Vacancy announcement
Geneva, Switzerland

Traineeship - UNITAR 60th anniversary – communication support

Vacancy type Trainee
Duration of the contract
6 months
Deadline for submission of applications
26 May 2023
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 celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2023 and is planning to organize several events and activities. For this, 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 other programme units, is leading the project.

General Objectives of the Contract:

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

Responsibilities/Description of Professional Services:

Under the supervision of the Chief, Communication and IT Support Unit, 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 2022 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 60th anniversary micro-website and UNITAR website.
  • 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, design and drafting.
  • Gain hands-on experience in working in an UN agency, and in corporate and marketing communication.
  • Gain deeper understanding of 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 the Chief, Communication and IT Support Unit, Division for Strategic Planning and Performance.

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

  • Design skill (experiences in using Canva, Adobe photoshop and InDesign).
  • Event management experience.
  • Attention to details.
  • Good interpersonal skills (can have good working relationship with people from different background).
  • Willing to learn new skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Website content management experience (uploading news articles, creating visuals and copies).
  • Video production/editing (experiences in using Premiere Pro)


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. Requests for part-time arrangements will be considered and agreed upon before the start of the contract. The incumbent is expected to work at UNITAR Geneva Office. General conditions of contracts for the service of Traineeship apply.

How to apply

Candidates are invited to submit their application as soon as possible and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Due to the high number of expected applications, only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.