Vacancy announcement
Geneva, Switzerland

Traineeship - Masters and Online Diploma

Vacancy type Trainee
Duration of the contract
4-6 months
Deadline for submission of applications
21 June 2021
Organizational Unit
Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU)
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 designs and delivers the Institute’s core diplomacy training (CDT), consisting primarily of orientation briefings and short, intensive skills development workshops which benefit cumulatively some 2,500 diplomats yearly at the United Nations Headquarters and other venues where the Organization maintains a significant presence.

Parallel to CDT, MDPU develops and delivers training activities at country and regional levels in close partnership with governments, universities and selected international organizations. 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 four to 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 a strategic growth plan to enhance development of its framework of training courses and has launched new on-line Masters’ Programmes in International Affairs, Development Studies and Diplomacy and related qualifications. These masters’ programmes target government officials involved in bilateral and multilateral negotiations, students and other stakeholders.

In addition, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit has launched an Online Diploma in Multilateral Diplomacy that offers a unique opportunity for both students wanting to pursue a career in international relations, and professionals working in international and regional organizations as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions, to expand their knowledge on international affairs and strengthen their capacities in the field of multilateral diplomacy.


Under the supervision of the Associate Programme Officer of UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, the trainee will assist in the development and coordination of the new Masters’ Programmes, the Online Diplomacy and e-Learning training activities.  The trainee would assist in, inter alia, designing and managing the on-line courses 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:

  • To support colleagues in the design and development of the Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy, the Master in Development Studies and Diplomacy, the Online Diploma in Multilateral Diplomacy including developing the skills needed to design new courses and activities to enhance on-line learning.
  • To adapt online training materials and learning packages to quality and academic standards and certification criteria;
  • To liaise directly with partner organisations and beneficiaries in the preparation for the delivery of the Programme;
  • Tasks may include preparing key data such as programme statistics and evaluation reports.
  • To undertake research that may provide necessary input into such training tools and exercises;
  • To assist the Programme in its outreach and communications strategy, especially with regard to community engagement mechanisms.

The tasks assigned may be reviewed during contract period to reflect changes in programme needs and priorities.

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.
Dates and Duration

Start date:  August – September 2021. Exact date to be agreed upon with the selected candidate.

Duration: four to six months. The traineeship programme is normally on a full-time basis and trainees are expected to work five days a week. Requests for part-time arrangements are possible and should be agreed before the start of the traineeship.

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 should also have:  demonstrated interest in training methodologies and especially e-Learning; 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 be motivated to work with monitoring and evaluation.
  • A high standard in both oral and written English are required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish are an advantage.
How to apply

Please submit your application along with a motivation letter as soon as possible. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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