International Trade Union Confederation

ITUCInternational Trade Union Confederation
CSIConfédération syndicale international
CSIConfederación Sindical lnternacional
IGBInternationaler Gewerkschaftsbund

Economic Research Officer

Based in Washington, DC


Office: ITUC/Global Unions Washington Office
Post: Economic Research Officer

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) represents the world’s working people through 332 member organisations in 163 countries. We are the largest democratically elected movement in the world.

The Washington Office of the International Trade Union Confederation and the Global Unions Federations (GUFs) is seeking a full-time Economic Research Officer.

The Office leads engagement with International Financial Institutions (IFIs), comprised of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and regional multilateral development banks. With the IFIs, the Office advocates for trade union priorities including labour rights and sustainable development.

To work under the supervision of the Washington Office Director on the following areas:

  • Monitor and influence IFI activities on topics including workers’ rights, labour market and financial regulation, inequality, just transition, tax, social protection, gender, debt, wages, austerity, and public services;
  • Research and write statements, briefings, submissions and other internal or external materials on the economic and social policies of the IFIs;
  • Track IFI lending and conditionality, providing information and analysis to unions;
  • Organize meetings and events with the IFIs, including an annual international trade union conference, public panels and union and exchanges with country, regional, or sectoral departments of the IFIs;
  • Develop and maintain relations with IFI staff, relevant academic and non-governmental organizations, and take part in activities on behalf of the Office;
  • Participate in the design and implementation of trade union strategies to reform the IFIs and multilateralism;
  • Office administration including financial reports to headquarters.


  • University-level education in economics, international affairs, labour studies or similar fields, or a combination of relevant experience and training. A capacity for economic and labour market analysis is preferred;
  • Demonstrated knowledge about and/or research experience in international economics, development policy, and IFIs;
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated knowledge of the role and function of the trade union movement, particularly at the international level;
  • Advocacy and analytical skills;
  • Experience with strategic advocacy or organizing campaigns;
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills in English; knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset;
  • Ability to work in a small team and meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Familiarity or experience in event organization and office management;
  • Availability to undertake international travel.

We offer an attractive salary and benefits package.

Once appointed, the candidate must be able to commute to Washington, DC. Successful candidates must be authorized to work in the United States or able to obtain authorization expeditiously.

The ITUC is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage appropriately qualified candidates, especially women, candidates from developing countries and minorities to apply.

Closing date: 07 April 2023, 17:00 Brussels time

Applications: CV and cover letter should be sent to HR @ washington@ituc-csi.org

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