Vacancy Announcement - Internship/Traineeship - Project Management

Organizational Unit: Multilateral Diplomacy Programme

Start date: 19 September 2018

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2018

Duration: four to six months

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 partnership with national training institutes, universities and selected international organizations. MDP activities include e-Learning, special projects, and the development of training tools (i.e. 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 of 700 CHF towards transportation. 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. 


Under the supervision of UNITAR’s Director of the Division for Multilateral Diplomacy, the intern/trainee will:

  • Assist the Programme in developing and coordinating the organization of its events and activities;
  • Draft project reports;
  • Assist in communications and outreach activities;
  • Undertake research into training tools and exercises;
  • Design and manage on-line courses;
  • Propose and implement ways to further UNITAR’s mission.

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;
  • Propose ways to further UNITAR’s mission;
  • Work in a multicultural environment.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should be enrolled or hold at least a university-level (Bachelor’s degree, licence or other) either in international relations, education, history, law, political science, languages or a related subject.

Candidates should also have:

  • Demonstrated interest in training methodologies;
  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner;
  • Analytical, research and creative skills to suggest new activities;
  • 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.). A knowledge of InDesign is a plus;
  • A high level of individual responsibility, commitment and initiative.

Dates and Duration

Start date: 19 September 2018

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2018

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. However, 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 or another working UN language is a strong advantage.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter to with the following subject line: “Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit: Project Management Internship 2018”. Only successfully selected candidates will be contacted, by mid-August 2018.