E-Workshops and Tailor-Made activities support

  • Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
  • 05/10/2020
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Job Description

Vacancy type Interns, TraineesDuration of the contractSix months. The traineeship programme is on a full-time basis and trainees are expected to work five days a week.Indicative starting date09 Nov 2020Deadline for submission of applications20 Oct 2020Number of vacancies1Organizational UnitMultilateral Diplomacy ProgrammeRemuneration

The placement is on an unpaid basis, but a monthly lump-sum of 700 CHF will be provided towards transportation and miscellaneous costs.

The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) maintains a 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 close partnership with governments, universities and selected international organisations. MDPU’s activities also include e-Learning courses; special projects, advisory services related to the curriculum development of diplomatic academies; and the development of other training tools and publications.

MDPU welcomes qualified candidates interested to work for a period of six months, at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva.


In line with the Institute’s efforts to improve its training activities, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit is developing an unprecedented amount of online and face-to-face activities offered to the diplomatic community based in Geneva, New York and elsewhere, as well as to the general public.


Under the supervision of the Specialist of UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, the trainee will assist in the development and coordination of a number of online e-workshops and face-to-face training activities for diplomatic missions and the general public. The trainee would assist in, inter alia, designing and managing these online and face-to-face activities and adapting training content to quality and academic standards. The trainee would also be responsible for assisting in communications and outreach activities. Typical tasks assigned to the trainee may include the following:

  • Provide support in the coordination of training activities, including preparation of training materials, coordination of logistics before, during and after workshops;
  • Assist subject matter experts with the development of participatory training activities;
  • Conduct research and draft project proposals for further collaborations;
  • Adapt training materials and learning packages to quality and academic standards and certification criteria;
  • Be involved in communications with partner organizations and beneficiaries in preparation for the delivery of activities;
  • Prepare key data, such as programme statistics and evaluation reports;
  • Undertake research that may provide necessary input into such training tools and exercises;
  • Assist the Programme in its outreach and communication strategy.

Learning Objectives

After the assignment the trainee should be able to:

  • Translate strategic vision into actionable objectives;
  • Work independently and take initiative;
  • Develop a professional rapport with UNITAR and United Nations staff;
  • Propose ways to further UNITAR’s mission;
  • Work in a multicultural environment.


Minimum requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate/postgraduate degree (within either international relations, education, history, law, political science, languages or a related subject) or be a recent graduate of the aforementioned (if selected, they must commence the traineeship within two years of graduation).

Candidates are expected to be dynamic, team oriented and highly innovative. 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 being motivated to work with monitoring and evaluation.

Excellent knowledge in both oral and written English are required.

Desired requirements

Knowledge of the Zoom platform is a plus.

Knowledge of other UN working languages are an advantage and candidates fluent in Arabic are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter to diplomacy@unitar.org with the following subject line: “MDPU E-Workshops and Tailor-Made activities -Traineeship”. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.