Legal Officer

International Labour Organization


Legal Officer
Grade: P3

Vacancy no.: RAPS/3/2023/JUR/01
Publication date: 7 July 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 7 August 2023

Job ID: 11005
Department: JUR
Organization Unit: JUR
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.

The position is located in the Office of the Legal Adviser (JUR). JUR provides a wide range of legal services to the Organization and its various organs (International Labour Conference, Governing Body and Secretariat). The work is carried out by a team of nine jurists headed by the ILO Legal Adviser, which provides legal counselling and other legal support services to all departments and units (including the ILO’s Turin Training Centre) as well as to the Organization’s three constituent groups. It is responsible for protecting the legal status of the Organization and defending its interests. JUR reports directly to the Director-General.
The position works under the supervision and guidance of the Legal Adviser, the Deputy Legal Adviser or the Principal Legal Officer:
The position reports to the Legal Adviser, JUR.

Specific Duties

  1. Review and comment upon draft agreements in relation to development cooperation and other operational activities of the ILO with donors, beneficiaries and suppliers, including leases for premises and procurement contracts.
  2. Provide legal support services to ILO meetings and to the ILO governance organs; prepare draft documents, research notes and legal opinions.
  3. Prepare draft Office informal opinions in response to requests for interpretation of international labour standards; prepare draft questionnaires/reports in relation to proposed abrogation and/or withdrawal of international labour standards.
  4. Prepare draft submissions to the ILO Administrative Tribunal in response to staff complaints; prepare draft legal opinions on interpretation of the Staff Regulations, other statutory texts and internal circulars.
  5. Assist with the deposit and registration of ratifications of international labour Conventions and prepare certified statements to the UN secretary-General. Prepare draft correspondence with the host country or diplomatic missions of Member States in relation to the privileges and immunities of the ILO and its officials
  6. 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. Examine and analyse complaints. Perform comparative analyses of the legislation and practice of the different States. Draft comments for high-level committees and/or groups of experts. Provide preliminary interpretations as requested by constituents.
  2. Draft notes, reports and opinions concerning legal questions or labour standards, for consideration by governments, the Governing Body and the International Labour Conference.
  3. Undertake research and studies and prepare opinions on questions relating to international law, labour standards or labour relations. Prepare comments on draft labour legislation.
  4. Participate as a member of the secretariat of various committees dealing with legal issues or labour standards, including preparation of documents, drafting records of meetings, drafting reports and assist in resolving procedural and legal questions
  5. Draft replies to requests from constituents or clients on questions relating to international labour standards or other legal questions. Prepare briefs for judicial bodies.
  6. Provide technical support to special tripartite committees established by the Governing Body or commissions of inquiry to examined alleged infringements of ratified Conventions.
  7. Attend seminars and meetings. Give presentations on contents of labour standards and on the procedures and functioning of the supervisory system. Participate in discussions on the ILO’s position on various legal issues. Assist in the planning and implementation of technical advisory or promotional activities.
    Prepare summaries of judgements and national labour law cases.

Required qualifications
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law, with a specialization in public international law (e.g. law of international institutions, international human rights law, international administrative law). A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in law, with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

At least five years’ practical experience in the field of international law. Relevant experience in an international organization would be an advantage.

Excellent command of one working language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of a second working language of the Organization. One of these languages must be English. Knowledge of a third working language would be an advantage.

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

Ability to analyse legal issues, draft clearly and concisely, to prepare studies and comments, and take initiatives to keep up-to-date with new developments in public international law and administrative law.

Capacity to self-organize, prioritize assignments and work under time-pressure.

Thorough understanding of the legal and institutional specificities of the ILO’s tripartite structure and the special role and responsibilities of JUR in this context.

Ability to apply the principles of law to the analysis of a variety of subject matters requiring interrelationships between the subject under review and existing legislation and practice; advanced communication skills, oral and written.

Excellent writing skills.

Absolute discretion in dealing with confidential matters.

Flexibility and capacity to work in a team and in a multicultural environment.

Ability to use standard computer software.

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

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

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.

The ILO has zero tolerance for acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and is determined to ensure that all staff members and all beneficiaries of ILO assistance do not suffer, directly or indirectly, from sexual exploitation and abuse.
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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