Vacancy announcement
Geneva, Switzerland

Traineeship - E-learning and online training

Vacancy type Trainee
Duration of the contract
6 months
Deadline for submission of applications
15 September 2021
Organizational Unit
Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU)

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 six months, at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva. The placement is on an unpaid basis, but a monthly lump-sum of 700 CHF will be provided towards transportation and miscellaneous costs.


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 training programmes in International Procurement, Development Studies and Youth Leadership Development Programme. These programmes target government officials involved in bilateral and multilateral negotiations, students and younger generation.


Under the supervision of the Specialist of UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, the trainee will assist in the coordination and implementation of 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 provide administrative/logistic support to workshops, meetings, conferences and seminars.
  • To monitor forum questions on the UNITAR e-learning platform and support responses;
  • To assist colleagues with the implementation of e-learning courses, workshops, and webinars;
  • To support in procurement processes such as purchase request and comparative statement etc;
  • To adapt online training materials and learning packages to quality and academic standards and certification criteria;
  • To liaise with partner organizations 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 perform other duties as and when necessary as directed by the supervisor.

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.
Eligibility Criteria:

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).

Minimum requirements

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.

Languages --- A high standard in both oral and written English are required. Knowledge of French is an advantage.


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.

Flexible/remote working conditions available in consideration of COVID19.

How to apply

Please submit your application along with a letter of motivation as soon as possible.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.