Programme description

The Peacekeeping Training Programme (PTP) offers an internship/traineeship program for young professionals or fresh postgraduate students. 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 and peace operations.

PTP is a specialized programme of UNITAR intended to offer systematic and comprehensive preparation to civilian, military and police personnel eager to serve in peace operations. PTP presents an effective and thorough approach to training; PTP courses are designed and developed to respond to the evolving and complex training needs in peace operations.

The Traineeship/Internship

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

Under the supervision of the manager of the Peacekeeping Training Programme, the intern/trainee will assist in the day to day work of the unit which entails a wide range of activities.

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

Some of the main working areas include:

• Conducting research for the development of basic and advanced courses related to peacekeeping;
• Drafting capacity development proposals within the framework of the PTP programme;
• Supporting the team in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of activities related to PTP training courses;
• Assisting in the translation and maintenance of the PTP website in English/French.


Applicants should have a solid background in one of the following fields:

• Education/Training;
• International Studies;
• Peace Studies.

Or have an interest in those subjects.

Skills required

The intern/trainee should possess good organizational and research skills, working knowledge of MS Office Suite, excellent internet and e-mail skills, readiness to learn new IT tools in order to be able to efficiently work in the virtual learning environment. Other qualities, such as willingness to learn, dedication and independence at work are welcome.


Proficiency in English and French is essential; knowledge of another UN language will be considered an asset.

Internship/Traineehsip term: three to six months

The internship/traineeship programme is normally on a full-time basis but part-time arrangements can be agreed upon depending on both the requirements of the department/programme and the availability of the intern.

Indicative starting date: 03 April 2013
Deadline for application: 10 March 2013
Tentative interview dates: 13 and 14 March 2013


Interns are considered gratis personnel. They are not financially remunerated by UNITAR. They 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” or “traineeship” in your subject line.