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International Labor Organization, Geneva

Summer 2013 Fellow: Brittany Rymer

Faculty Mentor: Steve Stedman

Office Description:

ILO-Geneva is the regional headquarters, maintaining overall responsibility for the presence and activities in the region. Geneva leads in defining program priorities and activities, monitoring program delivery, and providing support and coordination to its field structure. ILOs are responsible for overseeing labor policy and human trafficking prevention methods, as a means of improving human rights around the world.

Office Website: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/region/eurpro/geneva/

Past Projects:

  • Toolkit on child trafficking: fellow worked on translating a national action plan from French into English, and contributing to the development of a range of tools, in an effort to create 170 tools which could be used to prevent trafficking
  • ILO papers: fellow helped gathered useful data as inputs to several ILO papers, contributed to drafts of paper, synthesized key publications for easy reference

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Willingness to work on public outreach campaigns and public-private awareness initiatives
  • Willingness to work on professional papers and strategies to limit illegal labor usage
  • Interest in and passion for labor policy
  • Concern for international human rights guidelines
  • Hard worker and team player

Desired Skills, Experience, and Coursework:

  • Experience working in a professional workplace
  • Ability to perform research thoroughly and efficiently
  • Comfort speaking and presenting work publicly
  • Familiarity with international labor policy and human rights issues
  • Sound analytical and writing skills
  • Technical skills in translation and editing
  • Ability to juggle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and deliver under time pressure

Main Fellowship Disciplines:

  • Public Policy
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Communication

Languages:

Confident knowledge of either French or Spanish.