Vacancy announcement
Geneva, Switzerland

Training Assistant – Tailor-Made

Vacancy type Training/Research Assistant/Associate
Duration of the contract
1 year (renewable)
Deadline for submission of applications
10 April 2024
Organizational Unit
Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU)
CHF 5000/month
Number of job positions

In an increasingly globalized world, where the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation is ever growing, the demand of Member States for capacity development is constantly rising. As governments are facing the challenge of covering a growing number of increasingly complex and interconnected issues on policymaking agendas, it is vital that their diplomats perform effectively and efficiently. To support Member States in the achievement of this goal, UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit raises awareness and transfers knowledge on the practices, policies and procedures of the multilateral working environment and the United Nations intergovernmental machinery as well as on emerging diplomatic issues. Courses are designed for the benefit of diplomats belonging to UN Member States. 


Under the supervision of the Associate Programme Officer of the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, the Training Assistant will assist in the preparation and implementation of tailor-made activities in the field of Multilateral Diplomacy. These activities are designed traditionally for representatives of Member States posted in capitals at the UN Headquarters in New York, UN Offices in Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna, and at Regional Commissions, but more recently participants include students, individuals or private sector organisations. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 

  1. Supporting UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit with its tailor-made / a la carte activities for UN Member States:

    • Monitoring developments in diplomacy and international affairs and liaising with diplomats, public officials, staff of international organizations and donors in view of identifying training needs and responding to requests for the design, development and funding of diplomacy-related projects, activities and initiatives; 
    • Producing project documents and proposals for submission to potential donors; 
    • Monitoring and evaluation of projects and activities, and drafting reports for submission to donors and other project partners; 
    • Assisting in the management and update of the programme’s website, liaising internally on matters related to communications, including coordinating the production of publicity materials and website announcements; 
    • Performing other tasks to ensure effective programme development and implementation. 
  2. Supporting UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit with its tailor-made / a la carte activities targeted at individuals or private sector organisations: 
    • Monitoring market developments and trends to identify innovative training activities to target individuals and/or private sector organisations; 
    • Adapting existing Programme activities and portfolios, to make them more accessible and attractive to different types of participants not currently targeted; 
    • Liaising with private sector donors in view of identifying their training needs and responding to requests for the design, development and funding of diplomacy-related projects, activities and initiatives; 
    • Producing project documents and proposals for submission to potential donors; 
    • Monitoring and evaluation of existing projects and activities, and drafting reports for submission to donors and other project partners; 
    • Performing other tasks to ensure effective programme development and implementation. 
Work implies frequent interaction with the following: 
  • Staff in related programmes, units, sections and offices of the Institute; 
  • Diplomatic staff of Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations Offices; 
  • Counterparts working in other international organizations, including those in the United Nations system; 
  • Staff in the training and professional development departments/divisions of Ministries of Foreign Affairs; and 
  • Non-governmental organizations, universities, the private sector and the press/media. 
Results Expected:

Overall support to the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, including general assistance to the delivery of tailor-made training courses; efficient and effective support to the implementation of the programme’s activities and services as enshrined in the Institute work plan; effective communication with internal and external counterparts to achieve prescribed results.    

  • Integrity - demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour. 
  • Professionalism – Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of training activities, including course design, delivery, methodologies and practices, evaluation, adult learning principles, and the UN System; shows pride in working and achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. 
  • Respect for Diversity - Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group. 
  • Planning & Organizing – develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. 
  • Commitment to continuous learning – Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve. 
  • Communications – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 
  • Technology awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology. 
  • Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda. 
Minimum requirements

Education: University degree in international relations, humanities or related field, or equivalent combination of education/training with sound working experience in the training and learning fields, in particular in the context of the UN System.  

Experience: Minimum 1 year of professional experience, with proven experience in the implementation of diplomatic training activities; sound experience working with administration and website management; experience with the implementation and delivery of training activities is a mandatory requirement, preferably within the UN System. 

Other skills: Information technology skills; ability to carry out research; experience with emerging technologies, particularly in the sphere of Ai. Working experience in course design and implementation is highly desirable. 

Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language would be an advantage.   


The benefit package includes six weeks of annual leave. It does not include pension and health insurance contribution. Please note that this vacancy is located in Geneva and is a locally recruited position with no international benefits. This is not a regular post but a type of contract specific to UNITAR.

Special Notice:

UNITAR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

English and French are the two working languages of UNITAR. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

UNITAR staff members are subject to the authority of the UNITAR Executive Director and their appointments are limited to service with the Institute.


According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. UNITAR is a non-smoking environment.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable Staff Regulations and Rules and UNITAR administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

No Fee:


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.