Internship/Traineeship – Training Assistant

Organizational Unit: Public Finance and Trade Programme
Duration of contract: 6 months (100% of time/40 hours per week at UNITAR offices in Geneva)
Starting date: As soon as possible
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline for Application: 7 October 2016
Programme description
The Public Finance and Trade Programme (PFTP) offers an internship/traineeship program for university students or recent graduates. The working experience is designed to allow interns/trainees to strengthen their knowledge and gain practical experience in the training and learning field, with a specialization in topics related to public finance, trade, and intellectual property.
PFTP focuses on training, capacity development and networking opportunities primarily for delegates, government officials and national change agents to develop their skills and enhance their effectiveness in addressing professional and institutional challenges. Each year, more than 2,000 participants (mainly from developing and transition economies) benefit from our portfolio of 50 to 60 online courses, seminars, workshops, and communities of practice.
The internship / traineeship
PFTP is now accepting applications from qualified applicants interested in working for six months on a full-time (100%) unpaid basis at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva.
The incumbent reports directly to the Manager, Public Finance and Trade Programme and will be guided on a day-to-day basis by a Programme staff member assigned by the Manager.
Individual work plans will be designed in accordance with specific terms of reference, which also highlight learning objectives as the internship/traineeship is intended to allow trainees/interns to develop specific skills and competences.
Some of the main working areas include
  • Assist with the preparation and administration of communities of practice, e-Learning courses and face-to-face training courses;
  • Assist with identifying and researching themes to be addressed in briefings, courses and e-discussions,
  • Assist with identifying relevant experts, speakers and partner institutions from different regions and sectors;
  • Conduct background research on key issues of economic and social development with a view to the development of knowledge products including training modules and case studies;
  • Support evaluation and reporting of events and projects; and
  • Assist with outreach and communications activities.
Applicants should have a solid background in one of the following fields, and have a strong interest in learning and training.
  • Education/Training/Instructional Design/Learning and Technology; or
  • Development Economics/Political Science/ Law/International Relations.
Skills required
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to details; and
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment characterized by sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Advanced level French and English (written and spoken) is required for this position. A good working knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese would be an asset.

Send your CV and motivation letter (in English) to executive.education@unitar.org indicating “Internship/Traineeship – Training Assistant (French/English)” in your subject line.
Deadline for application: 7 October 2016.
Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact shortlisted applicants.
Remarks: Interns/Trainees are considered gratis personnel. They are not financially remunerated by UNITAR. They receive a monthly lump-sum to cover transportation. They are not staff members and shall not represent the Institute in any official capacity.
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