Vacancy Announcement - Internship/Traineeship - Instructional Design

Organizational Unit: Public Finance and Trade Programme

Duration of contract: 6 months, 100% of time, 40 hours per week at UNITAR offices in Geneva

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2017

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland


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 50,000 beneficiaries annually by conducting close to 500 capacity development and research activities around the world.

UNITAR’s Public Finance and Trade Programme 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.

More concretely, the Public Finance and Trade Programme addresses three thematic areas: namely, Public Finance, Trade and Intellectual Property, with a view to develop knowledge, skills and awareness among delegates, government officials and policy makers to understand the issues at hand and effectively address institutional- and country-level action to achieve their development objectives. Such an approach has become more relevant with the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Public Finance and Trade Programme 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 internship/traineeship programme allows young professionals to put their talent and expertise into the service of the United Nations by contributing concretely in research, development, delivery and evaluation of various real-world projects and activities undertaken by the Programme and the institute in general.

General Objectives of the Internship/Traineeship Contract

This internship/traineeship is designed primarily to support the programme in working with regional and international institutions by assisting the Programme Manager in the delivery of capacity development activities, resource mobilization activities, research on new trends and emerging partnership opportunities, development of new projects and proposals, organizing meetings and training activities for delegates while ensuring compliance to quality assurance guidelines and reporting requirements of the institute.

Required Skills or Knowledge in the following

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

  • Academic and/or background in education, communications, instructional/graphic design, marketing, training or related field,
  • Knowledge of Course Authoring Tools such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Illustrator,
  • Preferably with experience in instructional design and adult learning methodologies,
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English,
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and technical skills,
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and with extended/remote teams,
  • High level of individual responsibility and commitment, and
  • Availability for 6 months, full-time in Geneva.

Responsibilities/Description of Professional Services

The intern/trainee will be involved in various Programme activities such as:

  • Organizing training activities (e-Learning, workshops, and conferences).
  • Developing interactive e-Learning content using authoring tools (particularly Articulate Storyline).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interactive courses/modules developed and aligned with the quality guidelines of UNITAR.
  • Quality and timeliness of deliverables.
  • Accurate reporting of activities including statistical data.

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

  • Number of events/projects/interactive courses managed/assisted/implemented.
  • Number of courses self-checked/evaluated/aligned with the quality guidelines of UNITAR.
  • Number of projects completed within the assigned deadline.
  • Number of course/project reports completed.

Learning Objectives

The projects and activities allow interns/trainees to:

  • Plan, organize, and manage training activities of the Public Finance and Trade Programme.
  • Develop new interactive modules/courses aligned with the UNITAR quality guideline.
  • 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 to the Manager, Public Finance and Trade Programme and will be guided on a day-to-day basis by a Programme staff member assigned by the Manager.


This is a non-remunerated position.

Place of Work

Trainee/intern works full-time at UNITAR Geneva (Switzerland) offices. In accordance with relevant UN regulations and policies, traineeships/internships are non-remunerated. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, and living expenses are the responsibilities of trainee/intern and their sponsoring institutions. General conditions of contracts for the service of traineeship/internship apply.

How to apply

Please send your curriculum vitae and letter of motivation, explaining why you are suited for this traineeship/internship, to Please ensure that you attach your letter of motivation as a separate document, rather than in the e-mail text. Due to the high number of applications expected, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.