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The Centre's diverse and talented community is the foundation of our success.

A future that works for everyone

About 170 permanent staff members come from more than 35 countries. Staff members are experts in their respective fields, including capacity building, employment, and development.

The Centre seeks staff of the highest standards of professional competence, efficiency and integrity, with strong client orientation and multilingual skills.

The Centre’s official languages are English, French, Spanish, and Italian. Additional working languages include Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian.

The Centre’s staff is composed of:

In addition, the Centre employs staff on temporary contracts (short-term contracts) and offers contracts to external consultants.

Internship opportunities are available through the Internship Programme.

The Centre welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. Applications from qualified candidates from Member States in under-represented regions—Africa, the Arab States, and Asia and the Pacific—are particularly welcome.

We regret that unsolicited applications will not be taken into consideration.

Review all requirements before applying to a vacancy. Applications that do not match a vacancy’s education, experience, or language requirements will not be considered.

Employment conditions conform to those established by the International Civil Service Commission and are not negotiable. Benefits and allowances vary.

Beware of phishing scams. The Centre will never request money nor bank details in the recruitment phase.

The work carried out by General Service staff facilitates the Centre’s activities by providing administrative, secretarial, and operational support, as well as specialized technical assistance.

Within the General Service staff category, there are seven different grades, from G.1 to G.7, which reflect increasing levels of skills and responsibilities.

The minimum requirements for positions in the General Service category are:

  • Secondary education diploma or equivalent;
  • A number of years of work experience relevant to the job. This is specified in the vacancy announcement and varies according to the level of the position;
  • Excellent knowledge of one of the official languages of the Centre and good knowledge of a second official or working language;
  • Core competencies: adaptability, client service, collaboration, communication, initiative, integrity, knowledge management and sensitivity to diversity;
  • Additional level competencies attached to the grade of the position will be specified in the vacancy announcement.

For General Service positions, the Centre may offer contracts only to persons who have valid residency status in Italy.

General Service staff positions are advertised through online vacant posts and filled through a competitive recruitment process

The work performed by Professional staff requires significant expertise in fields such as law, education, economics, development, social sciences and other technical specializations relating to the Centre’s mandate and portfolio of activities, or in the fields of finance and accounting, administration, IT and human resources.

Most jobs in the professional category require:

  • An advanced university degree;
  • An excellent knowledge of English, and a good working knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages;
  • Years of experience varying according to the level of the position, from a minimum of two years for entry level positions to at least 10 years for senior positions;
  • Core competencies: adaptability, client service, collaboration, communication, initiative, integrity, knowledge management, sensitivity to diversity;
  • Additional technical skills and level competencies attached to the grade of the position will be specified in the vacancy announcement.

Staff members in the professional and higher categories are hired internationally. Vacancies in the professional category are advertised through online vacant posts and filled through a competitive recruitment process

Senior managerial roles (level P.5 and above) include leadership positions such as Programme Managers, Chiefs of Services and Directors of Departments.

Direct selection by the Centre’s Director is the method adopted for filling vacancies at P.5 level and above. To ensure a well-informed selection process for these positions, calls for expressions of interest are normally issued and widely advertised. The recruitment process includes high-level assessment centre and panel interviews.

The Human Resources Services keeps a roster of candidates able to provide temporary assistance to the Centre’s services and programmes (for example, in the event of work overloads or to replace staff who are sick or on maternity leave). Such temporary contracts may range in duration from one month to one year.

  • Applicants interested in short-term assignments, may submit a general application by filling out an online job application to the Temporary Contracts Roster available on the pages. 
  • The Centre may offer temporary contracts in the General Service category only to persons who have valid residency status in Italy.
  • Admission to the temporary contracts roster does not constitute a commitment on the part of the Centre to offer a temporary contract.
  • Applications will be held on the temporary contracts roster for a period of two years. After two years, a new, updated application needs to be submitted.
  • Selected candidates will need to pass a screening test and interview.

Please note that temporary contracts do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment at the Centre.

External consultant contracts are granted to individuals required to perform specific tasks in a given time frame. They are results-oriented and concerned with the delivery of specific Centre activities: for example, delivery of a training session, preparation of training material in a specific area of expertise, a research assignment, or a translation.

Such contracts are not employment contracts and remain outside the scope of the Centre Staff Regulations.

  • Applicants interested in this type of contract may submit an online application to the Consultants Roster.
  • Applications will be held on the consultants roster for a period of two years.

The consultants roster enables the Centre to gather detailed, structured information by asking expertise-related questions that will enable the recruiters to find suitable experts for specific assignments.

Please note that admission to the consultants roster does not constitute a commitment on the part of the Centre to offer a consultancy contract.


The main objective of the internship programme is to provide an opportunity for selected graduate and postgraduate students who are pursuing a course of studies in fields related to the ILO’s mandate and to the Centre’s activities, or have recently completed their graduate or postgraduate studies, as well as selected representatives of employers’ or workers’ organizations and labour ministries, to reach the following goals:

  • Increase their understanding of the ILO’s objectives and be involved in the application of the ILO’s policies, standards and programmes
  • Gain practical work experience directly related to their technical specialization in an international environment

Download the application procedure and conditions for interns.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. Candidatures received by email will not be taken into consideration.

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Professional and higher categories

Programme Officer, Skills Development
Application deadline: 26/04/2024 Code: 10/2024

General Service vacancies

There are no General Service vacancies available at the moment.


There are no internships available at the moment.