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Posting Title:Senior Economist
Job Location: Switzerland
Skill Required: Finance And Account,
Preferred Experience: 7 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 14th Dec, 2020

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Job Description


The position is located in the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) of the Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE) and is subject to confirmation of funding. GOVERNANCE provides advice on labor laws based on ILO conventions and recommendations, state-of-the-art technical support and capacity-building to labor ministries, and assists labor inspectorates to build capacity and develop strategies to achieve compliance with labor 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.
The FUNDAMENTALS Branch 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 labor; the effective abolition of child labor; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

The Research and Evaluation Unit of the Branch works on four tracks:

  • It provides technical support to National Statistical Offices in their data collection efforts related to child labor and forced labor, and to various research projects linked to technical assistance. This includes works related to the estimate of the prevalence of decent work deficits in global supply chains.
  • It produces global research products, in particular, related to the economics of child labor and forced labor
  • It designs and implements training courses for academic and national stakeholders.
  • It develops new tools for research and statistics on the four principles.
  • The incumbent is responsible for providing support to these four tracks, in particular the projects related to the economics of forced labor and the support to the statistical work on child labor and forced labor. These activities take place in the framework of various development cooperation projects.
  • Under direct supervision and within the policy and procedural requirements established by the ILO and the FUNDAMENTALS branch, the Senior Economist will assist in the overall activities of the above projects by providing technical support to the projects to attain the expected outcomes.

Reporting Lines

  • The incumbent will report to the Head of the Research and Evaluation Unit within FUNDAMENTALS.

Description of Duties

  • Lead the research on the economics of forced labor: identify international lead experts and commission background papers, lead the ILO research on stolen wages and cost and benefits analysis of the elimination of forced labor, be responsible for the final comprehensive report on the economics of forced labor.
  • Lead the research related to the publication of the revised version of the survey guidelines “Hard to see, harder to count”. In particular, lead the revision of the forced labor survey tools and the technical work on sampling techniques specific to forced labor.
  • Support national stakeholders in the design and implementation of the surveys on child labor and forced labor in selected supply chains.
  • Prepare training materials and participate in training on child labor and forced labor statistics for NSO and ministries of labor stakeholders.
  • Provide administrative and technical backstopping, guidance, and advice to other ILO technical departments; field experts, and constituents of the Organization in the planning, operation, and evaluation of statistical programs.
  • Organize seminars, workshops, training sessions, expert meetings, etc. within and outside the Organization. Represent the Organization at various meetings. Prepare relevant reports.
  • Promote cooperation and maintain liaison with other related fields within the organization and with relevant statistical agencies, both national and international.
  • Carry out any other relevant duties requested by the Chief of FUNDAMENTALS.

Required qualifications


  • Advanced university degree in economics, public policy, statistics, survey methodology, or related field with demonstrated expertise.


  • Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in the fields of labor economics and/or statistics, global supply chains, and/or social protection of which at least three years at the international level carrying out project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of technical assistance projects.
  • Sound knowledge of ILO policies, administrative procedures, and practices, as well as experience working with officials of Ministries of Labour and/or National Statistical Offices, would be an advantage.


  • Excellent command of English. Knowledge of a second official language (French, Spanish) is an advantage.


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