Legal and Compliance Officer



Legal and Compliance Officer
Grade: P2
Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2023/GOVERNANCE/01
Publication date: 21 April 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 23 May 2023

Job ID: 10742
Department: GOVERNANCE
Organization Unit: LABADMIN/OSH
Location: Geneva
Contract type: Fixed Term

The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.

Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.

Applications from candidates who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.

The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to

The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).

Applicants from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here: ILO Jobs: Non- and under-represented Member States

In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.

Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.

The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.

Please note that in the context of the new ILO organigram, the naming of the departments may be subject to change.

The position is located in the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) within the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE). LABADMIN/OSH is responsible for strengthening labour administration systems and workplace compliance through labour inspection and for creating worldwide awareness for the prevention of work-related accidents and diseases. The Branch provides worldwide policy and technical advice, develops and facilitates the dissemination of knowledge and networks, and strengthens the capacities of institutions of work for the good formulation and implementation of labour policies, the effective discharge of labour inspection duties, and a systems-based approach for the governance of occupational safety and health (OSH) at national, sectoral and workplace level.

The incumbent will contribute to the work of the Branch by providing inputs to labour law reforms regarding labour administration, labour inspection and occupational safety and health. The incumbent will undertake research, contribute to reports and projects and assist in the development of tools on comparative practice related to the same topics.

The position reports to the Branch Chief.

Specific Duties

  1. Undertake research on regulatory models and comparative legal analysis of statutory laws and other legislation regulating the structure, functions and operations of labour administration and labour inspection institutions, legal incentives for compliance, sanctions, sanctioning procedures, and occupational safety and health legislation.
  2. Draft technical inputs for global, regional, or country reports covering any of the themes mentioned above.
  3. Participate in the preparation of technical guidance documents, projects, tools and capacity building materials related to legal frameworks and regulatory models on OSH, labour inspection and labour administration.
  4. Undertake research and analysis to assist with providing inputs to national law reforms and new legal instruments related to occupational safety and health provisions, labour administration, labour inspection, labour sanctions, or sanctioning procedures.
  5. Update and manage web-based tools on occupational safety and health legislation and institutions, labour administration, labour inspection and labour law compliance.
  6. Provide inputs to the assessment of occupational safety and health regulatory frameworks, and statutory laws covering labour administration institutions, including as part of assessments of national systems.
  7. Assist in developing tools to address gender specificities on OSH legislation and statutory instruments regulating the structure and management of labour administration institutions.
  8. Assist the Branch in the preparation and organization of workshops and meetings for the development and implementation of strategic compliance plans.
  9. Prepare internal notes, minutes and other documents requiring the analysis of rules and regulations.
  10. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

Generic Duties

  1. Compile and maintain data bases on selected subjects.
  2. Analyse data for programme development and research studies.
  3. Draft components of regional, country or related sectoral analyses for reports and publications.
  4. Assist in technical backstopping, project implementation and monitoring, as junior desk officers.
  5. Participate in technical missions for research and fact-finding.
  6. Assist in organizing workshops and seminars.

Required qualifications

First level university degree (Bachelors or equivalent) in law. Studies on both OSH and labour administration or labour inspection is an advantage.

Three years of professional experience working with labour administration, labour inspection or occupational safety and health.

Excellent command of one working language (English, French or Spanish) of the Organization. A working knowledge of another working language is an advantage.

In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines. Ability to draft clearly and concisely and prepare reports and studies. Good computer skills. Orientation to learning and knowledge sharing. Good interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Conditions of employment

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period.
A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.
For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.

Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at

Recruitment process

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Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.

Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.

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To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organisation, the ILO may conduct a background verification of candidates under consideration.

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