Vacancy Announcement – Traineeship – Learning Solutions for Peacekeeping

Organizational Unit: Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit

Duration of contract: Four to six months

Indicative starting date: 08 October 2018

Deadline for Application: 21 September 2018

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Programme description

The UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTP) is a specialized programme unit of UNITAR, which offers a systematic and comprehensive preparation, through innovative and results-oriented trainings, in the fields of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Since its establishment in 2009, UNITAR PTP provides high-quality training comprised of both basic and advanced courses.

UNITAR PTP offers a traineeship opportunity for freshly postgraduates and young professionals. The working experience is designed to allow interns/trainees to strengthen their knowledge and gain practical experience in the training and learning field, with a specialization in topics related to peacekeeping.

The Learning Solutions Pillar of PTP

The Learning Solutions Pillar of the programme unit is leading the innovation in designing human-centered, effective and sustainable learning experiences for a wide variety of target audiences.

The trainee as part of the Learning Solutions team will be specifically responsible for supporting the programme unit through instructional design and the development of learning material, with a focus on providing support to PTP’s face-to-face courses for military audiences. Specifically, the work of the trainee will focus on enhancing the effectiveness of PTP’s methodologies and evaluation framework as well as on supporting various face-to-face initiatives occurring in the programme unit.

The traineeship

UNITAR PTP is now accepting applications from qualified applicants interested in working for a minimum of four months on a full-time unpaid basis at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva.

Individual work plans will be designed in accordance with specific terms of reference, which also highlight learning objectives as the traineeship is intended to allow trainees to develop specific skills and competences.

Specific working areas will include:

  • Provide methodological support to pre-deployment training upon request of the programme unit manager;
  • Support the training team of the pre-deployment training;
  • Develop training material for pre-deployment training;
  • Deliver trainings/workshops/events upon request of the programme unit manager.
  • Support the programme unit in other tasks, if required.


Applicants should have a solid background in the following fields:

  • Peace studies/international relations (with strong focus on peace operations);
  • Training /Education

Skills required

The trainee should possess good research and organisational skills, have an understanding for how people learn, approach tasks in a creative manner, manage time and tasks efficiently, be ready and open to learn new educational and technological tools and have a working knowledge of MS Office Suite. Experience in military contexts is an advantage.


Proficiency in English essential; working proficiency of another UN language - especially French, will be considered an asset.


A stipend in the amount of 700 CHF per month is available to trainees.

Interns/Trainees are not staff members and shall not represent the Institute in any official capacity.

How to apply

Send your CV and motivation letter to  indicating “Internship Learning Solutions for Peacekeeping”