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Employment Affairs Advisor

Closing date for submitting applications – Monday 26 November 2021

Job type

Preferably full time, 5 days a week (but a minimum of 28 hours per week will be considered). Initially a one-year, fixed-term contract to be reviewed over time.


Office based in City of London with a flexible hybrid working arrangement (2/3 days a week in office, 2 days a week at home)

Specific responsibilities and job functions

The Employment Affairs Advisor will work closely with the Director Employment Affairs and the role will involve preparing documents, understanding industry positions, assistance with research activities and report writing. The role will also provide general support on a wide range of HR policy related issues including diversity and the International Labour Organization Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (ILO MLC 2006) and in discussions with the trade unions represented by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).

To primarily support the work of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Employment Affairs Director and the Labour Affairs Committee. This committee co-ordinates the development of the global industry’s positions on employment related issues and their representation at external meetings at bodies such as the ILO, International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). In due course this role may involve some occasional international travel.

Qualifications and experience

The successful candidate will ideally be a fully qualified CIPD member (Level 5) with a relevant business related degree (or equivalent), excellent research, writing and communication skills. In addition, you will have a keen interest in international employment affairs, with an ability to explain complex arguments clearly and concisely, and a willingness to present arguments when required.

Involvement in/experience of any or all of the following would be distinct advantage:

  • Policy research and development.
  • Union negotiation/consultations.
  • Working in an international employment affairs environment.
  • Working on welfare, health and safety.
  • Developing strategies to promote diversity and fairness.

The ability to understand a wide range of political, commercial and occasionally technical and operational issues quickly, with a sound HR approach, is also necessary, as well as being competent with basic statistics and data analysis.

A second language would be advantageous. Previous shipping industry experience or knowledge is not required.

Working at ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the global trade association for the maritime transport sector which moves about 90% of world trade. ICS works closely with its membership of global national shipowners’ associations whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage. Established in 1921, ICS handles all regulatory and trade policy issues that may affect international shipping, representing the industry at various intergovernmental bodies including the London-based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva.

To apply

Applicants should include a C.V. and single page letter of application.

Applications should be made direct to our retained HR Consultant.

Final closing date for applications is Monday 26 November 2021. We will review applications as received and we reserve the right to bring the closing date forward if we deem this to be appropriate.

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