Communications, Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (Traineeship) – Geneva, Switzerland, 233 views

Duration of the contract

Four to six months. 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.

Deadline for submission of applications

15 Dec 2019

Number of vacancies


Organizational Unit

Multilateral Diplomacy Programme


The placement is on an unpaid basis, but a monthly lump-sum of 700 CHF will be provided towards transportation and miscellaneous costs.

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 four to six months, at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva.


In line with the Institute’s efforts to improve its training activities and special events, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit is enhanc ing its outreach and communication products, as well as its online training courses.


Under the supervision of the Associate Programme Officer of UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, the trainee will assist with the development and design of UNITAR’s external products (brochures, advertisements, online advertisements, web products and promotional and training videos). The trainee w ill assist in designing new products, showing originality, professionalism and creativity, whilst adhering to UNITAR’s branding guidelines. The trainee w ill also be responsible for assisting in communications and outreach activities. The trainee w ill also contribute to the design and implementation of online courses on diplomacy and international affairs management. Typical tasks assigned to the trainee may include the following:

  • To support colleagues in the development of MDPU’s external communication products, such as brochures, advertisements, web design, promotional and training videos as well as online courses;
  • To adapt training materials and learning packages to quality and professional standards and UNITAR guidelines;
  • To liaise directly with partner organizations and beneficiaries in preparation for the delivery of these products;
  • To undertake research that may provide necessary input into such outreach and training materials;
  • To assist the Unit in its outreach and communication strategy (including social media and webpage management);
  • To draft news articles and infocus articles about past and future activities;
  • To monitor MDPU’s Alumni platform;
  • To maintain and develop UNITAR’s communication database to ensure the efficient and effective dissemination of information and coordination amongst the global diplomatic community.

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;
  • Be familiar with UNITAR’s branding guidelines;
  • Ameliorate, adapt and design UNITAR’s external products in a professional way;
  • Develop a professional rapport with UNITAR and United Nations staff;
  • Propose ways to further UNITAR’s mission;
  • Work in a multicultural environment.


Minimum requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate/postgraduate degree (within either communications, journalism, graphic design, 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).

Candidates should also have: demonstrated interest in communications and instructional and graphic design; creative and professional approach; administrative and organizational skills to assist with the designing of external products; computer skills (to deal with InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, internet search, e-Learning tools, etc.); and a high level of individual responsibility, commitment and initiative.

Excellent knowledge in both oral and written English are required.

Desired requirements

Knowledge of other UN working languages (especially French) are an advantage.

How to apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected] with the following subject line: ‘MDP Traineeship (Communications)’. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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