Vacancy announcement
Geneva, Switzerland

Traineeship - Pre-deployment Training and Advisory Team

Vacancy type Trainee
Duration of the contract
6 months
Deadline for submission of applications
24 March 2023
Organizational Unit
Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTPU)
Number of job positions
Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas:

Peacekeeping, Security sector, Training


UNITAR is an autonomous body within the United Nations that was established in 1965 pursuant to a UN General Assembly resolution. UNITAR’s mission is to develop the individual, institutional and organisational capacities of countries and other United Nations stakeholders through high quality learning solutions and related knowledge products and services to enhance decision-making and to support country-level action for overcoming global challenges.

UNITAR Division for Peace groups together all programming in the fields of conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding to provide the most comprehensive support to the promotion of peace, justice and strong institutions worldwide, thereby essentially advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16. In the view of promoting democratic governance and human rights, the Division focuses on offering innovative capacity-building and knowledge-management solutions for a broad range personnel (including uniformed personnel, representatives of regional and international organizations, United Nations staff, women peacemakers, minority and indigenous peoples’ representatives) working towards sustaining peace, while ensuring that these activities meet the specific needs of conflict-affected and post-conflict countries.

Responsibilities/Description of Professional Services:
Measurable outputs / deliverables / schedule of deliverables:
  • Logistical and administrative support for the implementation of trainings is provided;
  • Written outputs are provided;
  • Support with cross-cutting priorities in the area of Pre-deployment training of UNITAR’s Division for Peace is provided;
  • Support with the Event Management System is provided;
  • Support with the design and implementation of planned project activities is provided;
  • Support with the communication around the PDTA activities (preparation of communication and promotional materials, social media posts, etc.) is provided;
  • Assistance in the day-to-day operational requirements is provided.
Learning Objectives:

By the end of the traineeship, the incumbent will be able to:

  • Have a solid understanding of the peacekeeping context;
  • Work with the Event Management System;
  • Draft contracts and make travel arrangements;
  • Draft reports, Concept Notes and Project Proposals.
Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

Timely and quality submission of the deliverables; activities implemented with a high degree of effectiveness and efficiency, demonstrating a high degree of professionalism of the Trainee and contributing to an increase in the professional image of the Institute.


Professionalism: Ability to follow up on project work-plan. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender and inclusivity perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Situational competencies: is able to provide culture-specific deliverables that take into account the local context and culture; demonstrates flexibility and adaptability; demonstrates creativity and orientation towards solutions.

Interpersonal competencies: is able to communicate and interact effectively with all stakeholders; is able to work both independently and as part of a team; is able to work under pressure and with limited resources; demonstrates high level of discipline.

Planning and organizing: Excellent planning, organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize own work, delivering results and quality work, including when working under pressure.

Communications: Excellent communication skills (spoken, written and presentation), including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written documents. Ability to evaluate information needs and to provide appropriate and targeted information accordingly.

Technology awareness: Fully proficient in computer skills, with ability to use a variety of software and applications.

Teamwork: Strong interpersonal skills; ability to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Reporting structure:

The Trainee reports to Claudia Croci, Chief, Pre-deployment Training and Advisory Section Division for Peace

Minimum requirements

Educational background: A university degree in business, public administration or social science; Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate/postgraduate degree or be a recent graduate with the qualifications listed above (if selected, they must commence the traineeship within two years of graduation).

Skills required: The applicant has organizational skills, shows initiative and dedication, and demonstrates independence at work and attention to detail. The candidate is a self-starter, out of the box thinker, and solution oriented. In addition, good communication skills (both written and oral) are essential in order to be able to work with various stakeholders from different cultural and professional backgrounds. Motivation for continuous learning, as well as administrative and logistical support to the team are essential. Knowledge of using social media and other applications is desirable.

Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Knowledge of French another official UN language would be an advantage.

Other: Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite) are required. Proficiency in writing, editing and presentation skills.

What we offer:
  • Hands-on experience with the United Nations.
  • Work in a multicultural context.
  • Inspiring and energetic working environment.
  • Continuous support and guidance.
Special Notice:

Trainees for this position at UNITAR will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, and will receive a monthly stipend of 700 CHF. Trainees are not staff members and shall not represent the Institute in any official capacity.

How to apply

Please submit your application along with a letter of motivation as soon as possible.

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