Vacancy announcement
Geneva, Switzerland

Traineeship - UNITAR 2.0 – communication support

Vacancy type Trainee
Duration of the contract
6 months
Deadline for submission of applications
22 March 2024
Organizational Unit
Communication and Information Technology Support Unit (CITSU)
Number of job positions
Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas:

Communication, graphic design, videography, social media, editing, content creation, event management

Overview (quick description of the project and its context): 

UNITAR is embarking on the project to align itself with the UN 2.0 initiative to build a forward-thinking culture and cutting-edge skills for better impact. For this, internal communication will play a key role and communication materials need to be created, campaigns need to be launched and events need to be managed.  The Communication and IT Support Unit, in collaboration with the Office of the Executive Director, Planning, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Unit and Learning Solution Team within the Division for Peace, is leading the project.

General Objectives of the Contract: 

The trainee will assist in all aspects of internal and external communication activities from communication campaigns and event organizations, by creating visuals, writing copies, articles and other communication materials, planning logistical arrangements, following up on timelines, to populating website content, etc..

Responsibilities/Description of Professional Services: 

Under the supervision of Chief, Communication and IT Support Unit, and Chief, the Office of the Executive Director, the trainee will be responsible for:

  • Assist in creating visuals to be used on digital platforms and other channels.
  • Assist in preparing publications, including the 2023 Results Report, by proofreading, ensuring consistencies, quality, and timely delivery.
  • Assist in writing articles, invitations, and other communication products.
  • Assist in logistical arrangements for events.
  • Assist in invitation management and participants management.
  • Assist in content management of the UNITAR website, and other relevant websites, if applicable.
  • Assist in creating content for social media campaigns.
  • Assist in collecting and analyzing communication KPIs.
  • Assist in drafting and sending email newsletters.
  • Assist in photo shooting and video filming and editing of these photos and videos.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Learning Objectives:

The activities and responsibilities of the trainee will allow the incumbent to:

  • Enhance professional skills in communication, graphic design and drafting.
  • Gain hands-on experience in working in an UN agency, and in external and internal communication.
  • Gain deeper understanding of the United Nations, especially UNITAR and its work.
  • Enhance their creative and logical skills in assisting in communication campaigns and events.
  • Develop a professional network.
  • Enhance their social and teamwork skills to adapt to change and embrace diversity, especially with colleagues, participants and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
Measurable outputs/Deliverables/Schedule of Deliverables:
  • All outputs are delivered by the agreed deadline.
  • Assistance was given to ensure the timely delivery of publications, events and campaigns.
Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results:
  • All deliverables are delivered within an agreed timeframe.
  • All deliverables are of high quality.
  • Timely and quality of interactions with other colleagues.
Reporting structure:

The Trainee will report to Chief, Communication and IT Support Unit.

Minimum requirements

Education and experience:

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate/postgraduate degree programme (in communication, graphic design, journalism, marketing or a related subject) or be a recent graduate of the aforementioned degree programme (if selected, they must commence the traineeship within two years of graduation).

Other desirable qualifications:

  • Graphic design skill (experiences in using Canva, Adobe photoshop and InDesign. A graphic design degree / certificate is preferred).
  • Event management experience.
  • Attention to details.
  • Good interpersonal skills (can have good working relationships with people from different backgrounds).
  • Willing to learn new tools and skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Website content management experience (uploading news articles, creating visuals and copies).
  • Photography experience (shooting and editing).
  • Video production/editing (experiences in using Premiere Pro or other video editing tools)


Fluency in English (Oral and Written) is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.


A full-time commitment is expected for this traineeship. The incumbent is expected to work at UNITAR Geneva Office. General conditions of contracts for the service of Traineeship apply.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Due to high number of expected applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.