Mr. Rainer Pritzer

Senior Specialist, Social Dialogue and Labour Administration

Mr. Rainer Francois Pritzer, a national of Germany, assumed duties as Senior Specialist for Social Dialogue and Labour Administration of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean in 2009, which covers 13 countries and nine territories of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Mr. Pritzer’s principal duties include providing technical advice in the above policy fields to governments and social partners in the Caribbean, as well as organizing and holding national and regional seminars and training courses; undertaking relevant and practice-oriented research; contributing to the design of and backstopping technical cooperation projects; and collaborating with other regional and international organizations in the Caribbean.

Mr. Pritzer holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Bonn, Germany and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Speyer, Germany. After obtaining his Law Degree, he served for three years in the German justice system: at the Magistrate’s Court; the Public Prosecutor’s Office; the Court of Appeal; a law firm; and then qualified as a judge. He subsequently worked with the European Union and Siemens AG, a multinational company based in Germany. In 1992, he joined the Labour Ministry in Bonn, where, among other duties, he prepared for and attended the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in March 1995.

Mr Pritzer joined the ILO in 1995 and worked with Management and Technical Cooperation Departments in ILO-HQ, Geneva, Switzerland, then with the ILO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. Since 2001 he has been working on social dialogue and labour administration issues. In 2005 he was transferred from HQ Geneva to the ILO Subregional Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he served as the Senior Specialist for Social Dialogue and Labour Administration, covering 14 countries in East Africa and the Indian Ocean.