Vacancy Announcement - Internship/Traineeship - Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit – Tailor-Made (2 Positions, Arabic Speakers encouraged)

Organisational Unit: Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit

Duration of contract: Six months

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) maintains an internship/traineeship programme for students/recent graduates interested in gaining professional experience in a multicultural environment and enhancing their understanding of the United Nations system.

MDPU develops and delivers training activities at country and regional levels in close partnership with governments, universities and selected international organisations. MDPU’s activities also include e-Learning courses; special projects, advisory services related to the curriculum development of diplomatic academies; and the development of other training tools and publications.

MDPU welcomes qualified candidates interested to work for a period of six months, at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva. The placement is on an unpaid basis, but a monthly lump-sum of 700 CHF will be provided towards transportation and miscellaneous costs.


In line with the Institute’s efforts to improve its training activities, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit is developing an unprecedented amount of face-to-face activities offered to the diplomatic community based in Geneva, New York and elsewhere.


Under the supervision of the Associate Programme Officer of UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, the intern/trainee will assist in the development and coordination of a number of face-to-face training activities for diplomatic missions from Arab countries. The intern/trainee would assist in, inter alia, designing and managing these face-to-face activities and adapting training content to quality and academic standards. The intern/trainee would also be responsible for assisting in communications and outreach activities. Typical tasks assigned to the intern/trainee may include the following:

  • Provide support in the coordination of tailor-made activities for Arab countries, including preparation of training materials, coordination of logistics before, during and after workshops;
  • Assist subject matter experts with the development of participatory training activities;
  • Conduct research and draft project proposals for further collaborations;
  • Adapt training materials and learning packages to quality and academic standards and certification criteria;
  • Be involved in communications with partner organizations and beneficiaries in preparation for the delivery of activities;
  • Prepare key data, such as programme statistics and evaluation reports;
  • Undertake research that may provide necessary input into such training tools and exercises;
  • Assist the Programme in its outreach and communication strategy.

Learning Objectives

After the assignment the intern/trainee should be able to:

  • Translate strategic vision into actionable objectives;
  • Work independently and take initiative;
  • Develop a professional rapport with UNITAR and United Nations staff;
  • Propose ways to further UNITAR’s mission;
  • Work in a multicultural environment.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should, as a minimum, either be enrolled in or hold a university-level qualification (Bachelors degree, license or other) either in international relations, education, history, law, political science, languages or a related subject.

Please note that the status of intern is granted to candidates still enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate programme, while candidates having completed their education are considered as trainees.                           

Candidates are expected to be dynamic, team oriented and highly innovative. Candidates should also have: demonstrated interest in training methodologies; ability to write in a clear and concise manner; analytical and research skills; administrative and organisational skills to assist in the organization of training activities; computer skills (to deal with e-learning tools, word processing, excel, power point, internet search, etc.) and a high level of individual responsibility, commitment and initiative. Candidates should furthermore have an interest in participatory training methodologies and instructional design, as well as being motivated to work with monitoring and evaluation.

Dates and Duration

Start date: 25 February 2019

Duration: Six months. The internship/traineeship programme is on a full-time basis and interns/trainees are expected to work five days a week.


Excellent knowledge in both oral and written English are required. Knowledge of other UN working languages are an advantage and candidates fluent in Arabic are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter to with the following subject line: “MDPU Tailor-Made (Arabic) Internship/Traineeship”. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.