Internship on disability inclusion in the world of work, with a focus on mainstreaming disability

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    negotiable / YEAR
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    2 months ago
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    Administration, Gender and Diversity, Social and Inclusive Development
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Grade: Internship

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

Vacancy no.:

Job ID: 11281

Department: Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY)
Organization Unit: The Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch (GEDI)
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 will be exposed to and support the work of the Disability Team across all ILO Disability Inclusion Policy and Strategy/UNDIS areas, with a focus on mainstreaming disability inclusion in ILO projects and programmes.

The intern will gain experience in working with ILO specialists who lead on the following tasks, for which the intern will provide support:

-Analysis of legal and policy frameworks, to identify key areas for improvement in disability inclusion;

-Technical support to the ILO’s Disability Champions Network, and to the ILO’s UNDIS Indicator Custodians Network;

-Communications with ILO Departments and Branches on disability inclusion, and entry points for mainstreaming disability into new and existing projects and programmes;

-Outreach to ILO Regional and Country Offices, including on how to better incorporate a field perspective on disability inclusion issues;

-Dissemination of guidelines and other materials on disability inclusion;

Required profile

The Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch (GEDI) within the Conditions of Work and Equality Department (WORKQUALITY) aims to promote equal opportunities and treatment for all persons in the world of work and to eliminate discrimination based on sex, race, ethnicity, indigenous identity, sexual orientation, HIV status and disability. GEDI works with ILO’s tripartite constituents (governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations) to ensure that their institutions and policies, programmes and initiatives are gender-responsive as well as inclusive of indigenous people, LGBTI persons, people living with HIV, and persons with disabilities.

In the specific case of disability inclusion, GEDI’s Disability Team provides a guiding role in applying the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) within the ILO. (UNDIS’ objectives are further rooted within the ILO context through specific targets and indicators in the ILO’s Disability Inclusion Strategy 2020-2023.) The Disability Team coordinates two networks of focal points: the Disability Champions Network that serves as catalyst for disability inclusion throughout the organization; and the ILO UNDIS Indicators Custodians Network which works to fulfil ILO’s UNDIS requirements. The Disability Team also partners with colleagues throughout the ILO, helping to ensure disability inclusion in such issues as programming, communication and employment.

The Disability Team is working to expand the quality and quantity of mainstream ILO projects and programmes that include a disability lens, as well as an intersectional approach to disability inclusion. For example, the Disability Team has made significant advances in developing guidelines on disability inclusion in projects and programmes, and on the related issue of building in consultations with organizations of disabilities into programming.


International Development, Disability Rights, International Relations, Political Science, Human Rights, International Law, Development Studies;

The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of a graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 years ago.


Previous relevant work experience and knowledge, i.e. in the area of development cooperation and/or projects and programmes, would be an advantage; previous work experience in international development, the rights of persons with disabilities, and intersectionality is desirable;


Excellent knowledge (both oral and written) of English; working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is desirable.


Be adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, have 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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