Grade: Internship

Publication date: 03 May 2023
Application deadline (midnight local time): 17 May 2023

Vacancy no.:

Job ID: [[10766]]

Department: [[CO- Sri Lanka]]
Organization Unit: CO-Colombo
Location: Colombo
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months

ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.

The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non- or under- represented member States. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to

Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.

(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).


The ILO is the United Nations’ specialized agency that promotes a people-centred and rights-based approach to development promoting social justice. Captured in its Decent Work agenda, the ILO advocates for decent work coupled with rights, employment and protection in the world of work as a means to reduce poverty and achieve sustained peace through economic and social empowerment.
The ILO provides technical assistance through its five year Decent Work Country Programmes and with its unique tripartite structure of workers’ and employers’ organisations participating as equal partners to the Government.
As an intern the incumbent will gain experience in the planning and implementation of the ILO’s initiatives through its Decent Work Country Programme. During the internship period, the incumbent will closely engage with the ILO constituents (governments and employers' and workers' organizations), donors, academia, the UN system and project beneficiaries.
Under the overall guidance of the Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives and working with the National Programme Officer(s), the intern can expect to develop in the following learning areas

Learning areas

Increase their understanding of relevant issues at the national level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;
Gain practical work experience with the ILO programme and its operations in Sri Lanka.
The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.

Description of Duties

1. Assist the country office to continue its study on using administrative data to measure and respond to child labour/labour migration/employment in Sri Lanka. The intern will apply the recent ILO studies and their recommendation and validate their relevance and application to measure in Sri Lanka.
2. As part of its efforts to enhance awareness and understanding of ILO’s work in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the ILO Country Office in Sri Lanka maintains its website to provide information to the public audience. These materials mainly in English and it needs to be translated in local languages for wider reach. Materials to be translated will include (but not be limited to) press releases, news articles, project briefs/ information, and events.
3. Create content for social media based on ILO activities, issues, reports, publications, photo archives etc. A wide range of activities are carried out by ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives on a regular basis. These include events, launches of reports, publications, videos, the celebration of International Days etc. Social media content will be developed to create awareness and drive engagement regarding these actions and will include, but not be limited to, cards, photos, data visualizations, polls, GIFs, animations etc.
The incumbent will liaise with the Communication Focal person of the Country Office to develop promotional materials, post in ILO social media accounts and provide summary of analytics to understand the reach of these information and communication products.

Required profile


Area of studies: Business, communications, economics, international relations, labour relations, international development , social sciences or other related field.
Applicant must be in the final year of a degree programme/equivalent or have completed such higher level studies within 12 months prior to this application.


Knowledge of standard software packages, including MS Office and internet use. Knowledge on statistical software, research experience, and date data analysis would be an added advantage


English (both oral and written) language proficiency. Proficiency in at least one of the other local languages desirable.


• Ability to work independently, quickly, precisely, and take initiative and responsibility
• Demonstrate collaborative and teamwork experience and ability to work effectively with a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes as well as work on his/her own initiative
• Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and be able to work in a team.

How to apply:

1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs

2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs

3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline.

Selection process:

If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the field office for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.


As an intern in the field, you will receive a monthly stipend from the ILO based on the cost of living in the area of the duty station, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive the appropriate stipend per month. Your travel to the duty station will be at your own expense.

The amount of the monthly stipend shall be established based on the level applied by the majority of the other UN agencies at the duty station or the net amount of the salary attached to level G.1, step 1 of the local General Service category salary scale applicable at the duty station, whichever is the higher.


Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field).

Fraud warning:

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

This vacancy is archived.

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