Tailor-Made Training: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. "What is tailor-made training?"
    A training event where all aspects are defined by you in consultation with the training partners. This includes the choice of subjects, duration, location, training language and the target group.
  2. "For whom is tailor-made training intended?"
    Primarily for any governmental, administrative or judicial entity of UN Member States. Tailor-made training can also be organized for regional groups of countries, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, self-governing territories and, subject to approval from the United Nations Staff College, organizations of the UN system.
  3. "In which topics do you offer training?"
    Primarily in public international law, international relations and skills development in diplomacy. See description of topics. Courses can be constructed by combining existing training modules or a totally new topic can be developed, as long as it broadly falls into one of the three categories above.
  4. "Who pays for it?"
    Please refer to our section on "financing tailor-made training"
  5. "What do the costs of a training course actually cover?"
    This varies from event to event, but covers in general the following elements:

    - Moderate training fees for the lecturers and facilitators;

    - Programme development costs to UNITAR covering the time needed to prepare and implement the training event;

    - Travel costs to the training location and accommodation costs for lecturers and the required UNITAR support staff;

    - If participants need to travel to the training venue, their travel and accommodation costs;

    - Costs of purchasing or reproducing training material and supplies (books, photocopies etc.); and

    - Communication and shipment of training material.

  6. "What does a typical course look like?"
    A typical course would last between one and three weeks, cover three to ten topics under one common theme, reach twenty to forty participants and consist of training modules that are between half a day and three days long. Teaching is normally of the interactive type with frequent discussions, exercises, role-plays, case studies and the use of audio-visual aids.
  7.  "What is UNITAR's Value Added?"
    UNITAR has acquired three decades of experience in this field. As an integral part of the UN system, UNITAR is closer to new trends and developments in multilateral diplomacy and international affairs than any other institution. UNITAR monitors these developments closely and incorporates them into its training programs. Moreover, many experienced diplomats and senior UN officials act as part-time trainers for UNITAR courses. They are themselves at the center of "real-world" diplomacy, and their knowledge and practical experience are passed on the trainees.
  8. "What must I do if I am interested in tailor-made training?"
    Contact UNITAR, Multilateral Diplomacy and International Affairs Management Section >>.
  9. "How far in advance should I contact UNITAR?"
    Depending on the complexity of the training programme that you request, we will require three to six months from the moment the financing of the project is assured and the project document signed.