Vacancy announcement

Traineeship - Learning and Training - extended to 11 April 2021

Vacancy type Trainee
Duration of the contract
6 months
Deadline for submission of applications
11 April 2021
Organizational Unit
Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTPU)
Programme description

The Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTPU) offers a traineeship to university or postgraduate students. The traineeship is designed to allow the trainee to strengthen his or her knowledge and gain practical experience with the learning and training field, focusing on training to security sector actors.

Within the framework of UNITAR, the Division for Peace supports the establishment of peaceful, just and inclusive societies through enabling individuals, institutions and organizations to contribute meaningfully to sustainable peace. The Division provides a range of capacity-building solutions, including but not limited to training and facilitation, coaching and mentoring, e-learning, online courses and academic programmes, advocacy, and advisory. The division's thematic portfolio includes such areas as peace operations, peace-making and conflict prevention, counterterrorism and preventing/countering violent extremism, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, weapons and ammunition management, youth, peace and security, women, peace and security, rule of law and other.

UNITAR PTPU is now accepting applications from qualified applicants interested in working for a period of 6 months on a full-time basis, home-based.

Responsibilities/description of professional services:

Under the supervision of the Senior Specialist in the Pre-deployment Training and Advisory team (PDTA), the trainee will support with setting up of a training association, managing an online community of practice with trainers, implementing an ATS tool, and developing and implementing a system to certify trainers. In addition, the trainee will conduct desk studies to identify and review innovative capacity building and learning methodologies.

In collaboration with the supervisor, the trainee will develop a plan with tasks and learning objectives for the traineeship. The traineeship is intended to allow trainees to develop specific skills and competences.

This plan will include the following main tasks:

  • Support with the design and implementation of a trainer association for security sector trainers.
  • Support with the management of an online community of practice for trainers.
  • Support with the implementation of an ATS tool.
  • Support with the design, development and piloting of a certification system to certify trainers.
  • Support with the management of online course communities.
  • Support with the design, development and delivery or learning events and courses.
  • Support with testing and piloting new ideas and methods.
  • Conducting desk study with a focus on identifying and reviewing innovative methodologies.
What we offer:
  • Hands-on experience with the United Nations.
  • Work in a multicultural context.
  • Inspiring and energetic working environment.
  • Continuous support and guidance.
  • A stipend of 700 CHF/ month.
Minimum requirements


The applicant has a background in one of the following fields:

  • Educational sciences
  • Behavioural sciences
  • Human Resources

The ideal candidate can demonstrate experience with online learning tools and application, and a strong interest in learning, training, community management and technological innovations for learning and training.


Skills required:

The applicant has understanding of learning processes, training and online learning. The applicant also has organizational skills, shows initiative and dedication, and demonstrates independence at work. He or she 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, including learning about community management and new IT tools and applications, is essential. Knowledge of using learning management systems (e.g. Moodle), ATS tools, social media and other applications is highly desirable.



Proficiency in English AND French is essential; Spanish or another official UN language will be considered an asset.


Special Notice

UNITAR shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).  Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR.

How to apply

Send your CV and motivation letter to indicating “Application for Learning and Training Traineeship” in your subject line. Kindly write your full name in the title of your CV and motivation letter (first name_last name_CV). The deadline for submission of applications is 11 April 2021

Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact the shortlisted applicants.