Internship/Traineeship, Public Finance and Trade Programme

Internship/Traineeship, Public Finance and Trade Programme    (Excellent English and French or Spanish required)

Since its establishment in 1965, UNITAR has acquired unique expertise, accumulating experience, knowledge and capacities to design and implement a variety of training activities. Following its mandate of “enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations in achieving the major objectives of the Organization” the Institute is concretely contributing to developing the capacities of Member States in the fields of environment; governance; diplomacy; and peace and security.

UNITAR’s Mission is to deliver innovative training and conduct research on knowledge systems to develop the capacity of beneficiaries. Building on our experience, we optimize expertise, information and knowledge-sharing to achieve our mission.

The Public Finance and Trade Programme addresses the three thematic areas listed below, with a view to enhance the capacity of Member States to address international challenges in the areas of public finance, trade and intellectual property.

Public Finance
Public Finance training activities strive to actively promote knowledge and understanding of financial governance, poverty reduction, debt management and prudent financial management among public officials and financial practitioners. A specific focus has been placed on the legal aspects of debt management and negotiation of financial transactions in order to assist Member States in addressing challenges relating to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as meeting their respective priorities in relation to Financing for Development.

Through skills building and facilitating the cross-regional networking of officials and professionals in charge of trade-related issues, the Programme’s training activities contribute to bridging the knowledge gap and redressing some of the asymmetries between developed and developing countries in the role that they play in the multilateral trading system.

Intellectual Property
International debates on intellectual property (IP) are becoming increasingly focused on the need to integrate a “development dimension” into IP policy making. An ongoing process in this direction is the implementation of the “WIPO Development Agenda”. By providing flexible training and networking opportunities through new ICT-based methodologies such as e-Learning, the Programme supports countries in effectively using IP policy to achieve sustainable development goals.

For more information on UNITAR and on the Public Finance and Trade Programme please visit

Key Responsibilities
This traineeship will focus primarily on supporting programme staff in developing, promoting, and delivering face-to-face and online training in the areas of public finance, international trade, and intellectual property policy. Tasks include:

  • Assist with identifying and researching themes to be addressed in high level conferences and workshops;
  • Assist with identifying relevant experts, speakers and partner institutions from different regions and sectors;
  • Conducting background research on key issues of economic and social development with a view to the development of training modules and case studies;
  • Contacting alumni, stakeholders and partner organizations from different regions with a view to securing participants for online courses;
  • Responding to day-to-day enquiries and expressions of interest about online courses;
  • Managing registrations including the payment of course fees;
  • Liaising with online course participants, experts and online platform administrator on an on-going basis throughout the courses and issuing participant certificates on completion of the courses;
  • Supporting management of the courses’ online platform;
  • Supporting Public Finance and Trade Programme staff in relation to reporting course/programme results.


  • First level university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in economics, international relations, law, management, political science or related field. Advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) an asset
  • Fluency in English and in French or Spanish required
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to details
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment characterized by sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Availability for 6 to 12 months on a full-time basis

Next available: From November 2013

Place of Work: Geneva, Switzerland

In accordance with relevant UN regulations and policies internships are non-remunerated. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, and living expenses are the responsibilities of trainees and their sponsoring institutions.

Please send your curriculum vitae and letter of motivation, explaining why you are
suited for this traineeship, to (in English). 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. Thank you for your understanding.