Required profile

The position is located in the Research and Evaluation unit of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FUNDAMENTALS) Branch of the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE). GOVERNANCE provides advice on labour laws based on ILO conventions and recommendations, state-of-the-art technical support and capacity-building to labour ministries and assists labour inspectorates to build capacity and develop strategies to achieve compliance with labour laws. It advocates and helps constituents to build strong and functional institutions and processes for social dialogue and to realize fundamental principles and rights at work.

FUNDAMENTALS carries out technical cooperation, research, statistical and advocacy functions to assist ILO member States to respect, promote and realize fundamental principles and rights at work, which are: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

The Research and Evaluation Unit of the Branch is responsible for data and measurement; analysing causes and consequences of FUNDAMENTALS violations; monitoring, and evaluation and impact assessments. It supports other units of the Branch in designing technical cooperation projects, promoting partnerships and effective advocacy.

The position is based in Geneva, Switzerland and is tasked with advancing research to inform policies formulation that are concerned with advancing fundamental principles and rights at work in specific country contexts and to suggest ways in which FUNDAMENTALS concerns are mainstreamed in national development policy frameworks.


An advanced university degree in economics, statistics, survey methodology, demography or social sciences with strong emphasis on quantitative analyses. 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.


Experience in quantitative research is essential. Experience in qualitative research (e.g. NVivo) and/or data visualization (e.g., Tableau, R packages) would be an advantage. Excellent communication skills and ability to organise and summarise complex material and draft clear, concise and high-quality documents are necessary. Demonstrated ability to write clearly and quickly and to deal with highly technical subjects.


e.g., working (both oral and written) knowledge of at least one of the ILO’s official languages (English, French, Spanish); other languages are an advantage.


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

Additional requirements

Advanced knowledge and track record of using statistical packages (e.g., Stata, R) is essential.

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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