Vacancy announcement
Geneva, Switzerland (possibility for remote traineeship for those located outside Switzerland)

Traineeship - Arabic mother-tongue Training Assistant

Vacancy type Trainee
Duration of the contract
6 months, full-time, 40 hours per week
Deadline for submission of applications
27 November 2022
Organizational Unit
Public Finance and Trade Programme Unit (PFTPU)
Number of job positions

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a training arm of the United Nations System and a strategic driver in today’s global and essential role of the UN by empowering individuals, governments and organizations through knowledge and learning to effectively overcome contemporary global challenges. UNITAR serves over 350,000 beneficiaries annually by conducting close to 900 capacity development and research activities around the world.

Within UNITAR, the institute is organized around four of the five thematic pillars of the 2030 Agenda - Division for Peace, Division for People, Division for Planet and Division for Prosperity. In addition, the cross-cutting nature of our work on strengthening multilateral diplomacy, satellite analysis and applied research (UNOSAT) and Accelerating SDG Implementation are also organized in Division for Multilateral Diplomacy and Division for Satellite Analysis and Applied Research.

The Division for Prosperity delivers training across six thematic areas to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, including: Leadership and Empowerment; Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development; Finance and Trade; Anti-Corruption and Combatting Financial Crime; Frontier Technologies; and Hiroshima and Peace.

The Public Finance and Trade Programme Unit (PFTPU) is one of the thematic areas in the Division for Prosperity that supports the Institute’s mission by delivering training, knowledge exchange and capacity development activities in promoting economic development and social inclusion as well as in strengthening multilateralism amongst UN-member countries.

Specifically, PFTPU addresses three thematic areas: Finance, Trade and Intellectual Property, with a view to develop knowledge, skills and awareness among delegates, government officials and policy makers. This is to help understand issues at hand and effectively address institutional- and country-level action to achieve development objectives.

PFTPU also develops strategic partnerships with national and international organizations as well as other renowned institutions to reach-out to more beneficiaries in a cost-effective manner and to share respective expertise and resources.

UNITAR’s traineeship programme allows young professionals to put their talent and expertise into the service of the United Nations by contributing concretely to research, development, delivery and evaluation of various real-world projects and activities undertaken by the Programme unit, the Division for Prosperity and the institute in general.

General Objectives of the Traineeship Contract

This traineeship is designed primarily to support the programme unit in working with regional and international institutions by assisting the Specialist in various activities. These activities include resource mobilization, research on new trends and emerging partnership opportunities, development of new projects and proposals, translation of official documents from Arabic to English and vice versa, implementing training programmes, organizing meetings and training activities for delegates while ensuring compliance to quality assurance guidelines and reporting requirements of the institute.

Responsibilities/Description of Professional Services

The trainee will be involved in various activities such as:

  • Organizing training activities including e-Learning, webinars and eWorkshops.
  • Developing project proposals to showcase programme activities and achievements and expand collaboration with other organizations.
  • Conducting research and analysis on new trends, challenges and training services to support the Agenda 2030.
  • Aligning the course materials to the quality guidelines of UNITAR.
  • Supporting outreach and marketing activities to promote and disseminate training documentation to inform beneficiaries and potential partners about upcoming activities with a view of expanding participation and partnership from developing countries and LDCs.
  • Backstopping on-going projects and initiatives.
  • Assisting in the day-to-day operational requirements.
Measurable outputs/Deliverables/Schedule of Deliverables
  • Events managed/assisted and efficient course administration and prompt response to participant inquiries.
  • Regional/international institutions engaged to expand partnership and collaboration with UNITAR.
  • Courses aligned with the quality standard of UNITAR.
  • Quality and timeliness of deliverables.
  • Accurate reporting of activities including statistical data.
Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results
  • Number of events/projects managed/assisted/implemented.
  • Number of new courses self-checked/evaluated.
  • Number of new partnerships identified and engaged.
  • Number of projects completed within the assigned deadline.
  • Number of course/project reports completed.
Learning Objectives

The projects and activities allow trainees to:

  • Plan, organize, and manage training activities of the Public Finance and Trade Programme Unit.
  • Assist the programme in developing new and innovative partnership with institutions globally.
  • Evaluate and apply the quality requirements of UNITAR on its course materials.
  • Assess and evaluate the results and effectiveness of training activities handled.
Reporting structure

The incumbent reports directly and will be guided on a day-to-day basis by the Specialist, Public Finance and Trade Programme Unit.

Minimum requirements

Given the nature of the projects, we are particularly interested in the following profile:

  • Academic and/or professional background in finance, trade, business administration, marketing, communications, training or related field,
  • Arabic mother-tongue, good knowledge of English (and other languages such as French and Spanish) is an advantage,
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills,
  • Preferably with experience in instructional design and adult learning methodologies,
  • Knowledge of course authoring tools is an advantage,
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details,
  • Ability to work with extended and remote teams, and
  • Available for 6 months, full-time.

In accordance with relevant UN regulations and policies, traineeships/internships are non-remunerated. However, a monthly stipend of CHF700 will be provided by UNITAR.

Priority will be given for qualified candidates who can work at UNITAR offices in Geneva, Switzerland. However, candidates who are available only to work remotely will be considered

How to apply

Candidates are invited to submit their application as soon as possible and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Due to the high number of expected applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.