ILO Junior Professional Officer Programme for Employment Services and Active Labour Market in Switzerland

ILO Junior Professional Officer Programme for Employment Services

The JPO Programme provides valuable work experience and training opportunities for young and motivated professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in international development. JPO positions are funded by various donor countries for a duration of 2-3 years, in different locations. This Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme is sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Korea and is addressed exclusively to candidates of the Republic of Korea.

ILO Junior Professional Officer Programme for Employment Services

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ILO Junior Professional Officer Programme for Employment Services

General requirements

1. Korean citizenship

2. Fluency in Korean and English 

3. Completion of advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent)

4. Certificate of English proficiency test

5. Not older than 32 years of age as of 31st December 2023 (born after 1 January 1991) The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended as below:

6. Male applicants shall have completed the Korean military service or be exempted from it. Those who will be discharged from the military service in the year of the application may also apply.

 7. Applicants can apply for a maximum of two JPO positions sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea during the year of application.


The position is located in the Cooperatives Unit (COOP) in the Enterprises Department. The Department contributes to the ILO mission of creating decent work for all through the promotion of sustainable enterprises of all types and sizes. The unit is responsible for the promotion cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy in advancing decent work and sustainable development.


Direct Supervision: Head, Labour Market Services for Transitions Unit 

The ILO Global call to action for a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis calls for urgent action to advance a human-centred recovery that is inclusive, sustainable, and resilient through, inter alia, attainment of inclusive economic growth and employment. Governments and social partners committed to “strengthening national systems of employment services and national policies to provide quality employment services for workers and employers to mitigate crisis- induced economic and labour market disruption”.

Furthermore, the ILO constituents committed further in the recent resolution concerning the third recurrent discussion on employment to strengthening active labour market policies and employment services and support transitions over the life course with a focus on the participation of women, older people and those in vulnerable groups. The JPO will join the Labour Market Services for Transitions Unit in EMPLAB (EMPLAB/SERVICES) and support the team in managing cooperation projects linked to the Department, developing knowledge, tools, and guidelines as well as provision of technical and advisory services for strengthening of employment services, active labour market policies and activation programmes at global and national levels. 

A time-bound work plan will be agreed between the JPO and the supervisor on the first month of the assignment and regular meetings between the JPO and the supervisor about work plan progress will be scheduled every week. The supervisor will provide detailed instructions, guidance and coaching on a regular basis and as necessary. Mutual feedback is highly encouraged. Work will be discussed with and reviewed by the supervisor at various stages before completion to verify quality and alignment with ILO policies and procedures. 

The JPO will accompany and assist the supervisor and the team in meetings, training activities, advocacy, and knowledge-sharing events and in technical meetings and missions, when appropriate. The supervisor will ensure a good balance of assignments and opportunities for the JPO based on their background, capacities, and interests; and ensure that the workload is manageable. Performance management will be reviewed in accordance with ILO’s Performance Management Framework, as applicable to Junior Professional Officers.

Learning Components and Learning Elements

Training components: 

The JPO will acquire knowledge and experience through participation in research, tools development, capacity building and advisory services activities under the guidance of the supervisor and relevant Unit team members. To expand her/his knowledge, the JPO will be exposed to various meeting and seminars within the house and outside on key topics in the field and other areas of interest. Furthermore, by engaging with officewide technical collaborative groups the JPO will get to know the ILO better in the promotion of productive employment and decent work. The JPO will have access to training materials and training opportunities by participating in training workshops organized by the ILO.

Learning elements: 

•    Gain a deep understanding of employment services and active labour market policies in alignment with the Global Accelerator and how they can support a human-centred recovery from the covid-19 crisis.
•    Increase understanding of main labour market trends and employment and labour market policies, with a particular focus on developing and emerging economies.
•    Become familiar with ILO’s institutional and informal coordination mechanisms, in particular ILO programming tools – OBW, CPO planning and implementation reporting, Unit/Branch, and Department meetings and planning tools (Dashboard, Workplan, etc.).
•    Get acquainted with the work of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
•    Gain experience in labour market data analysis, including drafting of reports, policy briefs and other technical documents.
•    Interact with ILO experts and experts from government agencies, Public -employment Services and Private Employment Agencies, WAPES, WEC, other UN agencies and international organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Under the direct supervision of the EMPLAB/SERVICE unit, the JPO will perform the following duties and responsibilities: 

•    Supporting effective coordination and planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the part of the ILO-Korea Partnership Program linked to the Employment Policy Department including Global Accelerator in a close collaboration with Korean secondee in the department. 

•    Contributing to the preparation of major publication of national, regional, global, and thematic resources on PES and ALMPs as well as to subsequent and other publications.
•    Contributing to various pieces of research including to role of behavioural sciences in supporting transitions, as well as research on target groups such as youth, women, older workers, refugees, and migrants, etc
•    Contributing to the development and review of guides and tools and developing training programmes.

•    Contributing to research for inputting into the work of the G20, BRICS, etc. on employment services and other international commitments including WAPES, WEC and ENPES, etc. 

Required Qualifications


An advanced university degree / Master’s in Economics /Labour Economics /Development or other relevant social sciences which address labour market issues, including labour market policies.



Two years’ experience at national/ international level in research/ knowledge building on employment and labour market policies or related field.

Application Deadline: 9 September 2023

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ILO Junior Professional Officer Programme for Employment Services
ILO Junior Professional Officer Programme for Employment Services

ILO Junior Professional Officer Programme for Employment Services

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