Vacancy Announcement – Internship/Traineeship – Drafting & Research (English)

Organizational Unit: Multilateral Diplomacy Programme (MDP)

Duration of contract: 4 to 6 months

Indicative starting date: February 2018

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline for Application: 18 February 2018

The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme (MDP) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) maintains an internship/traineeship programme for students/recent graduates interested in gaining professional experience in a multicultural environment and enhancing their understanding of the United Nations system.

MDP 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, MDP develops and delivers training activities at country and regional levels in close partnership with national training institutes, universities and selected international organizations. MDP activities also including e-Learning; special projects, including advisory services related to the curriculum development of diplomatic academies; and the development of other training tools, including the Glossary for UN Delegates and a Manual on United Nations Conference Processes, Procedures and Negotiations. 

MDP welcomes qualified candidates interested to work for a period of four to six months at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva. This will be on an unpaid basis, but with a monthly lump-sum equivalent to 700 USD to cover transportation.


In line with the Institute’s efforts to improve its training activities, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme is developing its on-line and face-to-face activities offered to the diplomatic community based in Geneva, Vienna, and elsewhere.


Under the supervision of the Manager of UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme, the intern/trainee will assist primarily in the development and drafting of key Programme documents. The intern/trainee would also assist in the preparations of new and innovative training activities. Typical tasks assigned to the intern/trainee may include the following:

  • To draft and develop key Programme documents, such as research papers and articles;
  • To provide innovative and creative input into the development of new training activities;
  • To conduct research and draft project proposals;
  • To provide support in the coordination of training activities, including preparation of training materials, coordination of logistics before, during and after workshops;
  • To adapt training materials and learning packages to quality and academic standards and certification criteria;
  • Tasks may include preparing key data, such as programme statistics and evaluation reports;
  • To assist the Programme in its outreach and communication strategy.

The tasks assigned may be reviewed during the contract period to reflect changes in programme needs and priorities.

Learning Objectives

After the assignment the intern/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

Candidates should, as a minimum, either be enrolled in or hold a university-level qualification (Bachelors degree, licence or other) either in international relations, education, history, law, political science, marketing, languages or a related subject.

Please note that the status of intern is granted to candidates still enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate programme, while candidates having completed their education are considered as trainees. 

Successful candidates will need to have: a natural ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English (equivalent to mother tongue standard); advanced drafting skills; creative writing skills; the ability to work autonomously; an awareness of diplomacy and global current affairs; 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.

Dates and Duration

Start date: February 2018

Duration: four to six months. The internship/traineeship programme is normally on a full-time basis and interns/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 internship/traineeship.


A high standard of oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN working languages are an advantage.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter, detailing why you wish to work in the field of Multilateral Diplomacy, to with the following subject line: “MDP Internship/Traineeship (Drafting & Research)”. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.