International Labour Organization (ILO)


  • Organization TypeGovernment
  • Staff1001-5000
  • Development BudgetOver 500 Million
  • HeadquartersSwitzerland
  • Founded1919
The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all. This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating 'real world' knowledge about employment and work.   Mission and Objectives The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.   How We Work The unique tripartite structure of the ILO gives an equal voice to workers, employers and governments to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labour standards and in shaping policies and programmes.   DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION The ILO’s technical cooperation programme is one of its principal means of implementing the Decent Work Agenda at a national level.   ILO Experience Training entrepreneurs in small business administration, strengthening social security systems, assisting in the reintegration of ex-combatants into the national economy, building social dialogue, helping employers’ organization and trade unions deal with occupational safety and health, setting up cooperatives in rural areas, working with governments to revise labour laws: these are just a few examples of the ILO’s vast range of technical cooperation initiatives aimed at addressing development challenges and building bridges between the ILO’s standard-setting role and people. With over 50 years of experience in technical cooperation on all continents and at all stages of economic development, the ILO now conducts more than 700 technical cooperation projects in over 80 countries with the help of some 60 donor institutions worldwide. The projects are implemented through close cooperation between recipient countries, constituents, donors, and the ILO, which maintains a network of area and regional offices worldwide.   ILO Approach Rather than providing short term solutions to development challenges, which often fail to address root causes, the ILO takes a sustainable approach to economic and social development. Underpinned by a rights-based agenda, the ILO has a unique advantage in its access to the workplace, workers and business. This makes ILO ideally positioned to -empower countries, improve their skills and know-how, better protect incomes and provide social security schemes; -formulate policies aimed at increasing productivity, improving access to jobs and reducing vulnerability; -eliminate human rights abuses resulting from exploitative forms of employment including child labour and forced labour. ILO actions in these areas have had an impact on millions of people in the workplace and in communities around the world. Through projects funded by donors, the ILO has helped free tens of thousands of forced labourers and children trapped in child labour, and over 1 million workers have received technical assistance on how to address HIV/AIDS in the workplace. Jobs have been created through enterprise development, labour laws have been revised to provide better protection for workers while maintaining competitiveness, and institutions have been established to facilitate dialogue between governments, employers and workers and to avoid costly labour disputes.

Where is International Labour Organization (ILO)


Job openings over the past year

30total posted jobs

Examples of past jobs

  • Gender Equality and Diversity International Consultant
  • Senior Programme Officer/Project Coordinator

Staff at International Labour Organization (ILO) have experience in


  • development
  • labor
  • events / training
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • research & development


  • united states agency for international development
  • european union
  • department for international development
  • foundation


  • zambia
  • jordan
  • bangladesh
  • nepal
  • tanzania


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

Contact International Labour Organization (ILO)

Current staff

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  • Jürgen Schwettmann
    Director, Department of Partnerships and Development Cooperation
    (+41.22) 799.6615
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Former staff

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Company Offices
  • Switzerland (headquarters)
  • Geneva
  • 4 route des Morillons
  • Peru
  • Lima
  • ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Las Flores 275 San Isidro. Apartado postal 14-124
  • Ethiopia
  • Addis Ababa
  • ILO Regional Office for Africa, Africa Hall, 6th Floor, Menelik II Avenue
  • Thailand
  • Bangkok
  • ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Building, 11th Floor Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, P.O. Box 2-349
  • Lebanon
  • Beirut
  • ILO Regional Office for Arab States, ARESCO Centre Justinien Street - Kantari PO Box 11-4088


Contract Awards

Decent Jobs for Egypt's Young People26 June 2016

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Canada) - DFATD-Canada
26 Jun 2016

Assessed Contribution - International Labour Organization18 May 2016

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Canada) - DFATD-Canada
18 May 2016

Decent Jobs for Egypt's Young People21 April 2016

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Canada) - DFATD-Canada
21 Apr 2016

Canada’s Assessed Contribution to the International Labour Organization (ILO)21 April 2016

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Canada) - DFATD-Canada
21 Apr 2016
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