Vacancy Announcement - Internship/Traineeship - 2019 UNITAR Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (Master)

Programme: Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU)

Internship/Traineeship duration: Four to six months

Starting date: May - June 2019. Exact dates to be discussed.

Deadline for applications: 3 December 2018

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 designs and delivers the Institute’s core diplomatic training (CDT), consisting primarily of orientation briefings and short, intensive skills development workshops which benefit cumulatively some 2,500 diplomats yearly at the United Nations Headquarters and other venues where the Organization maintains a significant presence.

Parallel to CDT, MDPU develops and delivers training activities at country and regional levels in close partnership with national training institutes, universities and selected international organizations. MDPU activities also including e-Learning; special projects, including advisory services related to the curriculum development of diplomatic academies; and the development of other training tools, including the Glossary for UN Delegates and a Manual on United Nations Conference Processes, Procedures and Negotiations. 

MDPU welcomes qualified candidates interested to work for a period of four to six months, on an unpaid basis, at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva. They will receive a monthly lump-sum to cover transportation.


In line with the Institute’s efforts to improve its training activities, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit is developing a strategic growth plan to enhance development of its framework of training courses and has launched a new on-line Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy and related qualifications. This master’s programme targets government officials involved in bilateral and multilateral negotiations, students and other stakeholders.


Under the supervision of the Training Associate of UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, the intern/trainee will assist in the development and coordination of the new Master’s Programme.  The intern/trainee would assist in, inter alia, designing and managing the on-line courses 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:

  • To support colleagues in the design and development of the Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy, including developing the skills needed to design new courses and activities to enhance on-line learning.
  • To adapt online training materials and learning packages to quality and academic standards and certification criteria;
  • To liaise directly with partner organisations and beneficiaries in the preparation for the delivery of the Programme;
  • Tasks may include preparing key data such as programme statistics and evaluation reports.
  • To undertake research that may provide necessary input into such training tools and exercises;
  • To assist the Programme in its outreach and communications strategy, especially in relation to community engagement mechanisms.

The tasks assigned may be reviewed during contract period to reflect changes in programme needs and priorities.

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 relationship with UNITAR staff;
  • Propose ways to further UNITAR mission;
  • Work in a multicultural environment.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should be enrolled or holding at least at university-level (Bachelors degree, licence 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 should also have:  demonstrated interest in training methodologies; ability to write in a clear and concise manner; analytical and research skills; administrative and organizational 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 be motivated to work with monitoring and evaluation.

Dates and Duration

Start date: May - June 2019. Exact dates to be discussed.

Duration: four to six months. The internship/traineeship programme is normally on a full-time basis and interns/trainees are expected to work five days a week. Requests for part-time arrangements are possible, and should be agreed before the start of the internship/traineeship.


Excellent knowledge in both oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter to with the following subject line: “2019 UNITAR Multilateral Diplomacy Programme UNIT: Internship/Traineeship (Master)” by 3 December 2018. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.